Video: Giuliani endorses Romney on eve of NY primary

posted at 10:41 am on April 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

“I want to see someone who really stands up for America,” Rudy Giuliani told Fox News this morning, “and not someone who writes letters to the ayatollahs, like Obama did.”  Giuliani formally endorsed Mitt Romney this morning after explaining that had Newt Gingrich done better, Giuliani might have had a very different conversation with the hosts of Fox and Friends this morning:


This isn’t exactly a shocker, or a game-changer. New York goes to the polls tomorrow for its proportional primary, which Romney is going to win handily with or without Giuliani’s endorsement. If Romney gets to 50%, which should really be no problem with Santorum out of the race, Romney will take all 95 delegates, plus most of those from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Still, this helps Republicans rally around the all-but-official nominee, at least in some part, especially since Romney hit Giuliani pretty hard in the previous presidential campaign. Stick around to about the 3:20 mark, where Giuliani gets challenged on his kind words about Romney after the new presumptive nominee ran a tough campaign against him in 2008.  Giuliani laughs and says, “Newt’s going to have to get over this, too”:

When you have one of these things, it leaves animosity, no doubt about it.  The only time it didn’t happen was with John McCain, because John was an old friend, and we sort of palled around a lot when we campaigned against each other, told a lot of jokes. Usually, ones I can’t repeat.  I love John.  I almost didn’t run because John was running, so it was easy for me — I just got out and supported him.  I see that [toughness] as a virtue.  I don’t think the Democrats have any idea what they’re running against.  I mean, Mitt Romney is a tough, tough campaigner, and his campaign organization is really tough.

Of course, Rudy got the veepstakes question, and he pronounced himself “sure” that he’s not on the list, but pledged to help Romney out in any way he can. It’s unlikely that Giuliani would get picked; if Romney wants another Northeasterner on the ticket, he can pick Chris Christie, which is also unlikely but at least in the ballpark. Speaking of ballparks, though, be sure to catch Giuliani’s delight over the results of the game at Fenway for its 100th anniversary celebration.


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If the only potion is endorsing no one, this was a no-brainer.

Akzed on April 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The only time it didn’t happen was with John McCain, because John was an old friend, and we sort of palled around a lot when we campaigned against each other, told a lot of jokes. Usually, ones I can’t repeat. I love John. I almost didn’t run because John was running, so it was easy for me — I just got out and supported him.

Ouch! Perhaps my mancrush on Rudy has been misplaced?

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

These endorsements are irritating.

search4truth on April 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I stand with Rudy! We’ve got an election to win.

GO MITT!!

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Last week when Gallup had Romney up, I was definitely told by HA that Gallup Tracking is the end all and be all of polling and it is an accurate and unbiased source of polling data.

Gallup has Obama up by 3 today. I guess Gallup is now an Obama run operation that is to be ignored at all costs, LOL.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I stand with Rudy! We’ve got an election to win.

GO MITT!!

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Good morning Chudi, CSDeven, Jailbreak.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Looking forward to Giuliani’s Convention speech…

mjbrooks3 on April 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

We still have contested primaries?

dczombie on April 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

A little late to the party, aren’t we, Rudy??

Unless you’re angling for a V.P. slot…

Khun Joe on April 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Rudy not on the VP list? Too bad. In spite of some of his positions, and my own hardcore conservatism, I actually supported Rudy for president in 2008 until his campaign fizzled out almost before it began. At the time I thought that he hadn’t quite recovered from his cancer treatments, and didn’t yet have the energy to direct his campaign.

Scriptor on April 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I supported Rudy during the 2008 primaries. And got murdered for it.

He’s a good man – he sure would have been a better candidate over McCain.

jake-the-goose on April 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Gallup has Obama up by 3 today. I guess Gallup is now an Obama run operation that is to be ignored at all costs, LOL.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

And the next poll that shows Romney up will be dismissed by you, blah blah blah.

