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Ear to the Ground

Giuliani Apologizes for Ground Zero Gaffe

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Posted on Aug 11, 2007
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Still “America’s Mayor”?  Edwards’ camp accused Giuliani of exploiting 9/11 to boost his campaign, but Giuliani says he didn’t mean to compete with ground zero workers.

Rudy Giuliani switched to damage-control mode Friday in an effort to minimize the negative impact of a comment he made to the press Thursday at a Cincinnati baseball game.  Referring to his dedication to the rescue and relief efforts at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Giuliani said Thursday that he was at ground zero “as often, if not more, than most of the workers.”  Whoops.

Smelling blood in the proverbial water, a campaign staffer of one of Giuliani’s Democratic rivals for the White House, John Edwards, was quick to point out Giuliani’s gaffe, as TheHill.com reports.


AP via Breitbart.com:

On Friday, Giuliani said he was trying to show his concern for the workers’ health.

“What I was trying to say yesterday is that I empathize with them, because I feel like I have that same risk,” he said.

“There were people there less than me, people on my staff, who already have had serious health consequences, and they weren’t there as often as I was,” Giuliani said, “but I wasn’t trying to suggest a competition of any kind, which is the way it come across.”

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By ocjim, August 13, 2007 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Another bankrupt politician believes his own rhetoric. Self-deception must be the mother’s milk of a political candidate, especially a mediocre one like Rudy

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By steve, August 13, 2007 at 11:03 am Link to this comment
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After all this controversy, it still would not surprise me to see Rudi become our next president.  The whole election process is nothing more than a fraud: the CEOS and others close to President Bush and Cheney will have the last say who is installed as our next president.  The whole primary and nomination and election process is nothing more than a game to keep the masses occupied.

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By Sceloporus, August 13, 2007 at 8:45 am Link to this comment

Giuliani comes from the Tony Soprano school of NY politics; Just like Al D’Amato. I hope he gets killed in the New York primary.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, August 13, 2007 at 1:04 am Link to this comment
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Bush was in hiding finishing “The Pet Goat”,and Rudy was running around mid town Manhattan because he had put the command center in Trade Center instead of underground in Brooklyn where the experts wanted it.He probably spent so much time at ground zero because the radios did not work.This is a hero.The crapstream media which knows the truth of 911 is not reporting the real story.The firemen know it and the policemen know it but the crapstream media keeps pushing this once upon time fairy tale.I will bet you if Rudy gets the nomination for President that he will lose New York because the people of New York know Rudy.

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By Douglas Chalmers, August 13, 2007 at 12:56 am Link to this comment

#94206 by weather on 8/12 at 6:24 am: “...Please tell us why w/in just days after 9/11 Rudy would fly to Israel when he had so much on his plate here…”

Giuliani, and a few others, should apologize for 9/11…....

There were NO box-cutters!

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By weather, August 12, 2007 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

Hemi.

Well that’s it exactly, when Silverstein yells “pull it” and bldg. 7 comes down at 5:30pm on 9/11 and Israel tells Rudy to play along because he’ll get a clear shot to the White House and while he’s waiting the former Mayor, suddenly gets and investment banking firm called Giuliani Partners, the screenplay from Hell starts act Two. How very lovely.

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By Hemi*, August 12, 2007 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

“There were people there less than me, people on my staff, who already have had serious health consequences, and they weren’t there as often as I was,” Giuliani said, “but I wasn’t trying to suggest a competition of any kind, which is the way it come across.” Rudi G

The problem that your staffers have is due to their being in the midst of the mess instead of on the fringes where the photo ops were not obscurred by the dust in the air. When will the GOP decide let’s “pull it” regarding Rudi’s candidacy?

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By weather, August 12, 2007 at 7:24 am Link to this comment

Rudy took the brown bag.

Please tell us why w/in just days after 9/11 Rudy would fly to Israel when he had so much on his plate here?

Maybe you can explain too how it was that w/in 6 city blocks of complete obliteration, workers could come upon the partially charred passport of one of the hijackers! Was it spit out of the fuselage like a leaflet?


Thanks again Rudy, there was a time when you really did have integrity, your Dad and Walter Barra are spinning in their graves.

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By Skruff, August 12, 2007 at 6:57 am Link to this comment
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Why would a “free country” need to elect a Fede4rna Prosecutor mayor? President? Dog catcher?

If Rudy had any concern at all for “emergency workers” (Fire and Police personnel) he would have lobbied for these workers by suggesting the memorial at “ground zero” (I hate that stupid designation) be in the form or housing for fire and police families.  Currently firemen in the city of New York often can not afford to live in the city they protect.

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By QuyTran, August 11, 2007 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

His skin face is so….thick !

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By waxman, August 11, 2007 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

JUST LOOK AT IT, CROSS DRESSING TWIN BROTHER OF THE ANTI-CRIST SEAN HANNITY .  PLEASE PEOPLE, PAY ATTENTION AND GET RID OF THIS VERMIN FOR THE SAKE OF OUR ONCE VERY PROUD COUNTRY.

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By Terry, August 11, 2007 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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As Stephen Colbert succinctly put it, he stands for things, well on things, remind you of someone else.

Pols are like dogs, they only know how to do certain things, like fornicate, and sh*t, its a basic animal instinct thing, so don’t be surprised when a dog tells you he can do things that you really know he can’t, after all he’s just a dog.

Apologies to all those super intelligent dogs out there in the armed forces, the police force etc

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By Dale Headley, August 11, 2007 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment
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The one thing you can say for Rudy Giuliani is that he is just as smart as George Bush.  And I do mean the ONE thing.

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By farmertx, August 11, 2007 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

One can usually excuse the Shrub for his lapses in public speaking,  because he isn’t capable of connected thoughts of more than one syllable.
For any other candidate, you’d think that they would stop and think before speaking.
But, it isn’t so.
Rudy has a long way to go and many more campaign staffer’s to run afoul of the law.

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By Enemy of State, August 11, 2007 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

It was all about a single marginally inspirational speech. But apparently we like phoney heroes, real ones are too authentic.  It seems like all he really did about the 9-11 mess, was to tell everyone that the fumes/dust were no threat to health. Thousands of recovery workers have since found out just how unsafe it was. Thats his real legacy.

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By RAE, August 11, 2007 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps I’m not paying enough attention but I can’t recall when the “touring” of a disaster zone by a politician or other “celebrity” has EVER really benefitted those affected by it.

Maybe the press just isn’t following up with a before/after comparison of amount of aid available so I could judge.

I wonder how many are going to vote for Rudy when even his own kids think he’s a loser? No… let me correct that. I wonder WHY so many will vote for Rudy when even his own kids, who presumably know more about the real Rudy, won’t?

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By VietnamVet, August 11, 2007 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

God, I hope this “thing” wins the GOP primary and goes on to run in 2008. If that is the best the GOP has to offer, we should be a sho-in to win. If there ever was a self-centered, lying hypocrite, running for President, it is this…what do you want to call it?

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