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Giuliani Endorses Marco Rubio in Fla Senate Race

By Sean J. Miller - 04/05/10 12:48 PM ET

Rudy Giuliani hinted Monday that his support for Marco Rubio in Florida's Senate GOP primary is a political payback.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) supported John McCain in the 2008 presidential primary, something Giuliani made clear he has not forgotten.

The former New York City mayor blasted Crist on a conference call with conservative bloggers ahead of his campaign event with Rubio in Miami on Monday.

Giuliani said his endorsement goes beyond "whether Charlie Crist broke his word with me on several occasions; he did — that's the reality, that's the truth — he did break his word."

Giuliani downplayed any notion the endorsement had to do with his personal relationship with Crist, according to bloggers on the call, saying it "goes way beyond that."

"Whether I did have a history or not with Gov. Crist, in terms of him having broken his word, I'd be supporting Marco in any event," Giuliani said.

He also praised the former Florida House Speaker as "the future of our party."

"Marco has shown throughout his career that he can be trusted," Giuliani said.

The Crist campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Crist's endorsement of McCain in 2008 was credited with helping the Arizona senator win the Florida primary, which helped McCain secure the party's presidential nomination.

Giuliani had banked on winning Florida as a way to breathe life back into his struggling presidential campaign. He had courted Crist for his endorsement and was thought to have it. But Crist stunned the political world when he announced at the last minute he was backing McCain. Giuliani's disappointing third-place finish in the Florida primary essentially ended his presidential campaign.

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey was also on the call and offered this take:


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Rudolph Giuliani is one of the very WORST neocons!

Every one of his poltical actions and speeches displays contempt for individual liberty, private property and self-responsibility which libertarians, paleoconservatives, and Constitutionalists all hold dear. He is a shameless demagogue with the economic policies of a hard-left Democrat and the social and civil liberties platform of a hard-right McCain type Republican. On every major issue, he defends the State against the citizen. Almost as much as Bill Clinton or the Dear Leader, he shows himself to be after political power as an end in itself. His foreign policy since 9-11 has been the distilled essence of everything which was hideous in the Bush/Cheney government!

His political endorsement should certainly be taken VERY carefully, if not repudiated outright. Even by mainstream standards, he is an evil and utterly disreputable man!

Mario Rubio can do a lot better!

David K. Meller

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi