WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rudy Giuliani is remaining coy on the prospect of a 2010 run against New York Gov. David Paterson.
"It's too early," the former New York City mayor said on CNN's American Morning Tuesday. "The governor has a big job. He doesn't need a two-year election campaign. I think he should be given every opportunity to do the very best he can for the state, and then we can see about it six months from now, eight months from now."
Two months ago, in an interview on CNN, Giuliani said he wasn't ruling out a bid in 2010 for governor of the Empire State.
A poll of New York State voters conducted by Sienna College in November suggested that Paterson would top Giuliani by 6 points in a hypothetical head-to-head match up in 2010.
On Tuesday, the former Republican presidential candidate also weighed in on a major decision facing his state's Democratic governor: whom to select to replace Hillary Clinton, who will step down from her senate seat if confirmed, as expected, as secretary of state.
"The governor's gotta go on his instinct," Giuliani told CNN. "He knows what he needs in Washington. If he thinks it's Caroline Kennedy, with the group of experiences she has and contacts and relation with the president, that's fine. If he thinks it's an Andrew Cuomo (New York's attorney general) who has government experience, Washington, New York, very experienced, then he goes with him, and he is going to get tested on it very quickly. I think a lot is riding on it for him, so he will make the best judgment he can."
Whoever is appointed to fill Clinton's seat would join Paterson on the ballot in 2010.
For those of you who are not from New York, let me fill you in.
There is a small, but vocal group of people here who worship the
ground this man walks on. Congressman King from Long Island is at the head of the pack. The rest of us, (the majority) saw through him a long time ago. That includes Policeman, Fireman, and Veterans, just come to New York and ask us.
For Al, NY NY,
I have a suggestion.......Wasilla, AK! January 13th, 2009 10:10 am ET
Just another republican Idiot with nothing to contribute.
Unbelievable....more hate and vitriol from the left wingers for a man that is truly an American hero. Its a sad state of affairs in this country.......and especially in NY.
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT
Bring it on loser – I think you lost all credibility with us when became the lying attack dog for McCain/Palin. Please run....it will be so much to vote against you.
After the way showed his conduct in presidential elections, he lost my vote.
he has no integrity.
I hope he doesnt win
Rudy "9/11" Giuliani is a loser, after the big presidential primary loss with the wait in Florida approach and skip Iowa, NH and SC strategy, I wonder if anyone can still take this guy seriously. He blew through $60 M and barely won any delegates. It is also remarkable that the guy would drop in the polls whenever he campaigned in a state, people said he was more of a jerk in person.
Go for it Paisano!
Apparently 9/11 is Rudy's fault, and all GOP is racist? I guess >90% of blacks voting for Obama wasn't racist right?....you can bet there would be riots in the streets if that percent of whites voted for McCain......glad to see we're still playing the race-card, gl, Pittsburgh. You DO realize he was an excillent mayor right? The only reason alls you people can even visit my wonderful city is because he made it safe enough for you to dare buy a ticket so you can ride the subways trying to not look lost....of course with the help of his police commisioner.
Another republican who lets his ego override common sense.
You would think with his dismal support during the president
campaign he would get the message. If he runs am sure it
will be with the unethical, swiftboating, absurd lies he touted
When will the republicans realize people do not want or respect
these kind of tactics?
who cares. rudy you are one of the biggest idiots in the gop. go away. LOL
What a loser. Could not even manage his campaign in the primaries. How can you put all your hopes in FL and not campaign in any other state.
Go away Mr. 9/11
He should run. Someone has to lose to the Democrat. Guiliani would be the perfect choice. He won't run, though, for the same reason he never ran after being Mayor. He'd lose, and the lucrative speaking fees would take a real bad ding. so, he'll 'play coy' until he must announce a decision. The decision will be 'to spend more time with family' or 'be of greater value elsewhere' or some such.
Ghouliani scares me. And he is a horrible family man! Why is he still even in the picture, it's not like he single-handedly took care of New York during 911. He just happened to be mayor at the time.
Well, Rude-y wants to run for Governor? He will probably win if he does with the upstate crowd and his supporters in the city. I just think he needs to run a better campaign than he did for President. Whoever was running that show did a horrible, horrible job.
Rudy Giuliani: Underachiever and proud of it.
Go for it Rudy! And then run for President again in 4 years, and WIN!!!! Rudy, Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.......
Of course he is going to lose for sure. All i can say that he is scare to lose again...LOL
I'm pulling for ya there Rudy Baby!
If the New York Republican Party has any life at all left in it, your candidacy would certainly snuff it out.
But if you really want to humiliate yourself, why don't you run again to be the mayor of New York City. That way the New Yorkers who remember your photo-op standing on a pile of rubble that other people were still buried under can show us what they really think of your vaunted 9/11 performance.
Mr. 911, just a reminder…….The Community Organizer will be your president effective January 20, 2009.
The republican party needs better republicans. Imagine Gov. Rudy.
I'm surprised by people outside of NY caring if Rudy will become NY governor, he can't do any worse than Paterson (D).
I'm a Democrat, and not the biggest fan of Rudy, but think he'd make a decent governor. If he runs against Patterson, I think I'd rather have Rudy run the state of NY.