Andrew, the GOP’s hopeful son, defends his sister and says tensions with his father were exaggerated.
August 6, 2007 ?? –Andrew Giuliani, the 21-year-old son of GOP presidential favorite Rudy Giuliani, weighed in on reports Monday night that his sister Caroline, 17, was a member of Senator Barack Obama’s fan club, D-Ill. Facebook.com.
“I love my sister very much and I respect her opinions,” Andrew Giuliani told ABC News. “One of the great things about our parents is that they always encouraged us to see the world for ourselves.”
If the kind words about his father are surprising after the announcement in March that the former New York mayor was separated from his children – following a very public divorce from their mother, Donna Hanover – the midshipman Duke University golf professional and junior, Andrew, says they shouldn’t be.
He says he has spoken to his father since the media reported tensions between the two of them and says relations have never been so bad.
“This story was exaggerated,” he says. “It was nowhere near as bad as history suggested.”
Andrew, who divides his time between New York and North Carolina, says his father would be a “great president.” This is my father. He is my blood. support him and want him to be the best he can be. Just like I want my sister to be the best she can be, and just like I want my mom to be the best she can be. “
On Monday morning, after a Slate.com reporter inquired about Caroline Giuliani’s membership in the “Barack Obama (One Million Strong For Barack)” Facebook group, the future Harvard freshman withdrew her group membership.
According to Joannie C. Danielides, “spokesperson” for Caroline Giuliani, “Before the start of the presidential campaign, Caroline signed up on a list on Facebook to express her interest in certain principles. a presidential campaign and she withdrew it. Caroline does not comment on the 2008 elections. “
Campaigning in Clear Lake, Iowa on Monday afternoon, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said he was “not commenting [his] children because I want to give them maximum privacy. “
“I think children in situations like this deserve the maximum amount of privacy,” the White House hope said. “And the best way to preserve that is – except to point out that you love them and care about them and are very, very proud of them – don’t comment on it,” Giuliani said. .
Andrew was not so reluctant. “I was on Facebook for a while, I was browsing this,” he said of his sister’s Facebook membership in “One Million Strong for Barack”. “You can go to interesting places. “
He says he doesn’t “want to speak for Caroline anyway. I just want to say that I love her and think she’s a great person.”