Rubio conference call: Rudy Giuliani endorses Rubio

posted at 11:20 am on April 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Marco Rubio personally introduced Rudy Giuliani today in a conference call for bloggers.  He lauded Giuliani as an inspiration and an example of American leadership, and called himself “forever grateful” for Giuliani’s support.

Giuliani started by noting the “dire need” of candidates to stand up to an agenda that seeks a “different destination for America.”  Rubio can be trusted to follow through on the principles he espouses on the campaign trail.  Limiting government spending is the number-one priority, Giuliani said.  The problem has gotten so bad that it will imperil national security, Giuliani says.  Obama and Democrats want to turn America into “a European social democracy,” Giuliani warns, and they’re only beginning the march towards that “different destination,” a phrase Rubio emphasized.

Giuliani didn’t mince words when it comes to Charlie Crist.  Giuliani used Crist’s support of the stimulus package and cap-and-trade to cast him as a supporter of that “different destination”:

  • Me:  People see you as a moderate.  What does this endorsement say about Rubio, and your own position in the party? “I see myself as a very strong Republican.  I support Republican candidates like Marco, pro-growth Republicans who understand how to grow the economy and create jobs.  We have to have strong emphasis on defense.  Marco would fit in with a long line of candidates that I have supported.”
  • What about gun rights?  Rubio is a gun rights advocate: “I agree that the Constitution has a personal right to bear arms.”  Giuliani laughed during this question.
  • Media characterized this as a payback against Crist; was this an attempt to undermine it?  – Giuliani agreed.  “Charlie did break his word,” Giulani says, but that has nothing to do with his endorsement.  Rubio’s the kind of candidate that Giuliani regularly endorses.  “This is exactly the direction the party [needs].”
  • Me:  What do you see in the Tea Party?   “I believe the Tea Party movement is exactly what it appears to be … a reaction to the most liberal, left-wing administration.  … It’s a reaction to a significant shift to the Left.”  Giuliani says it’s “not made up of extremists,” but the normal significant reaction that should be expected from an effort to create an “out-of-control government.”  Every movement has a few people on the fringe that get out of control, but it’s a mainstream reaction to an extremist agenda coming out of Washington.

My own thoughts: The Giuliani endorsement will make things a lot tougher for Charlie Crist, especially in attempts to paint Rubio as a right-wing extremist.  Giuliani has a lot of support in Florida, and that will be one factor, but the biggest boost will come from Giuliani’s pragmatic standing within the party.  Normally, one might expect the pragmatists to attempt to rescue Crist, but this sends a big signal as to where the core of the GOP wants to go in 2010.

Besides which, Giuliani on the stump in Florida is going to be a powerful force for Rubio and against Crist.  He was sharp on this call, and he is a terrific public speaker.  If Crist wants to go third party, Giuliani’s support for Rubio will essentially cut off Crist’s flanking maneuver.


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Normally, one might expect the pragmatists to attempt to rescue Crist, but this sends a big signal as to where the core of the GOP wants to go in 2010.

You betcha.

forest on April 5, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Crist should just drop out and save himself some money.

milwife88 on April 5, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I guess Rudy is a big proponent of back waxes.

Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Still wish Rudy would run for Governor, but he’s earned his retirement from the scourge of office to the private sector. Stuff like this is a close second, though.

Red Cloud on April 5, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Ed-My favorite part of the call was when Rubio said, “Charlie Crist broke his word“. He actually said it twice.

Exit question: How come you got to ask TWO questions and I didn’t get to ask even ONE? :) It was a short call…. ;)

Nelsa on April 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM

this sends a big signal as to where the core of the GOP wants to go in 2010.

Encouraging.

davidk on April 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

At this point, Rubio is clearly going to win.

He doesn’t really need endorsments. This is more about the “endorser” than about the “endorsee.”

AnninCA on April 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I bet the management at FreeRepublic is having a cow !!!

jake-the-goose on April 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM

“The Giuliani endorsement will make things a lot tougher for Charlie Crist, especially in attempts to paint him as a right-wing extremist.”

