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Giuliani Exits Race, Endorses McCain

Posted by Atilla89 on January 31, 2008

I can’t believe this has happened, the most qualified candidate (in my opinion) for President of America has dropped out. To say I’m shocked is an understatement, however after reading the reasons, I really should have seen this coming. He’s reportedly endorsed McCain, who I don’t know much about, however, I do know that he is better then Mike Huckabee’s comment.

Now you can read some of the reasons why Guiliani quit here.

“John McCain is the most qualified candidate to be the next commander in chief of the United States,” Giuliani said. “He’s an American hero.”

Once the front-runner himself, Giuliani decided to abandon the race after a dismal performance in Tuesday’s Florida primary, a contest on which he had bet his political fortune. Instead, McCain won and Giuliani came in a distant third. Giuliani recalled he had said in an earlier debate that McCain would be his choice for president if he were not running himself. “If I’d endorsed anyone else, you would say I was flip-flopping,” he said, mentioning an oft-repeated criticism of McCain’s chief rival, Mitt Romney.

McCain, standing at Giuliani’s side, acknowledged his former rival as “my strong right arm and my partner.”

“This man is a national hero and I’m honored by his friendship,” he said.

The endorsement joined two Republicans who had campaigned on similar themes that highlighted their national security credentials — McCain’s status as a Vietnam POW, war hero and a Senate voice on defense matters, and Giuliani as a stalwart New York mayor during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Giuliani announced his exit from the race and backing of McCain at the Ronald Reagan Library, site of Wednesday night’s debate involving the remaining GOP candidates. Tuesday’s result was a remarkable collapse for Giuliani. Last year, he occupied the top of national polls and seemed destined to turn conventional wisdom on end by running as a moderate Republican who supported abortion rights, gay rights and gun control. The results seriously decimated Giuliani’s unconventional strategy, which relied heavily on Florida to launch him into the coast-to-coast Feb. 5 nominating contests.

But Florida proved to be less than hospitable. His poll numbers dropped and key endorsements went to McCain.

Surveys of voters leaving polling places Tuesday showed that Giuliani was getting backing from some Hispanics, abortion rights supporters and people worried about terrorism, but was not dominating in any area.

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One Response to “Giuliani Exits Race, Endorses McCain”

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