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. FloridaFranny *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    And, did I miss something somewhere..... since when did California become "our country's largest state"??
    I could have sworn that when I was in school we were taught that Alaska and Texas were both larger than California.
    Maybe Rudy's been sniffing that Republican paint thinner again....

    October 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. George B. from Ohio

    What did Meg ever do to you to deserve this Rudy?

    October 7, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. C.T.

    A crook is a crook, is a crook rudy. RJ if you would go into a welfare office as you seem to indicate mostly minorities are there, count on the little ole fingers and you will find 75% of the receipents are white. Not prejudiced just facts.

    October 7, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. sparky

    Getting an endorsement from Rudy 9/11 is like getting a bad case of hemmroids. You pray it goes away.... SOON...

    October 7, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Jim in Ozark, MO

    Rudy thinks she's the best person to lead our "biggest state? Alaska? 'Cause it's the biggest: not California. Oh, yeah, he's the one who can't run his own campaign and from the East Coast.

    October 7, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Pundit

    How does CNN even see this as news?

    Rudy Giuliani is meaningless.

    October 7, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Well population wise, including illegals, it's the largest. Still 3rd in land sized behind Alaska and Texas last I heard unless Calif annexed Mexico without telling anyone....Oh, wait, maybe Calif is the largest...didn't both Palin and the current Gov of Tex want to secede from the Union?

    October 7, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Roger

    WOW!!!! An endorsement from last place Rudy that ought to seal a double digit loss for Whitman. When are people going to realize Rudy is a loser. His claim to fame? He was mayor of a city that got attacked. Thats it.

    October 7, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. rednekhank

    What's the matter, CNN? Sarah Palin not doing anything today? Had to fall back to Rudy "noun-verb-9/11" Giuliani?

    October 7, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. PAUL

    Callifornia does not need this typical Republican Carpetbagging plain Jane pig leading our state. She instead should lead in one of theose Southern States where her backwards ideas are clearly understood. She is a failure and we need someone Like Steve Poisner of Jerry Brown to lead our state.

    October 7, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Luke Brown

    Oh boy, the train is really leaving the station with Rudy on board... NOT

    October 7, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. zago

    Ruddy Juliani? The one who did not have a single delegate in the republican primaries? The one who used taxpayer money for his girlfriend Judith? Who really cares? CNN stop dignify the microscopic repugs please. I will buy you a mocca if you cover real news

    October 7, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Dennis C

    I hope Ruby runs for public office in 2010. I want him to answer the following question: On 9/11 you had been the mayor of NYC for 7 years and 9 months, why was it that the NYC fire and police departments had radios that were incompatible? On 9/11, brave men and women died because the NYC police and fire departments could not communicate with one another at ground zero. This was a disgrace.

    Meg's Ebay was worthless when someone ripped me off for a Palm Device years ago. Now she wants to run California !

    October 7, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Susan

    Who the heck cares what Rudy thinks?

    October 7, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Steve

    Who cares? Rudolph Giuliani's time has passed. His policies and ideas are antiquated in the 21st century and his endorsement should be meaningless in California. If Ms. Whitman agrees with him on how to run government it means she would be wrong for the nation's most populous state.

    October 7, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. malcolm75

    who's that?

    October 7, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Amy from MN

    Big deal! He's not a CA voter so it doesn't really matter.

    October 7, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. makkw

    Uh........

    "simply the best person to lead our country's largest state."

    Where was Rudi educated?...."sarah Palin U"

    October 7, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    hahaha this guy he needs to stop getting divorced first... his on his fifth wife already

    October 7, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Jay

    Mr 9-11 9-11?? Why is Mr No nothing not doing anything for the firefighters and rescue workers who can't get healtcare from working at the site of the WTC?? Why are you not fighting for them Rudy???

    October 7, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Coherent1

    The ultimate kiss of death.

    October 7, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. marc

    Mr. Guilliani FYI Alaska is actually the biggest state

    October 7, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Joe Black

    That lady ahs a face for radio, or hidden behind a computer, but not in national politics. Besides, only a racist inbred would give two hoots what Dick Nixon...err...I mean, Rudy Giuliani has to say. He's a smug, unhappy little man.

    October 7, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. JayG

    Um I bet all of you people on here werent validating that Alaska was the biggest state in the country when you were making your jokes about Palin were you??? Because then she would have some intelligence. Right?

    October 7, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. steve

    I wish her the best! Good Luck! California needs help.

    October 7, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7