August 26th, 2008
08:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Toobin: Compare Giuliani to Warner

Warner and Giuliani will likely deliver two very different speeches.

Warner and Giuliani will likely deliver two very different speeches.

Listening to Rudy Giuliani reminds me to make mental note. Compare the two keynote addresses that we are going to hear this week and next.

Mark Warner is going to give a classic contemporary Democratic address - careful and cautious. He is going to appeal to bipartisanship. Rudy is going to tear Obama to pieces. It's going to be an extremely negative message.

This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans - and it may be why Republicans have won seven of the last ten presidential elections.

soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Biffington, Biff

    Fred C. Dobbs....

    so, what's your take on Fox ???

    August 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. G

    Why is nobody mentioning that MCCain was in the Keating 5? McCain is a crook. This country is going down! America for sale!

    August 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Puffy

    I am from NY i can stand this guy Rudi.Hi need to shut up!!! Mr 911.

    August 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Shannon

    the GOP made be better at attack politics, but the DNC is much better at sneaky, underhanded, dirty, stab you in the back politics. Just ask Hillary Clinton, her supporters, and the people of FL and MI. The Obama campaign with his message of hope and change, and the actions of a snake have brought my party to a new and all time low!

    August 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. SBC

    Sorry for the spelling error ...."our" way the fall campaign.

    August 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Justin Lake

    SHUT UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    August 26, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. kyle

    I'm into numerology. which can relate to letters. how about this one?

    Obama – Biden

    Ob(s)ama – Bi(n) (La)den

    Wow. Scary. Call me crazy...go ahead!

    Obama bin Biden '08

    August 26, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Rita

    I was and still am a Clinton supporter however, please vote for Obama, I can't stand to be broke another four years!

    August 26, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. ben


    You can four possible votes when you vote for the President.

    1) For the Democrat.
    2) For the Republican.
    3) Against the Democrat.
    4) Against the Republican.

    Democrats as a whole – and Obama more than most – don't bother trying to create votes for #4.

    Republicans...on the other hand...get more #3 votes than they get #2 votes.

    As smart as the Democrats seem, they sure miss the obvious on this one.

    August 26, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. BK

    Jeff, tell Paul the middle will not vote for Obama. We vote for leadership and experience. How could the media let this man and his campaign get by with rally's of hope and change, reading teleprompters and prepared speeches. Whenever he is off script he loses points. This was a campaign strategy and the media let that happen. I think that should have been blasted by the media.
    We will vote McCain at least we know who he is and what he stands for.

    August 26, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Sarge in Florida

    Isn't it funny how CNN is allowing so many Republicans talk more than hearing what the Democrats have to say at their own convention!!! Obama needs to take off the boxing gloves and use his fists to knock out grandpa and Rudy the adult-er. CNN why are you allowing Romney to speak? Why don't you folks just come out and admit it that you don't want a Black man in the WHITE HOUSE....BTW I'm a white man backing Obama...

    August 26, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. An independent

    And CNN will play the ignorant comments from Rudy as if they have anything to do with what id best for the Country. It is childness at best and we can do better. Least rudy forget he was on duty when we were attacked. It was his idea to put the communications center in the building thathad been bomb before, one of the largest targets in the world. Does he really count CNN?

    August 26, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Lee

    Look at what the negative politics got us. A disastrous incompetent President that has driven this country into the ground and made us the 2nd most hated country in the world.
    It's time Americans opened their eyes and stop believing smut politics.

    Take Americas back to a respectful country.

    August 26, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Justin Lake

    Thank you for letting us listen to Casey. I live in Arizona, but grew up in Penn. It is about time you CNN people shut up and let us listen.

    August 26, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Watching

    Ever watch a sinking ship go down in front of your eyes? Now the Dems are even snubbing CNN... was bound to happen...

    August 26, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. John

    Please tell me you do not really believe that, Susie.

    August 26, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Lisabeth

    How can anyone respect these Republicans. It is sick the way they behave. And the sad thing is that so many Americans are SO STUPID that they actually are influenced by this negative sickness. And McCain has the nerve to insinuate that Barack Obama is not patriotic? The way McCain and his cronies are acting is extremely disrespectful AND unpatriotic. McCain should be more respectful of Hilary, of Obama and of the Democrats. Disappear for a few days you know? The more I see of McCain, the more I think the guy is a serious egomaniac and will do absolutely anything to win. Anything!!

    August 26, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. Independant Thinker

    The real problem the for the looney left is that America is right of center, so they have to try to fool everyone into thinking that they are middle America, which they are not.

    And for those of you that think that all republicans think about is money, think about this. It is a fact that republicans contribute more to charities than democrats do by a wide margin.

    August 26, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. Raymond Duke

    It is a key difference between the democrats and republicans. The difference is that the liberal democrats love to attack but as soon as they get attacked back they start whimpering and whining. Then thy want to cry how bad the republicans are. The republicans are fighters like Bill and Hillary Clinton are. They take the licks and keep on fighting. I heard a Black democrat city council memeber in Dallas say that the white council memeber made a racial remark and he found it offensive. The statement made was everytime you give that department something it seems to disappear like evrything like that black hole in space. Get the point. Republicans are fighters and say bring it on. The democrats are like the bullies that start something , get punched in the nose and run home crying.

    August 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Jackie Inman

    Yes, it works. The Republication Party are masters at it especially with the educational level of the population and they get their politics from TV ads.

    The Democrats are doomed to lose if we don't roll up our sleeves and get down and dirty.

    I'm tired of hearing the "high road" where that route has lead to losses after losses. It's time to follow a different road.

    This "high road" convention is boring.

    Thank you,


    August 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Paul

    What does this say about what persuades the american electorate? I think its time for America to say no more to negative politics. It distorts the issues and prevents real democracy. The american people ought to also be asking some serious questions about of media networks like cnn that feed negative politics. Obviously cnn still has not learnt its lesson from Jon Stewart who mopped the floor with cnn political analysts Begala and former analyst Carlson on Crossfire: Stop Hurting America"

    August 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. greg in florida

    republican politicians use fear and hate to make their point and sway peoples opinions. they want you afraid, well, guess what republicans, we are not scared. we are not afraid... and even if we were, why would we depend on republicans, they cant protect us, they cant even protect our ports, our borders, and most likely not even our airports.. they tried, they failed.... its time to try a different approach, one that doesnt get thousand of american soldiers dead in a war based on a lie, an obviously sadly ongoing lie.......

    you all know the old saying about the high road and the low road.... it doesnt take a rocket scientist, heck, even a republican can figure out which road the GOP takes ....the low road.. everytime.. LOL

    August 26, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Stephen in Red Bluff

    Terry in GA–

    Far be it for me to defend CNN, but...

    1) The text message announcement was no real scoop to anyone in the MSM, they were all on-air when the text was sent and could have easily "broke the news" the instant it was received (BUT, guess what? The story was leaked BEFORE the text anyway!)

    2) Access to guest speakers is open to all media. No special permission is required.

    3) CNN, of all the media on hand, is seated RIGHT ON THE CONVENTION FLOOR. They have the best seat of all the media.

    With all that said...thier coverage has been equal to that of all the usual media: biased and grouchy. They ask for "red meat" from all the speakers, but when they start getting it, they cut to commercial (see Ed Rendell)! Go figure.

    August 26, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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