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MoveOn Fires
Back at Giuliani

When former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani took aim at the liberal for its newspaper ad criticizing General David Petraeus, he must have known it would not stop there.

And indeed it didn't. In a new television ad, MoveOn lambasts Giuliani for what it calls a "betrayal of trust" for skipping out of meetings of the Iraq Study Group, an oversight group created by Congress to recommend new war policy.

"When Giuliani had the chance to actually do something about the war, he went AWOL," the ad claims, saying the former mayor eventually "quit and gave speeches for money."

The response from Giuliani's campaign underscores the gulf in America between the right and the left.

"Being attacked by the Democratic character assassination machine is something Rudy Giuliani will wear as a badge of honor," said the statement from Communications Director Katie Levinson.

"This is, after all, the same liberal group whose website compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler, the same liberal group that wanted no military response against the Taliban in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September 11th and the same liberal group that consistently opposes funding for our troops in the theater of war," she said.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  September 17, 2007; 5:00 PM ET
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