January 13th, 2009
09:53 AM ET
5 years ago

Giuliani says decision on governor's race unlikely before summer

Could Giuliani be headed for Albany?
Could Giuliani be headed for Albany?

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.


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  1. Helene

    God spares us that stupid, vapid, cross dresser as Governor. Please !!!

    January 13, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Ommy

    Run, Rudy, Run. If for no better reason than to drive the Left crazy. And, after 2 years of Democratic control of the State Senate, after electing Loser Democrats and criminals like Governor Spitzer and Comptroller Hevesi (neither of whom could finish their terms in office; Hevesi couldn't even start his term), the New York public will long for a Republican like you.

    January 13, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. jaye

    Rudy is shameful and no longer the hero he once was.
    He disgraced himself during the republican convention and the elections – and I totally dispise him.

    January 13, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Shari, NY

    I lived through his tenure as Mayor of NYC, and the NYPD did put a dent in crime under his watch. Apart from that, I am not thrilled with him being anything but a private citizen. New York is a blue state and his total bashing of PE Obama during the campaign makes me wonder how many people would cast their votes for him.

    January 13, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Luke Brown

    Do these self-promoting politicians ever go away?

    January 13, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Young Republican

    Dawn Lancaster January 13th, 2009 10:36 am ET

    After witnessing Mr. Giuliani at the RNC, it is evividant that the man stands for hate. yeah, this is what America needs more of.

    ____________________________________________________

    And yet there is no lack of hate from the libs when I come on these blogs. The hate goes both ways there ; )

    Anyway, I want to see younger republicans enter these races, not the same old guys. The party needs a change desperately.

    January 13, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. jaye

    No way will Rudy be elected.... he used the dead of 911 to win the presidential election bid and turned everyone against him.
    He is now a joke and an idiot.

    January 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. NY'er

    If I have to listen to "Noun, Verb, !!9-11!! for 18 months I will seriously rip my own head off.

    Go away. We don't want you here Rudy. Why don't you move to Alaska and run for Senate?

    January 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. MikeMaz

    Giulianas luster has totally dimmed. he could only carry 9-11 so far and he sort of made a fool out oif himself during the presidential campaign.

    As a NYer, ill give him his props because he was a godd guy to have in office during 9-11. and he did some good things for NY cleaning it up. But unfortunately since then he dropped his moderate ways which is what a lot of us liked about him, and he became just another bitter mean Conservative. I think he should sail off into the sunset and not worry about running for office.

    January 13, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. William

    What is Rudy going to run on; 9-11. Rudy and Palin have something in common. They don't know when to go away.

    January 13, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Denver Dem

    Please lord do not let the people of the great state of New York be stupid enough to vote this rhetoric propagandist into the govenors house.

    as stated a noun, a verb, and a prononun

    January 13, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Sidney P.

    GO AWAY!!!

    January 13, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. FJ from Atlanta

    Rudy,Rudy,Rudy just go away.

    January 13, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Fabian Blache, Baton Rouge, LA

    No way.

    January 13, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. knowlege

    Rudy, you have been tested but FAILED!! Here is a noun, verb , and 911. what a nutjob!! lol

    January 13, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Kristy

    Ok, How can you govern a state, when you MISTREAT your family for your MISTRESS. You should NEVER even think once about being in POLITICS. Your ETHICS is TERRIBLE, MORALLY. Please get out of the LIGHTS. You had your time and let some one else move forward. Or, is this is the way of the STATE of New York.

    January 13, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. j

    I sincerely hope New York is smart enough not to elect Giuliani for Governor or any other political office for that matter. His failed presidential campaign strategy shows him for who and what he is. "9/11" is not a key to success.

    January 13, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. j

    I sincerely hope New York is smart enough not to elect Giuliani for Governor or any other political office for that matter. His failed presidential campaign strategy shows him for who and what he is.

    January 13, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Minnesotan

    Rudy needs to go to Iraq.... and stay there! We're sick of him and the Republicans who put our country in the shameful state it's in. Crooks!

    January 13, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. max

    He has a meaness that troubles me for the people he will serve if elected.

    January 13, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Soccer Nana

    The adulterous husband of more-than-one-wife; a hatemonger; and one who needs to reconnect with his OWN children wants to govern a state? Get your own house in order, BEFORE you attempt to "govern" and entity that consists of millions of people. Lead by a good, positive example. Go away Rudy Giuliani; just go away.

    January 13, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. MillionMan

    Please go away already.

    January 13, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Come again!

    Puhleeze crawl back under your Repugnant rock. You will never win another race in NY. If the 9/11 attacks didn't happen in NY you wouldn't have gotten any national spotlight. Quite frankly you didn't do anything special any other Mayor wouldn't have done!

    January 13, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    As an Italian American, I have always been proud of Giuliani's ascension in national politics. As an independent voter, I considered voting form him, in the early days of the campaign.

    But he has shown himself to be far too consumed by his ego. I no longer care for him to represent me in any way on the national scene.

    Rudy: Go back in to the private sector and make millions lending your name to clients. Stay out of politics. We need selfless leadership these days, not an egomaniac.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Kim

    Oh, please no...

    January 13, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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