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Giuliani in YouTube's Crosshairs ... Again

YouTube has not been kind to Rudy Giuliani.

Now Hizzoner's taking yet another hit delivered via YouTube: A new video tracks where he was last Thursday, the day he skipped the nationally televised GOP debate addressing black issues due to, his campaign aides explained, "scheduling conflicts."

Giuliani, whose lead in the national polls among the Republican field has consistently slipped, spent Thursday in delegate-rich California, the video shows. Early in the day, he was in southern California receiving the endorsement of Pete Wilson, the former California governor who's not popular among Latinos and blacks in California. (In his successful reelection bid in 1994, Wilson supported Proposition 187, which denied social services such as public education and health care to illegal immigrants, and was against affirmative action.)

Thursday night, while several of his GOP rivals were debating in front of a black audience at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Giuliani was in Santa Barbara at a $2,300-a-plate fundraiser attended by Bo Derek and Dennis Miller.

The online video was created by Brave New Films, owned by the liberal activist and award-winning Robert Greenwald. Greenwald also started TheRealRudy.org, an anti-Giuliani site that targets the former New York mayor's record and his handling of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Another video, called "Mistakes in 30 Seconds," capitalizes on Giuliani's response in a televised GOP debate where he asked, "In 30 seconds, what is a defining mistake of your life and why?" Giuliani made a joke about how he couldn't possibly list all his mistakes in 30 seconds, but the video -- using footage from television journalists -- listed his history for him: "Open and notorious adultery." "He's been married three times." "His daughter is backing Barack Obama." "Mismanaged the aftermath of the attack."

Last month, The Trail wrote about "Gays for Giuliani," a satirical video that shows gay New Yorkers thanking Giuliani, dubbed "a gay leader," for his support of civil unions. In 2004, Giuliani told Fox News: "I'm in favor of ... civil unions." But in April, Giuliani said that the civil unions bill passed in New Hampshire "goes too far" because it is "the equivalent of marriage." The video is aiming to hurt Giuliani -- who has a positive record on gay rights -- with social conservative voters.

- Jose Antonio Vargas

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 29, 2007; 6:23 PM ET
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Thanks for retransmitting today's Dem talking points.

However, as for Prop187, it had majority Hispanic support two months before the election, so perhaps the WaPo "reporter" is letting something or other cloud his judgment. And, here's one of the wonderful people who opposes Pete Wilson: youtube.com/watch?v=e-UHtfJtZM8 Fun fact: he's linked to the Democratic Party.

As for Rudy, here's a real video with a question citizen journalists can ask him (and then upload the response):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElAvo8EM4uk

"Reporters" like Vargas will never ask Rudy a question like that, so it's up to us to do it.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | September 30, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Donna Hanover was Giuliani's second wife, not his third. His first wife was his cousin, to whom he was married for quite a number of years before getting it annulled on some technicality. Additionally, he announced he was divorcing Donna Hanover via a press conference and didn't have the courtesy or the courage to inform her prior to the press conference that he was divorcing her. He's quite a guy. As commentators in New York and New Jersey have frequently stated, on September 10, 2001, New York was sick of him and wanted him gone. September 11th, of course, changed him from a nasty, mean-spirited man to a hero.

Posted by: jerseygirl216 | September 30, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't you mean September 11, 2001?

Posted by: shusain1 | September 30, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Rudy's biggest fear is of a video of wife number three's (Donna Hanover) tearful press conference after she found out via press release that her marraige was over and that Rudy would be taking up full time with his mistress who is today his wife. There is a compiled report video on youtube, but it doesn't include Donna's press conference. If that thing ever surfaces and goes viral, Rudy will have his own "macaca" situation to bring him down.

Posted by: jam754 | September 30, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, "regressed" was a judgmental term. I believe the technical and objective term for it is "flip flopped".

Posted by: light_bearer | September 30, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Ingrates, all of them! Besides, Giuliani hasn't regressed nearly as much on gay rights and every other issue as Romney.

Posted by: light_bearer | September 30, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The most amazing thing about American Politics is that hundreds of thousands of people work free of charge to help get politicias elected. These workers believe that the politician they work for will help make the country a better place in which to live and the workers also think that they will personally benefit if their man or woman wins. Guess what? It doesn't happen. Once the politician gets in office the only people who benefit are those that contributed big bucks. The only thing the no charge workers get is bragging rights that they helped to put their person into office.

Posted by: bobsellsflowers | September 30, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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