October 29th, 2010
04:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Giuliani the closer?

(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani hopes he can be the closer in West Virginia, where Republicans are trying to win back a Senate seat that's been held by Democrats for more than half a century.

The former New York City mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate will team up in the state Monday with businessman John Raese, the Republican's Senate nominee. The Raese campaign says the two men will join forces at rallies in Bridgeport and Clarksburg, West Virginia, on the day before the midterm elections.


Raese faces off next week against popular two-term Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin. The winner of the special election in November will fill out the final two years of the term of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died earlier this year. Byrd was first elected to the Senate in 1958.

The most recent polls indicate the race is neck and neck and top non-partisan political handicappers describe the contest as a toss-up.

Last week Giuliani campaigned with Senate nominee Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and earlier this month he teamed up in California with GOP Senate challenger Carly Fiornina.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • Rudy Giuliani • West Virginia
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Giuliani???? The good people of West Virginia are going to be swayed by a New Yorker, to vote for a man who is has not lived in their state for more than 2 years?

    Please Teapublicans stop insulting America!

    October 29, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Dave

    Giuliani? If I was the republican candidate I would be very worried by now if all the republican party could scare up to help me is Giuliani. You never know what is going to come out of this guy's mouth.

    October 29, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    More like the fear-monger and fraud. Say hi to your sidekick Bernie Kerik in federal prison btw.

    October 29, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    West Virginia for democrats
    Before only republicans best for national security now Obama doing better job than republicans Mr.Giuliani

    October 29, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. barry

    The polls for West Virginia are all over the place. This one will probably the tightest race. It will be the 10th Republican pick up if they get it and would give them the majority. I hope they get it.

    October 29, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    It looks like the 'STUPID' fairy is going to sprinkle his pixie dust all over WVa.

    October 29, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    While I would not vote for John Raese anyway, I can't imagine how Mr. a noun, a verb and 911 would help him or anyone for that matter. Mr. a noun, a verb and 911 has stretched his 15 minutes way too long as it is. The American people told him as much when he tried to get the nomination of his party. Even his own party didn't want him not to mention the rest of America. I'm sure he's a legend in his own mind but that's where it stops.

    I have a feeling that the silent majority will speak out next Tuesday as they did in 2008, much to the surprise of all the experts, the GOP and the Tea Baggers who think they are going to stay home. Be on the lookout for a real November surprise.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    October 29, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. AC

    Giuliani is old news. He can run for something on the East Coast, because we sure in the hell do not care for him in the West Coast. Did he ask permission from the QUITTER to speak?

    Free Rick Sanchez! Give him another change!

    October 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    What a windbag. But the toothless hicks down there will eat it up. Have a nice day!

    October 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Here we go again, a noun, a verb and 911, Giuliani trying to throw his hat into the circus ring.

    October 29, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    Mr. "noun, verb, and 9/11" relating to West Virginians. I would be interested to hear what they think. My husband's family is from WV. Giuliani doesn't seem like a good fit.

    October 29, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. curtther

    Giuliani has as much pull as dead rat.

    October 29, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. KEVIN

    9/11 a Noun & a Verb well that is all Guiliani has to offer. Oh wait Guiliani also has his wife/mistress, he has his children who hates him and he got 1, yes I said 1 and Just 1 delegate from running for President. So why do he think he the closer when all he is, is the LOSER.

    October 29, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. KEVIN

    If this idiot ever run for president again I wll die.

    October 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Duncan Shweet

    Rudy is going to help out the Republicans in WV. Wow!!!!!

    October 29, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Craig from Pa.

    Every circus needs a clown.....Go Rudy!!

    October 29, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    Pandering to the Gomers. Has he no shame? Have a nice weekend!

    October 29, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Mr. Raese running for the Senate in West Virginia will not fool the people! They know who he is. Here is a little information about John Raese:

    "America is in an industrial coma" says Raese, he blames "the restrictor plate that is the bloated federal government" and goes on to say, "I can't think, of very many times when a government agency has helped me."

    RAESE received $2.3 MILLION in contracts from the FEDERAL government since 2000! Plus he has received $32 MILLION in contracts from the state government! Looks like RAESE is doing far better than MOST people in West Virginia!

    October 29, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. thomas

    ... Italian song "What time are you coming tonight; "Ducha, Ducha" an Italian song about Mussolini

    October 29, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Yankee carpetbagger telling the people of West virginia how to vote?

    October 29, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |