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Breaking News: Rudy Giuliani hints at dropping out
LA Times ^ | 28 January 2008 | Andrew Malcolm

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; byebyejulieannie; elections; fl2008; giuliani; gopprimaries; gungrabbers; julieanni; lib; rino; rinorudy; rudy
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To: .cnI redruM; RabidBartender
Quit without even counting all of the states he is sure to win?
Seems like Rudy will win NY and NJ and California if arnuld manages to endorse someone other than Hillary or Obama.

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.

51 posted on 01/28/2008 1:03:26 PM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: cripplecreek

Not sure who this helps more McCain or Romney. Probably McCain.


52 posted on 01/28/2008 1:03:36 PM PST by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: freespirited

This is another distortion of Rudy’s remarks coming from the McCain people.


53 posted on 01/28/2008 1:03:42 PM PST by mwl1
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To: trisham

If Rudy drops out, he’ll endorse McCain.
Right now he’s taking votes from McCain.
It’s better if he stays in.


54 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:00 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Rudy rolled the dice, hoping for a big win in Florida without spending much time anywhere else. Needless to say, this strategy didn’t exactly work.

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.

55 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:21 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: .cnI redruM

Go Rudy and take McTraitor with you


56 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:29 PM PST by 11bravo wolfhoundf ( "Duty is ours; results are God's." John Quincy Adams)
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To: presidio9

Just like Thompson in right before Iowa. Who do think floated this? Which candidate has basically bought off the media (and interest groups, etc.).?


57 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:44 PM PST by bluebeak
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To: what's up

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.


58 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:46 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Jim Robinson
Unfortunately, if Rudy Drops out, it will only help McCain.
59 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:49 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: .cnI redruM

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.


60 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:53 PM PST by Spiff
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To: .cnI redruM

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.


61 posted on 01/28/2008 1:04:55 PM PST by jan in Colorado ("It's easier to believe a lie one hears 1,000 times than to believe a fact that one has never heard)
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To: .cnI redruM

All, keep in mind that McCain will gain most all of Rudy’s support.

This may make McCain unstoppable.


62 posted on 01/28/2008 1:05:09 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: MeanWestTexan
I agree. Rudy would probably have done less damage to the conservative cause as the nominee than anyone else in the race will.

Without any actual conservatives left in the race, Rudy withdrawing would be a Pyrrhic victory at best.
63 posted on 01/28/2008 1:05:22 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: COBOL2Java
" If Hillary loses in '08, will she hang around the Senate that long, or cut-n-run?

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.

64 posted on 01/28/2008 1:05:31 PM PST by StormEye
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To: .cnI redruM

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.


65 posted on 01/28/2008 1:05:41 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: bluebeak
Another Romney tactic (like the one done on Fred Thompson)?
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.
 
66 posted on 01/28/2008 1:05:57 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: AuntB
If it looks to be evil, it probably is, and for a reason.
67 posted on 01/28/2008 1:06:00 PM PST by Carry_Okie (We have people in power who love evil.)
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To: .cnI redruM

Saying the winner of florida will be the nominee is a far cry from saying he’ll drop out.


68 posted on 01/28/2008 1:06:02 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: .cnI redruM

End of the road, reported with more than a bit of glee by the LAT.


69 posted on 01/28/2008 1:06:06 PM PST by Badeye (McCain votes against Tax Cuts Routinely)
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To: .cnI redruM

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.


70 posted on 01/28/2008 1:06:07 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Carry_Okie

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.


71 posted on 01/28/2008 1:07:10 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Carry_Okie
My bet is he'll throw his support to McCain. It's their masters desire.

I was thinking the same thing.

And hoping against hope that it would somehow have a detrimental impact on McCain.

72 posted on 01/28/2008 1:07:45 PM PST by Allegra (A chicken in every pot and a pair of new socks every day.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Where do you think Rudy will throw his support if at all?

Mitt or MeCain?

73 posted on 01/28/2008 1:07:57 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: bluebeak

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.


74 posted on 01/28/2008 1:08:02 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: .cnI redruM

The former seems more probable than the latter. What? He couldn’t hold out one more day? Type about morale popper.


75 posted on 01/28/2008 1:08:11 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: wagglebee
Right now, Rooty is in a race for third place in Florida. Further proof that markets work!
76 posted on 01/28/2008 1:08:29 PM PST by .cnI redruM (President Hillary would make Point Barrow the next Maxim Gorky)
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To: .cnI redruM

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?


77 posted on 01/28/2008 1:08:53 PM PST by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: teddyballgame

I’m not sure it matters who it helps.


78 posted on 01/28/2008 1:08:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (Duncan Hunter, Conservative excellence in action.)
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To: .cnI redruM

Now if we can just get McCain to drop out.


79 posted on 01/28/2008 1:08:56 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: wagglebee

Where did al the banned Freepers go?

wideawake.com?


80 posted on 01/28/2008 1:09:28 PM PST by airborne (The Founding Fathers would be deeply saddened.)
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To: trisham

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.


81 posted on 01/28/2008 1:09:36 PM PST by conservative blonde
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To: B Knotts
See comment #50 on Clintonian Egos..
82 posted on 01/28/2008 1:10:18 PM PST by .cnI redruM (President Hillary would make Point Barrow the next Maxim Gorky)
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To: airborne

Yeah, but then even the WAnkers got sick of the Rooty Rooters, so they got banned from there too!!


83 posted on 01/28/2008 1:10:23 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: B Knotts

And take Huckabee with him.


84 posted on 01/28/2008 1:10:43 PM PST by conservative blonde
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To: Jim Robinson
Woo hoo!! Go home, Rudy!! Victory!!

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.

85 posted on 01/28/2008 1:11:06 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: .cnI redruM

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.”


86 posted on 01/28/2008 1:11:09 PM PST by NonValueAdded (What Would Hobson Choose?)
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To: counterpunch

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.


87 posted on 01/28/2008 1:11:14 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (At kaki metumtam, Rudy McRomnabee)
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To: cripplecreek

It is if you support Romney


88 posted on 01/28/2008 1:11:44 PM PST by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: .cnI redruM

I think this is just the L.A. Times trying to bump the McCain vote.


89 posted on 01/28/2008 1:11:46 PM PST by Tall_Texan (No Third Term For Bill Clinton!)
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To: .cnI redruM

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.


90 posted on 01/28/2008 1:11:58 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: woofie

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!!


91 posted on 01/28/2008 1:12:24 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: colorado tanker
It made no sense to skip Iowa, N.H., Nevada and S.C. and think the lead would hold.

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.

92 posted on 01/28/2008 1:12:28 PM PST by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: bill1952

“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.


93 posted on 01/28/2008 1:12:29 PM PST by UKTory
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To: .cnI redruM

Total BS


94 posted on 01/28/2008 1:12:52 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: rogue yam

Rooty Toot will certainly stay in until Wednesday, his name is on the ballot and all of the money has been spent.


95 posted on 01/28/2008 1:12:59 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

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......


96 posted on 01/28/2008 1:13:23 PM PST by .cnI redruM (President Hillary would make Point Barrow the next Maxim Gorky)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Obvious hit job. Subtle as a pile of manure.
97 posted on 01/28/2008 1:13:37 PM PST by Charles Martel (The Tree of Liberty thirsts.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


98 posted on 01/28/2008 1:13:57 PM PST by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: RabidBartender
Maybe he can run against Hillary in 2012 (FOR SENATOR OF NY).

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...

99 posted on 01/28/2008 1:14:06 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: counterpunch

You may be right, but it would be a relief to see Giuliani gone.


100 posted on 01/28/2008 1:15:10 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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