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. Bob Sadler

    I'm a Romney supporter. Have been since he personally got involved to help my small company in Utah participate in a bid to produce products for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He understands what our economy needs, both big businesses and small businesses, and what the families that keep America working need to prosper. As far as delegate counts go, he is the front runner. But I'm glad that CNN and the "liberal" media downplay his successes, because he can't rest on his laurels, gold or silver. I want to thank CNN, and the other media outlets, for making the road less easy, and for essentially pointing out that anything can happen in a national election, when it still is a ways to go. 42 delegates out of nearly 2000 may make him the front runner, but not the winner. But lets make it happen!

    Romney '08 and '12!!

    January 16, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  2. Anthony

    If you can't keep a promise you made to your wife, your kids, or even your second wife... then I don't trust you to keep a promise to me or to American. Sorry Giuliani – it's not that you are an adulterer – it's that you're a liar.

    January 16, 2008 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  3. michael

    Good Job Mitt !

    This is the candidate the Democrats truly fear...

    January 16, 2008 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  4. Rob, Shrewsbury, MA

    Hey, Walt in Belton:

    Thanks so much for the blindingly clear insight into the intricacies of the race for the nomination. ("Guillible, Romney and Huckleberry are all good reasons to vote for Obama"). I would like to challenge you to form a coherent sentence and enlighten us further as to why Obama is more qualified than any of these three. For extra credit, could you also list his accomplishments as a member of the Senate?

    January 16, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. Replace the Establishment

    Looks like Ron Paul beat Giuliani and Thompson in Michigan!

    Not surprised at all that most Americans will vote for the Establishment and big government since most now depend on the government for their living and to tell them what to do next!

    January 16, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. SPQR753

    Giuliani who?

    The guy who had "no time" for the 9/11 Commision because he was busy roaming the USA giving speeches at $100,000 a bout?

    Is the same Giuliani that spills winds of war as a sort of G. W. Bush on steroids?


    January 16, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Sandy

    Mmmmhmmmm. . .

    So now Huckabee winning Iowa, McCain winning New Hampshire, and Romney winning Michigan are good news for Rudy.


    January 16, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Ozie Maddux

    Listen people, it's still a wide open race because nobody even noticed Wyoming. Nobody cares that Romney won there, so the fact that he leads in number of delegates means nothing. It's nothing personal, Wyoming... but nobody knew you even had a primary, much less who you voted for.


    January 16, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Tim, Minnesota

    Google "Bernie Kerik" then decide who you wanna vote for.

    January 16, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Tim, Minnesota

    I'd get to looking into voter fraud in Florida. This whole deal smells of a "fix the elections" racket coming out of Florida. Mark my words

    January 16, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Daniel Palomino

    Guliani still in contention? Puuuleeeze- give me a break. I use to really respect CNN besides the enjoyment I got from reading CNN online. But you guys have devolved into a better dressed version of TMZ- trashy and small minded- giving more space to all the 'he said-she said' bantering which means nothing compared to what the candidates stand for. Shame on you. Stop creating drama and start reporting the news. There's a lot of news to report on Guliani's past- nof much of it good, but instead you spend your time on conjecture.... and conjecture didnt' do you a bit of good in NH.

    Shame on you, CNN. When will you get your self respect back?

    January 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that Giuliani might get a small boost from this if the evangelicals in Michigan call up their friends in Florida and say not to vote of Huckabee. I don't think that most of them would vote for Romney given that there are other options. Florida right now (and the rest of the Super Dooper Tuesday states that follow) are really still too close to call.

    If those that support Ron Paul view his higher percentage than Thompson or Giuliani as a win, then there needs to be review of math as well as an understanding of how much campaigning those two did in the state of Michigan. Get a grip and understand that Ron Paul will not will unless there is a HUGE turn around for about 80% of the country as a whole. The major problem for Ron Paul is that he has some great supporters that never vote!

