Rudy Set to Bow Out and Endorse McCain
Just think: if Rudy never ran, we'd never have this gem from Joe Biden.
Thanks for the memories, Rudy. Thanks for the headlines. Thanks for the Florida strategy. One commenter on Runnin' Scared predicted last week that Bernie Kerik will take a plea shortly after Rudy took his bow. Let's see if he's right...
From the Associated Press:
Rudy Giuliani told supporters Wednesday he's abandoning his bid for president and backing Republican rival and longtime friend John McCain.
"I spoke with Rudy Giuliani this morning and he confirmed that he is dropping out of the race and will endorse Senator John McCain for president," New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno said in a statement.
Once the Republican presidential front-runner, Giuliani suffered a debilitating defeat in Tuesday's Florida primary.
The former mayor finished a distant third to the winner, McCain, and close second-place finisher Mitt Romney. After the results, Republican officials had said Giuliani would endorse McCain on Wednesday in California.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the public announcement.
Speaking to supporters Tuesday night, Giuliani stopped short of announcing he was stepping down, but delivered a valedictory speech that was more farewell than fight-on.
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