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. b

    As if we need another NYC politician in charge of NY....look how messed up it is now.

    June 29, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Ron

    He's stupid and he's ugly. Run Rudy run.

    June 29, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. DBoy

    What a joke, Kill a cop get 25 years, Rip Off some rich Jews get 150 years. What is it coming to? Why don't you cover that fact CNN?

    June 29, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Mr. Mister

    Giuliani for Governor? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps it would be best if he ran for Dean in some high school some where. I could live with that.

    June 29, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. I can see Canada from my house!

    Has he made any mention as to how he would tackle the problems of the state: the debt, our credit rating, revitalising the economy upstate? If not, disregard him for the B-list politician he is.

    June 29, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. JayG

    Some of you people on here are just hateful. If you knew anything about Rudy then you would know that he was one of the greatest Mayors in NYC history. He totally turned around the crime in the city, introduced compstat which totally changed the way the city was managed, increased adoptions, and got tons of people off welfare. Stop hating, he is perfect for it, all of you are just 9/11 haters.

    June 29, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Chris - Seattle

    I'm sorry, I'm still stuck on the conspiracy theories! The one's that the 9/11 commission failed at addressing. For example, while mayor of NY you would think that he would've had some knowledge of the Twin Towers pending sale by the NY Port Authority on a 99 year lease. While the bid process was shady the insurance policies placed on the buildings afterward where even shadier and of course 3mos. later the total destruction of both buildings! The equivalent of someone in your neighborhood buying a house that wouldn't normally sell, putting a ridiculous insurance policy on it and then it mysteriously burns to the ground. Before allowing him to govern anything I'd like to hook him up to a polygraph machine!!!

    June 29, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom

    Seriously Rudy's past is so sullied, it makes Sanford & Ensign look like choir boys!

    Rudy is all ego.

    June 29, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Richard L

    Rudy, the adulterer who likes to dress in women's clothes, ran probably the worst campaign in presidential history.

    Like David Vitters, Larry Craig, Newt Gingrich, Mark Sanford, and John Ensign, Rudy Giuliani is just another Republican who continues on after being publicly disgraced.

    June 29, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. George in NYC

    Oh God no!

    June 29, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Captain 9/11 to the rescue....here he comes to wreck the daaaaay!

    June 29, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Another Obama Victim

    @kevin

    I remember the same city. But I also remember that Ray Kelly came in and cleaned it up months before Rudy ever took office. And Rudy replaced Kelly with the thoroughly crooked Bernard Kerik.

    Rudy is just a shameless self promoter. We New Yorkers (although I'm temporarily transplanted) remember how repugnant Rudy's behavior was after 9/11. You may LOVE him, but he couldn't get elected as a dog catcher in NY.

    Anyway, who is the current Police Commissioner in NYC? Is it still Kerik? No. Berny has been indicted, had to pay a $200,000 fine, and is awaiting trial. The current commissioner is Kelly. Again.

    June 29, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    Since Rudy and "Stimulus Sanford" have about the same history with families and women, maybe they can take their money and start their own country with laws enforcing "Republican Family Values."

    June 29, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Will he dress as a woman to attract gay voters, or will he go
    back to his abusive self as he did when he was married to his
    previous wife. New Yorkers have a good memory. All he did
    was state 911 in the previous election for president and we
    know where that got him. Just another looser left over from
    2006!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Angie in PA

    For the Goodness of New York my Home state God no please Rudy dont run!

    June 29, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Dave

    How nice...another Governor who can't keep it in his pants. Maybe he's the one who gave Mark Sanford lessons on how to violate marriage vows

    June 29, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Lucy

    I was a New Yorker when Rudy Guiliani turned the city around like we never thought possible. We used to be afraid to go to Times Square! This guy means business and he's effective. I'm sick of the wussies that are too politically correct, too cowardly to stand up for what's right, and too ignorant to actually think before they spew their hatred (like most of the people on this forum!).

    June 29, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    another lecher....

    kudos America...you really know how to pick 'em

    June 29, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. JayG

    I dont know why some of you people are such haters on Rudy, I hope he gets it. You people are probably the same people who think Patterson is doing a good job. Rudy balanced the budget and turned the most dangerous city in America to one of the safest and most prominant tourist attractions in the country. Geez, he's running for Governor, not your pastor! Who cares about his marital problems, I hate to say it but in America its an unfortunate reality that people get divorced. give him a break

    June 29, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Cuomo is going to wipe the floor with him. Cuomo fought for the taxpayer and went after those AIG execs.

    June 29, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. JayG

    GOOD JOB LUCY, RIGHT ON THE MONEY GOOOOOOO RUDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. mark

    So who would be Lt Gov.? Bernenke and the mob?

    June 29, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Craig in NC

    He's too liberal in my opinion, but then again, he should fit in nicely in NY.

    June 29, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Alex

    That ship has sailed. Most New Yorkers cannot tolerate RG.

    June 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Tom Paine

    Run, Rudy, Run. NY has been run by idiot Dems long enough.

    June 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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