Giuliani and Romney to team up
Then-Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani shake hands during the CNN-YouTube Presidential Debate on November 28, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
April 30th, 2012
09:03 AM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani and Romney to team up

(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani will appear at an event with Mitt Romney on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the assault on Osama bin Laden, a campaign aide confirmed to CNN.

The death of the former al Qaeda leader is currently a political talking point between the campaigns of the former Massachusetts governor and President Barack Obama, with both sides attempting to capitalize on the one-year anniversary.

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Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, announced his support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee last week after voicing support for Newt Gingrich and criticizing Romney earlier in the 2012 election cycle.

Romney and Giuliani ran against each other in the 2008 GOP primary, during which Giuliani's leadership surrounding the events of 9/11 took center stage.

Tuesday's impending event will be the first public meeting of the two Republicans.

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    Great. A shameless opportunist who lives to exploit the suffering of many, and a finger in the wind candidate who can't make up his mind if his life depended on it.

    April 30, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |

    "No need to move Heaven and Earth."
    Whatever Willard. I don't think you would have had the cojones to give the green light.

    April 30, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. PJ/TX

    And 'they' say the President is politicizing the event? At least President Obama has a true "Mission Accomplished"
    on his list.
    And anybody who thinks the Republicans wouldn't be jumping all over this if the mission had failed are spending
    much time on the unbalanced faux news channel.

    April 30, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Lolo

    Why would he use Guiliani the person who hogs the spotlight regarding 911. This is all that the man has to rely on? Romney needs to let us see his transcripts from Harvard, his tax returns and his birth certificate.Romney is such a suck up, and he is phony doing it.

    April 30, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. steven stevens

    if there ever was a sleeze it is juliani....uses women like they were expendible..and then claims he is par of the moral party....

    April 30, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Bill, NY

    Heckle and Jeckle reborn! As a New yorker who was in the city on 9/11 I say of Giuliani: what leadership? He was lucky not to perish while setting up a command center in a burning building.

    April 30, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Where's the "honorable Sen. John McCain", is he going to allow the #1 publicizer Rudy Giuliani to take center stage. Say it isn't so when Giuliani ran on the death of those killed on 9-11, but I guess that's nothing compared to the President killing bin Laden.

    April 30, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines


    The GOBP hypocrites get all poutraged about the President getting bin-Laden, yet they pal around with clowns like Rudy who has built his entire recent political career on politicizing 9/11.

    April 30, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Giuliani is yesterday's very old news. He has no political value for Romney.

    April 30, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Anonymous

    I can't even begin to imagine what Mitt Romney is thinking to involve himself in the death of OBL. This is an issue he would best be served NOT to address politically. What's next on his agenda of tough-talk campaign rhetoric? Sending his 5 grown sons to military posts to discuss with the troops what a strong CIC candidate DaddyMitt is with their troop talk of ... "gosh but we have been soo busy over the past years campaigning for Mitt" ... "golly gee, it's been really fun campaigning" ... "great seeing ya'll" ... "ya'll have a nice day now, hear" ...

    April 30, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Why are these two out celebrating this anniversary?
    What did they or their Party do to bring about the death of bin Laden?
    Weren't they ( the Rethugs) the ones that claimed that capturing bin Laden wasn't high on their list of priorities....because they couldn't catch him?

    April 30, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Patriot Awesome

    Giuliani is sooooo 2KL8!

    (2kL8 = 2000 and late).

    April 30, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Blindersoff

    One loser to another, seems to always flock together, shaking hands for whatever, but it's still two dummy's, however, trying to out weather, President Obama, but he's much, much, too clever, always a hundred points ahead, no matter how you count it, Osama is still dead!

    Obama/Biden . . . 2012

    April 30, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Bill

    Is this supposed to help the hapless Romney? I am afraid it will not folks.

    April 30, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. John, PA

    What else would you expect the Democrats to do; they have to capitalize on the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, they can’t talks about the failed education system, failed energy plans, failed budgets, failed job market or how Obama has played 100 rounds of golf and 17 vacations to date in three years.

    And where is the investigation, why is no one questioning Obama for the order to put 20 navy seals on a CH47 Chinook helicopter, a helicopter that is known for being susceptible to small arms fire / rocket attack. America lost 20 heroes from that order.

    April 30, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. He got it right

    LOL LOL LOL oh my... Mitt, who is mad at the current Obama because they are talking about the killing of Osama.. is team up with Rudy and what? Is Mitt going to announce that it was him and Rudy who gave the military the secret where abouts of Osama? I mean, it wouldn't be the first time... I recall Mitt sending a letter to the Washington post talking about how bailing out the auto industry would 'not work'.. and then when it did work... he said it was because it was his idea. So now I have no doubt he will somehow have been involved in the killing of Osama. Maybe the ghost of Joseph Smith gave him the location.

    April 30, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)
    Why are these two out celebrating this anniversary?
    What did they or their Party do to bring about the death of bin Laden?
    They are Americans. This was an American accomplishment.

    April 30, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. A

    Romney attending an event that marks the anniversary of the assault on Osama bin Laden after saying "It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars trying to catch one man", is like Benedict Arnold celebrating the fourth of July.

    April 30, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. DIANA

    I love how they're helping the Obama campaign by reminding us who got Bin Laden. Our President couldn't have asked for anything better.

    Seriously what are they going to say. Obama should have gotten Bin Laden on his first day if office, what took him so long.

    April 30, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    John, PA wrote:

    What else would you expect the Democrats to do;
    Uh. Don't you mean what else would you expect *Republicans* to do? The article is about your Republicans, John.

    April 30, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Joan

    The GOP should be more careful how they are handling the Bin Laden death. They are in fact drawing attention to how inept George Bush was in accomplishing this and how Romney initially said it wasn't worth spending the money to go after him in Pakistan. That was obviously his real feelings on the topic but he must have gotten backlash so he flip-flopped again and sang a different tune right away. It is all on tape. It is the height of hypocracy for the Republicans to criticize this event because in 2008 they ran the most horrible campaign based on Rove's "fear and smear" campaign. They used the wars to scare everyone into thinking Bush was strong and capable of handling their safety. This ad is true and the world knows it. They didn't say Romney would not have ordered the hit but from his statements it does make you wonder IF he would have done it. That seems like a fair questions considering all the facts. The GOP is coming off as jealous, petty and critical of a truly historic event.

    April 30, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Blindersoff

    Ah, John . . . John, PA, Ah, Ah . . . calm down, slowly remove your hand from the key pad, I think you may need to go take your meds. We may have to go straight cold turkey. No more Fox News for you. Let go of the lies man. Come from out of you momma's basement. The sun is out shinning bright. Obama is doing a good job as president. Not the best, but a good job. Things are not as dark and hopeless as the republican leaders try and paint it. Good boy!

    April 30, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A – Awesome analogy.

    April 30, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    I love how they're helping the Obama campaign by reminding us who got Bin Laden...
    Seal Team 6? Do they get any credit even though it's 2012, unemployment is still above 8% and national debt is $16 trillion?

    April 30, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    They are Americans. This was an American accomplishment.
    Gong. They are Republicans. This was an American accomplishment by a Democratic President. Back in 2007, Mitt Romney was asked if he would go into Pakistan if he had "actionable intelligence" and his answer was, "No." Following the raid, Republicans and conservatives alike were chastising Pres. Obama for taking the action.

    April 30, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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