October 12th, 2007
09:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Former rival to back Giuliani

Thompson dropped out of the GOP race after a poor showing in the Iowa straw poll.

(CNN) – Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will announce Friday he is endorsing Rudy Giuliani for president, an official in the former New York City mayor’s campaign tells CNN.

The announcement will take place in Charleston, South Carolina.

Thompson, who also served in President Bush’s Cabinet as the Health and Human Services Secretary, gave up his own White House bid in August after failing to crack the top tier in the Iowa Straw Poll.

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. James, St Paul, MN

    wow, big deal!

    October 12, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Vince, NE

    Wow, Tommy Thompson. I guess that sums it all up.

    October 12, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Dyinglikeflies, New york, NY

    And so, with Thompson's post-candidacy endorsement, begins the positioning for the Veep spot on Giuliani's ticket. Personally I think Huckabee is a lock for that because Giuliani needs the heartland/fundamentalist creds. But there is one possible shock coming- is it conceivable that McCain, once he is out of the campaign (and too old to wait for next time) would consent to be Giuliani's running mate? Could Clinton possibly beat such a combination?

    October 12, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. J, Seattle, WA

    Isn't this the guy who wants to implant the RFID chips in everyone?

    October 12, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Daniel, NY

    Meanwhile, Clinton got some major endorsements as well: civil rights icon Rep. Lewis and former VP Walter Mondale.

    October 12, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Big'ole Democrat

    Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

    October 12, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Andrew,NJ

    He was able to get a mere 1000 votes after campaigning in only Iowa state for what 6 months? And spending all his cash there...not really a top endorsement.

    I wonder what position Guilliani promised him

    October 12, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Evan, Milwaukee

    Dyinglikeflies: "Could Clinton possibly beat such a combination?"


    If GOPers are hoping for Clinton, Dems are chomping at the bit to tear Giuliani down. His failures following the 1993 attack and the growing opposition from NYPD and NYFD members will be more than enough.

    October 12, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Evan, Milwaukee

    That said, Romney would also be a pretty easy target.

    The real question is can anyone on the GOP side beat a Clinton-Obama ticket? I don't think so.

    October 12, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Who cares! It doesn't matter who the Republican candidate is, they all want the same thing, eliminate the middle-class. Make the rich richer, keep everyone else poor enough to serve them and contract anything and everything out to corporations.

    These are the same corporations that are being bought out by foreign interests. Problem is, a report compiled by a House of Representatives panel earlier this year found that government spending on contracts rose by 103% between 2000 and 2005.

    Additionally, even with the rupee gaining on the dollar, Indian outsourcing companies are predicting increases for next year from 35%, by the second largest company Infosys Technologies Ltd., to 127% by iGate Global Solutions Ltd., a mid-size outsourcing company. They're talking about billions of dollars in profits and have already added thousands of workers to keep up with demand. The expect to add thousands more.

    If Republicans are elected, you can kiss your jobs and benefits goodbye. The one ray of hope is that America has already realized this given how the mid-term elections went.

    October 12, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Doug Robertson, Medford, Wi 54451

    Having been a life long resident of Wisconsin,I was so very glad to hear that Tommy Thompson was willing to throw his massive amount of influence behind Rudy. Now the Dems have a real shot at the White House. Thank you Tommy!!

    October 12, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. laurinda,ny

    Thompson served in the Bush cabinet, that will make a great endorsement for Rudy.

    October 12, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. James Claremont, CA

    Tommy, expect an angry call from your brother later.

    October 12, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    first of many.....Giuliani will be the next president....

    October 12, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. curtis in WI

    Ya know, there are just some endorsements you don't want.....

    October 12, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    Big deal! That guy looked, talked and acted like he was drunk during every debate. Another round, Tommy?

    Of course, only the best of the GOP would endorse Adolph Giuliani.

    October 12, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Ooooh, impressive, one bottom-tier candidate backs the next candidate to fall.

    October 12, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. James, Orlando, Fl

    It doesn't matter because Ron Paul will win and he will pick Mark Sanford (former S.C. Gov.) as his running mate.

    October 13, 2007 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Somehow I could never really take anyone seriously who stills calls himself "Tommy" as an adult.

    As for Rudy, the Dobson cult will run a third party candidate who will siphon off the evangelical vote or keep them home. Unless the GOP pulls off some more of its dirty tricks to keep minorities and Democrats from voting – or changes the allocation of the electoral college in California, enjoy the next 4 years of a Democratic Leadership.

    October 13, 2007 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  20. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    does anyone care???

    October 13, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Rich

    Makes sense Tommy owns corporations that produce tyhe RFID chips that Rudy cannot wait to stick in our children follow the money

    October 14, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |