January 29th, 2008
09:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Sources: Giuliani will endorse McCain

(CNN) - Rudy Giuliani will endorse John McCain Wednesday in California, two GOP sources familiar with the discussions told CNN Tuesday.

McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, had been in "ongoing discussions" with Rudy Giuliani's campaign about the former New York mayor ending his run and actively endorsing McCain's candidacy, according to a GOP official familiar with talks.

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  1. kc

    There won't be a Mccain/Giulinai ticket. Like one post said. Mccain needs to pull in the ultra conservative folks...but I may be wrong. Mccain's been winning without the majority of the conservatives. I believe the GOP party has changed (not changing) but has changed. It is no longer the ultra conservatives that dictates but the moderate voices that speaks louder. A Giuliani endorsement will seal the deal for Mccain and he will be the GOP nominee...without a doubt. Romney will win over some ultra conservatives but that won't be enough. Huckabee will stay in the race to keep the evangelicals from jumping ship to Romney.

    I suspect this weeks ago. Mccain, Giuliani and Huck had a side pack to team up and propell one of the moderate voice/candidate to the top and it is working out as expected. The coalesting would have occured for anyone of them if they had the momentum in florida. The only reason Huck is still running is to keep the evangelicals away from Romney. Huck too is participating. This has always been a three team race....Fred, Romney and (mccain, rudy & huck). I had suspected this. It was brilliant!!

    January 30, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain will keep us in Iraq 100 years or longer. Rudy will keep us in Iraq and without knowing where the military will come from he will go to war with Iran. These two together are the making of a nuclear war.

    January 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. ia voter

    Thank god. Rudy Giuliani definitely ran a less than half-hearted campaign. How disrespectful is it to his handful of supporters in other states to not campaign there? I truly believe he decided not to campaign anywhere when he realized he didn't have a chance anywhere.

    January 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. AK

    Well, I am not surprised that Giuliani endorsed McCain because they have something in common: Both LoverBoy giuliani and John McAmnesty have had adulterous affairs and dumped their wives for the mistresses.

    Check out the sorry way McCain treated his first wife after having an affair with his mistress who is now his wife; and, you already know about LoverBoy Giuliani and the way he treated two wives before marrying his former mistress who is now his current wife.

    Check out the story of McCain and his first wife and how he treated her.

    January 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Linda

    Being a former New Yorker and living in the city when Guiliani was Mayor, I saw with my own eyes how he transformed the city. I have never seen any other politician take the bull by the horns like he did. Of course he made ememies along the way. You cannot make drastic changes with upsetting some people. I typically vote for Democratic candidates but a McCain/Guiliani ticket would certainly have my vote!

    January 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Bob

    Death to the two-party system.

    January 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Mike IL

    Don't you just love the people who want to kick a guy in the pants as he leaves the race? The guy ran, the system worked the way it should and he was found to be wanting by the voters. He accepted the response and withdrew. Period. Kicking him as he leaves the race is just so predictable by the people now known for hating than governing...Dems.
    You have to stand FOR something, folks. Nothing was ever advanced through hate!
    If Rudy turns out to be the VP choice, you still have your vote.
    Stop hating (that includes each other in your own party, too!!!)

    January 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Restore the Republic. Restore the Constitution. Bring back fiscal sanity.
    Vote your conscience.
    Ron Paul 2008

    January 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Joe

    Hooray for Nader if he does run. It will mean more diffusion of the liberal vote and less chance they will be able to elect a candidate. Bar-ry and Hillary have done a great job of that so far- way to go!

    January 30, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Glory

    I'm sick and tired of how much coverage is on Obama. He is not the only candidate out there and he always initiate controversy and starts playing the victim when his opponents react.
    Please CNN, start covering the other candidates as well and give us all the sides of the issues as well as where they stand on certain policies. And this is coming from a black male democrat.

    January 30, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Bruce R. Gilson

    Not a real surprise; I (like most Giuliani supporters) always considere McCain the best second choice. McCain has the experience and character to be president, and any Democrat can't hold a candle to him. And yes, he may be more liberal than the far-out right wing wants to see, but the GOP can't win with a pure conservative (remember Goldwater?) unless he's a glamorous actor like Reagan. Only a moderate conservative has a chance, and certainly not a Romney who has changed his position on so many issues nobody knows WHAT they'd be voting for.

    January 30, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Jim , Houston

    Giuliani endorses McCain, but Rupert is still P.O.'d at Rudy!

    January 30, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Richard

    The Republican debate tonight was a real eye-opener for me tonight. Senator McCain came across as either a very stubborn liar or a very stupid old man or both.. And if the Senator thinks his time in the military qualifies him to be President, he really has a major problem. It is now evident what “old Washington” is about and it’s not good. I would have voted for Senator McCain before the debate tonight, but not now.

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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