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.


Filed under: California • Meg Whitman • Popular Posts • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. kellygreen

    Sorry Meg

    October 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Tree

    And this endorsement is supposed to help her campaign?? That's laughable! Guiliani was a horrible mayor who used 9/11 to try and win the presidency. He is as corrupt as they come and did nothing to better NY. CA, if he's endorsing her, stear far far away! lol!

    October 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Doug

    "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."

    California is our country's largest state? Was "no child left behind" in place when Rudy went to school?

    October 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    who is that clown? rudy what?Can't even win a nomination against Mc cain

    October 7, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. ReilleyFam

    It won't matter who endorses her at this point, she's a loser. She has the worst PR, won't debate or even be interviewed, did not vote until 2002 and was not even a Republican until 2 years ago. Her campaign is so bad the voters have already turned off to her. She is also unqualified; she got rich on short term stock increases during the dotcom bubble and has never "done" anything in her life – much less any govt experience. CA has a long history of celbrities and business execs trying to win office and none – other than Arnold in the fluke recall election – has ever won. She won't even win the primary.

    October 7, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. AntiRush

    The only time an endorsement is news is when a Republican backs a Democrat, or a Democrat backs a Republican.

    October 7, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Giuliani lives in California? Giuliani is an elected official?

    WHO CARES who old Skull Face supports?

    October 7, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. victim of republican greed

    Rudy also felt Palin could be vice president.

    October 7, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Jon

    This is an obvious victory for the Poizner and Campbell camps. Kudos.

    October 7, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Susan

    ok. thats over.
    Guiliani endorsed that means she will definitely loose, if she does not quit before elections.

    October 7, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Republicanssuckbigtime

    One loser supporting another loser. And this is news?

    October 7, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Wilbury

    Rudy who?

    October 7, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. JR

    Yeah, she's so concerned about political things that she didn't even register to vote for over ten years, kind of leaves me guessing she just want the job title and not the job.

    October 7, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. John jr

    Wow so is she the same character mold as good ole scoobey rudy? oh most likely the same old moraless trash! go jerks go!

    October 7, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Michael Falzone

    Thank you Rudy for confirming that Whitman is the wrong person for the job.

    October 7, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. tim nyc

    rudy is a complete fraud...ask any fireman in nyc....no one has used 9/11 to his personal advantage like him...he's reaped millions from the disaster that horrible day ( and yes, i was there)...it's simply a travesty.

    October 7, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Dakota, Lake Stevens, WA

    Hmmm...

    If I were running for office, I would not want an endorsement from someone with the personal history of Rudy.

    October 7, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. SNAPPA

    What an idiot!!!!

    October 7, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    And what a winner Rudy turned out to be.

    October 7, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. ATL Guy

    I wonder how much she paid him to do this? She's never voted in her life and yet expects to be governor?

    October 7, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Tony

    A self-made millionaire with executive experience running a state? That's WAY too logical for California. They'll probably elect another actor who will screw over the state yet again, all the while handing out free money to low-income citizens (and illegal immigrants) and handing out IOU to taxpaying middle-income and high-income citizens. What a sustainable model of government!

    If I were a Californian - and you'd have to pay me money to move to that state - I'd rather Whitman run for the senate against Barbara Boxer. Boxer, who's nothing but a stupid, hateful shrew, is only facing Carly Fiorina and her biggest accomplishment is running HP into the ground. Boxer wouldn't stand a chance again Whitman, but the jury's still out on who'd win in a Boxer/Fiorina race.

    October 7, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Wonder if she will vote for herself? Will she vote at all?

    She will regret running. Can't wait to tear her up!

    October 7, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. LYNETTE IN CA

    The caption leading into this article states "Giuliani Makes Big Endorsement." I say it should be "Giuliani Gives Kiss of Death!"

    October 7, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. William in San Jose

    One word: Feebay!

    October 7, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. DGC

    California is NOT the largest state. One fool endorses another one. NutMeg Whitless doesn't vote, endorses Boxer, and looks like Elmer Fudd with a wig

    October 7, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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