Skip to comments.Rudy Giuliani grilled on 'Meet the Press' (Russert lacerates smirking, irrational Giuliani)
Posted on 12/09/2007 6:19:49 PM PST by Liz
WASHINGTON - Rudy Giuliani doggedly insisted Sunday that threats against then-girlfriend Judith Nathan prompted the NYPD to launch her taxpayer-funded chauffeur services. "These were all based upon threat assessments made by the New York City Police Department ... of what was necessary to protect her life, my life, other people's lives," Giuliani told NBCs Tim Russert. "Every single thing done here was done based upon the assessment of someone else that this was necessary." His explanation of Nathan's car service doesn't square with Fridays Daily News exclusive report, citing multiple witnesses and a law enforcement source, that she was being protected by city taxpayers months before the affair was revealed in May 2000. "The threats were after" their romance became known, Giuliani maintained yesterday.
The only guest on Russert's "Meet the Press," Giuliani endured the most exhaustive and at times withering examination of his personal character and business dealings of his campaign. To the glee of fellow Presidential contenders who've grudgingly marvelled at his political staying power, the Republican frontrunner spent nearly all of an hour playing defense, attempting to deflect a flurry of questions about his relationship with indicted pal Bernard Kerik and Kerik's mistress Judith Regan, controversial corporate clients and his own tangled personal life. "He's held up in the polls a lot longer than anyone thought," a neutral GOP consultant predicted, "but the baggage is finally starting to catch up with him."
Giuliani said again that he did a poor job of vetting Kerik but denied he allowed personal loyalty to trump his judgment. He said he knew Regan was Kerik's publisher but wasnt aware of their Ground Zero love nest in a pad reserved for recovery workers. He defended the activities of his security and legal businesses as "ethical, lawful, decent work," but said he wont release a list of his clients because he's promised many of them confidentiality.
In one seemingly contradictory answer, Giuliani said hell consider further disclosures at a later date: "I'm not going to do more than what is absolutely required, and we'll go further than that." Predictably, Democrats piled on. "Rudy Giuliani's refusal to be honest about his shady past is becoming a chronic habit," Democratic National Committee spokesman Dag Vega jabbed. As voters learn about his penchant for covering up scandals, they will continue to turn away from his candidacy."
The usually-combative candidate was uncharacteristically subdued throughout the grilling. Somberly dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and TK tie, Giuliani employed many of the timeworn techniques of damage control. He turned the tables on his inquisitor - "that's a stretch," he politely complained once - and borrowed from the Watergate scandal's signature "mistakes were made" rationale.Stealing a page from Hillary Clintons script, he wielded a tactical laugh now and then. He blamed the media for hyping the facts, and invoked the memory of a fellow ex-mayor to explain his poor judgment about Kerik. "As one of my predecessors, Fiorello LaGuardia, used to say, 'I don't make many mistakes, but when I make them, they're big ones.'"
That was a reference to LaGuardia's celebrated 1941 wisecrack: "When I make a mistake, it's a beaut." In a rare interlude from his self-defense chores, Giuliani took issue with ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 1992 remark that homosexuality is an "aberrant" lifestyle. "I don't believe it's sinful," he said. "Its the various acts that people perform that are sinful, not the orientation that they have." The corps of sinners, he added, includes His Honor: "I've had my own sins that Ive had to confess and had to deal with and try to overcome, and so I'm very, very empathetic with people, and that we're all imperfect human beings struggling to try to be better."
With David Saltonstall
I urge every FReeper to read this (or catch MTP reruns on MSNBC).
Meet The Press transcript. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22170668/
Russert reamed Giuliani unmercifully. Russert was visibly disgusted at Rootys moronic laughing and giggling over every serious question. Russert even reprimanded RG: hey, these are serious questions.
Russert hit RG with Kerik, security for Jooty, and scummy business dealings-real hardball questions.
The smirking grinning weasel lied and lied and lied. He and his admin fiverted government funds to give his nimbo 24/7 security coverage. Obscure agencies with struggling budgets were saddled with the bills for Rooty's mistress.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, said in 2002, several months after taking office, that the Giuliani administration had kept the budget for the mayors office artificially low by paying more than $5 million in salaries through other city agencies.
