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. Andrew

    giuliani still has no idea what he is doing. i think the only person confused about the current state of afghanistan is him.

    April 5, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Harriett

    I don't like Marco Rubio or Charlie Crist but having Rudy endorse Marco definitely lifts Crist in my eyes. Rudy is a petty sore loser. Look what a good campaign he ran!

    April 5, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. d

    Giuliani can't make up his mind either. He was in favor of trying suspected terrorists on American soil as recently as three years ago. But I'll give him a pass, on account of his selective memory. After all, he did claim that there was never an attack on America during the G.W. Bush administration – ignoring just that one *little* event, that he mentioned every day he was campaigning for the presidency.

    April 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. patricia c

    First of all,how can anyone respect Rudy the man who kept Judy Nathan in a lux apartment beside of the 9-11 towers all on the tax payer dime . Second of all how can anyone respect him because of what he did to his wife ,moved Nathan inthe Gov house with him and his wife and third of all was buddy first with Kerick a crook but Rudy is also . This means nothing! if I had to get his support to win an office , I would just go fishing!

    Finally he will never be the man that Barack Obama is,not this week or next or never.

    April 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. josephine

    Giuliani is irrelevant. Period.

    April 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. get real

    Why do the family values voters care what someone like Guiliani says? I'm sure he has family values, but which family (his first, second OR third) does he value? Oh, the Catholics must be so proud to claim him as a role model.

    April 5, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. John

    This should be a nice boost to Charlie Crist's campaign. Giuliani is a bottom of the barrel candidate that couldn't even pull in 10% of the vote in Florida, even though he spent every single cent of his campaign money there.

    April 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Coherent1

    Y-A-W-N 😮 Mr. G's presidential campaign strategy was his real problem, not Gov. Crist. Thank you Republican Party for shutting that boney bag of hot air DOWN! What a waste of human skin.

    April 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Hypocrite, Hypocrite, Hypocrite! Mr. 9/11 just doen't know when to shut up. This idiot said:

    " I tried over 4,000 criminals. The easiest decision I had was where to try them."

    They were all tried in civilian court numbnuts and convicted. Why all of a sudden do we have to make special provisions for KSM? I can understand it will cost the city alot of money. Point taken. Then about Virginia? We try alot of terrorists here and they get the maximum penalty. Rudy, your just talking to hear yourself talk. We've got a 100% conviction rate trying terrorists in the U.S. Get off of this military tribunal nonsense that does not serve the purpose we need it to serve.

    April 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. GrandOldPerverts

    Nice to see Rudy going all-in on the latest Republican smoke-and-mirrors show, the Tea Party. Lousy timing though, when everyone left of far, far right is starting to see the con.

    April 5, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. David

    Why does anyone care?

    Rudy appears to be the only one unaware of his irrelevance.

    April 5, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Norm

    Most corrupt mayor New York has ever seen and basically bitter over losing an election he had no business being in.
    Give it a rest Colonel Klink...

    April 5, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Ron

    I think this endorsement hurts more than helps. Rubio is too divisive in his politics. Crist is a much better fit for Florida...and the republican party. Floridians know that.

    April 5, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Sean the thinker

    Frankly, who cares!!! Rudy Giuliani is a has-been and irrelevant. His so-called endorsement is worthless.

    April 5, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Roger in Minnesota

    If you lookup the term "no brainer" in the dictionary, there is a picture of Rudy!

    April 5, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Liz the First

    What would those 'republican principles' be, Rudy? hate, bigotry, obstructionism, , tyranny, terrorizing the American people for political gain? refusal to recognize reality when it's something you don't like or can't understand, like evolution and climate change? the republican'ts have shown us very clearly that they have NO principles, at least none that benefit the average American. if this country is to survive and progress and get back to peace and prosperity, the last thing we need is more republican'ts in congress spreading their 'principles.'

    April 5, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Donatella

    It doesn't surprise me that Giuliani would back Rubio, he and Crist would never get along, it would be only room for one queen in the kitchen LOL!!!

    April 5, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Ron

    And, don't forget democrats and independents get to vote for their senator too!

    April 5, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Bob in San Diego

    Mr "I can't keep mine in my pants" endorses Rubio? Hah!

    April 5, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. j

    Giuliani is a bigger loser than Palin, if such a thing is possible. Why in the world would anyone listen to anything this guy has to say?

    April 5, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. mike

    and who really gives a hoot?

    April 5, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Ryan

    The President is AWESOME! Rudy isn't known for being in the know, y'know.

    April 5, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. AlleyCat

    He may have been a decent Mayor of NYC, but this Italian-American thinks he's behaved like a jerk. I will never forget the way he belittled Ron Paul in the debates.

    April 5, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. www.usdebtclock.org

    Rudy is a has-been looking for publicity to boost his consulting business. He promoted a now-convicted felon for DHS chief. Awesome judgment from Mr. Noun-Verb-911. Why would Florida Repuglicans need to know the opinion of a liberal former NYC mayor?

    April 5, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Jacq

    This guy is trying so hard to be relevant.I hate to say it Sara Palin is at least cashing in on her dumbness

    April 5, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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