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. The Dude

    This is the death of the Republican party as we know it.

    January 29, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. ILoveAmerica

    Gooood bye
    Ruuuudy Tuesday!
    Who could hang a name on you
    When you change with every new day....
    Sure are gonna miss you!

    January 29, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. zen

    Good riddance.

    January 29, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. Ann

    Well I hope this gives Huckabee voters a reason not to support John McCain. Maybe Huckabee isn't as good of friend as he had hoped.

    January 29, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Jon

    Yea seriously, Ron Paul is the one to vote for in the republican party, but he doesnt get much attention. He doesnt attack other candidates, he has tons of experience, and good stances on all issues... i think people dont vote for him because they think he cannot win, so they dont want to "waste" their vote. Too bad we cant have all states have caucuses and primaries at the same time so the "momentum" phenomenon would die.

    January 29, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. David, Gilbert

    For you guys asking why it matters who Giuliani endorses, Rudy is a moderate republican regardless of what he was saying in the south. In more liberal states Rudy would have received a lot of the conservative independant votes. Now Rudy will campaign to have those votes go to McCain. It is a powerful endorsement.

    A McCain/Giuliani will make for a very strong republican ticket going into the general election. It will be very difficult for the Clinton machine to overcome. Both of these republicans will compliment each other very well.

    January 29, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  7. Renaisauce

    I can't believe Florida blew it, and I can't BELIEVE that we're taking McCain seriously. I hope America enjoys adopting socialized medicine and screwing up the Middle East, because it looks like the Democrats are coming in. I don't think we should allow people in Florida to vote anymore. It causes too much trouble.

    January 29, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. E. C., Houston, Texas

    McCain has been so nasty and belittling to Mitt Romney that he is no longer a Presidential Choice for decent, high minded, respectful citizen voters.. Not only is McCain a total disappointment, but his true character has shown itself through his snide laugh, malicious and digusting manner used against Mitt Romney. This performance has made McCain a disgrace and disrespected by the Republican Party. McCain is about the Republican equivalent of Bill Clinton. Both men have shown their true lack of character, and McCain has treated Romney in the same manner that B.Clinton belittled Obama. Voters don't like this behavior and will not accept nor tolerate it. McCain is no longer a respected candidate, and he has now stooped to the low level of a greedy, lying politician. McCain no longer respects the Truth and is now content to Fabricate Bogus Stories about his opponent so that he will look more qualified. With this major fault, McCain has proven that he is NOT presidential material nor does he deserve the Republican nomination. McCain's disdain and disrespect of Mitt Romney only makes McCain a smaller man than he already is. McCain is obviously jealous of Mitt Romney....and he should be. There is much more of a campaign to go, and who knows if McCain will really get to the finish line. Let's hope NOT!

    January 29, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Michael

    I'm not sure, there have probably been worse, but I think this will go down as one of the worst presidential campaigns in history. And it's a shame because Giuliani basically had this nomination in the bag, from my vantage point anyway. I'm a Democrat, but he was actually center enough that I could have actually voted for him.

    January 29, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Jesse

    I really can not fathom how people could consider John McCain "liberal", except for the fact that Hillary is clearly a Republican in a democratic (small d) pantsuit, which makes the label apt by an improperly-situated comparison.

    That's clearly the only reason they're both doing so well – a lot of potential voters fear swinging too far to the Right again (look what that did for the last 7 years), but too many likewise worry about the consequences of moving back to the Center.

    ...The Center. There hasn't been a vocal "Left Wing" in the U.S. since FDR. Kucinich tried, and all he got for his efforts was Keebler Elf comparisons.

    January 29, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Mary

    I wanted to vote for Rudy today, but I knew it would be wasted, so I voted for McCain in an effort to make sure Romney didn't get the win. I pray that McCain wins the election in November, and that Rudy is asked to take on a role of importance. Rudy has depth of understanding on all issues. He is confident and creative. He gets things done.

    (Romney has the persona of a game show host.)

    January 29, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Mitt Romney is the Only Viable Candidate for President.
    Romney is young and vital and understands well the Global Economy and Foreign Affairs, regardless of what falsehoods McCain manufactures about him.
    McCain does not have the vision for the Change needed in this Country. McCain says the same words, different arrangement, same facts and same reasons that he was spouting 8 years ago. We're sick of his broken record. McCain is stuck in a rut and this country must change. Change can happen only under the leadership of a young, dynamic leader with the experience of Mitt Romney.

    January 29, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. GOP Candidates

    Now Rudy gave an inspirational speech about the "better good" if you will...a time to recognize it. Very appropriate.

    Hmmmm wouldn't it be nice if ALL the dirty politics stopped...I mean just completely stopped. No distractions...no anger...no name calling....just get down to the basics of what it will take to run this country.

    Something the democrats could really benefit from when they try and select their nominee.

    January 29, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. LOL

    Clinton/Edwards ticket for 2008 and 2012......boo, hss

    January 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. Earl

    If McCain is the best we've got, this life-long Republican is voting Democrat.

    Obama 2008!

    January 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Kathleen

    Two million voters in Democratic Florida Primary. Hillary has 150,000 more votes than McCain. There's the Elephant in the room being completely ignored by the media once again. Who cares about Giuliani.

    January 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. DoublePromo

    How could anyone have wanted rudy fooliani as a president? This is a man that was married to his SECOND COUSIN. I've heard of keeping it in the family but this is just nasty. This means he was having sex with either his mother's biological female cousin or his father's biological female cousin. Ick!

    January 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. An American

    This country does not need another one of George Bush's followers. Let's hope that the American people choose someone who actually thinks.

    John McCain and Rudy Guiliani have said nothing about how much the rest of world dislikes us (because of Bush). It's time for a change in leadership.

    Even though I'm an independent, I can't help but choose someone besides a republican. Let's hope the American people remember what Bush did. How can we forget? How can we forget the 3900+ people we've lost from his war in Iraq?

    January 29, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. Rob

    If McCain would win and had to run against Clinton, I will vote 3rd party, at least i can say that I never voted for either of them.
    If Romney wins and runs against Clinton, I would vote Romney, even as a democrat.
    We want a change and not the same old clan back again in Washington.

    Obama/Edwards for 2008!!

    January 29, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. Angela

    I wasn't surprised to see this. I am a Giuliani supporter, and have always thought he and McCain work well together. I would love to see the two of them as running mates!

    January 29, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  21. Dave

    Good-bye GOP. I won't vote for Mr. McCain.

    January 29, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. Alexa

    Of course Rudy Giuliani is going to drop out! Rudy Giuliani was sent in to the "game" to split a percentage of the votes in Florida specifically from the other incompetent candidates who would never win in the general election.

    Rudy Giuliani did what he was set out to do now he is going home.

    BTW, I am not a supporter of any of these candidates just an observer of the political circus.

    January 29, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. E.Morrison

    Obama 08!

    January 29, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. VahMonter

    First things first. Tonight's Florida McCain victory doesn't seal the deal. It will be real interesting on Super Tuesday and, with Romney's deep pockets, he will rise again.

    Don't be so fast to declare a McCain/Giuliani ticket. The running mate for McCain was behind him on the stage. If he gets the Republican nomination watch for a McCain/Martinez or McCain/Crist ticket.

    If Romney becomes the third "comeback kid" and wins the nomination watch for Condoleeza Rice to join him to create the Romney/Rice ticket.

    January 29, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. faboo

    So now that Giuliani is out, does this mean you guys will stop inviting Paul to debates?

    January 29, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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