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. DGC

    California is NOT the largest state. Fool endorsing fool

    October 7, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. OaklandTracy

    Does anyone care what Rudy Giuliani things?

    It's a shame Whitman's political aspirations are DOA – she has hardly ever voted, endorsed Democrats, gave money to nutjobs.

    Oh well, birds of a feather.

    October 7, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Jackalope

    Wow, that's really cool, Rudy! Maybe she'll let you borrow her clothes!

    October 7, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Ira Leichtman

    Jerry Brown will decimate Whitman in the general election. Giuliani's endorsement of his likely opponent only guarantees that inevitability.

    October 7, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. EJ

    When did California become the US's largest state? All this time I thought it was Alaska!!

    October 7, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. juge

    OH WHOOPEE – Now we know whom not to vote for!

    October 7, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    Looks like Rudy is "California Dreaming."

    October 7, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Hank

    Does anyone really care what Rudy Giuliani thinks? Its almost as bad as listening to Sara Palin.

    October 7, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. tom

    California is not the largest state

    October 7, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    I am astounded how liberals in Cali, who helped recall Gov Gray Davis (a democrat) now blame the republicans for the mess they are in. You had a democratic legislature and Governor all at the same time. Exactly how well did that work? Since you had to recall Davis, I 'm thinking not too well. Maybe it's your lliberal legislature for this reason: you changed governors. The only constant was/is...the overwhelmingly liberal legislature! Do the math, people!!

    October 7, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Stacey

    Nightstick Rudy – totally irrelevant.

    October 7, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. David

    The proverbial Kiss of Death.

    October 7, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    So when did California become the nation's largest state? Did Texas and Alaska secede from the Union? What a moron!!!

    October 7, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Lynda

    Boy isn't she lucky to have such a loser support her........

    October 7, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Janice

    So when did California become the nation's largest state? Did Texas and Alaska secede from the Union? What a moron!!

    October 7, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Useyourbrain!!

    If the issues are not important enough for her to bother to vote, how can she possibly deem them important if she is governor.

    October 7, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Sabu

    Rudy! Please go away.

    October 7, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Clint

    Well, that was the kiss of death for Ms. what's-her-name.

    October 7, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Mark

    Wow, an endorsement from a fizzled out GOPer who didn't even make it through the Presidential primary season. I'm sure Whitman is thrilled.

    October 7, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. NEW VOTER

    FOR CHRIST SAKE!!!!! This woman NEVER for on the elections before. Am I the only one who is shocked by this reveleation? Then WE MUST REALLY BE GOING A WRONG WAY POLITICALLY.

    October 7, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. keith B.

    There's the kiss of death...

    October 7, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. ch

    From the man who got ZERO delegates and had to drop out of the primary contests in January 2008 due to lack of support/winning and $.

    October 7, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Runofthemill

    rudy who? Is he the guy who put the disaster reposnse center in the worlds biggest terrorist target? That genius? Or the one who decided to sit out the first 7 or 8 primaries, figuring he didn't need them? That genius...or the one who preaches family values so much that he had to have multiple families to practice those values with, is it that genius? Is he endorsing her because she has so much political experience? We all know that he thinks experiecne is key – even if if it is being on the PTL, running a tiny town, and holding a real elected office for a few months...then quitting.

    What a boffo endorsment. She'll have it all sewed up now.

    October 7, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. therealmarie

    Noun,verb and 911. Who cares what this exploitive man thinks or who he endorses.

    October 7, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Jim

    Ms. Whitman lost all credibility with me when we learned she has hardly ever voted in her life, even by absentee ballot. She has never shown interest in political affairs until recently. She might be a shrewd businessperson, but she has no clue on how to govern my state of California.

    October 7, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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