October 6th, 2007
12:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Giuliani: Florida is important in 2008

Giuliani said Florida will be an important state in the 2008 presidential election.

(CNN)–Telling his audience "I think Florida is enormously important," former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani asked for the support of voters at a town hall meeting in Estero, Florida on Saturday. "You were critical in the 2000 election, you were real important in the 2004 election," the GOP presidential hopeful said.

Giuliani then joked about the current state of uncertainty surrounding the Democratic party vote in the state. "This time you're going to be even more important because you've got a primary on January 29. And unlike the Democrats, I'm not going to boycott Florida." he said to a round of applause. "In fact, I'm encouraging them to boycott Florida for the whole year. I think if Florida goes too fast for the Democrats, and they're not going to participate in the Florida primary, I think they should really teach you a lesson and not participate in the general election."

This week, two of Florida's top Democrats in Congress, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Rep. Alcee Hastings, announced they would take legal action against the national Democratic party, after the party said it would sanction the Florida Democrtaic party for moving its presidential primary contest to January 29. That violated Democratic party rules which only allow Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, to hold their primary contests before February 5. The national party voted to punish Florida Democrats by refusing to seat the state's 210 delegates at the national convention in Denver next summer.

Last month, most of the Democratic presidential candidates signed a pledge to not campaign in Florida if the state's Democratic party went ahead with plans to hold their primary before February 5.

In his remarks, Giuliani recalled watching the 2000 Florida recall process on television while recovering from treatments for prostate cancer.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. anon, new york, NY

    Giuliani is the only republican candidate falling in polls in Florida, while other rep canadidates are rising.

    Giuliani keeps talking, but nothing substantive. But, on the other hand, he is just a former mayor, without any national and international political experiences. Pity the republican party as he is still the leading candidate, the one-eye man in the republican kingdom of blinds.

    October 6, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Andrew, NJ

    Ofcourse Giulliani says Florida is important...thats the only early primary state that he has any chance of getting.

    I find it kinda ironic that the guy who is supposed to be a front runner...is yet to win a straw poll, and is doing horrible in early primary states.

    You know why? Because those who take the time to look him up realize that he is a pandering windbag and a democrat in Republican clothing.

    Frankly if Republians nominate Giulliani, going into general election, we'll have a choice between 2 Hillary Clintons...and the only loser of the 2008 election will be this country.

    When picking a candidate on issues...you have to make sure the person isn't a flip flop. Because if you pick someone who flip flops you know he'll go back to his original idea the second he is nominated

    October 6, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    Remember that Giuliani is the leading national Republican canidate because of a reason! You can trash him all you want, but he represents the consensus of the new Republican party population as a whole. It was the hard core conservatives that got us Bush (twice).
    Now look at where the country is. Giulliani is the only one that can beat Hillary. The only one.

    October 6, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Brian, Syracuse NY

    You've got that the other way around. Ghouliani is the only candidate who can LOSE to Hillary Clinton.

    October 6, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Michael, Virginia, USA

    Rudy Guiliani may have respectable national numbers but it's only because most of the nation are uniformed sheep (I'm talking DIRECTLY to you, the people who post in support of Rudy Guiliani). He is a moral trainwreck. Do I even have to provide you with the whole story about how he married his cousin, then when he wanted his first divorce of three, he had their marriage anulled after 14 years on grounds that they were cousins.

    October 6, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. laurinda,ny

    It certainly is. We all hope that the voting machines are working properly and that a Democratic party member will be near every voting place so that when a problem arises it will be taken care of. We do not want anymore hanging chads or voters being turned away because of their names.

    October 6, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Andrew, NJ

    First of all Giulliani will never win a general election. There is a reason he dropped out of the senate race against Clinton in the first place. A pro-war candidate will not win, when 70% of the country is against the war. This is not 2004, the GOP has been decimated in the last 4 years. Look at 2006...look at how many seats we lost because of the war position. And since then the situation has gotten worse.

    Second of all if Giulliani is nominated you can kiss the Republican party good bye. They'll go the way of the whigs party.

    Why? Because many people are tired of lies by the GOP front runners. Once you take away the lies they are no different than the democrats. There is this term RINO...Republican in name only...and thats exactly what the front runners are. They talk the talk of conservative values but they aren't. Just look at their records.

    All of them flip flopped on issues in order to pander to the audience. And there is no doubt in my mind that if they ever get to the office they'll flip flop back and screw us over.

