(CNN) - Business before politics - that's the message from Rudy Giuliani.
The former New York City mayor announced Tuesday that he won't run for either governor or the U.S. Senate next year in New York. Instead, Giuliani says he'll concentrate on his lucrative law office and consulting business. But the 2008 GOP presidential candidate wouldn't rule out a future run for office.
"The main reason has to do with my two enterprises, Bracewell-Giuliani and Giuliani Partners. I'm very busy with both," Giuliani told reporters in New York City. "We have some pretty significant commitments next year that will really make it impossible for me to run full time for office."
Giuliani also endorsed fellow Republican Rick Lazio for governor of New York. Lazio, a former congressman from Long Island who announced his candidacy for governor in September, joined Giuliani at the news conference.
Giuliani's public endorsement of Lazio was a formal declaration that he is not running for governor. The New York Times reported last month that he had decided not to run, but a spokeswoman for Giuliani said he had not made up his mind. At the time, polls indicated that Giuliani had a wide lead over Lazio in a hypothetical 2010 GOP primary contest.
Lazio deferred to Giuliani in the 2000 Senate race against then-first lady Hillary Clinton. Giuliani dropped out of the contest five months before the election, due to his fight against prostate cancer. Lazio replaced him as the Republican candidate, but lost to Clinton.
Recent polls of New York State voters suggest the race between Lazio and Democratic Gov. David Paterson is deadlocked, but the surveys indicate that the Republican trails far behind New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in a hypothetical general election matchup. Cuomo ha not said whether he'll challenge Paterson in the Democratic primary.
There was speculation that if Giuliani decided against a run for governor, he might consider launching a Senate bid. Top New York Republicans had reportedly urged Giuliani to run for the Senate next year.
Two recent polls indicated that Giuliani led Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the upstate congresswoman serving as Hillary Clinton's Senate replacement, by double digits in a possible 2010 showdown.
Giuliani said Tuesday that he had considered 2010 runs for either governor or senator.
"At different times, I thought about both races, and at different times I thought I might do it," said Giuliani. "I would have enjoyed running for either office, but it just isn't the right time."
Giuliani says he wants to help campaign for Lazio in next year's gubernatorial battle in New York and added that he will also campaign for other Republicans in the Empire State as well as other races around the country.
"I will be very active to the extent that I can in the races in Florida, where (Florida Attorney General) Bill McCollum is running (for governor) and Texas, where Governor (Rick) Perry, who was very very good to me when I ran, is running, and then a number of other races here in the northeast," said Giuliani.
As for another run for the White House, Giuliani said he wouldn't rule anything out.
"I have no idea whether I'll run for something else," said Giuliani.
Oh please. Mr. 911 needs to sit down in a corner somewhere and keep quiet. American has moved on from his brand of politics. Thanks for cleaning up 42nd Street, but for God's sake please be quiet.
Please! Still trying to get over last Presidental election. Thank God Obama won!
Good riddance too!
Giuliani many not rule out any future run BUT I can rule out any future win for him
Only CNN cares. I sure don't!
Mr. 9/11, please rule out any future run.... pleeeeeeease, pretty please with a cherry on top. Just the thought of you being our commander in chief scares me, literally... pleeeease don't scare me :):):):):)
give it up, giuliani... your time has passed.
So what? It's not like anybody really WANTS Rudy to run for anything anymore.
Besides, there's a limit as to how many policy questions you can answer by saying "9/11" over and over again. In fact,. it turns out that you can't really answer ANY questions by saying that anymore.
Who cares about Rudy...he's all talk and no action.
The term to describe a TOTALLY SUPERFICIAL business person as an "EMPTY SUIT" HAD to be coined starting with this joker.
Just what the country needs, another old crusty fart, with few ideas, and even less regard for the people. Another person hell bent on marching back in time, to those wonderful years when residing in a cave was considered high living, and cave paintings were a source of entertainment. Not with my vote..
I am perhaps an independent. I think Guiliani would make a good governor but a lousy senator or presidential candidate. but he obviously thinks he has a chance of being a presidential nominee or VP nominee in 2012.
Best of luck . I think he will fail and regret his current decision.
Thank goodness he is not running. The Republicans already have enough arrogant rich white jerks in office.
Funny how the Republicans are suddenly back-pedaling on healthcare reform. Cornyn from Texas is already praising the bill to try and save himself from angry voters who hate the lying, obstructionist Republicans who did NOTHING for Americans this entire year.
Sorry – we're not buying the lies. You chose to make your policy to vote NO on everything, call for America to fail, and spent the year spreading hate, fear, and racism through your lunatic fringe. We won't forget who betrayed America at every turn in 2010 – The Republican Party of NO and Obstructionism! There will be huge Republican defeats next November and you certainly earned OUR No vote!