Giuliani fires up crowd with jabs at Obama

Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York during the Sept. 11 attacks, said Wednesday night that Barack Obama and the Democrats “are in a state of denial” about the threat of terrorism against the United States.

Giuliani said Republican presidential candidate John McCain can be trusted to confront and defeat “anything that terrorists do to us.”

He reminded the Republican National Convention that he'd said in a Republican campaign debate a year ago that had he not been running for president himself, he would have been supporting McCain.

“Well, I'm not, and I do,” he said in what was to have been a keynote address but wound up late on the convention agenda.

One by one, Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, all losers to McCain in the contest for the Republican nomination, urged delegates to send their former rival to the White House. The also-rans teamed up in a head-on lunge at Obama, questioning his ability to protect the nation.

The three told the convention that McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, his running mate, are the right choice for the future of America and that Obama would be the wrong one.

Giuliani praised Palin as “one of the most successful governors in America – and the most popular.”

She's been governor for two years, after eight as mayor of tiny Wasilla, but Giuliani said she's ready for the vice presidency. “She already has more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket,” he said.

Giuliani said Obama is a celebrity senator without a record of leadership or legislation.

“He's the least experienced candidate for president of the United States in at least the last 100 years,” he said to the cheering, chanting convention. “Nobama, nobama,” came the chants from the floor and the galleries. And “Zero, zero” when Giuliani said Obama has no experience.

Giuliani said that is not a personal attack – “it's a statement of fact. Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing, Nada.”

When Giuliani said that McCain advocates an energy program that would use every approach, including drilling, they shouted “Drill baby, drill.” He chuckled and repeated the line.