Rudy: 'Barack Obama Has Never Led Anything'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2008 9:37 PM CDT
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani gestures as he speaks at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani tonight delivered the most blistering attack yet on Barack Obama's qualifications to be president, belittling him as a "celebrity senator" with no legislative record to speak of, MSNBC reports. "He’s never run a city, he’s never run a state, he’s never run a business, he’s never run a military unit,” Giuliani said. “He’s never had to lead people in crisis." It's not a personal attack, he said, but merely a "statement of fact."

"The choice in this election comes down to substance over style," said Giuliani. "John McCain has been tested. Barack Obama has not. Tough times require strong leadership, and this is no time for on-the-job training." Giuliani advised voters to think about the election as though "you're hiring someone to do a job—an important job that involves the safety and security of your family."