April 5th, 2010
04:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Giuliani backs Rubio, rips into Obama

Guliani backed Rubio Monday in heated comments directed at Crist and Obama.
Guliani backed Rubio Monday in heated comments directed at Crist and Obama.

(CNN) - Rudy Giuliani hailed former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio Monday as the "one candidate that [Florida Republicans] can trust" to uphold conservative values in Washington.

"This is an easy choice in this race," the former New York City mayor said at a press conference in Miami before a gathering of Rubio supporters. "This is an easy choice for a Republican because he is the one candidate that we can trust to represent Republican principles in Washington and remain a Republican if he goes to Washington."

Rubio will face Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP senatorial primary in late August.

Giuliani's endorsement is among Rubio's most high profile to date, and is being seen as political payback to Crist who refused to endorse the former New York City mayor during his presidential bid two years ago.

Crist instead lent his last-minute support to Arizona Republican John McCain, who ultimately won that state's pivotal presidential primary and effectively ended Giuliani's hopes of becoming the GOP's presidential nominee.

A Mason-Dixon poll late last month showed Rubio leading Crist among Republican voters by 11 points, 48-37 percent. Fifteen percent in that survey remained undecided.

But it was almost as if Giuliani was back on the presidential campaign trail himself Monday, using much of his 10-minute endorsement speech to criticize President Obama's policies - specifically his approach to the war on terrorism.

"Let's have an America that stands up to terrorism, not an America that has ambiguity and confusion," Giuliani said. "Do we want to see people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed tried in New York? Or Miami? Shouldn't he be tried in a military tribunal?"

"The president can't make up his mind," he continued. "Do you understand what kind of lack of leadership that shows to the rest of the world? I tried over 4,000 criminals. The easiest decision I had was where to try them."


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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Terry - Indiana

    The kiss of death! You do not want Giuliani telling the world that you are great.

    April 5, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Jan

    Mr. Guliani needs to be quiet. He has no credibility.

    I guess if you insult your wife and children that gives you the cudos to be a good leader.

    Guliani. Stop being a critic.

    You will never be President.

    The PRESIDENT IS Barak Obama.

    Try some constuctive comments. In the long run there is only one United States of America.

    April 5, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Stephen Stiles

    Giuliani becomes less and less relevant as he speaks.

    April 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Indy

    Who ever Rudy supports will loose.The best advise is to do the opposite of what Rudy says. He has lost all his credibility and his statements in past couple of years makes one wonder how he is even considerd as someone that could make a positive impact on being elected.

    April 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. hampster

    I thought that twerp Giuilani would be in a nursong home by now!

    April 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Glenn, Cary, NC

    But, Rudy? Didn't you try them in New York? Wasn't that because you HAD to try them in New York? You call that making a decision? You call that leadership? You call yourself something more than a half-empty crapsack? You still here?

    April 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Rob

    Wow again lot of hot air and still no solutions. What difference does it makes where he is tried.It was Ok during the last administration but not now to. I think. That when President Obama won the election

    April 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Really???

    Really??? Giuliani, go away. You time has come and gone. Enough with the speaches because you could not even get your parties nomination. Really? Get lost.

    April 5, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Rog

    Rudy got his tail handed to him in the presidential primaries. The fool spent all his money in Florida & got a beat down put on him. Lets not run him off, keep him around he is good for a few laughs on a slow day.

    April 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. sssimon

    LOLZ at Rudy Giuliani talking about "principles", conservative or otherwise. He wouldn't know a principle if it bit him on the bum.

    April 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. KMAN

    I find it amusing that a guy with NO values is trying to tell us who we can trust to uphold values ... very strange at best!

    April 5, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Chris from Boston

    So Rubio likes to go to strip clubs. That makes him suitable Rudy?

    April 5, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Scott ATL

    Guiliana actually died during 9/11, and was replaced by the CIA with a robot to carry out their evil plan...

    But there is a glitch in the robots programing that makes him say "9/11" over and over again... One of those I-Robot malfunction, type, thingys...

    April 5, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Allan John

    Giuliani has tried over 4,000 criminals? How many were international terrorists? This guy cannot have a decent relationship with his children, why should we care what he has to say? The great leadership he usually boasts about led the USA into a war with iraq that had absolutely nothing to do with 911, cost the USA billions of dollars and made the company ,( Dick Cheney's former employer) Haliburton billions in profits.

    April 5, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. John

    " I tried over 4,000 criminals. The easiest decision I had was where to try them."

    Rudy has never been in any position to decide where to try anyone. That's not a decision a mayor makes. He needs to be less obvious when he is lieing if he wants to be a better Republican.

    April 5, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Doug

    Crist is the type of Republican that Conservatives need to beat in the primaries. Rudy is right, vote for Rubio!

    April 5, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Tom

    Good old Rudy, the ethics poster boy of the republican party.

    April 5, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. JJ

    So, Rudy, have you looked into Rubio's skeleton closet? Given that these days all the DNC has to do to get the GOP to crater on itself is -watch- as repukes make one stupid thing after another, you should be more careful whom you endorse... not that I care, but just saying. :)

    April 5, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Mikey

    I liked him better with the comb-over.

    April 5, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Rudy just put the kiss of death on Rubio.

    Rudy rips Obama? Aren't you the same joker, Rudy, that lost to McCain, who in turn was hammered by Obama?

    Rudy your fifteen minutes are up – breaking up the 5 crime families may play well in New York, but it didn't play everywhere else, especially when you married your own cousin along the way. Conservative values out of your mouth? Hee hee!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. bobby

    why dont you publish my comment CNN?
    This guy is an example of sleaze to the max!!!!! Is that so hard t o publish here?

    April 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. CHANGE.COM

    Rudy the drag queen? If nto for 9/11, no one would remember who this idiot is. get lost, uddy!

    April 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Patty in California

    Okay, so you're saying that Rubio could very well be the LEAST qualified candidate, but in retaliation for a wise decision by Crist, Giuliani will once again show his true colors. Gotta love the system.

    April 5, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. filp

    Rudi was a horrible mayor. Horrible husband (twice, maybe three times), and an even worse father.

    A bigger SOB would be hard to find. Congrats Rubio, you've been endorsed by a true American failure.

    April 5, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    "Giuliani's endorsement ... is being seen as political payback to Crist who refused to endorse the former New York City mayor during his presidential bid two years ago."

    How childish – and how typical of Republican schoolyard strategy!

    April 5, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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