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. Larry

    Don't let a little partisan politics get in the way of something as simple as facts. Fox News doesn't.........

    January 8, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. edog

    Zero creditability with the GOP! Too busy trying to rewrite history, thinking the American people would be stupid enough to forget the 8 BUSH years!!! Thank god we now have a President, agree with his policies or not, who speaks to the American people like adults!!!!

    January 8, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Patrick

    What selective memory . . . Jeesh Rudy and I guess we never had a economic melt down of epic proportions under Bush either, or we didn't invade Iraq based on false information under Bush, or we didn't help US citizens right away after Katrina happened (You're doing a great job Brownie) under Bush.

    This guy is a piece of work what a unabashed liar and hypocrite

    January 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Michael - Raleigh NC

    What about 9/11 you IDIOT!!!

    January 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. FM

    Denying everything and fabricating ( WMD, birthers, death panels), that is what Repubs are good at!

    January 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Jim

    Selective memories with these fools. They are cheering for the terrorists, being the good patriots that they are. They might try reading the Pledge of Allegiance. "One nation" doesn't matter with the party of hate and fear. Sickening.

    January 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. not alone

    0/11 ring any bells? what a dufuss......

    January 8, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Susan Jones

    Well, there comes a time and place for everyone to suddenly lose their mind, and Rudy has certainly lost his. He must have Alzheimers or else thinks no one would possibly remember the worst incident of terror against and occurring on American soil, which was a memorable, horrible incident with many deaths and wounded....that Rudy would just not like to remember. If he doesn't have Alzheimers, then Rudy just needs a refresher course to remember all the incidents of terror under Bush caused mostly by, but not limited to....Bush and Cheney's war in Iraq, then Afghanistan. I guess if you say it, you make it so in your mind. If there's no mind left, then you say it to the press. Poor Rudy.....he did so well for NY at the time.......but it was caused by the Bush-Cheney regime, and still keeps giving to this wonderful administration we have now. I hope the "home" where they have taken Rudy to will "understand" that he just has nothing to work with upstairs.

    January 8, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. nicole

    I don't understand how anyone could claim there were no attacks from 2000-2008. How can they get away with saying that on national tv?

    January 8, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Dylan Raines

    The "shoe bomber" attack was done in almost the exact same way as the Christmas Day bomber. And simply because there were no domestic terrorist attacks after 2001, in no way means that President Bush had anything to do with it. You could say any president in history kept us safe who coincidentally did not have a terrorist attack happen while they were in office. The amount of fear mongering from Giulianni is scary.

    January 8, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Mark McQuistion

    The Press ought to jump on these false assertions by Giuliani, Perino, and Matalin and hang-on relentlessly until they are retracted by the three. George Stephanopolous was a sufficiently asute and honest observer of Giuliani's untrue remark (calling out two extremely obvious examples of domestic terrorism suffered under G.W. Bush's term), and the press should see to it that this message gets out to the population at-large through mainstream media outlets lest the larger American population hear Giuliani's, Perinoi's and Matalin's words and take them as truth.

    January 8, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Matt

    Republicans are so un-fricking-believable.

    January 8, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. rd

    "Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary."
    – George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3

    January 8, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. getreal

    The Republicans have no shame. The blatant lies just keep coming. Do they really think we don't remember back to 2001?

    January 8, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. J.T.

    I am getting sick and of these Republicans contradicting themselves. They always say that Obama need to stop blaming the previous administration, here's Matlin trying to blame 9/11 under Clinton watch. Clinton was well out of office. Giuliani, do what you best and thats keeping your mouth shut and this will be a safer country.

    January 8, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. TR

    ...and who was president then? It is absurd to say they kept us safe when the choices they made put a risk our very safety and financial security. Seems a selective memory or revisionist history is to blame, or is this just Cheney et als senility kicking in?

    January 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. BMS

    Lying, Lies and the Liars who tell them...brought to you by the spinsters of the Grand Old Party. They have no shame, and no integrity when they fabricate the truth like they do time and time again.

    January 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Billy Davis

    There were no terrorist attacks under George W. Bush? Hmm, the 3K killed on 9/11 must have happened in my dreams. Let's see that was 4 attacks on the same day. If memory serves Bush was President then. I guess the Repugs like lying so much they are now starting to believe themselves.

    January 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. not alone

    ops bad date, guess that shoe bomber doesn't count huh?

    January 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Terry in Iowa

    Cheney, Rove, Giuliani, Matalin and the other neocons are experts at misinformation, deception, propaganda and the writing of revisionary history. People can be made to believe any lie, either because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it is true. The neocons know this; they play to mankind’s greatest vices to perpetuate their lies; fear, greed, envy, gluttony, pride...

    The facts and truth are clear and indisputable, if one is only willing to see them.

    9/11 occurred on Bush/Cheney’s watch. As did the shoe bomber. More than 3000 of our finest have died in Iraq; a war for profit and power and under the false pretense of protection from wmd’s. At every corner they have lied and too many of us have blindly accepted their lives because we have allowed passion to rule reason.

    The neocons are very evil people who are systematically destroying the American values: temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility. They are as much a security threat to our nation as are Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

    I pray everyday that more and more of my fellow countrymen open their eyes to the neocons' deceit corruption.

    January 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Jerry

    Same old GOP. Don't let the facts get in the way of today's talking points.

    January 8, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Jim from Seattle

    Rudy, Dick and the rest of the ###holes who seem to still have a microphone through which they spew lies, know that the average FOX News viewer is too dense to understand that Bush was president for more almost 9 months when NY City was bombed by Al Quaida.

    It's a no win scenario for intelligent people.. i.e. the idiots will always believe the greedy liars as long as they pepper their statements with Jesus and terror.

    January 8, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Insane comment. By that logic Obama inherited this attack from Bush. Shows the level of contempt that the former administration and Giuliani have for the American people, and their complete disregard of common sense and truth.

    January 8, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Tom

    ROFL!!! Just a year and a half ago, this guy couldn't open his mouth without talking about 9/11. Now he seems to have forgotten about it!

    January 8, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Cathy

    How come no one is confronting anyone when they say these things? Stephanopoulos writes about it on his blog, but doesn't say anything during the interview? Both CNN and Stephanopoulos know better.

    January 8, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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