October 27th, 2010
09:06 AM ET
9 years ago

2012 Watch: Giuliani for president – again?

(CNN) – His unorthodox presidential campaign strategy fell flat in 2008, but former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he hasn’t ruled out a second try in 2012.

"The door's not closed,” Giuliani told Politico on Monday night when asked point-blank if he still has his eyes set on the White House.

Hailed as “America’s Mayor” in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Giuliani’s campaign became a study in how not to run for president: Deciding to forgo seriously competing in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina - and instead focusing largely on Florida’s primary a month later - Giuliani was ultimately viewed as an also-ran by the time Sunshine voters weighed in.

While still a national figure by all accounts, Giuliani’s presence in political circles across the country over the last two years has been significantly less than that of other Republicans considering a White House bid and it’s unclear if the former mayor still has a significant base of support from which to spring another presidential campaign.

Filed under: 2012 • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Joshua Ludd

    It wasn't his strategy that fell flat.. it was his personality, his record, and his policies.

    October 27, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Enough Already!

    He should continue getting paid for speeches or whatever else he is doing. We don't need another campaign from him.
    I bet he is crass enough to start his campaign on 9/11/2011, because as we all know he singlehandedly protected NY on Sept 11th.

    October 27, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Sandy in TX

    Oh puhleeze!! When is this man going to do a reality check and realize his 15 minutes of fame are long over with....

    October 27, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Thomas

    Giuliani – Palin 2012

    If that thought is not enough to give you nighmares.

    Running against that ticket, I think Ahmadinejad could win

    October 27, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. usualone

    He is a non-entity at thsi point as is Gingrich.

    October 27, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    Obama will be easier to beat than George Bush was in 2008 ( and Bush was working against Term Limits! ) so GOP candidates will be coming out of the woodwork. Up for grabs!

    October 27, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Jay

    Sad. I wonder how much he'll mention 9/11 again?

    October 27, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Oh please, Republicans won't vote for him because of the cross-dressing thing, Democrats won't vote for him because of his fascist tedencies, and as we all know, all he ever really talks about is 9/11.

    October 27, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. daves_not_here


    As if.

    October 27, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. lefty avenger

    Giuliani does fit in quite well with the republican right wing neo-fascist totalitarian police state oligarchy concept.

    October 27, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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