Rudy Giuliani Expected to Endorse John McCain For Republican Nomination

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Rudy Giuliani Expected to Endorse John McCain For Republican Nomination

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 30,

Washington, DC ( — Failed Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is expected to end his bid for the Republican nomination today and announce that he is endorsing John McCain. Giuliani, the only pro-abortion candidate in the GOP race, failed to gain traction with Republican voters because anywhere from half to three-fourths are pro-life.

Reports early Wednesday indicate Giuliani told journalists he wasn’t yet ready to make his intentions public, but he’s expected to do so before the debate this evening.

Giuliani finished a distant third to McCain and Mitt Romney in the Florida Republican primary on Tuesday night despite spending millions in the state and more time campaigning there than any other candidate.

Thousands of New York residents have moved to Florida to retire and he hoped to use their support as a catapult to revitalize his campaign. Instead, he failed again to connect with conservative Republicans and plans to drop out as a result.

Exit polling data showed just 42 percent of Florida Republicans take a pro-abortion position and Giuliani failed to gain their support as well, as John McCain beat all comers.

Giuliani was perceived as the front-runner for much of the campaign only because of his high name identification. But predicted in early December that Giuliani would not win the Republican nomination because of his long-standing pro-abortion views.

“Rudy Giuliani is going against the grain in trying to capture the Republican nod while laying out a position solidly in favor of legalized abortion,” said at the time.

“It’s doubtful he would stay in until Florida but he will be history after the Sunshine State votes,” predicted at the time. “By the time Super Tuesday voters have a chance to have their say, Giuliani will almost undoubtedly be on the ballot in name only and abortion advocates will have to wait at least four more years to try to take over the Republican Party.”

Once voters began to analyze the position of the candidates, Giuliani’s campaign tanked.

Giuliani’s defeats started in Iowa, where 75 percent of the Republican Party takes a pro-life position and continued on to Florida.