Instead of trolling here, shouldn’t you be out campaigning for your guy?

changer1701 on April 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

A little late to the party, aren’t we, Rudy??

Unless you’re angling for a V.P. slot…

Khun Joe on April 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Well, the prospect of Rudy debating Slow Joe on national TV would be must see.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

And the next poll that shows Romney up will be dismissed by you, blah blah blah.

Instead of trolling here, shouldn’t you be out campaigning for your guy?

changer1701 on April 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Gallup last week as an outlier. It’s what I was saying. And I have been vindicated. Rasmussen will of course continue to pimp for Romney. Nobody but Mitt-bots take that hack seriously. Aside from him and a blip on Gallup last week, Obama is comfortably in the lead and has been for months.

I don’t have a guy. Unlike you I care about issues not about my guy winning and your guy losing.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Rudy would make a superb Attorney General.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

This PROVES Newt Gingrich will be our nominee.

Romney/West 2012 because Newt Gingrich is not such a “great debater”

NickDeringer on April 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Well, the prospect of Rudy debating Slow Joe on national TV would be must see.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Fortunately, almost anyone Romney chooses will make a debate with Slow Joe a must see.

Lightswitch on April 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Ru-DEE, Ru-DEE! Come on in!

minnesoter on April 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Rudy is right, we cannot survive 4 more years of Obama. Poor Rudy probably doesn’t even know how right he is. How right is he? He is this right…

What “Fast and Furious” was really all about…

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I don’t have a guy. Unlike you I care about have issues not about my guy winning and your guy losing.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

VegasRick on April 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM

“This country cannot stand four more years of Barack Obama.”

And we can stand having the liberal that put in place the foundation for 0bamacare as well as the cheerleader for the Individual Government MANDATE as our next POTUS?!?!

I don’t think so.

DannoJyd on April 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Rudy would make a superb Attorney General.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

He is easy going, he would be good just about anywhere… except the military and guns. Other than that…..

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Lightswitch on April 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

How ya doing, bud? Good to see you.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Last week when Gallup had Romney up, I was definitely told by HA that Gallup Tracking is the end all and be all of polling and it is an accurate and unbiased source of polling data.

Gallup has Obama up by 3 today. I guess Gallup is now an Obama run operation that is to be ignored at all costs, LOL.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Does Gallup use 3-day rolling averages like Rasmussen? If so, there’s your answer. Democrats always do better when 2 out of the 3 days in the sample fall on the weekend.

Regardless, it’s gonna be back and forth with these two until the late summer/early fall until one of them solidifies some sort of lead and that’ll probably hold until the election. I think that’s when the indies will make their choice.

Doughboy on April 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

And we can stand having the liberal that put in place the foundation for 0bamacare as well as the cheerleader for the Individual Government MANDATE as our next POTUS?!?!

I don’t think so.

DannoJyd on April 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Bro, it’s either Romney or 4 more for obambi. We all had our favored candidate but that’s how it is now.

VegasRick on April 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Good to see you too, Cap. I have another granddaughter here. Lolz. How are you?

Lightswitch on April 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

This is less of an endorsement than it is a throwing in of the primary towel. Now, we’ll all get to see how well Romney can carry a ball and whether he can make it over the finish line. Whatever–I’ve totally lost any enthusiasm in this election. I stopped watching or paying attention to any of the coverage on TV or the blogs for the most part. The only thing I care about now is who Romney picks for VP and that we get the congress stacked with conservatives. So, now that I’ve glanced at the political stories for the day, I’m off to do other things. Have a great day everyone. . .

KickandSwimMom on April 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Guys, can’t you see that someone who chooses a name like “AngryEd” was trying to pretend to be a pissed off Tea Partier at one point. Might as well have called himself “TickedOffBubba” of “Miffed Molly Sue” or some other name that brings to mind the image of a liberal’s white trash/redneck caricature of a Tea Partier. AngryEd’s guy is OBAMA. It seems obvious.