    This is why this is most likely my last election as a Republican(I support Ron Paul btw, because he is the only true Republican running). After that I'll change my designation to Liberterian. Because they are the only ones who seem to care about conservative values and actually practice what they preach

    October 6, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. anon, new york, NY

    Florida is important to Giuliani too, because he is falling in the state poll there, while all the other republican candidates are climbing. That may the beginning of his end.

    October 6, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Rudy it was the GOP controlled congress in Florida that set up this stupid stunt of leapfrogging ahead in the schedule. They knew it was going to make a mess at the national level, but of course they didn't care. Florida has been nothing but trouble since the hanging chads that got Bush into office in the first place. Florida should be hiding its head instead of trying to be first in the nation.

    Telling it like I see it,

    October 6, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    Democrats will lose in Florida because the candidates care more for their party that they do for the people. Floridians are sick and tired of being kicked around like some political football.

    October 6, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. laurinda,ny

    Stephen in Florida..Demoocrats will win in Florida because Jeb Bush is out and the Republicans will be monitored closely so they don't try their sneaky games.

    October 6, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    The disgusting pandering and extra-constitutional grandstanding of the Republican party with respect to the Terry Schiavo affair has to be brought up again and again to remind Floridians just how morally bankrupt the Republican party has been.

    It matters not to me how Guiliani feels about it, or whether he would pander to the right wing, because he is one of them, and if elected, republicans act together as a machine much better than democrats do.

    The Republican Party must be held accountable for their disgusting political display in the face of dozens of judges, years of decisions and appeals, dozens of doctors, and then the final extra-constitutional attempts in Washington all in the name of the evengelical pander.

    As bad as the Iraq disaster is for our pocketbooks and safety for the next 30 years, the Schiavo affair is the one that is the most repulsive and nauseating.

    The shameful details of it have to be exposed and exposed and discussed and there will be a visceral recoil from the republican party.

    October 6, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Allow me to UN boggle your mind. The CLINTON machine has pulled favors from Florida Dems/Republicans to move their Primary up to the same day as South Caroline Jan 29 and before the big Feb 5 second round of primaries. Since Hillary will loose in South Carolina and would have just lost in IOWA and New Hampshire primaries. She will use that Florida primary win to have the media to declare she is still in the race. Since all candidates pledged to not campaign in Florida. Hillary would win that states Unrecognized DNC Primary because of her name recognition. By the media promoting it as a win state for her it will have a mental effect on the Feb 5th Voters letting them think a vote for Hillary at that time would not be wasted. All Candidates, Better be somehow circumventing that Pledge and getting themselves up in the Florida polls. Honestly if you are a Candidate and you are dumb enough to sit back and not get your poll numbers up in Florida, Then you are too stupid to be President and should drop out NOW!

    October 6, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. Pix, TN

    Just wondering CNN, do you have any other stock photos for Guliani? lol I've seen this one about 10 times this week =P

    October 6, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. Debbie , Cinna NJ

    Rudy will win the Presidential election..Difference between Bush and Rudy? Bush played tough with the country and the country hates his tactics and HATES the results...Rudy was tough with NYC...they hated his tactics but LOVED the results...therein lies the difference...COMPETENCY....and no one else could take on Iran...no one who they would respect....

    October 7, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Bill

    all the republicans are doomed so its there own fault there core base is faltered.so much spending ..and our forfathers wrote do not spend unless it can be paid for by the generation.

    October 7, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  17. Jeff from Jersey

    Florida all depends on who is counting the vores!If it's "Chad" the democrats can't win,although without Jeb they have an outside chance.

    October 7, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Ah yes Rudy,now you're just like Hillary! (Remember-Clintons hire republicans for their cabinet.) We're pulling for you! A general election without godheads is a fantastic gift to our generation! Listen to the money rolling in,not the morally bankrupt right-wingers.

    October 7, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Manny, NY, NY

    Andrew said: "There is a reason he dropped out of the senate race against Clinton in the first place.". Yes, he had prostate cancer. Had nothing to do with running against Hillary or being pro-war (he was running for the Senate pre 9/11.

    October 7, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. jim Scottsdale AZ

    Rudy Hillary same old politics as usual. People only ask questions you would find in people magazine.

    What about the 12 trillion in debt. and if you include Social Security and mdicade it is is 50 trillion "debt" the dollar has lost value.

    Why don't the poloticians and the media care or the people?? Pay that off with your master card at 15%.

    Ron Paul is the only answer

    October 8, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Chris, FL

    And I guarantee you the RNC will not count FL if Ron Paul or another "lowly" candiate is on top. But if they see Rudy leading, they'll go ahead and count it. Mark my words.

    October 9, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |