(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
Is it Rudy or some other guy in drag? I thought Rudy was retired, or maybe walking the Appalachian Trail.
Oh wow, N.Y. has sure gone downhill, if they would ever elect him.
I have more faith in my New York friends than that. Without 911 no one would have known who he was. Maybe he could run for gov of South Carolina. Since the 2 of them have a lot in common.
Mr Dirt bag wants to run but we dont want him.
Yeah, let him run just another INFIDEL to add to the list, that's all we need.
Why not? New Yorkers were dumb enough to elect Clinton governor, weren't they? They'll probably elect him, too. Pity.
Great idea! Then Bernie Kerik could become NY State security head! Giuliani is deluded, and/or NY State gubernatorial politics are a mess! (Not that ours in TX are any better!)
Good, Rudy. Start small this time – don't let your ego get in the way.
Hooray, another Republican "family values" kinda guy!
Campaign slogan: "Elect Rudy and get Giuliani'd!"
If that won't attract the voters nothing will.
Rudy should DEFINITELY RUN!!!!!
That BLIND IDIOT needs to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry Rudy (noun, verb and 9/11) we don't want ya!
Who exactly is going to vote for this idiot?
This man used the deaths of 911 victims to try and win a presidential election – he's a disgusting piece of human flesh and shouldn't even be dog catcher.
Governor of NY, You wish!! Forget it Rudy, you're not wanted !!! You were a tyrant as mayor and I expect with the homewrecking shrew at your side it will be a lot worst. Just keep hauling the Republian parties water, I'm sure someone will choose you as their VP.
great, another governor predisposed to infidelity!
He would never get my vote!
If Giuliani runs for and is elected Gov. of NY then all dictionaries in the State of NY will be replaced with 3X5 cards with the only phrases needed in a Giuliani Administration.
They are: A NOUN, A VERB and 9-11
Sigh.. He just won't go away.
this dude does not get my vote...period...republican drama????
Verb, adjective, '9/11'
who really cares
Giuliani was an awesome mayor – alot better than Bloomberg. Almost anyone would be a better Gov. than the fool Paterson but Giuliani would get the state back on track much faster than the rest.
Sure why not he did so well in the 2008 Presidental election didn't he?
Guess how many states he won in the GOP Primary? ZERO
Mr. Fear and Terror is back in the news? Get lost Rudy, you are a