Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told George Stephanopoulos this morning on Good Morning, America, that “We had no domestic attacks under Bush” — a statement that, obviously, is flat-out false. Stephanopoulos apparently (I didn’t see the show, personally) did not challenge Giuliani on this point on the air, so he does so now in a post on his political blog, George’s Bottom Line. That piece resulted in a “clarification” from Giuliani’s press person — but Stephanopoulos, to his enormous credit, is not letting the former mayor — or himself — off the hook:
The Mayor’s spokesman says that the remark “didn’t come across as it was intended” and that Giuliani was “clearly talking post-9/11 with regards to Islamic terrorist attacks on our soil.”
Whatever the Mayor meant, it’s not what he said. All of you who have pointed out that I should have pressed him on that misstatement in the moment are right. My mistake, my responsibility.