October 27th, 2010
09:06 AM ET
8 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. felicia

    Please it's Obama 2012 all day, anyone else would just be a disaster.

    October 27, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. ron

    Typical Republican, no platform,no plan, no clue, what's will he run on, 911, again.

    October 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Jaywing

    Please run Rudy – we can always use another new comedian barking his/her nonsense from the GOP side. Oh wait, you mean this time you really mean it - for real, man? No way. That's a bigger joke than acting like you're a credable candidate.

    October 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Marcus

    The success of his policies against crime seemed too good to be true, until the cases of police brutality went public and I saw that they were way above the 'normal' (police brutality does happen, unfortunately, there are some very rotten apples that bring shame to the whole class of heroes), up to the point that the 'Blue Wall' (police officers silence and 'problems of memory' regarding such incidents) was shattered during his tenure.
    So he do knows how to get things done, regarding public security, but the price is way too big!

    October 27, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Lynn

    Anybody but Giuilaini and Huckabee and Palin and O'Connell. Gee, where do I stop. The GOP is full of empty headed ego-driven people full of their own self-importance.

    October 27, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Gary, Boone NC

    The main criticism I had of Guiliani was that no matter what he was talking about, he brought in 9/11. He could have been talking about AIDS in Africa and all of the sudden he was back beating his 9/11 drum. I know he was trying to play on something he saw as a strength but after a while he sounded like a broken record.

    October 27, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Diana

    If his children didn't campaign for him and he, as a father should know what is best for them, how the hell is anyone going to vote for him, does he think he knows what is best for the country? The best this for the country is for Giuliani not to run!!! There now sit there QUIETLY and enjoy your Yankees game.

    October 27, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. LacrosseMom(real one)

    This headline IS a JOKE right?????? Giuliani a man who has cheated on his wives; whose own kids want nothing to do with him. Who has used September 11th tragedy for political capital! The GOP/TeaPartiers must be desperate IF they have Giuliani as their candidate.

    GOOD NEWS: Back in 1981 & 1982 we had the Twin Recessions, at that point REAGAN's approval rating was........ 36%! In 1983 ...... U.S. UNemployment was.........10%! REAGAN was not popular. Yet....... he went on to win reelection!

    I predict the same for President Obama! IF the GOP/TeaPartiers, at least, SOME of them, manage to be elected...... it will be a BLESSING for Obama's reelection! Because America will SEE once more how the GOP failed policies still do not work!

    What I would like to know is WHY the GOP/TeaPartiers voted against a bill that will penalize U.S. Companies who ship U.S. JOBS ......OVERSEAS????? Doesn't the GOP want to KEEP U.S. JOBS HERE???????????????

    In NOvember this registered Independent will cast her vote for the Democrats!

    October 27, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He wouldn't get the social conservative vote because of his divorces and stand on abortion. I don't think he is really a fiscal conservative either.

    October 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. DJ in TX

    No words come to mind.........................Is this guy for real?

    October 27, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Erin

    Any bets that he announces his candidicy on 09/11/11? Seriously.. what better day to capitalize on a tragedy then on its 10 year anniversary?

    October 27, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Beverly - NYC

    I guess Judith, don't call me Judy, wants to be a First Lady really bad, she doesn't care if her husband continues to embrass himself by running . Get over yourself Rudy, you are not a national candiate. If the people in your home state and your kids won't vote for you, it's a wrap.

    October 27, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. action jackson

    giuliana is a nobody who wants to be somebody. obama wins 45 states against this guy.

    October 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. lucy2

    Because it worked so well the last time he tried? Which one state do you think he'll focus all his energies on this time?

    October 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. once upon a horse

    Sarah, Newtie, Romney, and now Rudy again? So far unless the economy REALLY goes farther in a ditch or America goes just plain CRAZY, if this is the best the GOP has to offer I see Obama not being the 1-term president the Tea Party is hoping for.

    October 27, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Alex

    Not my favorite candidate, but he's miles ahead of Palin

    October 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Neil

    Go away Rudy just go away.

    October 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. OH YEAH?

    Why don't these people who have more money than they know what to do with, do something useful, like improving the education system in the United States or create inner city activity centers and hire people who know how to communicate with young people to get our teenagers off the street and teach them some degree of responsibilty. Or is that too much to ask? (Meg Whitman comes to mind with all the $ she has thrown into her campaign). That $150,000,000 would go a long away towards something useful instead of a power trip.

    October 27, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. sam

    This man is the biggest reason NYC is as nice as it is today. Under his watch, all the most unpleasant things in NYC disappeared. Crime was down 'cause the police were held accountable. I could go on and on. I for one (and maybe I'm alone on this) would like to see what he could do with the whole country.

    October 27, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. mdn

    Bloomberg is a far better mayor and person. I would love to see Rudy-911 run again. Hopefully he will continue his far right rhetoric which is in direct conflict with his personal life and record as mayor.

    October 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Yes, go for it Captain 911. Here he comes to wreck the daaaaaaaay!!!! Sign it with me...

    October 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. TM

    This time it will be "a noun, a verb, and 'Tea Party'".

    October 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Rush Goebbels

    Wow,talk about dense.

    October 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Johnny Five

    And we'll vote for Ron Paul again over him. Don't donate to Rudy unless you like to lose.

    October 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Robert

    He really believes he is America's Mayor... so FULL OF . . . himself!

    October 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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