I’m no grammar nazi, but you and Allah need to work on making your pronouns clearer. He did that the other night (him he his). I assume you’re saying the Giulianai endorsement will make it harder for Crist to paint Rubio as an extremist.

Marcus on April 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Buh-bye, Charlie.

OhioCoastie on April 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM

I assume you’re saying the Giulianai endorsement will make it harder for Crist to paint Rubio as an extremist.

Marcus on April 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM

In light of what he was previously stating, I think it is more then obvious what he was saying about him…

Giuliani is an incredible speaker, certainly one of the best speakers in America. And absolutely devastating in one of those casual give and takes, Crist was in trouble before and even more now.

right2bright on April 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Marcus on April 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Good call, grammar nazi. The antecedent to the pronoun is unclear.

Disturb the Universe on April 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Buh-bye, Charlie.

OhioCoastie on April 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Be careful what you wish for…

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Waiting on Squid’s protest in 3…2…1…

crushliberalism on April 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

In the interest of the Republican Party Charlie Crist should withdraw from this race. The question now is whether he will do that.

PS: I actually want him to remain in the race and get defeated. With McCave – My Friends on Charlie’s side on the night of Rubio’s win… now that will be fun.

antisocial on April 5, 2010 at 1:02 PM

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Waiting on Squid’s protest in 3…2…1…

crushliberalism on April 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

You need to learn to count faster.

logis on April 5, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Normally, one might expect the pragmatists to attempt to rescue Crist, but this sends a big signal as to where the core of the GOP wants to go in 2010.

There’s nothing “pragmatic” about edorsing somebody who’s 30 points behind and dropping like a rock.

It is good to see the fence-sitters finally falling into line, but these people desperately need someone to fall into line BEHIND.

America’s conservatives need someone to represent them. And no current media celebrity is going to fill that bill.

logis on April 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

This could be a little “bad blood” left over from the 2008 election, when it was Crist’s last-minute endorsement of McCain in the FL primary which helped end Giuliani’s Presidential run, although Rudy was sinking fast anyway.

No question this is a good move by Rudy, but why doesn’t he run against Kirsten Gillibrand in New York?

Steve Z on April 5, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Be careful what you wish for…

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Cause ya just might get it cause you just might get it cause you just might get it

- The Cat

P.S. That’s what you get for putting that song in my head.

MirCat on April 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Guiliani would be an actual President, in contrast to what we have now.

Anyone who can turn around a basketcase like New York City, is who we need now.

NoDonkey on April 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Ed,
I know you are a Rubio guy, but Rudy is hardly and indicator. Rudy is a mover, and he is latching himself on to the flav of the month.

Squid Shark on April 5, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Waiting on Squid’s protest in 3…2…1…

crushliberalism on April 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Wish granted. I dont think that this will help Rubio against an “extremist” charge from Crist, I have not seen that line out of the campaign. The knock on Rubio is that he is a dishonest, misrepresenting weasel.

Squid Shark on April 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Wish granted. I dont think that this will help Rubio against an “extremist” charge from Crist, I have not seen that line out of the campaign. The knock on Rubio is that he is a dishonest, misrepresenting weasel.

Squid Shark on April 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I’ll take a couple grand in credit card charges against a unprincipled carrot that tried to latch onto Obama’s popularity.

uknowmorethanme on April 5, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I’ll take a couple grand in credit card charges against a unprincipled carrot that tried to latch onto Obama’s popularity.

uknowmorethanme on April 5, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Not even talking about the cards. Do a little research on Rubio, google is your friend. I made a judgement based on two less than stellar candidates, If you are going into this with your eyes open about Rubio being all talk, and still think he is worse than Crist, well that is fine, but if you are going into this still thinking Rubio is the Coservessiah, well, frankly you dont deserve the vote.

Squid Shark on April 5, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Good for Rudy! Lots of ex NY’ers living in Florida who really admire Rudy and are fairly centrist. This is a great get for Rubio.

Stephanie on April 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM