Clinton, Obama slam Giuliani’s terror remarks

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) took the “politics of fear to a new low” when he suggested that a large-scale terrorist attack could occur in the U.S. if a Democrat is elected to the White House next year.

According to the Associated Press, Giuliani made the statement Tuesday in New Hampshire, saying that the country would go on defense if a Democrat were elected.

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“America’s Mayor should know that when it comes to 9/11 and fighting terrorists, America is united,” Obama said in response to Giuliani’s remarks, adding, “The threat we face is real, and deserves better than to be the punch line of another political attack.”

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, also issued a statement but did not mention Giuliani by name.

“We have to protect our country from terrorism — it shouldn’t be a Democratic fight or a Republican fight,” Clinton said. “The plain truth is that this administration has done too little to protect our ports, make our mass transit safer and protect our cities. They have isolated us in the world and have let al Qaeda regroup.”

Clinton added that the next president will face these problems “and will have to do what it takes to make us safer and bring Democrats and Republicans together around this common mission of protecting our nation.”