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.”