Giuliani Explains Iraq Study Group Absenteeism
Posted on Jun 20, 2007
Rudy Giuliani is in damage control mode, now that people have noticed that during his two-month tour as a member of the Iraq Study Group he missed two meetings in order to make paid appearances. The candidate called his participation in the group a mistake, both because he intended to run for office and because it “didn’t seem that I would really be able to keep the thing focused on a bipartisan, nonpolitical resolution.”
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday it was a mistake for him to join the Iraq Study Group, on which he lasted just two months and failed to show for any official meetings. The former New York mayor has tried to tamp down criticism in recent days after Newsday reported that Giuliani was a no-show for two of the group’s meetings and instead attended paid public appearances.
“I thought it would work, but then after a month or two I realized the idea that I was possibly going to run for president would be inconsistent with that,” Giuliani said during a campaign stop in Iowa.
Giuliani said the main reason he quit was that it “didn’t seem that I would really be able to keep the thing focused on a bipartisan, nonpolitical resolution.”