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. J.Crobuzon

    Is it Rudy or some other guy in drag? I thought Rudy was retired, or maybe walking the Appalachian Trail.

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

    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.

    June 29, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Big red shoes

    Mr Dirt bag wants to run but we dont want him.

    June 29, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. ANOTHER CHEATER

    Yeah, let him run just another INFIDEL to add to the list, that's all we need.

    June 29, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. michaelam

    Andrew Cuomo.......2010!

    June 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Steve

    Why not? New Yorkers were dumb enough to elect Clinton governor, weren't they? They'll probably elect him, too. Pity.

    June 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Jeff, TX

    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!)

    June 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Pat F

    Good, Rudy. Start small this time – don't let your ego get in the way.

    June 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. jwn in south carolina

    Hooray, another Republican "family values" kinda guy!

    June 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Randi L.

    Campaign slogan: "Elect Rudy and get Giuliani'd!"

    If that won't attract the voters nothing will.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. JGBNY

    Rudy should DEFINITELY RUN!!!!!

    That BLIND IDIOT needs to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Sorry Rudy (noun, verb and 9/11) we don't want ya!

    June 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Steve

    Who exactly is going to vote for this idiot?

    June 29, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. jaye

    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.

    June 29, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Bev - NYC

    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.

    June 29, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Alex

    great, another governor predisposed to infidelity!

    June 29, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Laverne

    He would never get my vote!

    June 29, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Ken in NC

    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

    June 29, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Eric

    Sigh.. He just won't go away.

    June 29, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. didi

    this dude does not get my vote...period...republican drama????

    June 29, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Verb, adjective, '9/11'

    June 29, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. bob

    who really cares

    June 29, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Walker

    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.

    June 29, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Bill

    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

    June 29, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown

    Mr. Fear and Terror is back in the news? Get lost Rudy, you are a
    L-O-S-E-R!

    June 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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