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. Lydia

    Yawn. Who really cares?

    October 7, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. vicky from Milwaukee

    And this is a big announcement why?

    October 7, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Oh yeah, just what we Californians have been waiting for ... an endorsement of a candidate who does not vote by a guy from New York City of all places.

    Stick a fork in her now, along with the spoon in mouth.

    October 7, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. cjr

    did he mention 9-11 in his endorsement?

    October 7, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. RRRUSA

    Why is this news? Was he going to endorse the DEMOCRAT?

    Meg Whitman joined EBay when it had 30 employees. Maybe she should try and be the governor of a small state with perhaps half a million people...er....Alaska?

    Oh by the way.....she is against same sex marriage and the 'green' approach to stopping global warming...so is she a Bob McDonnell in disguise, and what kind of mechanism to stop global warming DOES she support....or perhaps she does not believe in global warming or thinks Exxon can stop it.....or we can sell it on EBay!

    October 7, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. H in CA

    Whitman creates job by outsourcing them. Also, she repeats the same thing over and over again: I'll lay off 40000 state employees. That's the only thing she has been pushing without any new ideas. She won't get my vote.

    October 7, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. seebofubar

    Amazing! We all know that the political pendulum swings left and right but I never saw it swing right so fast. You dems can thank your egotistical worthless president for that.

    October 7, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Disgusted Californian

    Maybe they'll put our state on Ebay! Might even cover the debt if the reserve is met.

    October 7, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Obama Winners

    OMG! Rudy's backing someone? This race is already lost!
    Digging to the bottom of the barrel with the GOP now – Oh wait, GOP is at the bottom of the barrel!

    October 7, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Richard L

    What good is the endorsement of a guy who may well have run the worst campaign in U.S. history?

    October 7, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. beevee

    who wants this loser's endorsement.

    October 7, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. evman

    Whitman doesn't even vote, yet she's hyopcritical enough to ask YOU to vote for her. This doesn't bode well for figuring out her morals and ethics. Bad way to start.

    October 7, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. steve

    What would voters in CA care what a ex-mayor from NY would say about a Republican businesswoman who has never run for office at any level? Its like McCain saying Sara Palin was the best Governor in the US and deserving to be one heart beat away from being president.

    October 7, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Stephen

    Uh, Rudy, last time I checked Alaska was the largest state in the Country, and then there's Texas. Meg should say thanks but no thanks.

    October 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Solomon

    Oi vey! No "E-Bay".

    October 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    So who cares what Rudy thinks or which repub he pics?
    Rudy is a repub spin-jockey who wouldn't pic a moderate anything.
    Rudy / Palin 2012!
    WHO CARES??

    October 7, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. FloridaFranny *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Why does anyone even care what Rudy has to say anymore? Just keeping hanging onto the words of all the old has beens who got us in the mess we're in to begin with– yep, that's the ticket, doncha know???
    And just why is ol' Meg the "former CEO" at eBay? Couldn't keep that job, so now she's ready to take on running the state of CA, okay, sure, I can see the logic there.... NOT.

    October 7, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Nathan,

    Who Cares.

    October 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Mark

    Like I care what a New Yorker has to say about my governor, especially one with such low morals. His kids did not even support his presidential campaign.

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

    Rudi just endorsed Meg Whitman who registered to vote for the 1st time in 2002. That is 25 years of not voting. It is my simple belief that we should not vote for Meg for the next 25 years.

    October 7, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. God n' Country

    Say what you will about the Mayor. He will energize the republican party in California and unify them behind Whitman, making it easier for Brown or Newsom to win.

    October 7, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. kay

    So......who, actually, in California cares WHAT Rudy Giuliani thinks..?

    October 7, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Guilty Bystander

    Well, that's the kiss of death – an endorsement from Ru911dy Giu911liani.

    This is too funny............

    October 7, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. shs

    Kiss of Death.

    October 7, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Bob Dog

    Ms. Whitman would make an excellent outside linebacker for a good NFL team. She has the bulk, the speed, and the ability to deliver a punishing blow. If she adds a few pounds, perhaps they could move her to the interior line, perhaps defensive tackle.

    October 7, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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