January 15th, 2008
10:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney win may give a boost to Giuliani's White House bid

(CNN) - Mitt Romney’s win in his native state of Michigan appears to be good news for Rudy Giuliani’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

The former New York mayor is spending most of his time and most of his money campaigning in Florida, which votes January 29. The Giuliani campaign’s strategy has been to de-emphasize early votes and instead concentrate on Florida and the coast-to-coast primaries which follow on February 5.

That strategy only has a chance of success if there’s no clear Republican front-runner heading into the Florida primary. Romney’s defeat of Sen. John McCain of Arizona means that three different candidates have now won the first three major contests of the race - leaving the front-runner mantle up for grabs.

Giuliani’s campaign put out a statement Tuesday night congratulating the former Massachusetts governor on his win, adding that “he race remains fluid and competitive, [and] our strategy remains on track.

"Rudy is going to continue to campaign aggressively in Florida and after the energy we’ve seen on the trail this past week, we’re confident that we’ll be successful on the 29th.”

But while Romney’s victory does leave the GOP field unsettled, Giuliani’s own performance in Michigan was nothing to brag about. With nearly 60 percent of the votes counted, the former mayor was in the low single digits.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. mb

    If Guiliani wins the Republican nomination, I'll be switching over to vote for Obama.

    January 15, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. shaun

    It sure did..julies back......If he wins florida watch out because he'll turn out to be the bozo that looses to the democrat in the general election.


    January 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Charles

    I have to say that I have hoped to hear the views of Rudy Giuliani and his campaign agenda in the recent months, but find myself unable to have the opprotunity due to the fact that he just doesn't show up...is this your strategy??? I am a former New Yorker of 15 years and followed him while acting as Mayor.... what will you do as President??? Or should I move on???

    January 15, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. Alice

    Romney's projected win in Michigan will make him more valuable to Giuliani. He can barter his delegates for the VP position after Giuliani wins the major states.

    I'm still voting for Ron Paul and the Constitution....even if it is a write-in vote!

    January 15, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Sue Thomas

    He is in last place....even Ron Paul is ahead of him!!!! And they challenged Ron Paul's electability. Todays results make it look like Fred Thompson and Guilliani are the one who are not the people's choice!!! With all of the media coverage of Thompson and Guilliani they still could not do any better. We are simply waiting for them both to drop out and leave the race to the real candidates. And Ron Paul is moving right up into that category with very little effort. America, watch out!!!

    January 15, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. Jan

    Interesting idea that Romney winning means there's no clear front-runner. Who would have had to win to dent Giuliani's chances? Romney is now winning 36-19, which seems a pretty commanding lead. The best McCain (or Huckabee) could have done is slightly cut down Romney's lead. So the idea that anyone other than Romney could have come out with a commanding lead is rather flawed, and the fact that he has come out such a clear front-runner is, if anything, bad news for Giuliani.

    January 15, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Mrjimbo, TX

    Go Mitt! On the economy, which is THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE, He wins hands down! We need his leadership and Team Building skills in Washington.
    Romney in 08

    January 15, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. brig

    CNN - you keep forgetting Wyoming! Who checks your facts? Or do you carefully craft your sentences to leave that out??? CNN - please... Mitt has won 2 (Michigan & Wyoming) and placed second in 2 (Iowa & NH). Nobody else on the Republican side has the delegates he does. HE IS THE FRONT RUNNER, like it or not CNN.

    January 15, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. lfe

    Hooray For Ron Paul!

    Another strong showing!

    Imagine if he were discussed on the news what might happen!

    January 15, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. linda

    Excuse me Paul Steinhauser, what do you mean by 3 different candidates have now won the first 3 major contests? Have you forgotten that Romney took the gold in Wyoming too. That gives him 2 gold and 2 silver. You liberal media are so bias, you and the rest of the liberal have snatched Romney's victory in Wyoming. Shame on you Paul Steinhauser and the liberal media for being so bias.

    January 15, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Todd Jenson

    Give me a break, CNN is so anti-Romney it's embarrassing. Romney wins in Michigan, and all CNN can say is: 'Romney win may give a boost to Giuliani's White House bid'. Giuliani is barely even ranked in the polls these days–he has dropped as consistently as the American economy over the past few months, and Giuliani's campaign is on the verge of bankruptcy. Also, over the past few weeks, CNN has consistently used old, inaccurate polling information to show McCain was ahead of Romney. CNN also referred only to Romney as a 'two-time loser' when both McCain and Huckabee are also 'two-time (now 'three-time losers'). Romney won in Wyoming, which has the same number of delegates as New Hampshire, but CNN totally ignored the win and instead, spent days glowing with praise of McCain. Romney is the frontrunner with the most RNC delegate votes. CNN needs to choose whether it wants to lose its credibility or its anti-Romney prejudice.

