January 13th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Giuliani: Florida victory is 'critical'

(CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that victory in the Florida primary is "critical" to his campaign - but he stopped short of saying a loss in that contest would be a death knell to his campaign.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," the former New York mayor was asked whether he needs to win in Florida to stay in the race.

"It's fair to say that it's a critical state for us, an important state for us. I don't think any candidate would ever say 'have to,' but... it's real important."

Giuliani had once planned to campaign heavily in other early states, but pulled his ads and paid staff.

"The reality is as these primaries played out, certain people were very strong in some, and you had to look for the opportunity where you had the best chance to demonstrate your strength," he said Sunday. "And it turned out that the analysis was that Florida was the best place for us to do it."

Giuliani - once considered a national front-runner - called the Florida contest "kind of a gate opener to the February 5th primaries." On Feb. 5, known as "Super Tuesday," more than 20 states will hold their nominating contests.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Tim, Minnesota

    I hope Rudy tells the Florida voters about his close connections with Bernie Kerik. Bernie was indicted on 14 counts of corruption and Rudy was his buddy and put him in the position.

    January 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Mary, Michigan

    No comments–I guess no one cares.

    January 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Carol Elkins

    May Romney win in Michigan and Giuliani in Florida. May all candidates divide
    Super Tuesday states evenly among themselves. Let the chaos win!

    January 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Bimmer

    Come on Guil! Campaign hard.

    The country and the democratic world need you to fight the biggest threat to the civillization.

    There are people constantly planning and executing attacks on the innocent people and they have announced that they would destroy America from within.

    Looks like many Democrats have been fooled by this "all -talk- and-no- action" , "soft -on -terror" candidate with his vague slogans of "Change" and "Yes We Can"., who despite all the intelligence at that time did not support the war in Iraq becuse of his softness on terror and is now turning around and saying he showed great judgement ,and who will unconditionally sit down with the leaders of rogue countries who have declared war on the west and have vowed to wipe out Israel.

    No other Presidential candidate can appreciate the horror and the pains your city has endured other than Clinton, a senator from NY.

    January 13, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I cannot imagine anyone, anywhere voting for Giuliani. I say that as former New Yorker who was there during his reign. That's exactly what it was – a REIGN. Florida was the laughing stock of the country , if not of the whole world, in 2000. Let's not repeat that farce by voting for this crook. Florida has done enough damage to the country by its failure to vote intelligently and honestly.

    January 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Tim T.

    Sayonara, Rudy.

    January 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    We Floridians carry the guilt of the sham and shame of the 2000 elections that got America into such a mess that no doubt thrills Bin Laden daily, and so we won't be fooled by Giuliani's posturing. And we won't forget that New York's police and fire fighters organizations have publicly slammed him for ignoring recommendations after the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center that he A: update the antiquated radio and communications systems relied on by police and firefighters and B: That he not locate his command center at the WTC. He blew off both sets of strident advice and as a result, on 9-11, hundreds of their comrades died needlessly, strong language from two traditionally conservative organizations.

    We Floridians know too well that a man who can't protect his city as mayor due to his refusal to heed sound counselling, sure cannot be entrusted with the safety of The United States.

    January 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Tom Masters

    No worries, he will totally win the nomination after the tide the riff raff is riding subsides.

    It's too bad he won't be able to contend with Team Billary.

    January 13, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. ron deslauriers

    Surely WE THE PEOPLEof the good ole USA realize that Giuliani has been married three times and even cheated on one of his wives. It takes ;honesty, loyalty, honor, fairness, genuine, uprightness, and above all being truthful. Giuliani, has none of these qualities according to his marriages. How in the world can he run a nation if he couldn't take care of one of his marriages ??????? He can't.....is the answer.

    January 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. ron deslauriers

    Giuliani, has been married three times and even cheated on one of his wives. It takes honesty, good communications, loyality, and other qualities to have a good marriage. I also believe that what one does in his private life and in marrieage are qualitites that are part of ones character and cannot be separated. Therefore, Giuliani does not have the qualitites to be our next President.

    January 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Rudy's whole platform seems to be"Hey! Look at me! I'm yesterday's hero!"

    So who needs a highly questionable has-been?

    January 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Sue, Michigan

    OK Florida. Here's what's critical...you have to listen to this man's plans to save the wealthy tax dollars, attack Iran, and help no one with health care. Then you have to vote for someone else! This man has no business running for President-let's tell him so!

    January 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Sam C, Ft. Myers, Fl


    January 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Mario

    I don't know who is running this guys election attempt, but he isn't working to hard and must think that something will be handed to him. Even the libs are working hard and the rest of the republican candidaters are also, this guy will ose.

    Go Mitt!

    January 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Hendrik Pihl

    Rudy is running on 911.

    Why is the New York fire department against Rudy becoming Presiden of the USA.
    I don't like his involvement with Bernie Kerik either.


    January 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Jeff, Rugby ND

    Rudy is done. He is by far the worst Republican running.

    January 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Alex

    "I took Bill Clinton to court, what do you have to say to that?"


    January 13, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. George

    My guess is Rudy is not going to win the nomination. He is just hanging around so the eventual winner picks him as a vice president. That will indeed be sad for America.

    January 13, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Dave Demuth

    I have been waiting for Rudy to make his move i just hope its not too late.
    I really have to ? his strategy

    January 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Josh

    There is no way Giuliani is going to win. He runs on solely 9/11, and in doing so, gets endorsements from people who disagree fundamentally with his positions on a number of issues. The GOP's going to bring in either McCain, Huckabee, or Romney. Paul, unlikely, but maybe.

    January 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Ron Nebraska

    Hey Floridians, just pay attention to how your ballots are laid out O.K.?

    January 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Ronald Nfor, NY

    Rudy was pathetic in Florida. More wars, less taxes and individualized healthcare. How are you going to expand the army, marine,airforce and the services and cut taxes at the same time? Borrow from China?

    January 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Joe Sanscrainte

    As someone who was in midtown on 9/11, I can say with absolute authority that Rudy is a special leader, a special person. For all of those who say that Rudy is bringing up 9/11 too much, well, you must not have been here in NYC on that day and the days afterward. And quite frankly, shame on you for making light of an event that killed 3,000 Americans on American soil. When terrible tragedies occur, sometimes great heroes emerge – and that’s exactly what occurred on 9/11. If that’s ALL Rudy did, that would be enough to get my vote. But he did much more – he singlehandedly took on the powers of corruption, the powers of politics-as-usual, and turned a failing city back into “the Greatest City in the World.” For everyone who feels as I do – NOW IS THE TIME TO LET ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS KNOW! Now is the time to let EVERYONE know how we feel about this special, battle-tested, and GREAT Ameican! The other candidates are lucky to be sharing the same stage with Rudy – the only reason that I can think of for why he hasn’t walked away with the nomination at this point is that somehow, people have forgotten what it was like on that dark day, where it seemed all hope was lost, and then suddenly, one voice emerged from the darkness to calm us, to lead us. DON’T LET PEOPLE FORGET!

    January 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. America

    Rudy never had a chance....He's just using other people's money (donations) to get publicity for his consulting firm. On top of that, he's is asking his staff to work for free this month...maybe he should pay his campaign staff with his own money – the sleeze.

    January 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Bryan, Hampton,VA

    People like Rudy make me ashamed of being a Catholic.

    January 13, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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