October 7th, 2009
05:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Giuliani backs Whitman

Meg Whitman has been endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in her bid to become California's next governor.
Meg Whitman has been endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in her bid to become California's next governor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani will support former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's California gubernatorial bid, her campaign announced Wednesday.

Giuliani, a former Republican presidential candidate who is mulling his own run for governor in New York, called Whitman "simply the best person to lead our country's largest state."

"Meg's disciplined focus on creating jobs, cutting wasteful spending and improving education is the right course for California," Giuliani said in a statement. "I also believe that Meg Whitman can help reenergize the grassroots of the Republican Party."

The current California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is term-limited. Whitman will face State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Rep. Tom Campbell in the 2010 Republican primary.


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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. katiec

    All I can say, is, birds of a feather.

    October 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    Anything but a republican. We've already seen what Republicans do to a state (ca), and a country (usa). Out with them all, they are genetically retarded.

    October 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Frank, Las Vegas

    Whitman didn't have a chance before, now she has the Giuliani curse! Hearing Whitman talk is like hearing Palin talk, no knowledge ad no common sense. Then again, common sense isn't so common.

    October 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. No Incumbents 2010

    Guiliani's endorsement is the kiss of death for any politician.

    October 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. patNY

    Ah...a Rudy Tooty Guiliani endorsement....aka The Kiss of Death!

    October 7, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Jake

    and Guiliani has relevance in California politics why?

    October 7, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Doug, New Jersey

    I feel for Rudi. I wonder if on September 11th 2001, you would have told him that 8 years later, every Democrat in America would believe that he is more evil than the guy who took down the twin towers, Osama Bin Laden. Every Democrat in America if had to choose between the two, would want to lock up or kill Giuliani rather than Bin Laden.

    If you ever wanted to know why poltical discourse is where it is today, and why there is never any working together, or repsect for different views, then study the reality of the Democrats in America today. What I have stated is the sad truth, I mean knowing they feel this way about Republicans, their own fellow Americans, how can you expect to work with them or even trust their motives?

    October 7, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Derrick

    She won't win.

    October 7, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. greg

    there goes the campain down the drain.......

    October 7, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. mary

    Most important is "Jobs first" - when people are working and paying income taxes, everything else will fall into place - when we have to feed everyone, and few people are working, it does not work so well.

    October 7, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Alex

    But she doesn't have anything to do with 9/11!

    October 7, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. CR

    What else is new?

    October 7, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Jeannie Niles

    I don't think Rudy Giuliani is qualified to ascertain what California needs.

    October 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Dear Republicans:

    You can not win 2010 without the youth vote and minority vote.

    Bye Now!

    Have A Nice Day! :)

    October 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. chris s.

    Do they really think California will let another republican run our most important state into the ground again???

    October 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. republicans hate america

    give me a break

    October 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Chandler

    I don't think Californians care what Gulliani thinks.

    October 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. las

    boo this woman

    October 7, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. victim of republican greed

    Rudy (9-11) is (9-11) still (9-11) clueless (9-11). But, Meg can run on a platform of never voting for anything that was harmful to Californians, or good for Californians either. By not participating in democracy, she is the perfect republican with no record to defend.

    October 7, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Rudy Fooliani

    Now she's definitely toast. Expect a withdrawal announcement any time.

    October 7, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Tim, Seattle

    So a cross dressing failed ex-governor who was a complete failure as a presidential candidate and husband wants to support a manly looking gubernatorial corporate pig, how interesting...
    I guess Sarah was too pretty for him..lol

    Did i mention 9/11? Oh...and blah blah 9/11...blah blah...9/11

    Rudy Gulianni, a man whose 15 minutes were up years ago (9/11)

    October 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. pkb

    So who cares but CNN? They deserve each other and CNN.

    October 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. bc

    It's all about politics and not the PEOPLE! If she is the best they can do, heaven help California.

    October 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Wake Up

    Whitman will be a breath of fresh air. Someone with common sense. lower taxes now.

    October 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. JB

    Not that Meg needed any more nails in her coffin, but being endorsed by Mr. 9-11 can't possibly be a good thing for her.

    October 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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