by Andrew Malcolm
This just in: Rudy Giuliani will not be taking any more cellphone calls from his wife -- or anyone -- during speeches.
"I have become technologically more proficient," Giuliani admitted last night during a conversation on the Fox New Channel's Hannity & Colmes. "I figured out how to put it on vibrate ... If anybody is offended by it, I won't do it again."
Giuliani, interviewed with his wife, offered thoughts on a variety of issues:
On Hillary Clinton's experience: "I don't know Hillary's experience. She's never run a city. She's never run a state. She's never run a business. She has never met a payroll. She has never been responsible for the safety and security of millions of people, much less even hundreds of people. So I'm trying to figure out where the experience is here."
On Hillary Clinton's Iraq position: "I mean, how many positions have we had on Iraq? Six. We had her condemning Obama for saying that he would talk to Iran without preconditions. And now she is going to talk to Iran without preconditions. There is an ambiguity and a shifting of position here that indicates that there isn't like that firm ground that you need."
On Hillary Clinton's "willful suspension of disbelief" comment to Gen. David Petraeus: "I think she has some nerve, calling an American general, in command of our troops, putting his life at risk for this country, that Democrats have even said was doing a good job. I think she has some nerve attacking the man's character."
On his appearance this weekend at the Family Research Council forum: "There are differences on the abortion issue, not really on marriage. We agree 100% that marriage should be between a man and a woman ... on abortion, I'll try to tell them we want to get to the same place. I would like to see abortion ended except I believe you have to retain this individual liberty that in the kind of society we have you have to protect that." As for James Dobson and his followers: "I would urge on them ... to look at the whole candidate."
His wife, Judith, said of her role: "I'm not a political person. And I have no desire to sit in on Cabinet meetings. And I promise you, I'm not going to morph into a politician."
Andrew Malcolm writes for Top of the Ticket, the L.A. Times' political blog.