June 29th, 2009
04:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Giuliani pondering gubernatorial bid

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that he's thinking about running for governor of New York next year.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that he's thinking about running for governor of New York next year.

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that he's thinking about running for governor of New York next year, but that's as far as he's going right now.

Asked by CNN's John Roberts on American Morning if he's seriously considering a gubernatorial bid, Giuliani said "I'm thinking about it but I don't know if I'm at the point of seriously considering it. It's a little too early."

Giuliani, who spent much of 2007 and the first month of 2008 running for the Republican presidential nomination, is often mentioned as a possible contender to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. David Paterson in next year's contest.

Recent polls of New York State voters indicate that if the election where held today, Giuliani would beat the unpopular Paterson. But surveys also suggest if New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo were the Democratic nominee, Cuomo would beat Giuliani in a hypothetical general election match up.

Last Wednesday Giuliani fueled speculation that he is considering a run for governor with a high-profile op-ed in the New York Times. Giuliani denied the op-ed - in which he proposes a series of measures to fix the state's gridlocked government - was meant to be a signal he is actively interested in running for governor in 2010.

"I know how to send signals, if I wanted to I would do it." Giuliani said. "I am not leaning [in either direction]."

In the op-ed, which Giuliani says is "not a partisan criticism," the former Republican presidential candidate calls for a statewide constitutional convention to institute a series of reforms, including changes in the budgeting process, term-limits for law makers, and campaign finance reform.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Typical Republican

    Hey, look....it's the guy who with the help of Bush and Cheney, that couldn't protect 3000 of his citizens when he was mayor.

    I got an idea: Let's have him protect the whole state now and see how many more people he allows to be murdered.

    June 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Carol

    Doesn't he have some fashion show to go to or something? Go away already – change is needed

    June 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Eileen

    All style and no substance – noun/verb/911. Guiliani is an empty suit.

    June 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Okey Moronu

    What will be Giuliani's pitch now? Giuliani should go home and give up the third world mentality – there is no other but me. You've had your chance. Thank you and goodbye

    June 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Ed Tallahassee FL

    One more reason I'm glad I don't live in New York.

    June 29, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Jeez, Old Skull face of Death just won't go away, will he?

    GO FIND A JOB.

    June 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. MCD

    Lord help my home state of NY if anyone named Guiliani runs and wins and head to Albany...

    June 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. zippy29

    Please don't.

    June 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. rnatalli

    Why not? He's failed at running for senate and president.

    June 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Michael

    He's a competent executive. But, he's worn pretty thin on New York. His presidential candidacy was a joke. And, the shine from his overrated performance on 9/11 has long wore off. Could he win? Sure. But, he's not beloved.

    June 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    Better start campaigning in Florida. And, oh yeah 9/11.

    June 29, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. girlymen love the GOP

    Limbaugh has a better chance of telling the truth.HahahaNow Rudy is picking on the blind guy.

    June 29, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Tim, Austin, TX

    He is quite the guber...

    June 29, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Logically Thinking

    Please say it aint so!

    June 29, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    I am actually laughing out loud. Sure the voters of New York wouldn't elect this egotistical empty suit as Governor. Surely not!!!!

    June 29, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Post always rejected by CNN

    The bigger the sex manic the republican is, the bigger his dreams. Who in the heck would vote for this guy AGAIN, after they found out about his association and appointing of a crook. And all HIS infidelities.

    June 29, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. joanne

    why do the same OLD men kep running for ofice. they couldn' t take care of business the frst time so get them out of their and let them find a job in the privae sector.. if they are able but I doubt it very much.

    June 29, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. noway

    no way, not this guy.

    June 29, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. ModerateLady

    We have far too much nonsense here in NY these days. I'm not a big fan of his, but I do think he could get us back to business without acting like our nanny.

    June 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Monrob

    Yes Rudy run!

    So I can vote against you!

    June 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. scott

    It would be just like new york to vote in another totalitarian fascist police state ruler.

    June 29, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Gary SC

    I'm surprised you got that out of the interview. When asked about Mark Sanford, All I heard was " Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton" He sounded like a parrott. The man twisted everything he was asked. Another master of deflection. He dodged every question. Shame on you Roberts, to let this hypocrit get away with this. Make him answer the questions.
    You can have him New York.

    June 29, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Once You Vote Black: PUMA where are you?

    This guy is a clown. He dishonored himself with his lack luster bid for the POTUS. Shame on him for waiting until the race came to FL. Then when he did not do well in FL he just ducked out of the race. What a weak attempt to show leadership.

    June 29, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Susan

    I would like to see him run against Cuomo.

    June 29, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. johnnie

    for what,he cant even run a presidential race rite, come on rudy ,get real

    June 29, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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