October 7th, 2009
05:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani backs Whitman

Meg Whitman has been endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in her bid to become California's next governor.

Meg Whitman has been endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in her bid to become California's next governor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani will support former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's California gubernatorial bid, her campaign announced Wednesday.

Giuliani, a former Republican presidential candidate who is mulling his own run for governor in New York, called Whitman "simply the best person to lead our country's largest state."

"Meg's disciplined focus on creating jobs, cutting wasteful spending and improving education is the right course for California," Giuliani said in a statement. "I also believe that Meg Whitman can help reenergize the grassroots of the Republican Party."

The current California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is term-limited. Whitman will face State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Rep. Tom Campbell in the 2010 Republican primary.

Filed under: California • Meg Whitman • Popular Posts • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Rick in AZ

    I thought Arnold the Governator was the answer to all California problems. The Repubs even bandied about the notion that the Constitution should be changed to allow him to run for President. My my my. Now comes 911 Rudy to endorse some one else.

    October 7, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Ted Tartaglia

    So what is the news? You have a washed up old Repub political hack endorsing another Repub political hack – one that doesn't bother to vote.

    October 7, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Alfred E. Neumann

    Well, I don't care who endorses Meg Whitman. She has no interest in voting and I have no interest in doing the same on her behalf.

    October 7, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Meg – well, don't know her so cannot say much about her. Also, I am sure she is BRIGHTER than Palin and most likely could get CA straight.

    BUT – GooGooliani needs to be quiet and read up on the sizes of STATES!!! Hmm, maybe he meant POPULATION??? That is what he will say tomorrow because the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts think they are always right. On a second note, his endorsement means nothing!! He endorsed McCain too and made a big FOOL out of himself at the RNC and look at what happened???? WHOOP there he is – President Barack Obama!!!

    October 7, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Felly

    Wait a minute! This woman does not vote, and now she wants our votes?

    October 7, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Emma

    As a Californian, I am offended that Rudy G thinks he knows what is best for our state? His credibility is lacking no matter what or whom he endorses. Meg Whitman would do better to separate herself from any alliance with Rudy. However, I am not interested in Whitman becoming our governor.

    October 7, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. JAMEY

    Who cares what Rudy Guiliani likes? He is insignificant.

    October 7, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Peter (CA)

    Whatever. A hack politician endorsing a hack wanna be politician.

    She has already insulted a number of Californians over her right wing rhetoric. She won't even win the primary.

    October 7, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. VIv

    bad omen right there!!!!

    October 7, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. edwin kihika

    How much weight does a rudolph guiliani endorsement havve in california? My guess is next to none. Guiliani likes running around acting like a former president, all he's ever being is mayor of new york. He seems to suffer from delusions of grandeur.

    October 7, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Anne E.

    One loser backing another. Priceless.

    October 7, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Ben

    Rudy who???? We all know what his endorsement and speech meant to McCain. The guy is a phony and at this point could not get elected Dog Catcher in NYC.

    October 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. rasabu

    As a former NYC resident who lived under Rudy during the Giuliani Reich, I think Rudy would be better off worrying about how he will concede the NY gubernatorial race if he enters it. Today, as a resident of California, I see that the more Rudy speaks the less people listen. However, I'd give the last word to Rudy's 1st, no 2nd wife- Ms. Donna Hanover. The fact that he has a third wife just speaks to his poor decision making skills and his inability to negotiate. Let the Meg Whitman buyer beware.

    October 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Aaron

    I love how CNN.com comment sections has turned into a circle jerk for liberals everywhere. Just like FOX news for conservatives.

    October 7, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. cgillette369

    who's Guiliani?

    October 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Operation Replacement

    Here's hoping Meg does as well here in California as Rudi did
    in the 2008 GOP primary. One loser deserves another.

    October 7, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Russ

    Boy talk about the blind leading the blind!!!!

    October 7, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Desmond

    Whitman obviously likes an albatross around her neck!

    October 7, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. socalbob

    wouldn't want his backing.

    October 7, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Totally sickened by Republicans in North Carolina

    Wow.....the pot endorses the kettle – what a nightmare! These two should be run out of their respective towns.

    October 7, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Frozone

    One loser endorsing another.

    October 7, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. John from California

    Wow- an endorsement from "rotten rudy" from New York , that will surly influence people in California.

    October 7, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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