December 27th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani puts 9/11 front-and-center in new ad

Giuliani is putting 9/11 imagery front-and-center in a new ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Rudy Giuliani’s campaign announced a new television ad Thursday that invokes the former New York City mayor’s connection to the events of September 11, and the tough stance on terrorism that has been a central theme of his presidential run.

In the 30-second spot, titled ‘Freedom,’ Giuliani compares the firefighters he saw at Ground Zero on September 11 to the members of the “greatest generation” that fought in World War II, speaking over still images of both groups.

“And during the day of September 11 living through the things that I saw and observed. Immediately, when I saw people helping each other. I saw the picture of the firefighters putting the flag up at ground zero. I said, these are the children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the greatest generation. They have the same resolve. The same understanding,” says Giuliani.

“When you challenge Americans, there’s no country that stands up stronger and better than the United States of America. When you try and take something away from us like freedom, my goodness, Americans are going to be one in resisting you,” he says. “So, the Islamic terrorists would make a terrible mistake if they confuse our democracy for weakness. Our democracy means we disagree with each other, but when you come and try and take away from us our freedom. When you try and come here and kill our people. We’re one and we’re going to stand up to you and we’re going to prevail.”

The spot will air nationally on cable, and in the early-voting primary states of New Hampshire and Florida, beginning Friday.

–CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand

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  1. Mindy Chatsworth, California

    I don't need Rudy Giuliani or anyone else to tell me about 9/11. My family lived through the nightmare of it all. The hardest thing for me, living out in L.A., was not being able to get to my family to help them through this terrible ordeal.

    I think it's high time that Giuliani stop using the tragedy of 9/11 to further his presidential aspirations. Instead of these pathetic and insulting appeals to our emotions and fears, why doesn't he try and come up with some specifics for the problems that face us as a country? Or could it be that he just doesn't have any? Like the Republicans are wont to do these days, he offers nothing but the fear card. Yes, by all means, let's lie awake at night in our beds and think of the terrorists plotting in far off lands to take away our freedom. It's a nice distraction from the very real threat to our freedom right here, from our current administration. Republicans have blatantly used 9/11 to scare us into thinking that we have to surrender our civil liberties and basic freedoms to keep us safe from another terrorist attack. The Patriot Act and warrantless surveillance and countless other assaults on the Constitution have seriously compromised our freedom right here at home.

    FDR was right to tell my parents generation that they have nothing to fear but fear itself. That was in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression. But it's just as true over 80 years later. The biggest fear we should all have is of Rudy Giuliani and those of his ilk to seek to rob us of the freedoms that the founding fathers gave us, in the name of saving us from the nameless, faceless terrorists who are lurking, waiting to pounce on us. The terrorists won't have to attack us if we continue to elect Republican presidents who think nothing of trashing the Constitution.

    Rudy Giuliani has nothing to offer this country, so he hides behind 9/11. For someone like him, it's not too low to use this nation's greatest tragedy to try to get elected president. This man has no shame.

    December 27, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    ghouliana, needs to stay with ripping off the American people on the civilian side, the Presidency belongs to Clinton.

    December 27, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Laurinda

    Why did you put that there? Very funny!

    December 27, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Josh

    No American, that uses the deaths of other Americans for personal political gain is worthy of our Nations highest office in my book. NO ONE. We need a business savvy, Reagan type President to get this country back on track. MITT ROMNEY 08'

    December 27, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. CensoredByCNN, Roxboro, NC

    I guess there's no need to say anything crappy about Rudy,, you guys have it covered.

    December 27, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. CensoredByCNN, Roxboro, NC

    Oh,, wait a minute,, 9/11 marks the loss of thousands of lives and the death of freedom in America,,

    Cool, Rudy,,wave that banner why don't you?


    December 27, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Joe

    I sure would like to see a story on the connection with Guiliani and Cintra. Guiliani
    stands to make milllions on the SUPER NAFTA HIGHWAY. YESSIIRRREE......Rudy
    is ripping off the american people and is the biggest crook, besides Bush and

    December 27, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. AnaHadWolves


    Rudy Giuliani's new TV ad focuses on his miniscule bit-player role in the 9/11 tragedy?

    In the words of Gomer Pyle: "Surprise, surprise, surprise"!

    December 28, 2007 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  9. Eddie

    As a life long New Yorker I would only urge America to take a look at where Rudy Giuliani was (politically) on September 10. He was a lying politician using public funds to cover up his affair with his latest girlfriend, too cowardly to face Hillary Clinton in a Senate election, and ready to ride off into well deserved oblivion. Then he happened to be in the right place at the right time.... despite his decision to put the City's Emergency Response headquarters right in the middle of Ground Zero! Rudy – go put on a dress and get off the stage already!

    December 28, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  10. Mark

    wow, Thomas from St. pete! you are hooked like a fish to what the media and the government wants you to believe. you go ahead and run with that. people need to get their self straight with these things and soon. the WTC episode is suspect and building 7 was a demolition. and get clued in that our own CIA created al-Queda.

    December 28, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Joe, Boston, MA

    This guy is disgusting! Is he aware that 911 happened 6 years ago? He is not the only one who lived through it...we ALL did.

    Why should he get more credit for 911? He was mayor and what he did he should have done..he did not do anything more or more inspiring than I'm sure any other mayor would have done. He acts like he was God that day. Hey Rudy, remember your oath as you did not do anything more than you swore to do.

    How sad that he's using the dead to get votes. What a punk!

    December 28, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Randa Shoman, SSH Egypt

    Living outside of the US for 7 years, I witnessed and followed the events of 911, and the first wuestions I had in mind was how could the twin towers collapse in such a manner as a professional demolition job. Can we really believe the plane crash on the 90th floor caused this? What does he have to say about the surviving firemen reporting an upward explosion from the ground and landing on top of the rubble? As mayor of the city did he investigate this? Good thing he is still talking about this because it still needs to be investigated. Check out the following link:

    December 28, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Tim, Bergen County

    Quick question: Did any of you who posted here earlier actually WATCH this ad? I thought not. Had you, you might have liked it seeing as how it had nothing to do with Giuliani and what he did on 9/11 but had everything to do with the resolve of Americans and first responders in the wake of the attacks. Everything that he said in the ad is true, Americans have come together in history and will continue to come together when attacked and in times of crisis. This is not using the tragedy for political gain; it is a vision of hope and optimism for America's future that we will be able to come together once again. Shame on all of you for not watching the ad first before bashing it.

    As for Mindy from CA. Before you start lecturing everyone on history and invoking the names of the founding fathers and FDR at least get your history straight. FDR told Americans, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” during his Inaugural Address on March 4, 1933. Not 1932. Furthermore, 80 years later would be 2013, which last I checked we weren't quite at yet. As for the specifics you want on Giuliani's platform concerning what he would do if elected, if you simply paid attention you would have them. Shame on Giuliani? Shame on you for being uninformed.

    December 28, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. Rhonda Toler, California

    go to and watch – 2nd hit – 'Ghost Plane' and you will see a milttary plane with no windows crashing into the south tower, and the plane has a mysterious tube underneath, along with an explosion just before the plane hits the tower. Then with further searches about 911 and lists of related videos you will find other videos/audios of actual firemen reporting explosions long after both planes hit, leading to the collapse of the towers. C'mon, does anyone actually see that the collapse of the towers was nothing but a professional construction job? And then you can find other reports, about the misterious shut down of security and electricity the weekend before the plane attacks....What did Giuliani do to investigate all of this and find the real truth?

    December 29, 2007 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
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