Rudy Giuliani Says He's Voting for Donald Trump, But Not Endorsing the GOP Frontrunner
“I mean, I agree with Donald probably on eight out of 10 positions, which is good enough for me."
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told CNN he is voting for Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential primary, but he is not endorsing the billionaire businessman.
“When I endorse somebody, I join their campaign. I join their campaign staff; their campaign staff sends me out to do speeches and to do things like that,” Giuliani said on New Day. “Donald’s a very, very good friend. I believe he’d be the best candidate. I think he’d be the person I would like to see win."
Giuliani, who ran for president in 2008 but ultimately dropped out of the race and endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain, said he was hesitant to endorse Trump because not only does he not know the campaign staff as well as he'd like, there are issues on which he disagrees with Trump.
“I mean, I agree with Donald probably on eight out of 10 positions, which is good enough for me,” Giuliani said. “That’s what I agreed with Ronald Reagan on — he was my hero. But I have a couple concerns on immigration. There are things I’d have to talk out first before I would go as far as an endorsement.”
Still, even without an endorsement, Giullani said he is "urging other people to vote for Donald Trump."
Two people who will not be voting for Trump in the New York primary are his children, Ivanka and Eric, who failed to register in time for the contest.
On Tuesday night, they criticized New York voter registration rules during a town hall with Anderson Cooper.
"We're not a family of politicians; we haven't been in politics very long," Ivanka told Cooper. "New York has one of the most onerous rules in terms of registration, and it required us to register a long time ago, almost close to a year ago, and we didn't do that. We found out about it sort of after the fact."
The siblings said they had known for a while they would not be able to take part in their GOP primary, which in turn led their effort to inform voters about the importance of registration rules for various states.
"It was a great educational process for us and one that probably helped the campaign out a lot," Eric said.
The New York primary is April 19.