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Will a Giuliani endorsement help McCain?

Justin Webb | 03:23 UK time, Wednesday, 30 January 2008

The big news on Wednesday will obviously be the next endorsement

Some wonder whether Ted Kennedy's endorsement really assists Obama: surely the same question arises now with regard to Giuliani?

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  • 1.
  • At 04:18 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • H K Livingston wrote:

KENNEDY AND CLINTON:
The Obama camp portrayed the idea of a second Pres Clinton as the creation of another dynasty. Now they bask in the endorsement from America's greatest political dynasties?

  • 2.
  • At 04:27 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • D T Nelson wrote:

Senator Obama's words of seeking an end to partisanship are trumped by his action of wallowing with the biggest partisan hack in Washington, Senator Kennedy. Kennedy's endorsement may help Mr Obama in his quest for the nomination but it will definitely hurt Mr Obama should he be on the ballot in November.

  • 3.
  • At 05:25 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • konden wrote:

imagine Mccain as president and Giuliani as vice president. What will the religious right do?

  • 4.
  • At 07:36 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Shahid Shahid wrote:

Giuliani is no Kennedy. His endorsement of McCain does not mean much.

Caroline Kennedy's endorsement is much more than her uncle endorsing Obama.

  • 5.
  • At 08:08 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • John Kecsmar wrote:

I would endorse Roger Federer to win more Grand Slam events...just because i say it..doesn't mean it makes him any more or less likely!

What about focusing on what "they" say, not what "others" say..?

  • 6.
  • At 08:38 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Richard wrote:

What will the religious right do? Possibly run (and vote for) a third party candidate, such as Sam Brownback.

To The Times, London.

Is there an official policy within the BBC to ignore US Presidential election candidate Ron Paul just as there is among mainstream US media?

I do not understand why the BBC is blatantly ignoring the good story which Ron Paul is. I can only assume it is because some one does not want us to hear what Ron Paul has to say.

He's breaking internet records, fund raising records, is personable and debates extremely well.

Don't tell me he is not newsworthy or a serious candidate because I will reply you the BBC are merely repeating a bias party line and I can follow the information for myself.

As an Englishman I have joined and the Ron Paul website and hope we have a Ron Paul figure emerge in the UK. The latest Florida 3% result is disappointing, but the problem is I do not believe the accuracy of the vote anymore.

Certainly, if Ron Paul received his fair share of media coverage, he would be a serious contender to win.

Ron Paul is the most refreshing politician I have heard in years. The rest are the same old story. I do not support a pro-life policy (I support a woman's right to choose) and am certainly not a Baptist, but otherwise this Englishman in Istanbul is amazed at how the media and particularly the BBC in the UK is ignoring this candidate.

I will never forget how Ron Paul has been neglected by the world media - never. The BBC is a shame and a disgrace; John Humphreys, Eddie Mair et al shame on you all. The bigger problem is the public have forgotten to think for themselves and get what they deserve.

I cannot believe how bias and narrow minded the reporting has been. It is very disappointing and I do not expect The Times to stray from this selected path either!

Englishman in Istanbul (on my way home)

  • 8.
  • At 10:49 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Vincent wrote:

I think any candidate would welcome the endorsement of "America's Mayor". Rudy has many worthy accomplishments to date, and ran an honorable campaign. It's sad news to hear he is out of the campaign. VP Guiliani, along with McCain, would place middle of the road moderates into the White House, which is what America needs now. Liberals or Conservatives are just to extremist in their philosophy for most Americans.

From Jacksonville, FL, USA

  • 9.
  • At 11:02 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Justin wrote:

Poor old Rudy. This shows just how influential the media are in America if people base their votes on who's getting the most attention because Rudy was sky high in the polls.

  • 10.
  • At 11:16 AM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • bruce lenny wrote:

of course kennedys endorsement assists obama - he is a trusted and highly experienced stewart of the democratic party and is just the kind of person barack needs to shore-up trust in his abilities, not to mention support from the party faithful. one of the critiques often associated with barack is his lack of experience and this support will help him reach out to older, 'core' voters. having kennedy, as well as a few other high ranking/long serving members of the party offer their support demonstrates that the democratic establishment has faith in his abilities, with kennedy probably seeing some of his late brother in him.
As such, this explains why Guilliani's possible endorsement of mccain will have nowhere near the same effect with republican voters. Guilliani is neither trusted, a 'rock' and, nor does it appear, seem very popular with the party. Despite this, i do recognise that he could make a difference to the outcome of the republican nomination because of his appeal to eastern state and calafornian voters.

