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    Default Rudy Giuliani accuses Hillary Clinton of "assassinating" Gen. Petraeus' character

    Giuliani: Clinton smeared Gen. Petraeus
    By SHANNON McCAFFREY, Associated Press Writer

    ATLANTA - Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani on Thursday accused Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton of participating in "character assassination" for questioning Gen. David Petraeus about his assessment of progress in Iraq.

    Clinton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was one of several Democrats and some Republicans who expressed skepticism with President Bush's top military general's more positive outlook on Iraq than recent independent reviews.

    Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker told Congress Iraq remains largely dysfunctional but said violence in recent months had decreased since the influx of 30,000 additional troops earlier this year.

    "The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief," Clinton said Tuesday.

    Campaigning in Georgia, Giuliani assailed Clinton for the second straight day and tried to link her to a newspaper ad from the liberal anti-war group MoveOn critical of Petraeus. The ad accused Petraeus of "cooking the books" for the White House. "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" it asked, playing off his name.

    MoveOn is an independent organization.

    "We believe, unlike Hillary Clinton, that General Petraeus is telling the truth," Giuliani said.

    Calling the ad abominable, Giuliani said Clinton's comments followed up on it "in a very, very coincidental way."

    He added, "What I don't think should happen in political discourse is the kind of character assassination that MoveOn.org participated in in calling him General Betray Us, that The New York Times gave them a discount to do and that Hillary Clinton followed up on with an attack on his integrity."

    He also said, "It is time for Americans to really insist that American politicians move beyond character assassination and this is exactly what they attempted to do with General Petraeus."

    "Maybe you can disagree with his tactics," Giuliani said of Petraeus. "I agree with them, but you have no right to disagree with his integrity."

    "Their excessive political zeal led them to character assassination," he said

    Giuliani made the comments after shaking hands with a the lunchtime crowd eating fried green tomatoes at the OK Cafe in Atlanta. A version of the old Georgia flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem, hung on the wall.

    Responding to reporters' questions outside the restaurant, Giuliani repeated his contention that illegal immigration is not a crime.

    "It's up to the U.S. Congress to decide that, and the U.S. law books say that crossing the border without permission is a misdemeanor. Other than that, it's not a crime," he said.

    "Congress tried to make it a crime, but didn't make it a crime, so that's a question of law, not political rhetoric or political spinning or political position."

    He quickly changed the subject.

    Guiliani also headlined three fundraisers in the state Thursday.
    Giuliani: Clinton smeared Petraeus - Yahoo! News

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    Why is he even running for president? He's too old and grumpy.

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    You can cling to your belief all you want, the facts say otherwise.. but Repukes are never concerned with FACTS are they.
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    Maybe Hillary should respond with asking Guiliani about his character as he cheated on wife#1 with wife #2. Then cheated on wife #2 and disgraced his wife and children by flaunting his affair with an employee on company time. He's lucky she didn;t sue him and the entire city for sexual harrasment. Instead she married the asshole. I can't stand seeing people saying he was so great after 9/11. He did the bare bones basic that was expected of him in a time of tragedy. He then left office a few months later and went on to make millions profitting off of 9/11.

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