Giuliani endorses Romney, downplays being running mate
April 23rd, 2012
09:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Giuliani endorses Romney, downplays being running mate

(CNN) – One-time Mitt Romney rival Rudy Giuliani endorsed the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee for president on Monday. And the former New York City mayor downplayed any chance he would be considered a running mate on the GOP ticket.

Giuliani made his endorsement in an appearance on Fox News, saying that Romney's "got the resume and background for the job."

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He added that when it comes to the economy and foreign policy, Romney is the right choice come November, over President Barack Obama.

"I think he has an understanding of the economy that's far deeper than the president and far deeper than most people, and I think he has the strength and toughness to handle foreign policy," Giuliani said.

The former mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate said he met with Romney last week.

"I had a very good breakfast with him. We had a very long talk," Giuliani said. "Of course we've talked a number of times. This was a really good long talk."

Giuliani and Romney were rivals in the last battle for the GOP presidential nomination, with both candidates losing to Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Earlier this cycle Giuliani said nice things about presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and had some critical comments of Romney. But when it came to the race for the nomination, he said "Mitt has won fair and square."

As for being considered a running mate to the former Massachusetts governor, Giuliani said "I'm not on the list for running mate. I'm sure of that."

But Giuliani then went on to say: "But I would help him in any way that I could, anything I can do."

Last year Giuliani flirted with a second run for the GOP nomination before deciding against making another bid for the White House.

Following the interview, Romney's presidential campaign released a statement.

"I'm very proud to earn the support of such a distinguished leader and public servant to our country," Romney said. "Rudy's successes in turning around New York City are well-known and his name is synonymous with leadership, uniting a city in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history. I look forward to his help in the months ahead as I work to restore America's promise and reverse President Obama's failed policies."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    More worthless endorsements from the neocon elitists running the GOBP cult.

    April 23, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Ugh. I knew the Ghouliani would resurface...... Hey Rudy....NOBODY CARES what you have to say. As for VP, we would welcome you on the loser ticket.

    April 23, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "I think he has the strength and toughness to handle foreign policy,"
    ----------------------------------------------–
    And that's where you are wrong. Willard is insisting on going to war with Iran. I guess he would come to that conclusion when you have a bunch of Bush flunkies in your corner. Willard is the wrong man for the job. He may know a little something about the economy, but he doesn't know didley when it comes to foreign policy. I like the safety and security the POTUS has provided. I don't feel comfortable handing my security over to a guy who has ZERO foreign policy experience. If saving the Olympics is what you call foreign policy, you're a moron. Not to mention, Obama killed Osama. Willard killed American jobs.

    April 23, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. PTNY

    I saw Giuliani on TV this morning talking about Mitt. Pathetic how easily people can lie.

    April 23, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Tony

    Mitt Romney might need to pick Ann Romney, since no one else wants to be his VP.

    April 23, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. king

    These repubs and their austerity movements, have they checked out Europe lately? Obama need to take his infrastructure modernization on the road payed by the rich who are hoarding trillions in other countries. These rich will benefit when all the rich folks put their money into the country, they will get back their investments and we will see cranes and construction workers in every city, every town and every neighborhood. This will bring optimism back to our country, when folks see so much cranes and constructions all about, this will also boast their confidence to go out there and spend money and boast our economy. I dare these repubs obstructionist to stop this when elections are just around the corner, hell with their no government interventions, like as if private companies are going to use their investors money to build a bridge or a road just because they like America that mich

    April 23, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Maybe Rudy would be so kind as to share Mitts plans with America? So far, it's all been closed door hush-hush secrets.

    Mitt Romney on Mitt Romney: "Voters wouldn't elect me if they knew my plan..." March 2012

    No doubt this is why so many are steering away from being considered a VP pick. Especially the "me first" crowd. Of course, Mitts got a way of getting around this too. Just sign his "pledge card" and let his secrets fall where they will. Then again, signing a pledge to Mitt Romney is a bit risky, all things considered. And simply endorsing him might end up a career ender.

