From NBC's Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro
Check out Giuliani's latest spin on the phone call with his wife per an interview with CBN's Brody:
Brody: Do you care to clear that up?
Giuliani: "Sure. My wife calls me when she gets on a plane. We'd just gotten back from England, hadn't had much sleep. I knew she was going to take a plane, but I didn't know which one she was going to take back to New York, and quite honestly since Sept. 11 most of the time when we get on a plane we talk to each other and just reaffirm the fact that we love each other. Sometimes if I'm in the middle of a very, very sensitive meeting, I don't take the call right then I wait. But I thought it would be kind of nice if I took it at that point, and I'd done that before in engagements, and I didn't realize it would create any kind of controversy, I would be insulted by it?? I'd done it, usually when I do it I put her on the phone and I have her say hello, but she was rushing to get on the airplane at the time, so I started to put her on the phone, but then I realized she was trying to get on the plane. I think she was at Regan Airport, and she was trying to get to her plane, so I gave her regards. I'd probably don that a half a dozen times before.
"But you know, look, sometimes your opponents kind of push these things sometimes other people kind of push these things -- every little thing is analyzed differently. Did I do this on purpose? Was this a tactic? Was I doing it to try to get the family values vote? Was I trying to distract from some position on -- it was quite an honest act.
"I think people will find with me that that's, I'm a spontaneous person, which leads to sometimes making a mistake, but I think it's better. I came to that conclusion when I was the mayor of New York City. Why the heck to I want to fool people? This is who I am. This is what I'm about. I found that when I had to deal with crisis it was a great strength that they knew who I really was -- the good parts and the bad parts.
"And that it wasn't the same -- there wasn't like a different person before this interview with you David. It's the same -- you know me. We talked to each other. I talk to you the same way before we had this interview as we do, while we're having it and afterwards. There isn't like two or three different people.
"It's me. I'm spontaneous. People get to evaluate that. If they're insulted by it it's not meant that way. If I do something wrong I try to correct it, but basically I'm going to try to be able to be myself. I think, gosh with the pressures that you have being mayor of New York or President of the United States -- you better know who the heck you are, or you shouldn't be running for this job.