Former presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an Election Day interview that Sen. John McCain has “got to win all the states that are Republican states. In other words, he’s gotta bring back all the Republican voters, which he’s very capable of doing.”
Guliani recalled that four years ago the exit polls pointed to a Kerry win, but Bush was able to pull out the victory, and that McCain can do that as well. “I think that’s exactly why he’s campaigning today,” he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “McCain wants to energize that Republican vote, that independent vote, and Democrats who might be disaffected with Barack Obama.”
When asked by Mitchell how he would assess McCain’s efforts in living up to the challenge of the campaign, Giuliani said, “These campaigns have ups and downs, and I think John ran about as good a campaign as he can run, given the circumstances he had to deal with, including the economy and the Obama camp constantly going after him as ‘Bush II.’ I think he’s done a good job.”
Mitchell asked if Giuliani thought McCain did a good enough job separating himself from the unpopular President Bush. Giuliani said simply, “He has,” adding, “It’s a very delicate thing, and having run in the primary I know this. President Bush is very popular among Republicans, so you gotta keep that vote, you gotta keep it enthusiastic, and you gotta reach out to independents and Democrats, and that’s a very delicate maneuver. John, probably, among all us Republicans, is probably the one who is the most independent of Bush.”
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