January 8th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
13 years ago

Giuliani says no 'domestic terror attacks' under Bush

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/19/giuliani.jpg caption="Rudy Giuliani said Friday that the United States was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office."](CNN) - Echoing recent comments from former Bush administration officials, Rudy Giuliani defended former President George Bush's record on terrorism Friday, saying the country was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office.

"We had no domestic attacks under Bush; we've had one under Obama," Giuliani said on ABC's Good Morning America.

Democrats and other political observers were quick to question Giuliani's comments, wondering how the former New York City mayor would classify the attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as Richard Reid's attempted shoe-bombing in late 2001.

"Giuliani seems to have forgotten about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and shoe bomber Richard Reid," ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who conducted the Giuliani interview, wrote on his blog.

Giuliani's comments are similar to those of former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, both of whom have said in recent weeks no terrorism attacks occurred under Bush.

"We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term," Perino told Fox News last November.

In December, Mary Matalin - a former senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney - made comments that seemed to place the 9/11 attacks under President Clinton's watch. "We inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history," Matalin a CNN analyst, told John King on CNN's "State of the Union" last month.

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. In a state of disbelief

    Rudy, Dana and Mary are all clearly insane. Either that, or they think we are, to believe any of that BS.

    They can't ignore the reality of their own screw-ups, so they retreat into fantasy.

    I know – how about we never hear from them again? Hmmm-kay CNN?

    January 8, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. David in Houston

    Giuliani...when we need a factual history lesson, we'll seek it from those who are qualified to teach it.

    However, if ever we need advice on cross-dressing etiquette or how to blindly support failed leaders, we will definitely keep you in mind.

    Thank you.

    January 8, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. mike

    The anthrax scare doesn't count? please....selective memory!!

    January 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Tram


    How delusional are these people? Do they honestly think that any American will EVER forget 9/11?

    These people are traitors to the highest degree.

    January 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. RAG

    Where does 911 fit?

    January 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Joe

    No domestic terrorist attacks under Bush, eh? 9/11 doesn't count? Except as an excuse to invade Iraq, and as we all know, MWD were found there. I'm so tired of Repuglican lies I could puke. Their motto seems to be "tell the lie, make it big, tell it often enough, and people will begin to believe it". That's the saddest part, that
    Americans buy this crap, at all. That's why the rest of the world is disgusted with us and doesn't trust us.

    January 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. guest55

    in politics,if you repeat something often and long enough, people begin to believe it...such as Saddam's WMD, the US economy is fundementally sound, Brownie you're doing a heck of a job, etc. etc. etc...

    January 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Jacq

    Ahh the shoe bomber,this fool

    January 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. TCM

    wow...CNN digging up quotes about the Bush Administration while Obama and Holder grant the latest terrorist rights under the same constraints a US citizen would have. Now, he's pled "not guilty," and we have to prove his guilt. Way to go libs, let's waste FAR more money now on a trial for someone who's caught redhanded, was giving us valuable intelligence and was resigned as an enemy combatant....enter the "Hope and Change," of the incompetent Obama adminstration and now this guy's living the high life....what idiotic morons we have running the White House and gov't.

    January 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Eric

    9/11 was the worst terrorist attack on American soil. It happened because Bush failed to keep America Safe. Then there was Richard Reed, the Anthrax attacks and the DC sniper.

    It's not terrorism that brought this country to it's knees- it was the response. Iraq was a failure with absolutely no purpose except to enrich the privatized military industrial complex. Afghanistan was bungled to the point of failure. The Patriot Act, torture, the entire war on terror was a failure and made America less safe. Terrorists aren' t the only threat and we did exactly what they wanted- we lost our values and weakened our selves.

    There are many that would have us repeat the same mistakes that led our country down this perilous path. They suggest it keeps us safe- look at the results- people's jobs and homes and futures are not safe.

    January 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Beth, N. Texas

    What rose-colored glasses are they wearing?!? I'm sure that the people whose loved ones died in the 9/11 attack would know when it happened.

    Bush never took any responsibility for the attack, made it difficult for the 9/11 Commission to investigate it, and fired no one over it.

    And although Hurricane Katrina wasn't a terrorist attack, one could say that he had some warning before it occurred. Many Americans died in that disaster, and a city was devastated. Not only did Bush take a long time to respond to it–he never fired anyone over it either. In fact, he congratulated FEMA director Brown ("You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie.").

    January 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Seriously?