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Guys, can’t you see that someone who chooses a name like “AngryEd” was trying to pretend to be a pissed off Tea Partier at one point. Might as well have called himself “TickedOffBubba” of “Miffed Molly Sue” or some other name that brings to mind the image of a liberal’s white trash/redneck caricature of a Tea Partier. AngryEd’s guy is OBAMA. It seems obvious.

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I frankly don’t care if he’s an Obama-ite or a disgruntled Tea Partier(join the club, pal). If it’s the former, then he’s a troll who’s wasting everyone’s time. If it’s the latter, then this kind of defeatist attitude is equally useless and contributes nothing to the discussion. Romney’s the nominee. Get over it.

Doughboy on April 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Speaking of ballparks, though, be sure to catch Giuliani’s delight over the results of the game at Fenway for its 100th anniversary celebration.

Yeah, that was nice.

rbj on April 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Jeez Rudy!…that took alot of guts!/

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

KickandSwimMom on April 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Suck it up and quit your crying. We have an election to win. Dear, get your rear end in gear, and get to work to defeat Obama.

Enough with the boohooing from supporters of other primary season candidates. You’ve had plenty of time to get over it. This campaign is now all about getting rid of Obama. We all have that same goal.

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

That may all be true, but I haven’t noticed him coming into the QOTD thread and lecturing us on the proper way to behave. The need to control is considered a pathology in some circles.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I frankly don’t care if he’s an Obama-ite or a disgruntled Tea Partier(join the club, pal). If it’s the former, then he’s a troll who’s wasting everyone’s time.

Doughboy on April 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The regulars are stupid to engage him as much as they do. They make him into a HotAir celebrity. Of course he will like that.

He calls Obama’s critics racist. If that’s not the biggest giveaway, then what is?

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Good for him. We need all republican heavyweight current and
ex politicians to start coming out strong for Romney since he is
obviously going to be the repub candidate.

We voters all had our preferred candidates, however, now is not
the time to throw tantrums – that Romney is too liberal, not conservative (enough), too Wall Street, too Mormon or whatever our differences with him are.

Now is the time to coalesce and defeat the socialist/marxist/communist Obama.

Amjean on April 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Suck it up and quit your crying
bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

how about you shut the heck up and stop badgering people.

trolls, they come in all shapes, sizes and forms. Keep it up blue… Winning the Future is working for you.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

That may all be true, but I haven’t noticed him coming into the QOTD thread and lecturing us on the proper way to behave. The need to control is considered a pathology in some circles.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Yep, I think it’s rude how some people use this comment section as a CHAT ROOM to discuss things that have nothing whatsoever to do with any of the HotAir articles. There are thousands of other readers of this site who don’t have comment accounts but who enjoy reading comments related to the articles. It’s inconsiderate how some people make HotAir host their little social get-togethers.

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The regulars are stupid to engage him as much as they do. They make him into a HotAir celebrity. Of course he will like that.
bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

LOL. That’s rich indeed. Do you not have an irony meter?

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

LOL. That’s rich indeed. Do you not have an irony meter?

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Did you read the other comment? DUDE.. irony-dripping. Blue completely lost your point.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It’s inconsiderate how some people make HotAir host their little social get-togethers.

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Much better for all threads to be used as campaign tools, eh? It must just kill you when AP posts a Dude! thread in Headlines.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Yep, I think it’s rude how some people use this comment section as a CHAT ROOM to discuss things that have nothing whatsoever to do with any of the HotAir articles. There are thousands of other readers of this site who don’t have comment accounts but who enjoy reading comments related to the articles. It’s inconsiderate how some people make HotAir host their little social get-togethers.

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

And I bet not one of those “thousands” of other readers ever looks at a music link or laughs at and with people enjoying themselves.

Bluegill=no fun for you.

arnold ziffel on April 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Does Gallup use 3-day rolling averages like Rasmussen? If so, there’s your answer. Democrats always do better when 2 out of the 3 days in the sample fall on the weekend.

