The LA Times ponders the possibility based upon some of Rudy’s most recent comments. After reading them, I think the Times is reaching a bit, but still, it’s amazing how far he’s fallen from front-runner status. For a while last year he seemed unstoppable. Now, he’s coming in third place in Florida after spending 59 days and a boat load of money there. From the LA Times:
Rudy Giuliani appears to be pondering an end to his long pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination.
In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., a short while ago, the onetime, longtime GOP front-runner told a small group of reporters, including The Times’ Louise Roug: “The winner of Florida will win the nomination.”
He then went on to predict he would win. And his spokeswoman, Maria Comella, said later he was speaking with confidence.
But that’s an unusually categorical statement suggesting that only a total first-place upset by Giuliani, who trails both Mitt Romney and John McCain in all major polls for Florida’s Republican primary tomorrow, will keep him in the competition, despite previous repeated vows to continue.
Ryan Sager at the New York Post analyzes Rudy’s Florida strategy and comes to the conclusion that it was really his only option.