    January 16, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. ann

    Why aren't you mentioning the fact that Ron Paul came in fourth in Michigan consistantly beating Rudy Guiliani in the last few races. You mention Thompson and Guiliani but seem to leave Ron Paul's name out of picture and print. Someone mentioned this to me and asked me to observe. I did, and wonder what everyone is afraid of. Ron Paul seems to have a very clear message and and plan for peace and prosperity for this country. Why is the media banning him in such an obvious way. It makes you wonder what is going on. He looks like a good man to me and should be shown more attention.

    January 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Karen

    I thought Romney needed to be taken out in this state... could you please make up our minds. Manipulation is fine, but the back and forth is annoying.

    January 16, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Sorry, CNN, but I'm not following your logic. How does Romney's Michigan win favor Guiliani?

    In my view, most of the Republican candidates are good men, although most are unelectable due to the following:

    – Guiliani – due to his ties with Bernie Kerik, liberal NYC policies, and personal issues (i.e., divorces, etc.);

    – Huckabee – liberals and the media (aren't they one and the same?) will paint him as a "Bible thumping Jesus freak (due to his background as a minister;

    – Romney – his Mormon Faith will be blown out of proportion, causing voters to panic and vote for the Democratic candidate (Hillary or Obama);

    As a result, John McCain is the logical Republican candidate, and I say this with a heavy heart since I disagree with this fine gentleman on many issues (except for his strong stance on the war on terror).

    McCain can win many Independents and "Reagan Democrats" compared to his fellow Republican peers.

    January 16, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Giuliani is one of the most disgusting, pretentious, opportunistic fearmongerers in the history of politics. PLEASE, Republicans-DON'T give us another unqualified, self-centered, and arrogant Bush/Cheney all rolled into one!

    January 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Dave

    go away Rudy. anyone who employs this super tuesday strategy instead of trying to win every state does not deserve to be the president of all 50 states.

    January 16, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Frank tulsa, ok

    I truly believe that the hard core Republican establishment, those that helped get Bush elected, support Giuliani. People who think he's out of it are dead wrong. The Neo-Cons like Frum want Giuliani. What we're hearing is an eery silence by the hard right waiting to unvail their agenda for the party. Ralph Reed, Rove, Frum, Norquist, DeLay, Jeb Bush, et al are going for Giuliani. Rove is doing the delegate math and Jeb is getting Giuliani ready to take Florida. Mark my words Giuliani is not out, he and the cronies are playing opossum.

    January 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. honest reporting

    To Frank tulsa, ok

    Don't scare me like that. I hope your prediction proves to be a conspiracy theory where the conspiracy can't be that strong.

    Romney 08' and 12' (Things will really get a lot better)

    January 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. NELSON

    Why waste his time. Rudy Giuliani, Mcain,Thompson,and Huckabee are not electable officials. drop out and spare the Republican party. My prediction is for Mitt and Obama.

    January 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. tiffany

    CNN- admit it, American news media-admit it, you indisputably support Guiliani, regardless of what the american public has voiced. Haven't his three losses proved that? And if he does win in Florida or anywhere else it is because of the biased reporting you have delivered. He has done NOTHING, besides wear an american flag pin after 9/11 along with most americans, to deserve any credibility to become the President of the most Powerful nation on earth. I'm ashamed of you news media, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

    January 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Daniel

    Why doesn't CNN recognize that Romney is the clear frontrunner after winning in Michigan and Wyoming and getting second in Iowa and New Hampshire. He has the most total votes of any of the other Republican candidates and has one more win than the rest.

    I agree with those Ron Paul supporters that the media is ignoring him as well. Ron Paul has far out performed Guliani. Why are they even talking about Guliani anyways?

    CNN and other media outlets clearly have their favorite candidates, unfortunately they aren't the same candidates favored by the American people.

    January 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Daniel

    For example: If Romney or Huckabee had lost all four of the last primaries like Guiliani has, the media wouldn't even give them a second look. The media seems to be trying to sell a McCain/Guliani bid, we won't buy it.

    January 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Mario

    Mitt might not win FL, but Guliani won't so any good either. went the big test comes, Romney will win.

    Go Mitt!

    January 16, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Russ c

    if rudy becomes our president God help us and our constitution. there will be abuse of power and govt secrecy in an unbelieveable scale under the guise of security.

    January 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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