July 10th, 2007
04:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani: McCain is still a viable candidate

Giuliani said Tuesday it's not time to write McCain's presidential bid off.

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Tuesday dismissed speculation that Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign has been derailed because of the departure of his two top political aides.

"Changes happen in a campaign," said Giuliani after a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire.

Giuliani continued, “This is way too early for anybody to be written off. John McCain is a fighter. I expect John to be right there waging a tough campaign.”

The former New York City Mayor is competing against McCain for the GOP presidential nomination and stressed that he thinks the Arizona senator will remain in the race, just as prior candidates, Ronald Reagan and John Kerry, did after they made changes to their campaign staff.

“John is professional," said Giuliani. "He knows this business really well. Unless you really know him, you don’t know what a strong guy he really is. I would be the last one to ever think John McCain is counted out."

Earlier Tuesday, Campaign Manager Terry Nelson and Chief Strategist John Weaver announced their resignation from McCain’s presidential campaign.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Marissa Muller

Filed under: John McCain • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Lee, Los Angeles, CA

    This comment is more about Rudy than McCain, but could there be a more scary candidate than Rudy? (Don't answer that, of course there are). Let's be honest, he's only running because he happened to be the mayor on 9/11. In essence, he's a presidential candidate by happenstance, that's scary. The only thing Rudy knows about terror is that it made him somewhat popular enough to run for a job he otherwise would have never even had a shot at. (I mean no offense or disrespect to anyone who suffered as a result of 9/11)

    July 10, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Providence, RI

    Giuliani's campaign theme is: 911. Rudy believes that he will win the nomination (Probably will), and the general election(will not win) by saying 911, 911, 911 over and over and over. But the American people are beyond 911. The politics of fear is over long time ago.

    July 10, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Mike, HI

    Meh, Giulani considers himself a viable candidate, so his opinion isn't worth much.

    July 10, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. James Atlanta, GA

    Well Lee, Obama is only running because he made a really nice speech once. Beyond that, no real credentials to speak of. Hillary is running because she was married to President Clinton. Living in his shadow is why we even call her Senator. So, at least Obama can say he has that on her, he won his seat on his own name.

    But...apparently...everyone is forgetting Rudy's time in NYC. The fact that he, as Republican mayor in very Democratic city, turned that city around. He turned NYC budget deficits into surplusses, insanely high crime rates into models for other modern cities, and...YES...he was there on 9/11. Like it or not, he was the one person that people looked to during that crisis, and he led competently by all accounts. Sure, mistakes were made. No one has said otherwise, but, lets face it, the shock of NYC in wake of 9/11 could have been NO after Katrina. But, it wasn't, and that had a lot to do with Mayor Giuliani.

    Say what you want about his personal life...whatever. But, his record is there, and the NYC of today is proof of his skills as a leader. Can anyone else, Republican and Democrat, show that they have an executive record like that.

    July 10, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Romney was governer of a state and turned around 200 businesses. Does that count?

    July 10, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    LOL Mike.

    I feel sorry for the Republicans. A once great party with noble ideas (being generous here) has now been reduced to a party of fear/warmongers, theocrats, and authoritarian cultists. What would Mr. Goldwater think of these candidates I wonder?

    July 10, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. bret, atl, ga

    It's Rudy's executive record that we should be most afraid of, not whatever nonsense spews from his mouth. The fact that he is insane, immoral, AND marginally effective and instituting his police-state agenda should frighten us all.

    His opinion of McCain is just laughable. It must be weird, living in Rudy's world, a strange land where war is peace, freedom is "authority," and "evil always triumphs because good is dumb."

    Wake up America...

    July 11, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Fairy, The magical forest

    Hey Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN. The republicans have Ron Paul. He is the only republican against the war from the start. And Goldwaters' son is endorsing Ron Paul. So there is the answer to that question.

    July 13, 2007 03:31 am at 3:31 am |