November 15th, 2009
04:09 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin is great for the GOP, Giuliani says

Former New York City Mayor Giuliani said Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Palin got a positive reception even in a Democratic stronghold like New York.
Former New York City Mayor Giuliani said Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Palin got a positive reception even in a Democratic stronghold like New York.

(CNN) – A prominent, socially moderate Republican said Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has achieved iconic status with the Republican Party’s conservative base, is an asset to the GOP.

“I think Sarah Palin is great for the Republican Party,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an interview that aired on CNN’s State of the Union.

Giuliani said Palin generates a lot of enthusiasm for the party which has struggled to define itself and identify its leading voices after the McCain-Palin ticket lost its White House bid a year ago.

“She gets a tremendous reception even here in Democratic New York,” Giuliani, who hosted Palin at a New York Yankees game, told CNN’s John King.

“We’re very far away from a 2012 election,” Giuliani added, “Right now, I like figures who are creating interest in the Republican Party.

“Given the decisions that the Obama administration is making, particularly on this area of terrorism which concerns me probably more than any other, we’re going to need some pretty strong alternatives in 2012. I don’t know if it’ll be Sarah Palin or someone else. But right now it’s [about] developing interest in a Republican Party and we need a two-party system and we need a healthy one.”

Giuliani said he had not made any decision yet about whether he will seek the White House again in 2012 or run for New York governor. Asked when he had to make that decision, Giuliani told King “Not today, not this morning.”


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  1. Charlotte

    That's because people mistakenly msidentify her as Tina Fay. Rudy, you must be jockeying for some sort of handout post if the rabid right ever gets back into power. Pathetic, really.

    November 15, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. david c.

    palin energizes the worst in humanity

    November 15, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    We all think Sarah is great for the republican party.

    November 15, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    She sure is

    She spreads the hate and lies and lets the men keep their hands clean – so to speak.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    November 15, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. D. Tree

    yeah, right – just like Rudy thought he could be elected president.

    November 15, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Oommen K

    Palin is an entertainer for sure. If negative attention is better than no attention at all, she should be considered as a great asset of the Republican party.

    November 15, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Gary

    “I think Sarah Palin is great for the Republican Party,”

    She's great for the Democratic Party also.
    As long as she's out there reminding Americans how ignorant Republicans are. They don't stand a chance, Thank God.
    Who cares what " I'm a HasBeen" Guilianni has to say anyway.
    The man is the most negative " Nobody " out there.

    November 15, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Jayden,FL

    I dont the words great and Sarah Palin should be anywhere next to eachother!

    November 15, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Josh

    As a former Republican and fiscal conservative, I find it to be disheartening to see where the Republican Party has gone. Sarah Palin is NOT good for the Republican Party, or fiscal conservatism as a whole because she divides us in half due to her nutjob social stances. She doesn't even have the intellect to have thought through her own social conservative views, she merely parrots what she's heard other people say. Her lack of understanding of her own adopted viewpoints leads to contradictory statements and untenable stances. She basically panders and says whatever she thinks the Limbots/Hannidiots etc. want to hear.

    I am a scientist, and the current Republican leadership has forced me out by embracing candidate after candidate that is hostile to science and ignorant about ecological issues (environmental CONSERVATION ought to be a conservative view, but they are too ignorant these days to comprehend it). All signs point to the Republican Party moving to the far right, and it's a real shame because this country needs a good, viable, moderate opposition party.

    November 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Perusing-through

    WOW! HOW PATHETIC!

    Do you people understand what is happening here?

    The big bad Rudy Giuliani, former New York mob prosecutor and mayor is racing to kiss Sarah Palin's @__! Why? Because Guiliani know that he is a gay supporting pro-abortionist, and in Sarah Palin's Republican Party moderates like Guiliani are targeted for political extinction.

    November 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Bob of Lompoc

    And of course Mayor G, we trust YOUR judgement of the character of Palin, you being an expert on human behavior. You, the person who has been married three times, once to your cousin (had you been hanging around some Southern U. S. mountain folk at that time ?), lived with your "girl" friend, while your 2nd wife and children lived on the other side of the wall, and you hired that bald headed creep Security guy who followed his wizzer around, and now has one foot jail. Please Mayor G., enlighten us more !

