Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani signs autographs Thursday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is leading the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, supported by 29 percent of respondents in a poll released Friday.
Unannounced candidate former Sen. Fred Thompson is close behind with 22 percent, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is a distant third with 16 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 12 percent support.
Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee follow with 3 percent each; Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Tom Tancredo of Colorado with 2 percent; and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson with 1 percent.
All I have to say is that if Rudy wins the Republican nomination, and Hillary wins the Democratic Nomination, what an interesting National Campaign and Election we'll have. Finally...both party candidates from the North East, and both from NY! [Hillary has been living in NY for almost 8 years, so I can say she's from NY now.]
Rudy Giuliani is a coward.
Well Senator Clinton simply moved to New York to get elected... she's a southern woman...
Who cares what state she is from.
All Guiliani's numbers show is how weak the Republican field really is. The only thing most people know about Guiliani is 9/11, and that alone has been enough to put him ahead of the field.
Either Republican voters are STILL buying this "vote for me or the terrorists will kill us all" malarky or the other candidates are really, really undesirable.
Agree, I have seen this as the matchup for the past year and am still convinced it will be the case.
Hillary benefits from: 1) her name 2) the general unrest about Iraq among many Americans 3) the fact that she will say ANYTHING to get elected
Guiliani benefits from: 1) his street cred on dealing with terrorism (whether deserved or not there is no disputing that he has it) 2) his record on shaping NYC up after it had deteriorated into a complete nightmare 3) he is very likeable
They are both very smart, and they are both very good public speakers.
She is extremely devisive and has unprecedented negative ratings. He is very likeable (see CNN story on the matter) and is beloved by many as "America's Mayor."
She will win NO Republican votes (I'm not kidding not 1) and some independent votes. He will win ALL Republican votes (trust me when their only alternative is Hillary, those single-issue Republican voters will support Giuliani in a NY minute) some Democrat votes (due to his moderate social views) and some independent votes.
In the end, I believe Giuliani will win but it will be closer than it should be due to the general anxiety about the Iraq War among many Americans.
They are only pushing this guy because he ensures a democratic victory. Period. That's it. How are you going to have a president with a lisp?
I am sure the poll was totally impartial, yea right. Ron Paul wipes the floor with rudy.
Giuliani will not win.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a Bush clone.
A vote for Rudy Giuliani is a vote for 4 more of Iraq. 4 more years of un-affordable health care. 4 more years of Karl Rove'ish type politics. 4 more years years of lies and deceit.
Help my Rudy "4 more years" ad air on Hardball:
I agree – Rudy v. Hillary would be an interesting match-up.
Hillary's camp would have a difficult time making noise about Guiliani's marital issues (should we talk about Bill?)
Hillary couldn't use the usual scare-tatics on abortion – Rudy is pro-choice.
She couldn't attack him on gay marriage – they both agree.
Actually ... what IS the difference between these two?
Any woman who would pride herself in
receiving an autograph from Giuliani
should warrant much more criticism than
is thrown upon Hillary Clinton.
What a gift to have an autograph from a man who wrecked two homes and turned all his children against him! Congratulations Ms. No Name. Make sure to hang that in your Family Room.
"What a gift to have an autograph from a man who wrecked two homes and turned all his children against him!"
Raunchy Rudy married his second cousin, educator Regina Peruggi, whom Giuliani had known since childhood too...
"Any woman who would pride herself in
receiving an autograph from Giuliani
should warrant much more criticism than
is thrown upon Hillary Clinton."
Thank you Tricia! Don't forget the police brutality that occured under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; Amadou Diallo &Abner Louima
9/11 saved this man's public image.
I agree. Giuliani does not represent traditional Republican conservative views. He had been married three times!!! He walked as a drag queen on the streets of NY in the gay pride festival...He discontinued searching for remaining bodies on the ground zero after he found gold!!! And it is sad to see people are getting his autograph! He also capitalizes 911 to promote himself. He acts like he owns 911.
Why don't we ever see or get to vote in these CNN/Opinion Research Corp. polls???
A bit shady.
Rudy is fast becoming an alternative for thinking Democrats to Shrillary and Obama-Bomb-Osama.
CNN – why do you allow personal attacks on ordinary American citizens going to see a Presidential Candidate to be posted on your blog?
Tricia – I know you're Canadian, but here in America we have the right and freedoms to support whichever candidate of our choosing. Your posted personal attack of this lady is tasteless. I hope CNN more closely monitors your future "contributions".
What ever happened to the Moral Majority??
Phyllis Schafly, call home.
In response to the writer who said not a single republican would vote for Hillary, my mother is a republican, and she told me should would vote for her. I also know of a number other republicans who would vote for her because democrats in the white house is good for business.
And she'll win because Guiliani will get swift-boated on his pre-9/11 record, and even on some of his post-9/11 mistakes, questionable ethics, and strong-arm tactics.
Rudy is very very unpresidential in look.Fellas,mark my words:Unimagineable scandals still unknown to Americans, will make Rudy abandon his presidential quest even after winning the Republican nomination.I can see my crystal balls.I can see....
“Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do," – Rudolph W Giuliani
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Google Ron Paul. As soon as you know what he stands for, it is almost impossible not to give him your vote.
Why are you blocking or boycotting Ron Paul. I am a life long Republican. I am also an Iraqi War veteran and disabled veteran. Is this america or a conspiracy state. He is the only candidate , The rest are all the same. I can't tell the difference between Dems and Republicans any more. I beg you please help Ron Paul save our great Republic. To me my friends and family he is our only and best hope. For our children for our future, we must have a tomorrow . The country cannot go on as is. I beg you in Gods name to support this great american. Restorer of the Republic and last defender of the Consitution.
To bret, what the heck does Guiliani's voice or lisp have to do with anything (aside from your stereotypical and likely homophobic views of the world)? And who the heck cares about his marital status or Hillary's husband's marital transgressions? It makes so mad that so many people in this country complain about the current state of politics, and then determine who they'll vote for based on scare tactics, other forms of manipulation, or the women in a candidate's personal life.
I'd like to see a R.Giuliani/F.Thompson ticket.