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Rudy Giuliani Says He's Voting For Trump

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be voting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York's April 19 primary.

“I support Trump,” Giuliani told the New York Post on April 7. "I’m gonna vote for Trump."

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Giuliani expects Trump will secure more than 50 percent of voter support in the state, earning him the majority of the 95 delegates, which would place him closer to securing the GOP nomination.

“It’s a question of how much he gets over 50 percent,” Giuliani said. "If he wins 70 to 80 delegates, Donald has a good shot of securing the 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination before the convention."

The former mayor added that he does not agree with all of Trump’s policy ideas, but he does support the business mogul's focus on the economy, immigration and security.

“Trump is a negotiator; he negotiates from a high bar to get people’s attention,” Giuliani said. “Threatening to withdraw from NATO will get a better deal with NATO.”

As of April 5, Trump was leading in New York polls with 53 percent of voter support, according to Real Clear Politics. In second place was Gov. John Kasich of Ohio at 22 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was in third with just over 18 percent.

Cruz’s third-place showing is not surprising given his negative comments on New York values, of which Giuliani expressed his dislike.

“It’s New York City; we’re family,” Giuliani told the Post. "I can make fun of New York, but you can’t!"

“I know he was attacking liberal Democratic values. … I fought to change those policies in areas like welfare reform and policing, as did Mike Bloomberg. …There was a better way to say it,” he said of Cruz’s remarks.

Sources: New York Post, Real Clear Politics / Photo credit: Robert Kalfus/New York Post