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Giuliani Defends Petraeus, Blasts MoveOn, Clinton

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani on Thursday submitted a full-page ad to the New York Times attacking his rival, Hillary Clinton, and defending General David Petraeus.

In the ad, Giuliani accuses Democrats of "orchestrated attacks on General Petraeus," and says Clinton's comment about needing to suspend disbelief was a "character attack" on the general.

Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Giuliani, would say only that the ad has been submitted to the Times, but declined to confirm that it was actually running the ad, or to say how much the campaign paid for it. Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis could not be reached for comment.

At a campaign stop in Atlanta, Giuliani defended Petraeus against a MoveOn.Org ad that ran in the Times Monday, which lambasted him as General "Betray Us." He also criticized the Times for giving the organization a heavily discounted rate for what he called an "abominable" ad.

MoveOn said it paid $65,000 for their ad, far less than the standard $180,000 rate for a full-page ad. Mathis told a Reuters reporter that the content of the ad was not considered and that there are many different rates for a full-page ad.

"The advertising folks did not see the content of the ad before the rate was quoted," she told the news service.

Giuliani is trying to make a point about Clinton, who he accused of calling Petraeus a liar during her questioning of him at a congressional hearing. Giuliani said her questioning of Petraeus was "typical" of the Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton, The New York Times, should apologize for what they did," Giuliani said. "Their excessive political view led them to character assassination."

Clinton spokesman Phil Singer responded that "Mayor Giuliani supports George Bush's Iraq policy and believes it is working. Senator Clinton knows it isn't and will keep up her efforts to end the war. She believes the best way to honor our heroes in Iraq is to bring them home."

--Michael D. Shear

By Post Editor  |  September 13, 2007; 7:05 PM ET
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