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. bcords

    shut up and go away. you are irrelevent!

    April 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I guess hisoner is still a bit chafed over Crist endorsing McCain the night of the florida primary

    April 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. lulu

    Is it even remotely possible to take an attractive photo of this guy?
    His expression is consistently snarky.

    April 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "I tried over 4,000 criminals."

    He forgot this part: "...in New York."

    There's your answer, Captain 9-11.

    The question isn't where SHOULD they be tried, but where SHOULDN'T they be tried. Trying them in military tribunals shows fear and a lack of faith in the ability of our justice system to obtain convictions while fully respecting human rights. As a result, they would create the appearance of kangaroo courts set up to deliver pre-ordained convictions (i.e., terrorist recruitment fuel). Miami, New York, Atlanta, Boston...anywhere else would be fine. But whenever it comes up the GOPers threaten the logistics by messing with the funding or enlisting fellow GOPers in the city/state in question...all because they can't win: their hyperbole and demogoguery don't trump the practical justifications for giving these people fair and open trials that show we have 100% faith in our justice system and, ultimately, our beliefs and identity as a people.

    April 5, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Proud DEM

    You are an idiot Rudy...go away...and by the way, Obama has had more of an impact on the fight against terrorism in one year than W did in 8...so, your talking points are without merit..it's just the same rhetoric that all you neocons keep spewing on a day to day basis..it's getting boring Repukes..can't wait for November!

    April 5, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. bk

    Sure Rudy, Rubio knows what the GOP values are. Charge all your personal expenses you can until you get caught!

    And how about your relationship with your former NY Police Commissioner, Bernie Kerik–convicted felon? Another Republican with conservative values? lol

    April 5, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. CBR

    I wonder how much the big endorsements help a candidate. Since I would not be inclined to support someone who has Rudy's backing I wonder if this will help or hinder, I would hope that voters would look at the candidates, understand their platforms, and vote for the person who best fits into your way of thinking.

    It is too bad that endorsements are political payback. That means the best candidate will not get an endorsement because he/she did not endorse a certain candidate.

    Exactly what are these conservative values. There seem to be many different takes on conservative values and beliefs. Is Rudy a true conservative?

    April 5, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Is it me or does that picture look like Rudy just opened the closet and is trying to decide which dress to wear tonight?

    April 5, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. David in Houston

    "The president can't make up his mind," he continued...

    This statement is rich coming from a man who enjoys wearing women's clothing!

    April 5, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Elana

    Three things: 1. What exactly are "republican principles"? 2. Obama IS tough on terrorism. There are been more drone attacks during Obama's year in office than in Clinton and Bush's tenures COMBINED. And check with those pirates. Oh that's right, you can't..Obama ordered them killed. 3. I'm not understanding why you are endorsing another state's candidate, and considering how Florida worked out so well for you I'm surprised you even care.

    April 5, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Roberto

    A loser helping another loser ......what a joke. I don't see the republicans doing any good for this country. Yikes

    April 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. abe

    Can some one tell me why Mr. Giuliani is doing in Miami meddling in Florida's senatorial race? Is this a payback? Also why rip on the president on terrorism when himself does not have an answer how to stop it. I think it is about time people like him and others give respect to the presidency and whether you like it or not he is our president. God Bless.

    April 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Jimbo

    Why isn't Rudy wearing his NYFD hat...? Maybe that would get more people to pay attention to him...

    April 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. northwest

    Is this all Mooney can locate to write about or does he spend all his time in the gutter must be another slow day for him? Giuliani hateraker is no news even when his mouth is running at full throttle .which it is most of the time he only knows 3 numbers 911 .
    He belongs to the the wife cheaters club

    April 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Alice (& Beau + Moto)

    Sigh. There goes Rudy bloviating again. Let's not forget that he's the mayor who established his emergency disaster command center right next to what turned out to be Ground Zero - several years *before* 9/11, and several years *after* the first attack on the World Trade Center. His posturing as an anti-terrorism expert is both disgraceful and hilarious. All that can be said is that, unlike Bush, he did show up at the site as soon as he could.

    April 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Hayden Zeke

    He looks like my grandmother now.

    April 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Hey Rudy...are you still exploiting 9/11 to advance your personal agenda? How is your sidekick Bernie Kerik enjoying his stay in Federal prison?

    April 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. mike

    who cares what this twoheaded snake has to say......he lost all creditability with me when he ran for the nomination and out right lied and lied and lied...I am from Ny and remember his adminstration was dirty, dirty, DIRTY!!!

    April 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. ray

    i keep saying everyday that the republicans wants an all white country. this is the man who once stood up for immigrants and now he is backing a man who hates immigrants, let me remind rubio that he is not white, let me remind rubio that he is the son of immigrants from cuba, if this man is elected then somethimh is reall wrong with all the people who elected him.

    April 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. vs

    Obama's most troublesome battles are not with conservative thugs like Don Giuliani, but with idealistic democrats who tend to forget what they were facing with the Bush administration not too long ago. What the Don says about Obama's indecision is true, but the reason why it is true is because of the fickle nature of his democratic collegues.

    April 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    Gee lucky Rubio!To get an endorsement from one of THE slimiest politicians in this nation's history.One issue Rudy.Does he still tout his "great hero" of 911 status.Give me a break.how nauseating!!

    April 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. shooter

    An old crook endorsing another crook. What a bunch o CROOKS.

    April 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Deborah

    Guiliani is still shamelessly trading on his high exposure following the 9/11 attacks, where it appears to me he did nothing but walk among the rubble looking sympathetic. He's a bitter, vindictive man and not terribly bright. For heaven's sake, he was a mayor, not a senator and not a governor – who had the hubris to think he could be President of the United States and can't take responsibility for his failure to make the grade. Yes, arguably mayor of one of the nation's most important cities, but he hasn't done anything to warrant all this attention. Why his endorsement matters is beyond me. And criticizing President Obama is just sour grapes and Monday morning quarterbacking.

    April 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. emmett brown

    Is Rudy Giuliani still cross dressing......

    April 5, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. slipthalo

    I don't think any endorsement by Rudy would do much for my vote except to steer it to the opposite of who he endorsed.

    April 5, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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