Cannot fathom even a braindead liberal countenancing RGs irrational, crackpot answers to Russertso convoluted as to be incomprehensible.
When Giuliani tells Russert hes gonna win primaries ourside of Iowa and NH-better believe Rooty and his neopuke handlers will employ massive voter fraud.....and God knows what else.
No one in their right mind would vote for this grinning, irrational nitwit.
Acutally, Liz, Russert looked like an idiotic fool.
Many hours could be filled asking Sen. Clinton such questions, but she, and other Dems, get questions asking them what wonderful plans thay have to provide every needy American health care, insurance, housing, education, etc. What a sickening double standard.
Yeah, great service, taking down a potential GOP candidate while giving a free pass to the DNC candidate(s). As usual, double standard against the repubs. “No one in their right mind would vote for this grinning, irrational nitwit.” Nope, now more will vote for the Democratic candidate. Yeah, victory! /sar.
I would be as happy as you if there was an ounce of possibility dems would be subject to the same. They won’t be.
While I’m happy to see Rudy get serious questions about his weaknesses we shouldn’t gloat. Expect the Republican nominee to get the same treatment from Russert, especially now that he’s been targeted by Hitlery.
He has to get his cred back somehow. /s/
Russert looked as disgusted w/ the grinning dork Giuliani, as was the audience.
I think the quote on your profile applies here:
“While it’s true that I invariably vote for Republicans, I never fool myself into thinking they’ll be anything except better than their Democratic opponents. Those people who are hurt by such political facts of life are to be pitied. It’s like a child’s discovery that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren’t who they’ve been cracked up to be. To such conservatives, all I can say is: Grow up.” Bert Prelutsky October 25, 2005
Celebrating the MSM drive by on a Republican (yes, even a RINO) is simply enjoying the greater possibility of a DNC victory.
The rest of us seem to disagree.
“....neopuke handlers will employ massive voter fraud.....”
Perhaps you are referring to ANY of the Democrat candidates.
Why so gleeful over yet another application of the LeftMedia’s double standard against Republicans?
I’m no fan of Giuliani, but let’s not side with over-rated journalistic hit men like the liar Russert.
Read the Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread for today in Breaking News.
What you say is not even close to the way most observers reported it. And most of them are NOT even Guiliani fans.
Bottom line, most though Rudy did fine and Tim looked foolish with his accusatory, hunched-over, frowning stance (as usual when not interviewing a democrat).
I didn’t watch the program but my guess is that Russert still sees Giuliani as potentially an obstacle to a ‘Rat victory in November 2008 and wants to weaken him. Remember his role in the witchhunt against Scooter Libby (as far as I can tell, the evidence of Libby’s perjury consisted of Russert having a different recollection of fleeting phone conversations).
Golly-—it’s after 9:00.
I thought the children would be in bed by now.
Where are the parents? Why are they letting the kids post on my thread?
Which is why Russert loves Dims, since they never produce, just talk.
Oh, sorry, I didn’t realize you get to define what a Republican is.
Goldwater cautioned against this sort of infighting. I respect that people do not support Rudy because he’s not a true conservative (among various other reasons). I personally prefer other candidates. For similar reasons, I do not like Huckabee (immigration, taxes). Nonetheless, I don’t it’s fair to say who is and who isn’t a Republican.
You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but to say I’m wrong because he’s not a Republican in your opinion is, wrong.
Another seminar democrat plant
post your background please.
As unfortunate an exchange as this may have been (the one morning I didn’t watch the talking heads), I want to see Rudy take these hits NOW and prove he can withstand them ... rather than after he’s been anointed and we are stuck with him.
POSTED BY CALPERNIA Giuliani in recent weeks has faced a barrage of questions about New York police security costs for his trysts with Nathan and about his business clients, which have included the Persian Gulf country of Qatar. Although a U.S. ally, Qatar is accused of sheltering suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Khalids nephew, Ramzi Yousef, is the one that bombed the WTC in 93. Ramzi had a safe house in Brooklyn that he used. Khalid is also the one that had Daniel Pearl killed. Last story Pearl was working on was the Diamond underground trade ring.
Ironic that Giuliani has a partnership in the Diamonds Trade.