    January 15, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Adjetey

    A bot for Obama is never a wrong decision

    January 15, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Adjetey

    My *vote* for Obama is never a wrong decision

    January 15, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Shaun, you are so correct, But Giuliani might be a tough sell in Florida because I understand a lot of 911 firefighters have moved to Florida and they won't be voting for him.

    January 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. Sean, Santa Barbara, CA

    Why is Guiliani even being mentiond seriously anymore, he has zero delagates, and is bottom tier. He says hes going to win in some states, so cnn still talks about him being in contention for the presidency. All candidates say they are going to win, only most of them actually have some delagates.

    January 15, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. Kell Kwik

    Why does Gov. Huckabee win no delegates in Michigan, having won 16% of the votes?

    January 15, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. Art H

    As the poster pointed out above, CNN and also AP, seems to be calibrating their responses in downplaying Romney victories and propping up dead-wood like McCain and Giuliani. I clearly see a bias in the reporting, which puts a serious dent in the credibility of the CNN/AP news items, when pertaining to Romney.

    Romney is the current front-runner and it is time to recognize that and drop the biased reporting.

    January 15, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. Walt, Belton,TX

    Guillible, Romney and Huckleberry are all good reasons to vote for Obama.

    January 15, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. jkorg

    It seems that the media is having a hard time admitting that Romney has taken a 1st place lead. How many does he have to win to actually be in first place?

    January 16, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  20. Kenny, VA

    The media really doesn't seem to like Romney. When he lost NH his campaign was reeling according to the news, despite his second place finish actually increasing his delegate lead.

    If anyone other than Romney gets the nod, it will be on the part of republicans (particularly evangelicals) and an easy win for the democrats. You can't win without getting the swing vote, and independents don't tend to be war hawks, which is all the other two REAL contenders (Giuliani and McCain) have in their corner.

    There's not a single other candidate in the race, in either party, that can claim to be a person who gets things done like Romney. Heck, the democrats should be talking to him. They all talk about health care plans, but whereas they've been yapping about it for years, Romney actually did it. Agree or disagree with his positions, there's no arguing with success.

    January 16, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  21. Doug

    Why is Rudy Guilianni even in consideration for the Republican nomination for the presidency? He is a wishy washy pseudo republican at best, with the charisma of Donald Rumsfeld. Guilianni is doing nothing more than riding the coat tails of the 911 tragedy. As a former NYC resident, I am not fooled by his shenanigans, nor ignorant of his past. For the media, republican and especially Pat Robertson to ignore this guys ethics and character issues is simply amazing.

    January 16, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  22. Michael, Dallas, TX

    Whomever wins South Carolina will have big momentum going into Florida, and will most probably beat Giuliani, who will not do as well there as he thinks he will. Few articles are mentioning Wyoming because it's so small-time that it doesn't really matter.

    McCain is favored by Democrats & Independents because they respect his integrity and bi-partisan leadership. That's why he's a media darling, and why the national polls consistently show that he's the only Republican capable of defeating the Democratic nominee. If McCain runs, he wins the Whitehouse. It's that simple. If Republicans had nominated him in 2000 he would have whipped Gore & Kerry easily, avoiding "stolen election" accusations from the Democrats, and leading our nation to a much better footing, militarily, economically, and internationally. Pray the Republican voters are smarter this time around.

    January 16, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  23. robert

    Big media love McCain & Obama. McCain is to old to appeal to
    younger voters, and he is to liberal for Republicans, he is more
    liberal than some democrats thats why big media love him. Obama
    is a good alternative to the Clinton gangsters. My Opinion is
    Romney is a solid business leader that has made lot of
    money. Thats a negative to big media, but in the real world
    that means successful. Romney will be the Nominee.

    The dem debate is a joke. Was it a debate? I thought a debate
    mean't some disagreement or lively discussion. Next debate they
    should all stand in a circle & hold hands. Cnn & Msnbc say that
    this is exciting. Yawn. The only thing I thought was interesting was
    the Clintons are getting away with playing the race card against democrats
    instead of their normal chief rival. When are the dems going to learn
    the Clintons are low class & poison.

    January 16, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  24. Tom, Las Vegas

    The way the republican race is being reported, it looks like even if Romney had won every state by a landslide, he would still not be the front runner in the eyes of the media. Time to give Romney hid due! He is the front runner with two first place finishes and two second place finishes. Please insert a little objectivity in your reporting – your intent is obvious and not lost on anyone with an ounce of intelligence.

    January 16, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  25. Jerry


    Romney holds a commanding delegate lead at this point. Hell, Ron Paul has more delegates than Giuliani!

    Rudy's strategy -may- work out to some degree, in that he may pull in some delegates, but I do not believe that he is going to win a thing on Super Tuesday – his gamble has never paid off in the past, and it's not going to pay off now.

    Which is absolutely awesome, because there is no way that he'd be elected.

    January 16, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
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