    November 15, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Lynne

    Shouldn't Guliani be down in Florida campaigning for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination?? The guy is such a brilliant political strategist whose opinion really matters!! Good ols "noun, verb 911.

    November 15, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Tired of the Nonsense

    I'm still waiting for Sarah to explain how today's Insurance heads can deny, suspend, and cancel coverage of any treatment at any time especially if the person is too old, too sick or treatment is too expensive or isn't 'mainstream' enough but she doesn't consider them 'Death Panels' She good for the GOP alright, she continues to show the lows the republicans will stoop to get their way and win win WIN at all costs.

    November 15, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Katie

    I don't see how she can be good for the Republican party. The Republicans I know – including me- think she's a joke. She may have energized an audience, but many rational Republicans are looking for a real leader who can take this country forward. I'm one of those who would have happily voted for McCain, until he chose his running mate. This woman has done little but act like the pitbull she proudly claims she is – she's vicious, she's divisive, and above all, she's stupid. Like a dog bred for nothing but fighting, she's stubborn – once she pounces on something, she won't let it go. She doesn't let little things like hypocrisy, inconsistency, or facts get in her way. She's a poor excuse for a leader, and I don't think she's much of a mother, either, especially when she parades her kids on stage, exposing them to slurs and ridicule, and she keeps on saying other people want her baby killed. She is the ONLY person I have heard say such a terrible thing, and she has said so many times. What kind of mother does that? She has also said she thought about abortion herself and made the big choice not to do it. We're supposed to applaud this?? Sarah Palin does not deserve one tenth of the attention she is getting.

    November 15, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Russell

    Oh, boy, that's scary. The Republican party for reasons unknown to me keeps falling for these mental lightweights. W was a prime example and now they fall for Palin, who has no credentials for being President. McCain made a complete boneheaded move by choosing her and now, just because of a poor decision on his part, she thinks she can be President. Go home to Alaska, Sarah, and stay there. W was a big enough disaster. You'd easily surpass him and America would suffer greatly for it. As for the Republicans . . . WAKE UP . . . you do have women who have a brain and who can qualify and you have men with a brain, too. Stay away from the brainless candidates like Palin.

    November 15, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Seattle

    The party must really be hurting if Rudy thinks Sarah Palin is "great" for the republican party. I wonder what he thinks is bad for the party.

    November 15, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Darth Cheney

    Really, Rudy? She was able to put a blue candidate into a solid red district in your very own state, in a year where Republicans elsewhere were doing quite well.

    November 15, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Bassman

    Sarah believes in smaller gov't, less taxes, a strong military, and individual freedom. Democrats call that extreme. Sounds main stream to me.

    November 15, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Lois

    Who listens to this guy? His own children don't listen to him, nor seem to like him. That is pretty bad. When asked by King about the trials being held in NYC, he giggles like a child. What is wrong with person? He needs to shut up, and retire.

    November 15, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. RickO

    Gee, what a surprise....Rudy has only good things to say about Republicans. He is nothing but a PR rep for the GOP. Go away Rudy, and take your friend Palin with you.

    November 15, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Kate

    Yeah she is great for the Republican party.......because Palin and her far right wing religious conservative radical racists will continue to pull the True Moderate and main stream conservatives in the republican party apart......... until the GOP will dissolve itself..........that's why Palin is Grrrrrrrreat for the Republican party.........go Sarah go........Democrats will be in charge for many more years as long as this woman is a threat to America

    November 15, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Carli

    I agree that we need more than 1 political party, but I think we need 3 not 2.

    But the GOP just ain't a healthy one. Far from it. And Palin is the disease.

    November 15, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. John J, IN

    Just goes to show you, Rudi will lie about anything if in his own best interests.

    Barbie is a moron.

    November 15, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Chris

    Palin/Bachmann 2012

    Embrace the Crazy!!!

    LOL

    November 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Indy

    "Strong alternatives in 2012" If Giulani thinks Sarah Palin is a strong alternative, the Dem's have no worries. That is the ignorance coming out of yet another republican.It baffles the mind that anyone can take this Palin entertainer seriously, and yet have the gull to pretend she is a value to the republican party. Does Rudy boy think the rest of the world is so stupid as to believe that she is a strong alternative ? Sure is a safe feeling that this guy never got near the Whitehouse.The only thing Rudy knows what to do is put down Obama, and bring back the old republican feeling of shoot first.

    November 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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