July 21st, 2008
07:12 AM ET
14 years ago

Giuliani: Obama trip highlights inexperience

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NEW YORK (CNN) – Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Sunday Barack Obama’s overseas visit is only serving to highlight the candidate’s inexperience in world affairs.

The one-time Republican presidential candidate made the comments as he visited Yankee Stadium with presumptive GOP nominee John McCain.

On the field before the Yankees took on the Oakland A’s, Giuliani told reporters, “the fact that Barack Obama is now making his first tour, in essence, of the world is an indication that John McCain is the man with the experience. John doesn't have to go for the first or second time to these places. He has been going there for 20-30 years. He knows the world. He understands the world.”

Obama has previously visited Iraq and other countries overseas, but this was his first visit to Afghanistan.

Giuliani said, “Without any disrespect to the other side, he's just so far more experienced that I think America will elect him. I think the American people are going to take a look and say we have got to be very serious about this…we need a man that has experience and John McCain has that experience."

Criticizing Obama’s strategy on Iraq, the former mayor said, “I think if you look at Senator McCain's record on Iraq – you don't fail to elect him president. He was right about Iraq when almost everybody else was wrong. It has turned out that if we had caved in the way Barack Obama and the democrats wanted we would now have a defeat. America would have a defeat rather than a possible victory.”

soundoff (609 Responses)
  1. royalld

    Rudy Giuliani talking about Senator Obama's experience in world affairs is like me trying to coach the space shuttle astronauts on re-entry procedures. This isn't news it is merely petty rhetoric.

    July 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Katrina

    Wow – could Giuliani be any more idiotic? He would be much better off at this point to be silent and go out to pasture. He ruined NY, he killed thousands of Fireman and the living ones hate his guts. Why does CNN report this stuff. The clown is a nobody and no one listens to Bush, Giuliani, or your inside loser Glenny Beck.

    July 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. lady in michigan

    why is my comment :"awaiting moderation" twelve hours later?

    July 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Supporter 08

    Giuliani............. inexperience how long were you a candidate in the Primaries... putting all you eggs in a basket in Florida sounds familiar

    July 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Georgia Black

    Isn't this the same guy who disciplined police officers who shoot an unarmed man over 50 times by suspending them for a week. Can't wait to see what happens if he's in office. If it wasn't for 911, would we even listen to Gulliani?

    July 21, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. CATHY

    obama went to Afghanistan and Iraq so that he can show the soldiers how to play basketball.Wow some foreign policy experience he is trying to get,playing basketball and eating.Hillary supporter still.

    July 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Brett

    More proof of what a pathetic wretch Giuliani is.

    July 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Abby

    This is rich coming from him. He completely mismanaged and destroyed his chances of being the nominee, though he was the front turner by far, by his lack of JUDGEMENT or he would be/should be the nominee now. Loser!

    The lesson: Judgment trumps old and outdated experience.

    July 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Muckinello

    Experience is what got us in this mess. Wisdom is what we really need

    July 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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