September 21st, 2009
12:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Lazio not waiting for Giuliani this time

Most recent polls of Republican voters in New York suggest Giuliani would trounce Lazio in a hypothetical GOP primary matchup.
Most recent polls of Republican voters in New York suggest Giuliani would trounce Lazio in a hypothetical GOP primary matchup.

NEW YORK (CNN) – This time, Rick Lazio isn't deferring to Rudy Giuliani.

The former Republican congressman from Long Island is expected Tuesday morning to formally announce that he's running for governor of New York. The announcement, scheduled to take place in Albany, New York, comes as former New York City mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani contemplates his own bid for the governor's office. Giuliani has said he will decide on a run later this year.

It was a different story in the 2000 campaign, when Lazio deferred to Giuliani in the race to take on then-First Lady Hillary Clinton for an open U.S. Senate seat in New York. Lazio held back as Giuliani declared his candidacy. When Giuliani dropped out of the race five months before Election Day, Lazio stepped in as his replacement, losing to Clinton in by 12 points.

Most recent polls of Republican voters in New York suggest Giuliani would trounce Lazio in a hypothetical GOP primary matchup. Those same surveys indicate Lazio and New York Gov. David Paterson are deadlocked in a hypothetical general election matchup.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. yuri

    The Lazy Lazio is layin' it on Guiliani like a loungin' dullard.

    September 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. R in Maine

    They are remarkably similar, both lazy and stupid.

    September 21, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Leno

    Hard t tell which woulod be worse – guliani or lazzio. Both are creepy throwbacks to the stone age. And both hard right politicians and consumate liars. Those two even make patterson seem like a real good choice.

    September 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    Actually, Lazio is gutsy.....he is pushig the issue to the forefront.
    Don't underestimate his potential...lots of the upstate folks have family on the Island (that would be Long Island)...and he has served his constituiants well in a predomiately Democractic zone....

    September 21, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Independent in NYC

    Giuliani could win an election to be dog catcher in this city. We were sick of him when he was here; we strongly opposed another term when he was here and we had no intention of voting for him as a republican nominee. Doesn't this guy get it. YOUR OUT.

    September 21, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Two more dufus Republicans.

    September 21, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Jenn

    New York and the entire country need people in office who are not so divisive. The country is reeling in anger and resentment – not sure why, but the gap is huge and we need to bring people together. We need politicians who are calm, even handed, and fair minded. We don't need more old school thinking.

    September 21, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Deborah, Beaverton, OR

    I lived in New York until 1990, and remember when Rick Lazio beat Tom Downey for his congressional seat. He didn't run, or win, on issues, instead he won by smearing his opponent. Nothing changed when he ran for the Senate, fortunately the voters saw through his nonsense. Let's hope that they continue to do so, New Yorkers deserve much better than him.

    September 21, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. diridi

    I do not think any one votes for this biggest idiot.....

    September 21, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Bob of Lompoc

    Please Republicans, in 2012, run Giuliani for President. He is perfect: Married three times, once to his cousin (is he from some Southern state?), shacked up with his to be third wife while second wife and G's children lived down the hall in the Governor's Mansion. Love it. Family values.

    If not, there is always Pretty Boy Romney, Saturday Night At The Track Palin or Gomer Pyle Huckabee. This is what the Repubs have to offer? And they want to set National Policy about Health Care?

    September 21, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. rednekhank

    Where's Sarah Palin's take on all this? You're falling down on the job, CNN.

    September 21, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Rick

    Guilianni is no risk taker. He'll wait until after the Democratic primary to see who the candidate is. If it's Patterson, chances increase that he'll go in. If it's Cuomo or someone else, Gulianni stays out. If he runs for any office, wheter he wins or loses, it's bye-bye speaking tour. Gulianni goes where the money is and the money is on the speaking tour. No risks being a self-righteous speaker.

    September 21, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    A republican cannot win in this state, sorry. When Guiliani was mayor, it was a different time, a time when some New Yorkers had some decency. Sure, some people upstate are still good people, but the majority of the population around the 5 boroughs are now completely lib and they function only on hate, anger, and selfishness. Therefore, no republican has a chance.

    September 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    2008 GOP presidential candidate? ..... hmmm I thought this was McCain.

    Old Skull Face Giuliani has no chance at the governorship.

    September 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Mary Lou Hamm

    Ghouliani and his LISP and too funny! add the bad combover and we have a clown!

    September 21, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Steve, New York City

    Rick Lazio is wonderful – HE should have been our senator, NOT Hillary (ever), or Giuliani.

    Take away that one day, and Giuliani was only a "mediocre" mayor. How might Giuliani's campaign speech go? Let me guess, "Hi Folks, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11" . . .

    the guy showed no remorse for treating his (ex)-wife like crap, he ended up marrying his mistress and his own children didn't seem to support his presidential campaign. What more should be said?

    September 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    Once again, nothing but hatemongering from the liberals on this ticker. Can you all come up with something concrete, rather than terms such as "dufus"???? No? I thought not. Its amazing to me that society has taken such a turn for the worse, that decent, normal, hardworking Americans are criticized just for being decent, normal, and hardworking.... and people who are "different" and who know nothing of personal accountability,honor, and respect are lauded as saints and saviours.

    September 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Just Me

    Somebody needs to tell Mr. 911 that his 15 minutes are up, long gone in a NY second. New Yorkers have moved on; some people might want to move right along with them.

    September 21, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Proud member of the party of Yes We Can!

    Ick and Ickier

    September 21, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Nea

    I dont trust an politician that have to slam another by dragging them in the mud just to win an election i understand an honest one when its truth about his past that was negative and you are calling them out but when one is lying on another just to win an election then tell me what are you going to do once you get in office lie again to the people.

    September 21, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Jane/Seattle

    Please Mr. 911, would you please just go work at your consulting firm for the Foreign Business's you assist in Big Bidness Nepotism OR Please would You Just "Please Go NOW" (apologies to Marvin K. Mooney and Dr. Suess!)!!! Your Meet The Press most recent obfuscations were way too much! We are soooo on to YOU!

    September 21, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Chad

    'member when Hillary embarrassed that fool in her first Senate win. I still remember him walking over to her podium and completely losing his cool and invading her space.....LOL. What a tool!

    September 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    As a former New Yorker, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to vote for Rudy – the biggest fraud on the face of the earth.

    September 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. andrewstl

    i hope rudy gets his speech problem fixed before we have to hear him talk about 9-11 over and over and over

    September 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. j

    Cuomo is getting my vote, if he runs for governor.

    September 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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