RUDY IN RAGE AT 9/11 DISS
BIG CHEERS AS HE RIPS 'BLAME AMERICA' REP
The NY Post is reporting...
May 16, 2007 -- COLUMBIA, S.C. - An irate Rudy Giuliani blasted a fellow Republican candidate at last night's GOP debate for trying to blame the United States for 9/11.
Giuliani unloaded both barrels at Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a fringe Republican White House hopeful with little support, who said, "Have you ever read about the reason they attacked us? They attacked us because we've been over there."
"We've been bombing Iraq for 10 years," Paul went on. "I'm suggesting that we listen to the people who attacked us."
Giuliani suddenly turned the polite debate on its head when he jumped out of turn to respond to Paul's shocking comments.
The former mayor tore into him for blaming Americans for 9/11.
"That was an extraordinary statement, as someone who has lived through the attacks of Sept. 11th, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq," an indignant Giuliani responded.
"I don't think I've ever heard that before, and I've heard some pretty absurd explanations for Sept. 11th.
"I'd ask the congressman to withdraw the statement and say he wasn't serious," Giuliani added to rousing applause - the loudest of the night - at the debate sponsored by Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party.
When Paul didn't back down from saying that American meddling around the world triggered the attacks, an exasperated Giuliani said, "Can I have 30 seconds, please!"
Moderator Brit Hume then cut off further discussion on the topic.
The exchange was the highlight of the 90-minute face-off among 10 GOP hopefuls.