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. Steve (the real one)

    @Typical Republican June 29th, 2009 2:03 pm ET
    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
    --------------------------
    I can summerize your post in just one wrod...IGNORANT!

    June 29, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Char

    Why not run Rudy, you fit right in, dishonest, deceitful, nasty, adultry...... you have all the good qualities of a candidate that your party would vote for???

    June 29, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. johnnie

    new york,already went this with rudy , why does cnn even put this court jester on the ticker,he is a huge joke,he sounds like a broken record for the gop.when is cnn ,going to come to reality that right wing rudys are obsolete, cnn is on a crusade for the gop,every day ,cnn trys to push a gop loser. we never see any topics about democrats for office,you know why ,because the left has the majority of the seats,and it is going to stay that way.stop the maddness cnn, and come back to earth, bush destroyed his party,and they helped, rudy needs to be quiet, he has no chance, new yorkers,are to smart for that.

    June 29, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Jefe

    LOL!!!!

    June 29, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. New Yorker

    Come on all you liberal posters. You remember Spitzer? Can't find a poorer example of a snake in the grass. And you've seen the real Paterson on Saturday night Live, so what's the beef?

    June 29, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. CHUCK

    The only Governor's position that Rudy Guiliani could run for is the Governor of the OUT-HOUSE.

    June 29, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    If he does for the state what he has done for the city, then expect more laws taking away freedoms, more regulation on what kind of businesses you can run, more police punishing you for crimes you didn't even knew were against the law, and more crusades against other religions.
    Afterall, he's a republican. They LOVE freedom, and they are SO morally just in their own lives!

    June 29, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. jm

    YES!!!!!!!!!! Please Rudy run this state needs quality leadership.

    June 29, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Will he commit adultery again?

    June 29, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Bleeding Heart

    Rudy–The country has moved on since 9/11/01 and especially since 12/31/08. You should too.

    June 29, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Rob

    Don't do it Mr. 9/11. You're just going to lose.

    June 29, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Chris - Denver

    I really don't think that gentleman has anny positive contributions to make in any capacity in public life.

    June 29, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Self-hater

    Something tells me that "Typical Republican' is a Democrat.

    June 29, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. sms29s

    And how many delegates did he win in his pathetic run for the GOP nomination?

    June 29, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    According to Rudy, his pal Sarah Palin has more expreience than he does.

    She has been governor of a state while he has only been mayor.

    Yeah--governing Alaska with it's small population is much tougher than one of the worlds largest cities--but Rudy said it so it must be true.

    (I still remember how unclassy he was at the GOP convention-talking Palin up like she was legit and mocking Obama.)

    Rudy, you are washed up.

    Oh, by the way, who won the Presidential election?

    June 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. munchmom

    YOU GO RUDY! RUDY, RUDY, RUDY!!!

    June 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. AbeMartin

    Do Republican losers ever just fade, fade away? Aside from his dubious accomplishments as mayor, Sir Rudy

    committed serial adultery
    cozied up and became partners with Federal Indictee Bernard Kerik
    married his cousin and then tried to have the marriage annulled
    likes to dress up in drag and attend uh, parties
    since leaving office has made millions serving as a "security consultant to dictators and tyrants across the world.

    In short, he is perfectly well suited to be Governor of the State of New York.

    June 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. 911willie

    Run Rudy Run

    You turned around NYC after Dinkens nearly bankrupted it, cleaned up the streets and the subways, broke the mob hold on city unions and made this the safe city it is today. Unfortunately Gloomburg has turned it over to his rich friends, but that's another story...

    Anyway, if anyone can bring some competence and sanity to Albany, Rudy Can !

    June 29, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Joe in NJ

    Andrew Cuomo is a worse choice than Guiliani. He tries to act tough like his hero, Eliot Spitzer, but doesn't have as large an ego to be effective. His father wasn't all that either and NY'ers eventually voted him out of office.

    June 29, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Pat

    because his presidential bid worked out so well...lol!

    June 29, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Wonder if he'll take the same "Mayor Mafia" he had in NYC up to Albany to get what he wants again?

    Shame on NY State if they vote for this slime bag.

    June 29, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. tushyadev jadunundun

    New Yorkers are not shortminded specially black/minorities and latino voters...calling Barack Obama affimative action candidate was racist..so is Rudy Gulliani...so he can go to hell

    June 29, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Shibumi

    Tired of hearing about Rudy?
    Why not just sell New York to the Chinese? Since they are losing interest in US government debt (as the dollar quickly becomes worthless), we can sell them real estate.
    We'll toss in the libs of this state (who can appreciate communishm for what it is) as an added bonus.

    June 29, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. spence

    I think he would be a successful governor; I live in NY and I have never heard anybody call him a failure. But I don't think his experience and background is necessary to what is going on right now. We need someone with economic policies that would lead to prosperity. If we were in the middle of a major crime wave, Giuliani would be my first choice. But we're not, so Bloomberg (if he is to run) would be a better Governor.

    June 29, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. slowgun

    2Steve June 29th, 2009 2:44 pm ET

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

    -------------------------------

    Steve, if you are serious, ...you're seriously stupid....Clinton was never governor of new york...whats next are you going to tell us George W. Bush was President of the United States of American...oh no wait...that one is actually true! Now there is a real pity.

    June 29, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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