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."

Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Marco Rubio • Popular Posts • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. B.Y.

    Because conservative republican values like "stopping abortion" and "banning gay marriage" create leadership, thus eliminating confusion and that's what's important. If we force people into christianity which is "God's plan", we can easily end the war on terror!

    So... Giuliani tried over 4,000 criminals as Mayor of NY, and the decision was easy as to where to send them? Please Mr. Giuliani, enlighten us as to where exactly we should hold a trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, since you're obviously an expert in these matters.

    April 5, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Mark

    Rubio is a tea party backed candidate that is ousting the GOP candidate Crist.

    Note the CNN articles from the "times" that stated the ineffectiveness of the tea party. whatever.

    April 5, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |

    Many of those who have a long history of embacing white supremacy including in the women's movement have made the wrong assumption in beliving that because they were able to use racial profiling to arrested and imprison many black americans and having them matyred within the prison system by other black hiphop imates ,Andre too would suffer the same fate. DEMON RULERS of this world will not be not be suprise by andre miraculous survival in the future by since by looking at ANDRE forehead they knew what the white supremacist did not know

    April 5, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. No More Divided Government ... We Want Accountability After 8 Years ... That's Why Democrats Are In Power

    It is a sad state of affairs that Rudy G., a mayor from New York thinks that he could be relevant to a local election in Florida.

    What a pompous, arrogant, self-centered fool he is!

    April 5, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Doug,lib jersey

    Talk to a slimy mafia lib who conducted their payoff the right people business in NYC and they will go into convulsions at the mere mention of the name Giuliani. When the worst people ever to step foot on this continent hate a person, you know that he or she is a great person.

    If we had a thousand Rudy’s going around and taking on the corrupt mafia libs who get all the shady government deals from the libs and some republicans, there would be no deficit.

    The real Jersey Shore types, the true Tony Sopranos and all the wanna-bee’s that you find in the New York metro area, who have not an ounce of morals or values hate Rudy, such libs always hate honest, good people.

    April 5, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Considering Rudy is one of the least popular and most repulsive members of the party of NO, and considering that he heartily endorsed the idea of trying terrorism suspects in US courts one time ago, is it not surprising he went on one of his rants. No one has profited personally more from 9-11 than this scumbag. Remember, he ran for president as this tough leader, and the public responded by giving him single digits and knocking him out of the race EARLY. I'm flipping Rudy a single digit right now.

    April 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. FL for Change

    As a native Floridian, I can say that both Rubio and Crist are both worthless. Our State legislature is led by a bunch of bumbling fools that make us look like "Flori-duh!" They are about to pass a ridiculous education bill that will basically destroy public education in Florida. Of course they are led by "conservative Republicans" – all of whom will find themselves UNEMPLOYED in November. Teachers remember...and we vote as a block!!

    April 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Paul

    Guiliani's attempted transformation into a right-wing hatchetman is just bizarre. How many flip flops can he try before his back starts hurting?

    Rudy's as sincere a conservative as Mitt Romney, i.e., not.

    April 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Nick San Diego

    Who cares what Giuliani thinks ??/ Big mouth loser

    April 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    (Rubio) as the "one candidate that [Florida Republicans] can trust" to uphold conservative values in Washington....

    Maybe in the corrupt world of Florida politics can this Republican be trusted, but in the other 49 states.... not so much.

    Read a newspaper Rudy. We do.

    April 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. American Patriot - a true "tea partier"

    Republican principles?

    Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

    Republicans have proven time and again they have no principles.

    April 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. lulu

    "Blah blah blah, 911, Blah blah blah, 911, Blah blah blah, 911..."

    April 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Steve in Tulsa

    anytime Giuliani makes a comment I just consider the source
    It's well known that if you cross him(as Crist did when refusing to endorse him) it's not over. This guy holds a MAJOR grudge and will come after you. Who do you think he would be endorsing now had Charlie Crist given Giuliani his endorsement in '08?
    Giuliani's endorsement is ALWAYS for sale. He's a scumbag.

    April 5, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Frozone

    Giuliani is more suited for The Marriage Ref than politics. At least that's a topic he has a lot of experience in.

    April 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Hope

    hahahahahaha, go to hell corupt Guliani, do you even see the success we have in Afganstan and we are out of Iraq, the war you and your buddies started. Get a life

    April 5, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Gloria


    April 5, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Wmscot

    Sorry Rudy but your day in the sun has faded ! OUR president is doing a heck of alot better job going after terrorists than ole GW did.

    April 5, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. JohnRJ08

    I guess Rubio looks good in a dress, too.

    April 5, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Becky

    Petty is as petty does.

    April 5, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Katie

    Uhh, being president of a COUNTRY is a little more involved than being the mayor of the "island nation" of NYC. And since when being mayor of NYC during the 9/11 attacks make him the expert on terrorism. This guy so tries to paint a picture that he is knowledgable and upstanding, when the truth is that he is a duplicitous, short man with no office to run for. So just go away and leave the real discussion to the decision makers.

    April 5, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Luke Brown

    Who cares what this petty has-been thinks.

    Trust me, Rudy didn't lose the Republican nomination for President because Crist didn't support him. That was an accomplishment he attained all by himself.

    April 5, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Charlie in Maine

    I can't decide. On the one hand Crist is more reasonable and might actually make an intelligent decision one in a while........on the other hand Rubio is a loose cannon and is more consistently wrong about everything. Who would be better for a Democrat to beat?

    I don't know. I guess now that he has Guliani's endorsement Rubio is toast anyway.

    April 5, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. M G

    Does Rudy Giuliani represent conservative values? Didn't he have an extramarital affair at the end of his mayoral term? And didn't he have taxpayers subsidize these trists by having the NYPD provide security out to the Hamptons?

    This seems to make Giuliani neither socially or fiscally conservative.

    April 5, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Tommy P

    If you are rich then ANY Republican is good for you.

    April 5, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. rdepontb

    Like his "good judgment" worked so well for us all with Kerik...

    April 5, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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