Rudy Giuliani on Biden: Two-Faced As Usual
Rudy Giuliani today said Joe Biden is "too unbalanced" to be step into the role of President should that become necessary.
"I don't think he's nuts. I'm just saying I wonder if he's got the kind of balance - probably what I should have said is the balance to be president of the United States," Giuliani said. "This guy is like one gaffe after another, and he's a joke on late-night television."
Earlier this week he said Biden isn't too bright. He was referring to Biden's comment on Tuesday, when speaking to a predominantly African American group, that "Mitt Romney's regulatory policies would "put y'all back in chains."
In 2008, when Sarah Palin used the words "blood libel" in responding to media reports that she may have contributed to the Arizona shootings, which many regarded as anti-Semitic, he defended her. [More...]
Palin used it to criticize many in the media who said her political rhetoric may have contributed to the shootings. She later said her critics were taking issue with the phrasing in hopes of derailing her overall message.
Giuliani said "except for the use of the word, (she was) absolutely right on." "I mean it's a bad word to use, a bad connotation, going back to the whole history of anti-Semitism. This wasn't at that level," Giuliani said.
After Giuliani's remark on Biden today, Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter responded:
"I would like to point back to (Guiliani's) glowing introduction of Sarah Palin during the 2008 convention," Cutter said on ABC. "So if he wants to criticize the capacity of the vice president to take hold of this country, he should go back and look at those remarks and whether he still believes that they're true."
What did Giuliani say about Palin at the RNC in 2008?
In choosing Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain has chosen for the future. The other guy looked back. John looked forward.
Gov. Palin represents a new generation. She’s already one of the most successful governors in America and the most popular.
And she’s already had more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket combined. She’s been a mayor. I love that.
I’m sorry — I’m sorry that Barack Obama feels that her hometown isn’t cosmopolitan enough. I’m sorry, Barack, that it’s not flashy enough. Maybe they cling to religion there.
Well — well, the first day — as far as I’m concerned, the first day she was mayor, she had more experience as an executive than — than Obama and Biden combined.
Then she became governor. She’s reduced taxes. She’s reduced government spending. She’s encouraged more energy exploration.
She’s been one of the most active governors — she’s been one of the most active governors in the country, and Alaska can be proud of having one of the best governors in the country.
She’s got an 80 percent approval rating. You never get that in New York City, wow.
As U.S. attorney, a former U.S. attorney, I’m very impressed the way she took on corruption in Alaska, including corruption in the Republican Party. This is a woman who has no fear. This is a woman who stands up for what’s right.
She — she — she is shaking up Alaska in a way that hasn’t happened in maybe ever. And with John McCain, with his independent spirit, with his being a maverick, with him and Sarah Palin, can you imagine how they’re going to shake up Washington?
Rudy Giuliani as a judge of balance or brightness? I don't think so.
Also, if you are going to criticize Joe Biden, there are plenty of policy reasons to do so, such as his role as architect of many of the most oppressive and punitive crime laws this country has enacted over the past 30 years while he was in the Senate. Of course an authoritarian like Giuliani can't do that, since his views on crime are even more distorted and reactionary than Biden's, so he resorts to personal attacks on his emotional stability and intelligence.
Giuliani's comments on Biden highlight how two-faced he is. And, like most attacks that resort to baseless claims about a candidate's emotional and mental state, they reek of desperation.
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