September 3rd, 2008
07:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani defends Palin, highlights her executive experience


Watch Rudy Giuliani discuss Gov. Palin's record on American Morning.

(CNN) – They have both been mayors, but Rudy Giuliani pointed to Sarah Palin’s experience in the last 21 months as governor of Alaska to respond to concerns about whether she has enough experience to be vice president.

“She’s one of the most successful governors in the country,” the former presidential candidate told John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday. “She has a record of significant change already. She’s lowered the budget. She’s lowered taxes. She’s taken on the oil companies. She’s taken on corrupt Republicans, got them thrown out of office.”

Giuliani also told Roberts he was not troubled by Palin’s conservative social views.

“I understand that I’m part of a party that doesn’t agree with me on everything,” Giuliani, who supports abortion rights, said. “But I agree on the main principles. I consider the main principles to be economic policy, national security, lowering taxes, trying to keep the economy progressive, a growth economy.” There are “vast differences” between the Democratic and Republican presidential tickets “with regard to all of those things,” Giuliani also said.

He also discussed Palin’s track record on earmarks and her religiously-tinged views on the American military’s mission in Iraq.

Giuliani and Palin are both set to address the Republican convention Wednesday night.

Watch: Giuliani on American Morning

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani • Sarah Palin
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. ct

    ECONOMY!?! These republicans have the nerve to bring up the a load...yeah GREAT JOB THERE WITH THE ECONOMY....


    September 3, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Steve

    Guiliani is an idiot who couldnt run a successful campaign, why should we listen to anything he has to say about anything? Wasn't his campaign in debt before he dropped out. What a hopeless loser!

    September 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Is it me or do you all find it disturbing and condescending that Palin has not spoken out on her own views? You have McCain, Giuliani, Huckabee and other men speaking for Palin!

    September 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. JD in Moraga, CA

    She has "taken on the oil companies" ? What? Isn't she married to someone who works for Big Oil? Doesn't she support drilling in the AWR? That's more like PANDERING to the oil companies. And let's be complete on her "budget" record and be sure to include how in her term as mayor of Wasilla she took a town with no debt and left them approximately $20 million in debt. Get real!

    September 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Breck

    The last governor with executive experience we elected was George W Bush... Obama has far more experience in matters of policy than Palin, who is under investigation for misuse of powers and is just yet another extreme right winger who will continue ruining the country.

    September 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. R.I.F.

    This guy got ONE count it ONE delegate vote in the republican primary after being touted as the favorite and spening $60 million. He is the epitomy of irrelevent.

    September 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Deb

    Rudy although you were a good mayor to the city of New York you have become quite the disappointment in the last few months. Mr. 9/11 and the that your response to every question these days. And, although we should honor McSame...why is he reintroducing himself at every turn. Did he forget he did that already?

    September 3, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Giuliani had NO EXPERIENCE until 911 – and the only experience he gained from that was WALKING from one building to the NEXT talking the SAME thing eveyone else was talking about – It's strange how they made him a HERO out of that!!!

    OBA-DEN 2008-2016!!! YESE WE CAN!!!

    September 3, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Art

    Experience isn't a requirement and isn't all it's cracked up to be. Executive experience didn't help Bush (just can't bring myself to call him President). But then, he's a (very) slow learner. With 4 years of experience as president under his belt Bush did even more damage during his 2nd term than during his first.

    September 3, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. California Gold

    My dog sitter has executive experience. She manages a successful dog sitting business, acts responsibly and has earned a fine reputation among her constitutents (the dogs). Furthermore she has traveled all over the world thereby satisfying the need for exposure to international affairs. She is a staunch reformer who advocates spaying and neutering (Palin ought to check into this) and believes in euthanizing as a humane option. She would be a better VP for McCain.

    September 3, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. McCain=Bush, 8 is enough

    Rudy is another puppet for the McCain camp. All the repubs are spewing their propaganda. Fear and smear won't work this time. Eight is enough.

    September 3, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Jen

    It was sad that he did that.
    It ruined any credibility he had.

    All of them should distance themselves from Sarah Palin. They'll never recover from this foolish V.P. choice.

    September 3, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    seriously... she was not in office long enough to know if those decisions were wise. Anyone could be president and reduce the budget, cut taxes and then have the economy implode. wait a minute....

    September 3, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. longhairs for obama

    he was unconvincing to this independent.
    i like obama. he has a more diverse and unified campaign.

    September 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. PSK

    "She's taken on the oil companies"- could you elaborate, Rudy? Translated, does that mean "inviting the oil companies to drill the hell out of the entire state?" Just seeing if we're on the same page here.

    September 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. DK(@)AZ

    "She’s taken on corrupt Republicans, got them thrown out of office.” No such animal exist! Surely your joking rudy! I have made "Executive Decisions" myself as the head of my poker night crew, can I be vetted and possibly be named vice president of the United States of America!

    September 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Jen

    Executive experience, huh? Well, the manager of my local fast food restaurant has 'executive' experience too. Doesn't mean he/she is *qualified* to be the VP.

    Maybe her education......oh, wait.......

    September 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What were the major problems that she dealt with while she was the mayor of a town of no more than 8,000 people as well as governor (for less than 2 years) of a state that less of a population than any major city in the continental US? I would like to know that. Was there any crisis that plays into a commanding knowledge of foreign policy, constitution law, education policy or the military? I am begining to doubt she could be a heart beat away.

    September 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |