Rudy: I'm Still The Best, But McCain Is Number 2

07/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rudy Giuliani set out Tuesday to defend John McCain's readiness to be President, but ended up saying the presumptive GOP nominee is second-best - to himself.

"I thought I was best qualified, but I thought John was No. 2," Giuliani told CNN, his ego apparently overruling the message Team McCain wanted him to deliver in an escalating flap with Barack Obama's camp over comments from Bam-backer Wesley Clark, a retired Army general.

Obama also sent mixed messages on Clark's charges that McCain's heroic Navy service and more than five years as a Vietnam POW failed to prove that he had the "judgment" to be commander in chief.

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