Just months after calling former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney the kind of “man who will say anything to become president,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorsed Mr. Romney for president on Monday, arguing that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee provides a “clear contrast to President Obama.”
“Whether it was creating jobs in business, rescuing the Olympics, or turning around Massachusetts’ $3 billion budget deficit, [Mr. Romney] has proved, time and again, that he excels at turning around difficult situations,” Mr. Giuliani said in the email blast announcing his support. “He has also proposed a bold economic plan that will help families that have been crushed by President Obama’s failed policies. … I’m proud to support Mitt Romney and encourage all those who worry about our country’s future to do the same.”
Mr. Giuliani ran against Mr. Romney, Sen. John McCain and others in the 2008 GOP presidential primaries and flirted with another bid this year before deciding against it. Since then, he occasionally has played the role of political pundit, and earlier in the campaign he said that, as a “moderate Republican,” he would be “inclined to support someone like Mitt Romney.”
“But all those changes in positions give me pause,” the ex-mayor said in a February appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mr. Giuliani showered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with praise while casting Mr. Romney as a perennial flip-flopper.
“I’ve never seen a guy change his positions on so many things, so fast, on a dime, on everything,” he said about Mr. Romney. “Pro-choice, pro-life. And pro-choice because somebody, a close friend, died, and he became pro-choice because this woman died of an abortion. Then he figures out there are embryos and he changes.”
“Then he was pro-gun control,” Mr. Giuliani said. “Fine. Then he becomes a lifetime member of the NRA. Then he was pro cap-and-trade. Now he’s against cap-and-trade. He was pro [health insurance] mandate for the whole country, then he becomes anti-mandate and he takes that page out of his book and republishes the book. I could go on and on.”
In accepting the endorsement on Monday, Mr. Romney said he is “very proud to earn the support of such a distinguished leader and public servant to our country.”