Giulianis Profitable Partnership
I don’t like Giuliani, but Russert is pathetic. I wouldn’t mind it if he asked questions like these of Kerry or Hillary, but he never does.
Rudy is the darling of the “character doesn’t matter” wing of the party.
That would be like be saying:
Another Seminar Rudy Plant
post your background please.
Who cares about Rooty’s investments in Qatar — it’s not like it’s a surprise to anyone.
A democrat plant?
I doubt it.
Nah....some of us old guys are still up....
The way I see it -— Rudy wasn’t dragged into that interview.
The camera attracts some of these guys like a moth to a flame..
If one has a sordid past and “business” subjects he doesn’t wish to discuss in public — then one should avoid the MSM cameras!
None of us are perfect, or even near perfect -— but Rudy is so deeply flawed it’s impossible to consider him a viable candidate for office of President of the United States..
ALL candidates should get the type “grilling” Rudy got..
Most don’t have the courage to submit — or believe they are smart enough to bullshit their way through the interview.
Rudy was wrong...
I read the entire Sunday Morning Talk show thread and this is definitely a minority opinion.
He did the same to Hillary too! Maybe his FBI file is outdated.
If you don’t want people to react to your thread, I suggest you post it elsewhere.
Free Republic folks are informed, opinionated and not afraid of you.
The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, left, shakes hands with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, center, as New York Police Commisioner Bernard Kerik, right, looks on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at World Trade Center disaster command center in New York. His Highness made a donation of $1 million
Rudy was lousy.
He must have repeated the fact that there are U.S. soldiers in Qutar at least a dozen times to several different questions.
He sucked. Big time.
Is that the guy who Rudy gave the check back to?
Rudy has had lots and lots of business dealings with Qatar since 9/11.
What are the odds?
Yes, since when do FReepers laud the likes of Tim Russert?
Not a good trend, imo.
Giuliani returned a donation from Alwaleed bin Talal. That picture is of Giuliani and the emir of Qatar. Different donation.
“Tim Russert provided a great public service. Thanks to Russert, Rudy exposed numerous glaring personality and character flaws.
He did the same to Hillary too! Maybe his FBI file is outdated.”
No, Rudy kept the money from this guy, the Qatar emir--he's the guy that protected Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and praised Hezbollah for their victory over Israel in Lebanon.
Russert couldn’t lacerate a cabbage.
I'm sure you can find it somewhere.
Russert grilled Hillary pretty well on Iraq
destruction from within.
In a 1960 speech Goldwater warned against what I see on here on everyday - he’s not my kind of conservative so I can’t support him. I respect adhering to principles and pushing for the best candidate, but ceding the country to liberals is worse then getting a mixed bag conservative or recent convert.
There seems to be one line of thinking that if we punish the GOP by only supporting a “true” conservative and rejecting anything less, they’ll shape up. The other is, why suffer for years (possibly decades) in hopes of that theory?
If Russert is taking the lead on this, then that’s got to mean tootyfruityrudy’s downfall is in the bag.
Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter
So far tonight on FR I have read articles attacking Rudy, Romney, Huckabee, Paul, McCain and Thompson. Until we true blue, pure, real conservatives are finished there won’t be a Republican candidate left standing who has a chance in hell of being elected. Nevermind that any one of the above would stand head and shoulders above any of the Democrats as president.
Meanwhile, the “true conservative” remains at 1% or zero in the polls. So, the naysayers aren’t supporting him, either.
Nominating liberals like JulieAnnie will be the downfall of the party.
And your point is?
The amir of Qatar is our friend.
President Bush May 8 thanked the leader of the tiny Gulf country of Qatar for his nation's steadfast support.
In brief remarks at the White House after the two leaders met, Bush said Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani "showed great leadership" in leading his country to join the coalition that took on Saddam Hussein's regime.
U.S. Central Command located its forward headquarters in Qatar before the conflict began.
Bush called the amir a "reformer" and "a strong example of what is possible in his part of the world." Al Thani has promoted a new constitution for Qatar that allows women to vote and has appointed women to his cabinet.
I would have said "small minded", but your point is still apropo
By God I believe you’ve got it right; pisses me off though.