(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.
A FUTURE RUN?????? Ah, hmm,,,, Obama 2012 – Hillary Clinton 2016-2020............Man!!! You are an old man NOW... That would not be CHANGE we can LIVE for....LOL
He's got to find something more intelligent to say besides 9/11 and Sarah, is the circus ring leader of the party now so you can't have two of those at one time.
He'll spend 2 years conning his clients for money and make another failed attempt at president. Go away, crook.
Good riddance! He's now officially through with politics. He'd have no chance at the presidency again after spending $57m for one delegate and he'll never be able to try for Senate or Gov. again, Schumer, Gillibrand and Cuomo will be in for life after next year.
Here's some advice for the future, Rudy:
Just go away. Far, far away.
I hope this guy never gets elected to any political position again. He is worthless.
I hear you Pres. Giuliani.
You are a has been who was thrust up the world during 9/11. You have no political following Give it up loser.
no need to run....just get together with Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney, and Michelle Bachmann and keep poking holes in Obama's plan to implement socialism in the USA.....our forefathers, and the framers of the Constitution must be turning over in their graves as Obama tries to destroy their basic principles....
After the debacle of the Obama administration, even Forest Gump would be an improvement.
Oh, please, spare us another "9-11" run for anything, Mr. Guiliani. You have nothing else to run on, and it got very old last year. Move on. The rest of the country has.
Who cares Rudy? You obviously couldn't even get to the Republican Nomination. So that route is closed. What else is left?
Enjoy your money Mr. 9/11.
Because he has NO chance.... LOSER!!!
too many skeletons in that closet.......
We want Rudy to run for President. Rudy/Palin would be the dream ticket! God-bye Obama. We've had more than enough of you.
He does not have to rule it out.
THE VOTERS did the last time he thought he could run!!!!!!!
Rudy does run on Republican mantra "Money First, Country Last" so no surprise here. Actually good to know this Palin, McCain supporter is going to hopefully be busy with some real work and keep his little minded thoughts to himself for a little while.Maybe he can do some work and keep his mouth shut for a few months ?????
G.'s supposed success as mayor was phony (he turned NY into a shopping mall), his 'heroism' on 9/11 didn't stand scrutiny though he does get points for the appearance of guts which did help, and his run for president was ridiculous. He is an expert on nothing, he was a petty bully as mayor who sued over bus ads that made fun of him. He has no future except as someone taking money from those impressed with his name, for which they receive bupkis. He is no more interesting as a news item than Sarah Palin, with whom he shares many qualities. Let him fade away.
Nobody is voting for funny face Giuliani....He is a jerk
Rudi and Judi, the country really doesn't need you, there are plenty of dog catchers already.
If he is running double digits ahead of Gillibrand and won't run, there must be a Serious Skeleton waiting to come out of his closet
Remember . . . you . . . are my number one . . . guy!
He doesn't rule out a future defeat either.
Please.....do America a favor......don't run for President again.
Guilliani is making money off some shady characters in the middle east.