Skip to comments.Breaking News: Rudy Giuliani hints at dropping out
Posted on 01/28/2008 12:51:55 PM PST by .cnI redruM
Rudy Giuliani appears to be pondering an end to his long pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination.
In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., a short while ago, the onetime, longtime GOP front-runner told a small group of reporters, including The Times' Louise Roug: "The winner of Florida will win the nomination."
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Sure, quitting makes sense... /s
And RabidBartender? Hillary would beat him like a drum there.
The only record of note with Rudy v Hillary does not paint a pretty picture of him.
Not sure who this helps more McCain or Romney. Probably McCain.
This is another distortion of Rudy’s remarks coming from the McCain people.
If Rudy drops out, he’ll endorse McCain.
Right now he’s taking votes from McCain.
It’s better if he stays in.
Quite an understatement, Eric!
Rudy's strategy depended on keeping the front-runner mystique because Florida voters are influenced by national trends, just like everyone else. National opinion always begins to coalesce around winners in New Hampshire and, for the Republicans, South Carolina. It made no sense to skip Iowa, N.H., Nevada and S.C. and think the lead would hold. I understand he's out of money now, too.
Go Rudy and take McTraitor with you
Just like Thompson in right before Iowa. Who do think floated this? Which candidate has basically bought off the media (and interest groups, etc.).?
I agree. They did the same thing to Thompson by way of politico.com. This political season is shaping up to be one of the nastiest I’ve ever witnessed.
Unfortunately, his votes would probably go to McCain. I urge him to stay in the race and continue splitting the moderate/liberal/democrat vote. Huckabee needs to drop out and stop splitting the social conservative/fiscal conservative/republican vote.
It’s the ENEMEDIA’s ploy to help McCain win in Florida.
I’m betting the majority of Rudy supporters would go to liberal Democrat lover McCain, than they would to Romney.
All, keep in mind that McCain will gain most all of Rudy’s support.
This may make McCain unstoppable.
She'll stay in the Senate of course. I think she'll be a "Life Time" member. What else has she got do? Hang around her husband? Bubba doesn't want her near him interfering with his affairs. The Senate keeps her out of his hair and lets her feel important.
This is the LAT’s effort to see if it can start a migration of votes from Giuliani to McCain on the last day before the Florida primary.
Another Romney tactic (like the one done on Fred Thompson)?The cat was let out of the bag on that one.
Saying the winner of florida will be the nominee is a far cry from saying he’ll drop out.
End of the road, reported with more than a bit of glee by the LAT.
Rooty Toot NEVER should have been in the race to start with, nominating him would destroy the GOP.
Even if this is a “hit job,” Rooty has been very open about putting all of his efforts into Florida and EVERY poll shows Romney getting at least twice as many votes as him. There is NO WAY that every poll is off by that large a margin. Right now, Rooty is in a race for third place in Florida.
AP has tried it’s best — by taking his statement out of context and making it sound like he’ll drop out, they hope to swing his voters over to McCain.
I was thinking the same thing.
And hoping against hope that it would somehow have a detrimental impact on McCain.
Mitt or MeCain?
The cat was let out of the bag on that one.
It was the McCain campaign. Both times.
Maybe the reason McCain didn’t get Fred’s endorsement.
The former seems more probable than the latter. What? He couldn’t hold out one more day? Type about morale popper.
Good, I was sick of his distortions and all 9/11, all the time.
I still can’t believe how inept his campaign is. Was?
I’m not sure it matters who it helps.
Now if we can just get McCain to drop out.
Where did al the banned Freepers go?
Julieannie shouldn’t just “hint” at dropping out, he should shout it out at every press conference he has. He was never cut out to win the GOP Presidential race because he really isn’t a Republican.
Yeah, but then even the WAnkers got sick of the Rooty Rooters, so they got banned from there too!!
And take Huckabee with him.
I'm hoping Rudy stays in the race until...Wednesday so we can enjoy watching him get beat out for a distant fourth place by mighty, mighty Ron Paul.
pro’ly the former. That sounds like what McCain was trying to do to Mitt about his “timeline” comment. The Slimes guy is reading an awful lot into that remark. Then again, he got to see the body language “context.”
The reason Fred did not endorse McCain is because McCain slid into the cesspool of liberalism the last 7 years -— and Fred moved to much more of a principaled right.
It is if you support Romney
I think this is just the L.A. Times trying to bump the McCain vote.
Read the article, it could be taken a lot of ways. The ground in Florida doesn’t jive with the polls and likely because there is so many absentee ballots and the voters are sick of robocalls.... a person only needs to look at the photos from Florida and the crowds compared to McCain and Romney. Something stinks to high heaven and it deserves a deeper investigation into the motives of the media and pollsters.
Rudy is an abortionist/gay rights activist who was being touted early on as the GOP front runner. At least all the other Republicans in the race claim to be pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-borders. The pro-abortion Rudy being routed is a BIG victory for conservatism. Hurrah!!
He really didn't skip NH. He was here, often, in the spring and early summer. He ran ads.
He wasn't doing well, and then decided to focus elsewhere. His campaign spun it as "skipping NH," which is simply inaccurate. But it still was an incredibly inept campaign, for someone who supposedly possesses great "leadership" skills.
“Seems like Rudy will win NY and NJ and California if arnuld manages to endorse someone other than Hillary or Obama”
How does it seem like that? McCain leads Rudy by an average of 9 points in New York, 15 points in California and 3 points in New Jersey in the recent polls.
Guiliani is toast unless he can gain some momentum by winning Florida. And he won’t.
Rooty Toot will certainly stay in until Wednesday, his name is on the ballot and all of the money has been spent.
That’s kind of what makes this fun to post. A lot of people here want Rudy to drop. On the other hand, it is the LA Times......
The polls do not reflect early voting. We have been voting here since January 13th and up until a couple of days ago Rudy was the only one here. If the reports of up to 40% already cast are true then the polls are not taking into account a substantial amount of votes.
If he had done that when she first ran - he would have been a shoe in - or even in the last election - and saved us from her now - After 8 years out the WH - people would be saying "Hillary who?"
But he had more grandiose plans - and he lost us a golden opportunity to turn the Clinton's out to pasture...
His political days may be over...
You may be right, but it would be a relief to see Giuliani gone.