    What's with all these politicians thinking they can rewrite history? As an American I am insulted that these people think so little of the intelligence of the citizens they supposedly represent that they dare make such blatantly false statements. Please stop quoting these idiots until they figure out that, despite our faltering education system, all Americans are not stupid and we do not need them re-writing history or confusing recent memory to push their political agendas. This blatant lying has to stop. I remember EXACTLY who was President when I lost my friend to the TERRORIST attack on the twin towers. If not Bush, then who? President Cheney? Or did we have a ghost in the white house for 8 years? Get real, Giuliani. You have officially lost the last drop of respect I had for you.

    January 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. American

    I'm not sure liberal media outlets like CNN really want to go down this road. Sure, defend the guy that you helped place in office, but it will be hard to hide tangible facts from the American public. We had two terrorist attacks (one attempted and one successful) in the US during a span of about a month. Start keeping tallies now, and the EIGHT years under the Bush Adminstration will look like living in a mothers womb. When you take your eye off the ball, bad things happen. Bush took his eye off Afghanistan and Obama took his eye off of the safety of America. Let's hope that concern expressed by the American people over the couple of weeks is enough to force Obama to put his eye back on the ball and make protecting America a priority again.

    January 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. skier

    Not only was the US attacked, but I would say, given recent events and the struggle to keep us safe, the terrorists won on Sept. 11. All else is post script

    January 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Rich

    Well, Rudy is getting up there in age. Perhaps he is in the early stages of Alheizmer's.

    January 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Steve Allen

    It's funny how two very small and insignificant events such as 911 and the nfamous "shoe bomber" slipped his mind. That's why we love Rudi, deviuos and dishonest as ever. Yeah he would have made a great presidential candidate. How is ole pal Bernie Carick doing?

    January 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. lmj

    Typical right wing nut jobs. Tell the BIG LIE often enough and eventually people begin to believe it. Bush did a few good things, but we WERE attacked with the greatest loss of American lives in 60 years and these guys don't know we were attacked. Strange, very strange.

    January 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. GOP-RIP

    Looks like it's time for the Republican party to get their attack dogs (Dick Cheney, Dick Jr – his daughter, Giulliani etc..) some memory aids.

    Oh, and by the way, let's not forget that Obama inherited a recession/depression, and two wars from Bushy et al.

    The Republican Party is dead...RIP GOP

    January 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. shan

    huh...what happened to "Never Forget"?

    this political spin is weak and ridiculous. these politicians are insulting their constituents...

    January 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "We inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history,"

    Unbelieveable...this proves Bush & Co. have been living in an alternative universe.

    January 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. SocialismBad

    DOMESTIC attacks stupid liberals and Democrats!!!

    Fort Hood was done by an American on American soil.

    Do we have to explain EVERYTHING to you idiots?

    January 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Robb Zerr

    Maybe Guiliani needs to enroll in a remedial U.S. History class to refresh himself. He can copy off Cheney's paper...

    January 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. lifelong democrat

    It pains me, but I have to agree with Guiliani on this. I remember what Obama had said after tragic incident in Fort Hood, "we must not jump into conclusion." I was appalled by his statement to put it mildly. 9/11 and shoe bomber were not domestic, they're all foreigners. Actually 9/11 could have been averted if Bill Clinton had done his job; the Twin Tower would still be there right now, gracing the NY skyline, we wouldn't be in Afghanistan and Iraq, those over 3,000 lives won't be lost.

    I used to be blind about Bill Clinton's failures which end up on Bush lap, I was in complete denial and try my very best to blame it on Bush. But truth is a stubborn thing, it always comes out into the surface. I don't feel safe nowadays, this is like deja vu for me. After 9/11 I was so scared to go out especially go to crowded places like shopping malls; but I've watched Bush, he made me feel safe. Obama is making me scared again. I hope he's man enough to resign, I would take Biden over him. I don't trust Obama anymore, he lost me. I can't be persuaded with long winded speeches, his aloofness, his coldness, his totally out of touch with reality.

    January 8, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. mk

    Senile old man.

    January 8, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Charlie

    Seriously? Just as President Obama FOREVER reiterates that his administration has inherited a huge deficit from the Bush administration (which by the way–Obama has quadrupled), the Bush administration did inherit a recession partially from the Clinton administration's policies and partially from the normal economic cycle that occurs. As far as 911 is concerned, the Clinton administration's avoidance of handling terrorism most definitely enabled us to be catastrophically targeted. Furthermore, to mention another disaster inherited–the housing bubble–go back in history and check out Carter's and Clinton's policies. You'll find the origin.

    January 8, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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