Giuliani ‘Respects’ Obama Drug Comments

By Nitya

Nov 20, 2007 3:32pm

ABC News’ Jan Simmonds reports:  Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., said in Chicago today, that he respected Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Ill., "honesty" in discussing past drug use with high school students earlier today.

"I respect his honesty in doing that," Giuliani said.  "I think that one of the things we need form our people who are running for office is not this pretense of perfection."

"We are all human beings," he added. "If we haven’t made mistakes don’t vote for us. Cause we got some big ones that are gonna happen in the future and we won’t know how to handle them."

Giuliani made these comments at a press conference in the Windy City, where the former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar announced his endorsement.

The Republican frontrunner was also asked when whether he would release a full list of his clients from his business, Giuliani Partners.

"All of Giuliani Partners’ clients, maybe with one or two exceptions, I don’t even know that’s right (that the clients have not been made public), are public," said Giuliani, seemingly caught off guard by the question.

"Certainly every major one is known, there is no big secret about that," he added. "But the reason you can’t do that is because you have confidentiality agreements with clients.  But somehow I think you, being the press in general, have been successful in discovering.  I’d have to check if its every client, but just about every single client of Giuliani Partners.  You’d have to check with them."

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