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. Death Panel moderator

    This means she's a NEO-Con, stay away

    October 7, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Nan

    Since when is California our largest state? Where was Giuliani educated? His endorsement means her loss. All is good.

    October 7, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. rich

    Another politician going with Corp. America. Big Suprise!

    October 7, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Peter Stokinger

    If Mr Guiliani knew his geography a little better, he would know that Texas is not the nations largest state. Alaska is the larger by 387,824 square miles. Texas is only 268, 601 sq miles compared with Alaska being 656,425 sq miles.

    October 7, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Peter

    Bravo!! If Giuliani supported Whitman she just lost the nomination

    October 7, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Tom in CA

    Rudy, get out of CA, we don't need your opinion. In fact, thanks for helping us see who we don't want!

    October 7, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Never Repub again

    If bone head Rudy endorses her then I am voting straight Democrat ticket all the way. Repubs have almost ruined the country and they try to blame it on Obama.

    October 7, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. s

    We need Rudy Giuliani to run for NY.

    October 7, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    And yet your Ticker heading would imply that the Giuliani's endorsement is a positive for Whitman.

    Oh yeah, he brings that winning primary bid in '08 to the table...

    October 7, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. lasvegasrose

    Since I lived in CA for 30 years, I can tell you that having ole Rudy endorse you is a death blow. (pardon the expression) lol

    October 7, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Chtei

    Any republican that is running is sure to be a disaster, with their ridiculous ideas for fiscal policy, whether it's Arnie or Whitman.

    October 7, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. William in San Jose

    Does this mean that Rudy also endorses Senator Boxer, like Meg did?

    October 7, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Please !
    Now they " RNC" can auction off what's left of our state .

    Rudy who ?

    October 7, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. RJ

    Rudi keeps showing the American public his ignorance! How this man ever got to where he is is beyond me! Californias problems are not unique, many states are facing the same problems! What they really need to get back on track is a strick conservative when it comes to financial matters like budget, spending! Then they need to start sending Mexicos the bill for all the health care that is given here to illegal aliens! Stop shipping jobs overseas because eventually it comes back to hurt the guy who sent them in the first place!

    October 7, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Burly from Los Angeles

    Wow, all the poison vipers are out today! What did she ever do to any of you? Are you even from CA? Do you know what's going here? Do you know about our legislature? Do you know about our various union lobbies? Do you know anything about the CA State Senate? Do you know about our taxes? Our local politicians? Well I do! I like her!

    October 7, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. SC-Dem

    Giuliani's endorsement should be worth at last one vote.... That is about what he brought himself!

    October 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Pat

    I think Rooty is kissing up to Megsy so he can apply for a maid position with her. How can anyone – even Rooty Kazootie – endorse a non-voter in the USA? What kind of patriot is she? I wouldn't want the likes of her running my state.

    October 7, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. RJ

    Dear Democrates, without the white vote that put Obama over the top you can not win.....love it! Believe me white middle America has seen nothing but free giveaways to people who dont deserve it let alone have worked for it!

    October 7, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Kate in San Diego

    I am still bothered by her failure to vote for many years and do not understand why the republicans do not think it is important.

    October 7, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. jeannettelj

    Why do you think that we care who Giullani wants for the next governor of California? If I were Whitman, I would stay as far away from him as I could.

    October 7, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Felonious Monk

    a noun, a verb, and 9/11.

    need i say more?

    October 7, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. BKrause

    At least Rudy has managed to vote. Whitman lost me when it turned out she doesn't care much about the political process unless she can generate immediate personal gain from her role. Minimally, I want someone in office who has always cared enough about the government of which he or she is a part, to play a normal role.

    October 7, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Mickey, NY

    Ahhh, the Giuliani kiss of DEATH!

    October 7, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Otto

    Thanks Rudy for giving her "The Kiss of death" your endorsement certainly makes her a loosing candidate.

    October 7, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Joan

    Guiliani did such a great job in his own presidential bid last year so she must be pleased to have someone with such excellent political knowhow to help her.

    October 7, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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