    "I've Got A Secret" isn't exactly a winning campaign slogan.

    April 23, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. 1twinsfan

    The caption under Giuliani – "And Mitt's pile of pocket change was this big and it was all 100s."

    I prefer my candidates stirred, not shaken.

    April 23, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Scott S.

    Rudy could've been president. He was strong early on in the debates in 2008 and had a great track record in New York City. After early debates, he disappeared from the campaign trail. Now he's a slave to party lines, repeating any buzz-word rhetoric Fox News recycles on a daily basis. Too bad.

    April 23, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. fayse

    GOP don't count your chickens before they hatch and don't forget the Dewy/Truman election either.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 23, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. JuanVonDinklus

    Isn't it funny that endorsements come after the fact – like they mean something now.

    April 23, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    The GOP inflicted Bush/Cheney on America.
    The GOP created the creature known as the Palinator.
    Just because anyone in the GOP is endorsed by anyone else doesn't mean a thing.
    The GOP is still the evil infecting America, and until they root the evil out and become a workable political party again, they're useless, worthless and a danger to this country.

    April 23, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Stop the Charade

    And I was so hoping that the big announcement was that he was retiring from public life.

    April 23, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Bob

    Slow day @ the political desk? Did Rudy have the French toast for his breakfast? This information would help to make his endorsement a little meaningful.

    April 23, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Peace

    Since when a loser + a loser = 2 winners?? Both Romney and Giuliani were losers in 2008.

    April 23, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I find it amazing that the next sentence out of their mouths after endorsing Willard is that they do not want the VP slot. Granted, some of these folks consider themselves to be better than Willard, so why should they take second fiddle. Others don't want to be associated with a failed candidate, thus reducing their chances for anything other than a Fox News talk show.

    April 23, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Who cares? Giuliani is old news.

    April 23, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Dave A.

    Obama is the only one with a brain.. Does that still count?

    April 23, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Bessy

    Of course he did ! They all have to step in line no matter who it is. Not that they believe that he is the best man. All that counts is that are hoping a Republican gets in office. It could be Micky Mouse for all they care. Hmmm!

    April 23, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Brenda

    Amazing the hate coming from the left here. Guiliani didn't say he didn't want to be on the ticket... he said he was sure he was not on the list. Geez. Mitt needs someone who will compliment him. I would like to see Condoleeza Rice or Jeb Bush, but I can already hear the Bush comments coming from the left. Obama has not done this country any favors so get over yourselves.

    April 23, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    "Deep" understanding of the economy? Ha! Robmey is a one-trick pony: Break it up, sell it off, outsource the jobs. Robmey doesn't know how to add value except to his cronies' pockets.

    We need a leader with the vision to take us forward, who puts the long-term prosperity of our nation ahead of the short-term gains of multinational corporations.

    We need President Obama, who wants to invest in our education, basic scientific research, infrastructure and sustainable energy. If you want to sell our country down the river, vote for Robmey; if you want to continue moving forward, vote for President Obama and a majority Democratic House and Senate.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 23, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Dave

    Another major endorsement for Romney. Meanwhile, people are more and more concerned about Obama's debt, deficit and unemployment.

    April 23, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Bing

    Romney's "got the resume and background for the job."
    __________________________________________

    This is exactly the point. Obama did not have the qualifications or experience to be President. In the real world, (in the private sector liberals hate) you have the have years of executive experience and a history of success to land a CEO position. For the last 3.5 years we are at a net loss for total job growth under Obama which is the slowest recovery in recorded history.

    April 23, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    No sane will be Vying for vp for bain-capital.
    Loot and cheat.

    April 23, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @Brenda: "Obama has not done this country any favors so get over yourselves."

    Tell that to GM, which is alive, and Osama bin Laden, who is dead.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 23, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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