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Rudy Giuliani Brags About His Foreign Policy Experience As Mayor Of New York

Reported by Ellen - December 28, 2007 -

Hannity & Colmes took time away from their extensive tiger-attack coverage for an hour of serious discussion last night (12/27/07) about the Benazir Bhutto assassination. The line-up featured three Republican presidential candidates (Rudolph Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney) and no Democrats. Conservative Rich Lowry, sitting in for Sean Hannity, asked Giuliani to respond to a shot from John McCain about his (Giuliani’s) lack of foreign policy experience. Giuliani made the surprising claim that he got involved in foreign policy while mayor of New York. With video.

At about a minute and a half into the interview, Lowry asked Giuliani to respond to McCain’s remark that “Responding to a terror attack in a city is not the same as having foreign policy experience. Rudy Giuliani doesn’t have foreign policy experience. He’s never been to Iraq.”

Giuliani said it was “not the time to do political campaigning.” But, he quickly added, “The fact is I have a good deal of foreign policy experience. I’ve negotiated with governments when I was in the Justice Department. As the mayor of New York, you get involved in foreign policy, you know – at a – just about every issue that’s involved throughout the world. I’ve had a tremendous amount of experience handling crisis and problems in what’s considered to be maybe the second or third toughest job in the United States. And over the last five, six years, I’ve been on 90 plus foreign trips to 34, 35 different countries. So I have a good knowledge of the world. And I have the kind of background and experience that many of the people elected president have, you know, coming out of governor’s offices and having executive experience where you have to make decisions.”

Lowry audibly agreed with that last statement, even though he and his ilk are always talking about the importance of recognizing that we're in a post 9/11 world.

So it must have been all that foreign policy experience he acquired as mayor that enabled Giuliani to skip out on the Iraq Study Group and still feel that he’s the best qualified to “stay on the offensive against Islamic terrorism” as he always says (I believe he mentioned it twice during this interview).

Nobody asked Giuliani just what kind of foreign policy he worked on while he was mayor.