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Marco Rubio gets Rudy Giuliani's endorsement for U.S. Senate

Call it Rudy Revenge.

Former New York City Mayor and GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Monday endorsed Marco Rubio in his U.S. Senate Republican primary race against Gov. Charlie Crist.

"This is an easy choice. Not just for Republicans but for Floridians. He is the one and only candidate we can trust to represent Republican principles in Washington," Giuliani said during a 20-minute speech at the Renaissance at the Gables restaurant in Coral Gables before a standing-room-only crowd of about 250 people.

Giuliani's endorsement came as no political surprise.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Crist tossed his support behind Sen. John McCain just days before the all-important Florida primary.

Giuliani, who bet his presidential campaign on winning the Sunshine state, was relying on the then-popular Florida governor to help him in the all-important Florida primary in Jan. 2008. Giuliani ended up a distant third behind McCain and Mitt Romney, garnering just 15 percent of the vote. With his presidential hopes dashed, Giuliani dropped out of the race.

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