Doughboy on April 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Yes, Gallup does use a 3-day rolling average. And yes, polling done on weekends does favor Democrats; John Zogby even admitted as much years ago when he told an interviewer that if he wants a poll to reflect well on Democrats, he starts the poll on a Thursday and runs it thru Sunday.

Let’s wait and see what Gallup’s 3 day average is on Wednesday or Thursday.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

At least Rusy is man enough to know that Romney is tough. It is an under-rated virtue. Some with Mitt hate googles cant see it because of class warfare and physical appearence and affectations. But he basically kicks the piss out of his opponents.

swamp_yankee on April 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

“This country cannot stand four more years of Barack Obama.”
And we can stand having the liberal that put in place the foundation for 0bamacare as well as the cheerleader for the Individual Government MANDATE as our next POTUS?!?!

I don’t think so.

DannoJyd on April 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Better 4 years of Romney who actually understands what a balanced budget is and has 5 kids and 16 grandkids that he would like to have live in a land of freedom and opportunity than 4 more years of Obama.

I strongly oppose Obamacare. There should be no national mandate. But our healthcare system needs to be fixed. It makes a lot of sense to experiment at the state level. Romneycare is very different than pushing through a 2000 page piece of legislation at the Federal level without reading it.

If Obama is re-elected, he will do everything he can to keep Obamacare in force. Romney won’t. Hopefully, The Supremes will shoot it down and it will become a non-issue for the general.

We still have the huge national debt problem. Romney will deal with that better than Obama.

talkingpoints on April 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Alternative Headline: Liberal RINO in everything but National Security, decides to support a Liberal RINO.

Shocking news isn’t it?

/sarcasm

swamp_yankee on April 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Out: Mitt/RINO Bots telling people to vote Romney because he’s the “Anyone But Obama” (Because it has a better ring than “Nobody else but Romney”) candidate of choice.

In: Mitt/RINO Bots/Hatchlings saying that if you don’t support them, then you’re just simply a left wing spy trying to destroy the GOP from the inside, and not a “real” member of the Republican party.

Personally, I think it’s a shame that people are willing to trade their views in for these empty little “advantages”. Once again, like 2008, we’ve traded staying true to those messages about being conservative, wanting smaller government, and protecting the Constitution, in the name of treating the election no better than a popularity contest.

Razgriez on April 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Bluegill, I mean CDSeven, I mean Jailbreak, will you promise to commit suicide when Romeny loses?

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 3:26 PM

He calls Obama’s critics racist. If that’s not the biggest giveaway, then what is?

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Romney = Obama in every way shape and form. Only difference between them is skin color. You love Romney. You hate Obama. You are a racist POS.

angryed on April 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Alternative Headline: Liberal RINO in everything but National Security, decides to support a Liberal RINO.

Shocking news isn’t it?

/sarcasm

Rudy is also a fiscal conservative who knows when to let public servants know when they have crossed the line into becoming the public’s masters. Socially Rudy is more a moderate than a liberal. Did you ever note his take on public incivility? As Ronald Reagan would say, I count him as a friend and an ally to conservatives not a 20% traitor.

KW64 on April 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

… show of hands, who is surprised by this?

AZfederalist on April 23, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I stand with Rudy! We’ve got an election to win.

GO MITT!!

bluegill on April 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Hell yes the future of our nation is at stake!

netster007x on April 24, 2012 at 2:50 AM

VegasRick on April 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The fight has yet to begin. I’ll not capitulate before the first shot is fired.

DannoJyd on April 24, 2012 at 3:05 PM

If Obama is re-elected, he will do everything he can to keep Obamacare in force. Romney won’t.

talkingpoints on April 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, and Bush will not raise taxes. LMAO!

NEVER trust the word of ANY politician. Make them EARN your trust via records, or at least figure out of they are liars.

Romney has been busted lying time and time again. He IS the GOP flip flopper.

DannoJyd on April 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM