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. dave

    Alaskans must be grateful she's a quitter, a corrupt one at that.

    November 15, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. John Huff

    This is from the mayor who was unpopular with a lot of the city of new york including the police and firemen. Someone who spent more time at Yankee stadium than at "ground zero." and yet ran a campaign for president based on the twin towers tragedy.

    November 15, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Dennis

    Russell, it really isn't that much of a mystery. Just look at the interests who are behind these people manipulating them and calling the shots. "W" was the perfect example and they had their way with him. They were very angry to give that up and now need another empty suit to do their bidding. Just look at where the money flowed under the Bush administration, wall street, NY bankers, oil companies and the defensive industry and guess who got to pay for all of it, YOU. So can you guess why they would like another puppet?

    November 15, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Runofthemill

    CNN is in danger of losing any legitimacy if it keeps running these unimportant nonsense stories by fourth tier polictical hacks and has beens. A has been endorsing a hack - WHO CARES???????

    How about some RELEVANT POLTICAL NEWS on the poltics portion of the web site?

    November 15, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. army wife

    I will back SARAH'S running for anything just as long as she lets me tag along so I can get all the publicity possible.!!! Her HUGE knowledge (evidenced the Couric interview) should help me a great deal. I just wonder when asked what she read, why she at the very least, couldn't come up with The Anchorage Daily News, which is her hometown newspaper.

    November 15, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. NotmyGOP

    'Why does the LEFT hate Palin so much?'
    I can't speak for the left, because I am a conservative. Even if I wasn't I could only speak for myself.
    Short version: She's a hateful, spiteful, lunatic fringe, unintelligent moron. She's the Obama of the Republican party. Looks great on camera, but no real substance whatsoever. As nutritionally unsound as a bag of Cheetos. Tastes great, but try living on it.

    November 15, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. John

    Since when is Giuliani a moderate?
    He supports the Right Wingnuts of which Palin is part of.
    He does have a way of keeping up with the media though. Any thing to promote himself..

    November 15, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Rick in AZ

    I just love a good train wreck!

    November 15, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Moi

    "Again, Sarah Palin had more executive experience (budgets, staffs, deadline, employees, etc.) than Obama at the time of the election."

    This argument is simply insane. What are her talents? Quitting? The fact that anone would consider her as a viable candidate for the presidency scare me to no end.

    November 15, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. david

    YESSSSSS go Sarah. We love you. No, Really!
    The best gift republicans could ever give us democrats.

    November 15, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Palin is an idiot. That will never change no matter how many vindictive, ego-driven books she writes. CNN – why do you perpetuate this story ? The only reason her following of vocal idiots is interested in her is because she is always on your broadcast or web site. They cling to the story because they are just as uninformed as she is. Why don't you use your broadcast time to inform them of the truth about her ?

    November 15, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Kevin, Evansville IN

    Is anyone in the GOP able to connect with reality and have original thoughts, or do they just regurgitate their predetermined talking points? It's starting to look like a circus to me.

    November 15, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. John

    A divisive figurehead who quit her post, who's clueless about foreign policy, and who spouts inanities designed to pander to the know-nothing ignorati?

    Yup, sounds like a great Republican.

    November 15, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Amy, Kazoo

    translation: "I'm Rudy Guliani and I am an opportunistic parasite."

    November 15, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. You go Sarah, help those Demos

    Oh yea Rudy, you mafioso. She's great for the republicans. And she's great for the Democrats too. If the misguided GOP allows her to be the face of the party or candidate for President, then the all the Independents will leave their party in droves. They will either not vote or switch over to a Party that at least has some common sense. She appeals only to the fringe Right Wing, which evidently is taking over the Party. Palin is the best thing that ever happened to the Democrats. Keep going Sarah!

    November 15, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Skee

    One dispicable person pumping up another, incredibly disgusting.....

    This is a man that cash's in on the horror of Sept 11th 2001.

    How truly dispicable, Guiliani, Palin and Rush Limbaugh, then throw in Fox News and there you have it, a Republican Lynch mob....

    I would bet everything that I own, everything that I believe in, that Sarah Palin will NEVER be President of the United States of America....

    Thank god for Barrack Obama.

    November 15, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. tisgoogle

    Two right wingnuts! They both go hand and hand!!!

    November 15, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Liberal Hate Her

    Palin is a great woman. Anyone tearing her down probably has their own sets of issues to deal with, which are probably far worse.

    Why do liberals hate honest, hard-working, self made, attractive, conservative women?

    Why is there so much hatred from the suppposed "tolerant" liberals?

    The truth is there is NO REASON the liberals have to say she's unintelligent. Liberals just HATE! Straight up!

    November 15, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. Lou

    Oh, Please! Everyone knows what Giuliani is. That man belongs on a self-serving pedistal right beside Palin. Just because he was the mayor during 9/11, he thought he was qualified to be commander in chief. What a joke. Americans told him otherwise and they will do the same to Ms. Narcissitic.

    November 15, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. AJ

    Yeah! Why to go Rudy tell it like it is!

    November 15, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. DawnL,CA

    Rudy has it wrong. Palin is great for the Democratic party. Can anyone imagine her as Presidential material? This is all McCain's fault for bringing such a nut-case to the forefront of the Republican party. I hope he has nightmares.

    November 15, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Linell Winter Park, FL

    Dear Lord, please help the GOP, protect them from Limbaugh, Beck, & Palin...guide them on their way back to the party of Lincoln.

    November 15, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. jmsent

    Wow. Rudy has an opinion about Palin. And coming from the supposed GOP frontrunner in 08 who somehow managed not to win a single primary, this is important exactly how?

    November 15, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. johnrj08

    Rudi Giuliani used to be taken seriously as a highly competent prosecutor. But, as a politician, he is a bus wreck. Associating himself in any way with an empty-headed dope like Palin is a terrific example of self-immolation.

    November 15, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. John NY Independent

    Only someone with an IQ of 4 or below would tolerate Palin for anything above a garbage collector.

    November 15, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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