August 26th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Giuliani: Hillary 'a no brainer' for VP


Watch Rudy Giuliani's interview with CNN.

(CNN)– Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined the choir of ardent Hillary Clinton supporters Tuesday night– asking why Barack Obama passed up the New York senator for his number two spot.

"I just think that they made a big mistake in the choice that they made," Giuliani told a CNN panel at the Democratic National Convention. "It's a no-brainer. [Hillary Clinton] got 18 million votes, Joe [Biden] got 9,000 votes...The normal political thing to do in terms of the best decision to make to win would have been to pick Hillary Clinton," Giuliani said urging the presumptive Democratic nominee to give an explanation to unhappy Democrats.

Giuliani has been an outspoken supporter of the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain since abandoning his own presidential bid - emphasizing the Arizona senator's talking points on various political broadcasts.

Last week, during his first conference call as a surrogate for McCain, the former New York mayor had a difficult time when the subject veered away from the intended foreign policy talk. Giuliani accused Daniel Kurtzer, an Obama adviser and former U.S. ambassador to Israel of engaging in a freelance “mission” to Syria - accusations at which the Obama campaign quickly fired back.

Asked Tuesday night if he would draw contrast between the two parties during his keynote address next week at the Republican National Convention, Giuliani said you can expect him to do exactly that.

"I'm sure there will be comparisons," Giuliani said. The choice is between "John McCain who has tremendous experience who has worked on both sides of the aisle, against a senator from Illinois [who is] one of the least-experienced candidates we ever had for president."

Giuliani is expected to be part of a news conference Wednesday, during the Democratic National Convention to discuss "why Barack Obama is wrong on national security," according to a media advisory.

soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. pmn

    guiliani, loser, liar, leech

    August 27, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  2. marc, Wisco

    I hardly think Guiliani should tell anyone what good political moves are. The whole, wait it out 'till Florida really did well for him..huh? Probably the biggest blunder in Presidential Politics. He spent more money per delegate than anyone in Presidential political history. I respect him, but he should keep the advice to himself.

    August 27, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  3. wave06

    After all the years of villification and slanderous actions against the Clintons, at the hands of McCain and the Republicans. McCain must be an idiot to think that his strategy of dividing the Democratic Party will work. McLame may have Alzheimers but we Dems have not forgotten. On the issues of the Economy, Healthcare, Abortion, Iraq & foreign policy, Energy and personal freedoms, Barack & the Democratic party are light years ahead of McCain and his idealess divisive clan. In 4 months the Republicans will suffer the consequences for the mismanagement of America for the last 8 years.

    Obama 08

    August 27, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  4. Republican on the fence

    Why was this thick tongue politician allowed air time at the convention anyway.

    August 27, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  5. Capsaicin

    So tired of all the 'Obama lacks experience' whiners. Bush and Reagan had fewer achievements–do you folks whine about them? For that matter Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Tom DeLay, Phil Gramm and numerous other neo-cons had tons of so-called 'experience'...and where did all that experience take our country over the last 8 years???

    We all know bosses who are idiots, and elders who are fools...rather than wise with experience. What matters are the policies and the execution. Obama's campaign has shown more detailed policies and better campaign execution than McCains. McCain has beat Obama so far only in spending negative ad money and spreading dirt.

    August 27, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |

    "WAKE UP AMERICA!......... WAKE UP AMERICA!...."



    August 27, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  7. paul Revere

    Simple answer is that Obama did not/could not choose Hil for the fact that she would not/could not stay on message, and Bill as the 3rd wheel, the Republicans would save a ton of money rolling out the scandals and just watching it unfold on it's own.

    Smart move.

    That is not to say (yet again) that Hillary does not deserve a cabinet post or even a seat on the Supreme Court, which I think, she would cement her legacy as one of the Supreme Court Justices of our time.

    August 27, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  8. jeremy

    rudy is a moron.

    what does he know about democrats and their platform. he is the idiot who couldn't get past 3 primaries on the GOP side.

    rudy, go get in a dress and some make up and go back to NY

    August 27, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
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