DNC: Giuliani Criticizes Obama, Drops Strong Hint that Romney Is McCain’s VP Pick
August 27, 2008
Following Mitt Romney’s lead yesterday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani hosted a press conference in Denver today to combat the Democrats on behalf of John McCain during the DNC. Giuliani was joined by former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin.
In continuation of Romney’s arguments against Obama, Giuliani harped on the Democratic candidate’s foreign policy abilities, saying that Barack Obama’s initial opposition of the surge reveals him to be inept to face global crises.
“Obama opposed the surge,” Giuliani said. “I think we to say on that key issue that McCain turned out to be right and Barack Obama was wrong.”
Giuliani said McCain has proven himself a worthy successor to the Oval Office because he has taken the right stands on issues even though they weren’t popular at the time, something he said Obama hasn’t done.
“He (McCain) is willing to take an independent view when his mind and conscience and set of opinions take him to a different position,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani also continued the argument that Delaware Senator Joe Biden’s documented opinion during the primaries that Obama isn’t ready to lead is a major gaff in the Illinois Senator’s campaign. He said that his selection of Biden for vice president is one major reason why McCain has been steadily gaining on Obama in the polls, even in spite of this week’s DNC coverage.
“I believe the reason for the bounce is his deciding not to take Hillary Clinton and taking Joe Biden instead,” Giuliani said. “I don’t think he’s adequately explained why he passed over Clinton.”
Giuliani further stated that it was abnormal for Obama to pick a running mate that at one point had said he thought Obama wasn’t ready to lead. He said disagreement on issues between candidates sharing a ticket is normal, but disagreement about the other’s ability to lead is odd.
“I think that John McCain will choose a running mate that agrees with him on most issues. But there’ll be a couple issues they disagree on. That’s a normal situation. What will not emerge is you’re not going to select a Republican who thinks that John McCain is not prepared to be president,” Giuliani said.
Leading from that statement, Giuliani gave what may be the first major hint that Mitt Romney, former Gov. of Massachusetts, is McCain’s Republican vice presidential candidate.
“Governor Romney and Sen. McCain disagreed about various issues but both at times acknowledged that they would support each other.”
To be clear, Giuliani did not say that Romney was McCain’s pick, but it’s hard not to interpret his statement as strongly suggesting that, come this Friday morning, McCain will officially announce Romney as his VP pick.