April 5th, 2010
04:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani backs Rubio, rips into Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/05/art.giuliani.gi.jpg caption="Guliani backed Rubio Monday in heated comments directed at Crist and Obama."](CNN) - Rudy Giuliani hailed former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio Monday as the "one candidate that [Florida Republicans] can trust" to uphold conservative values in Washington.

"This is an easy choice in this race," the former New York City mayor said at a press conference in Miami before a gathering of Rubio supporters. "This is an easy choice for a Republican because he is the one candidate that we can trust to represent Republican principles in Washington and remain a Republican if he goes to Washington."

Rubio will face Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP senatorial primary in late August.

Giuliani's endorsement is among Rubio's most high profile to date, and is being seen as political payback to Crist who refused to endorse the former New York City mayor during his presidential bid two years ago.

Crist instead lent his last-minute support to Arizona Republican John McCain, who ultimately won that state's pivotal presidential primary and effectively ended Giuliani's hopes of becoming the GOP's presidential nominee.

A Mason-Dixon poll late last month showed Rubio leading Crist among Republican voters by 11 points, 48-37 percent. Fifteen percent in that survey remained undecided.

But it was almost as if Giuliani was back on the presidential campaign trail himself Monday, using much of his 10-minute endorsement speech to criticize President Obama's policies - specifically his approach to the war on terrorism.

"Let's have an America that stands up to terrorism, not an America that has ambiguity and confusion," Giuliani said. "Do we want to see people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed tried in New York? Or Miami? Shouldn't he be tried in a military tribunal?"

"The president can't make up his mind," he continued. "Do you understand what kind of lack of leadership that shows to the rest of the world? I tried over 4,000 criminals. The easiest decision I had was where to try them."

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. B. Liles

    Living in New York during the Rudy Era was pure hell for all minorities. Quality of Life crimes were implemented to swell the budget of the city. Pregnant women were getting tickets for sitting on subway steps, kids got tickets for riding bicycles on sidewalks. What really irks me with this guy is that he speaks on 9/11 like he actually did something special. Rudy did whatever any leader would do in a tragedy...visit the scene! That's all he really did, he got Time magazine Man of the Year for what? People will say that he cleaned up the streets, truth of the matter is New York was a cesspool when Beame was in office. The crime spreaded outside the ghettos of the South Bronx, Harlem, and Brooklyn down to Times Square and similar areas. Tourism dropped and the money was leaving the nest, more cops came in the picture who deployed a no nonsense approach which got officers killed and had minorities killed.

    April 5, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. jerseylou

    Big Deal, so Rudy Benito Mussolini Giuliani endorse the thief from Florida.You just got to love the way these nuts kiss each others cheeks, giving each other the kiss of death.And i don't mean the cheeks on their face!

    April 5, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Angie in PA

    What no talk of 911 but come on 911 you know 911 put a sock in it Rudy no one cares what you say blah blah blah oh an 911!

    April 5, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. librarian

    Giuliani? The guy who has 9/11 tourette syndrome ?

    April 5, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Bill NY

    Republicans have values? Who knew?

    April 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Nick

    It's amazing Rudy is able to sneak so many lies past those huge fake teeth of his.

    April 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. SC-Pub "no" more

    Who gives a rat's butt what Rudy "The Adulterer with ugly gums" thinks or says?

    April 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. robin

    Giuliani is a has-been. He ran one of the poorest campaigns in history and now wants to re-ignite his career by making others look bad. Before he starts sneering at Obama again (as he did at the 2008 Republican convention) Giuliani should remember how well that turned out for him. Rudy, come up with some new ideas or move out of the way so that we can listen to someone with something positive to say.

    April 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Let's have an America that stands up to terrorism, not an America that has ambiguity and confusion,"

    I agree with you 1000% Guliani. So I propose that we get rid of our domestic terrorists, our in-house Taliban: the RethugliKKKlans. They are against God and country. They hold no Chrisitian values as it is evident in the way they block any type of legislation geared towards helping out the very people that they put in the crapper with their greed. In the interim all they've done is spread ambiguity and confusion amongst the ignorant masses while trying to sabotage and trip up our duly elected President, and keeping our country postrate in their hopes of regaining power.

    April 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Otto

    This guy is the kiss of death if you ask me; and he stand for nothing but ignorance.
    I remember him call Obama not fit to lead and the only experience Obama had was that of an organizer. But wait, he went to Florida, drank Pina's, waste millions and did not get one vote. By now everyone should know he is full of BULL!

    April 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Felly

    Guiliani is a moron!

    April 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. harvey

    Ruday says you can trust Rubio, and Rudy ought to know, because he trusted Bernie Kerik, now in prison. Thanks, Rudy, now go away.

    April 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Ralph

    Ah Rudy, where was your criticism when Bush tried terrorists in civilian courts? Hypocrite!

    April 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    When it comes to keeping our country safe, I'd like to remind Guiliani and all Republican supporters that 9/11 happened on George W. Bush's watch.

    In part, because his Administration not only ignored the warnings about Osama bin Laden from the Clinton transition team (including Richard Clarke), but GW Bush & Company ignored the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled, "Al Qaeda Determined to Attack the U.S. Using Airplanes."

    April 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. whyfearsarah

    Jill, Do you feel the same about Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer?

    April 5, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Bill NY

    Republicans have principles ? Who knew?!?!?

    April 5, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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