April 2nd, 2010
05:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Giuliani backs Rubio over Crist in Florida contest

Rudy Giuliani tried unsuccessfully to win Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's endorsement during the 2008 presidential race.
Rudy Giuliani tried unsuccessfully to win Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's endorsement during the 2008 presidential race.

(CNN) – During his ill-fated presidential bid in 2008, Rudy Giuliani aggressively sought Charlie Crist's endorsement, hoping that the Florida governor's support would hand him a primary win in the state and shake up the GOP nominating contest.

Crist instead gave a last-minute endorsement to John McCain, who went on to win the pivotal primary. The former New York City mayor's chances of becoming president died then and there.

Giuliani's payback? He's endorsing Marco Rubio, Crist's opponent in this year's Republican Senate primary.

Giuliani will campaign with Rubio, the former state House speaker, in Miami on Monday morning.

"Marco Rubio is one of the Republican Party's true rising stars," Giuliani said in a statement released by the Rubio camp. "He's a bold leader who will bring common sense to Washington where it's badly needed. I look forward to campaigning with him on Monday."

McCain, the winner of that 2008 Florida primary, is supporting Crist.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Marco Rubio • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. dkimbro oh

    Thanks Larry you are correct. Who cares what this adulterer thinks. He probably did the Gov a favor. He is just petty enough to seek revenge. He wasnt going to become president anyway.. WHAT A JOKE!!!

    April 2, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Susan

    RUN, Rubio, RUN!

    April 2, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Minnesotan

    And Rudy's opinion is worth about two dogs' poop bags.

    April 2, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    That should be the kiss of death for Rubio's campaign.

    April 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. JON

    It's because Crist was going to back him for President then backed McCain which is why he lost the nominee . So who do you think he was going to back. If BOZO the clown was running against Crist he would have backed him.

    April 2, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Doug

    Rubio just got the kiss of death from Guiliani.

    April 2, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. FL for Change

    Crist, Rubio, Giuliani – all worthless!

    April 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. dustin

    Isn't florida where rudy's presidential run crashed and burned?

    April 2, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Len Smith

    Who would care, who he backs?

    April 2, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Haas

    They're both still losers.

    April 2, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. HypocriCNNsomniac

    Captain Rudy (...Rudy! Rudy!) Pooh! Rides The Waves One More Time In The Epic Novel "The Florida Titanic: Revisited! (Or Revisionist)" His Costar (Insert: Sidkick) Is Rubio The Big Ass Boobio (Insert: Big Foolio).

    April 2, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. ED FL

    Miami's cuban woman better hide. the womanizing politician from New York is headed south. Remember he loves to march in gay parades, take mistress's to the house where his Legal wife and kids live ,got kicked out of the mayors mansion and moved into a 1 bedroom flat with a BUDDY. Remember Rubio is a cutie pie but has terrible spending habits of other peoples money and now he is going to do the TWO STEP with the master of deceit. have fun you will be watched.

    April 2, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Chipster

    Republicans were so moralistic about Clinton's escapade but turn a blind eye to Guiliani's sordid behavior toward not only his wife but even his children! Maybe, if Clinton had asked Hillary and Chelsea to move out, Republicans would have been more understanding. I'll never understand the GOP's phony moral posturing. They seem to have only one set of values. If you're a Republican, anything you do is OK.

    April 2, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. John

    Who cares what Rotten Rudy thinks? Here is a politician that can't be faithful to his wife and has a hard time speaking the truth and we should care about his endorsement?

    April 2, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Bill

    I'm not sure that Guiiani's "endorsement" should mean anything to anybody.

    To whom is he "married" these days?

    April 2, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Well then, Rudy should put on his dress, lipstick and eye shadow, get that fabulous Rudy look, then go campaign for Rubio.

    April 2, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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