  • 11.
  • At 12:53 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Grace wrote:

Vote elsewhere. I'd rather back someone who is openly against the morals I believe than one who hides under the name of morality.

  • 12.
  • At 01:51 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Byron wrote:

The greater question, at least to this democrat, is why Ted Kennedy, someone who as worked with Hillary on Health Care reform, and countless other bills, would all of a sudden support Barack Obama?
If Clinton had gotten this endorsement, would we be questioning if this hurt her, or simply adding another superdelegate to her total?
I think the obsession is to never let anyone truly have a victory in politics. When Barack won Iowa, Hillary won NH, when she somehow got Nevada, Obama slammed her in SC. Its going to be like this till the end of the election and Edwards is going to buy himself into the ticket with his delegates.
I predict Obama/Edwards 08, Hillary and Bill can't give us a landslide like Obama could. This county needs more than 51% of a Mandate. I don't want the Democratic GW Bush, with Republicans as mad as Democrats are now.


  • 13.
  • At 05:06 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Scott W wrote:

"Imagine McCain as president and Giuliani as vice president. What will the religious do?"

Probably pray for McCain's good health.

Don't forget that in the wake of 9-11 Giuliani actually proposed suspending the democratic process in New York City so he could remain in office in spite of his being ineligible for another term in office.

Instead of vice president McCain should offer him Attorney General, a position Giluliani's talents would be well suited for while keeping him safely out of the line of succession.

  • 14.
  • At 05:50 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • George wrote:

So the latest poll showing McCain winning by 48% vs 40%/41% respectively in a national race for Clinton/Obama seems not to have been picked up by the BBC. Quelle surprise!

  • 15.
  • At 06:06 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Glen Barrington wrote:

No one ever said politics is logical. McCain likely being picked as the Republican candidate being helped with the endorsement of Giuliani, Huckabee not doing that well with the religous right who seem to want a win more than to make a political statement. And then Obama railing against political dynasties and recieving the endorsement of America's premier political dynasty.

Man! this is a fun election!

  • 16.
  • At 06:22 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Greta wrote:

Ted is the key to superdelegates ... his influence in this regard is incalculable.

The essential battle is between old-school Dems and neo-Dems, and this battle rages on the inside of the party. Let's not forget that a closely contested Democratic race can easily stretch all the way to the national convention ... where the superdelegates, the party professionals, make their play.

Never underestimate the machine of an Irish Democrat ... whether Clinton or Kennedy.

  • 17.
  • At 07:02 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Fergal wrote:

Strange that people are accusing Obama of hypocrisy for accepting Kennedy's endorsement. The fall out had he not would have killed his campaign. And while Kennedy is certainly a Washington "hack" he is a principled man who has backed candidates like Obama (Gary Hart) before. The whole situation makes good sense and hopefully will give momentum to Obam's campaign.

  • 18.
  • At 08:36 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • Sam Davis wrote:

Doubtless the forthcoming Giuliani endorsement of McCain will help the Arizona senator in the northeast. And, it won't hurt him elsewhere. Looks like John may be on his way to the GOP nomination and, arguably, the White House.

  • 19.
  • At 11:55 PM on 30 Jan 2008,
  • andy wrote:

To poster #7

I am sick and tired of Paul's supporters whining about their candidate not getting mentioned.

This blog by Justin adresses Giuliani's & Kennedy's endorsements; so why is it so strange that Paul wasn't mentioned?

We'll mention him when he drops out and endorses somebody else.

  • 20.
  • At 07:29 AM on 31 Jan 2008,
  • Marjo Miller wrote:


McCain is an extension of the Bush administration. Guiliani supporters temper this a bit .. . .. . but just a bit. .

  • 21.
  • At 11:03 PM on 31 Jan 2008,
  • Austin, Texas wrote:

seems all we read about is McCain, and if he is the only thing in the media, then it seems the powers that be have already picked our next president...

  • 22.
  • At 12:54 AM on 01 Feb 2008,
  • Bobby A. Ormston wrote:

I don't like McCain. I don't like Juiliani. The fact that they're "friends"; &, one would endorse the other, just confirms my low opinion of both! If you would have asked me yesterday, if I'd vote for either, my answer would have been: "No!". Today it's "Hell, no!".

  • 23.
  • At 10:02 PM on 06 Feb 2008,
  • mehmet wrote:

If the race between Clinton and Obama be just, then Obama will lead very easily. But, I believe there are still doubts among big lobby groups that Obama is not the right candidate for the Washington. There is a little or big conspiracy theory that the US establishment want to see Hillary Clinton to run for the presidential on the Democratic side.
I hope the reverse to happen.

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