When asked during the 2007 Democratic debates whether he is more qualified than New York Senator Hillary Clinton, Delaware Senator Joe Biden somehow managed to respond with an attack on Rudy Giuliani. After questioning the former New York mayor's credentials, Biden proclaimed: "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11." The Giuliani campaign issued a response before the debate had even finished: "The good Senator is quite correct that there are many differences between Rudy and him. For starters, Rudy rarely reads prepared speeches and when he does he isn't prone to ripping off the text from others." (The last sentence doesn't actually refer to Biden's 9/11 jab but to accusations that he plagiarized stump-speeches by British Labour party leader Neil Kinnock and Robert Kennedy during his 1987 presidential campaign).