November 3rd, 2010
06:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Giuliani: I think Palin will run for president

(CNN) - Former New York City mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he believes Sarah Palin will launch a bid for president in 2012.

"My guess is yes – she's going to run for president," Giuliani told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "She sounds to me like somebody who's running for president."

Giuliani predicted as many as 15 GOP contenders may seek the Republican Party nomination.

The former mayor said Republicans should "put off the [2012 presidential] election" and "try to accomplish a few things first," citing a potential compromise on the extension of tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year.

Giuliani praised the Obama administration's homeland security apparatus in the wake of a series of parcel interceptions that appear to have thwarted an attack planned by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

But, he said the White House lost credibility after law enforcement officials detained the so-called "underwear bomber" and processed him as a domestic criminal on Christmas Day in 2009.

"There's no reason to treat him like a domestic criminal," Giuliani said. "He's a war criminal. If these people had pulled off this attack, would we treat them as domestic criminals?"

The interview aired on CNN's The Situation Room.


Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Rudy Giuliani • Sarah Palin
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  1. Lynn

    What does Giuliani think Palin's talents are to run for President? Hundreds of thousands of American women have better education and qualifications than she does. She is nothing but show-biz personnified. But like a train-wreck, we can't turn our eyes away from her, waiting for her next outrageous comments or annointment by the GOP.

    November 3, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. ks

    Of course she'll run. Should she? I don't think so but she craves the spotlight at any cost

    November 3, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Not A TeaPartier

    For Palin to get the Republican nomination would be the far-left Democrats' dream come true – four more years of Obama. She may run, but hopefully she will just make it to the Convention with the other hopefuls, then throw her enthusiastic support behind a REAL candidate who can – and will – defeat Obama. McCain and the other RINOs screwed her as "th' lil woman' and would do it again in a heartbeat, throwing her to the Demodawgs and the MSM like a meaty little bone. If we don't get rid of the RINOs, in two years they will screw up yesterday's victory like the pathetic, two-faced, special-interest-grubbing, greedy power-grabbers that they are. Sadly, Palin didn't/doesn't have the political acumen to see thru that, and it will be her downfall. Pollyanna wouldn't survive a day on her own in the real political world.

    November 3, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    If americans are dumb enough to do this, then we should all move to Mexico. Palin, a Republican house and senate ??

    Surely we'd be waaaay better of down there. And I say this with the straightest of faces.

    November 3, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Pete

    Giuliani is a fool,he thinks Repugs want Palin.Ship him off to the looney bine with the Alaskan bimbo,somewhere in Alaska I hope.Obama is drooling over the chance.to debate the two legged airbag on TV.The Repugs are scared if she runs there goes any viable candidate they have for pres against Obama. Please run Sarah run,we Dems need new material for a comedy show in spring of 2013!!

    November 3, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. indpndt001

    Here you go....so who is VP-nominee ..O'donnel or Angle...? At least we have few jobs now...then we will be joining a developing/third world countries...

    November 3, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. amarhitsehmi

    It will be a great blunder to think of next election when present has not even been positioned for initiative. GOP must concentrate on job creation projects instead of wasting time on healthcare reforms. They have ample time to amend the healthcare reform Act. They must make positive move to create jobs with their innovation & ideas. Tea Party leadership without political recognition & affiliation has no responsibility to people of America. If this crusade goes on, people of America will be groping for political leadership taking it further to economic chaos. America cannot afford it as whole world economy is led by USA & its innovative leadership. It is imperative that let not millions of hours invested in healthcare Act go waste & take up Jobs creation seriously to rehabilitate the jobless & coming generation. It is a survival move for American people & healthcare is important to all & one who contribute directly or through their kids to American economy.

    November 3, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    Sarah Palin runs for president but will only talk through FoxNews....boy I can't WAIT for that. I think all the folks that fell for the "fear and misinformation" of the GOP and the Tea Party are really going to get their payback come 2012. To paraphrase a line from an old Bette Davis movie.."Fasten your seatbelts it's gonna be a rough ride"!!

    November 3, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. EJ in Tacoma

    Is he going to be running as her VP if she is nominated? I hope the GOP has better more qualified candidates than Palin and her squeaky irritating voice!!
    EJ in Tacoma

    November 3, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Jimbo

    Two more years of seeing and worse hearing this woman's shrill rants and theatrics? Heaven spare us this fate worse than death!!!

    November 3, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. frankie

    As many as 15 GOPers running for nomination? Poor Sarah. They all praise her as a good political operative for the GOP and Tea Party right now, but wait for the primary season and the Republican debates. They'll tear her apart with no mercy, just like all potential candidates from both parties do. She won't get past the first few primaries before she falls off the map. Personally, I'd like to she her get the nomination, with Christine O'Donnel as her running mate. Only problem is, O'Donnell is ten times as bright as Palin. At least she can say a complete sentence that makes sense.

    November 3, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Right Leaning Independent

    I believe she will run but I hope that she does not get past the primary! She has no chance of winning the Independents..

    November 3, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    If she were ever elected POTUS, Palin would be a puppet, just like GW Bush was.

    That said, she wouldn't last a day. The going would get tough and she'd quit.

    November 3, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. conoclast

    DUH!! Of course she'll run! With an ego like hers what else would she do, now that she's tasted the limelight?
    "...Oh, how ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen Parreeeee!" Can't you just imagine...Sarah Palin: Leader of the Free World.

    November 3, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. bbrooker

    A Palin running for President prediction?? That is really going out on a limb (yawn). What I wouldn't give to see the GOP and the Tea Party eat each other alive as they fight each other for the nomination.

    November 3, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Let Sarah Palin run for President.. I want to see the other Republican candidates chew her up on national television and in ads. I'll get a few drinks, pop some popcorn and watch with laughter. Obama will have a clear path to re-election.

    GO-PALIN = Obama 2012

    November 3, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. CBR

    I knew it would be less than 24 hours after the election when commentators and politicians would start talking about 2012. The Republican leadership had one goal and that is to defeat President Obama. The would not move off the dime before and I do not believe they will cooperate now, There will be too many factions within the Republican Party and it will be a tough two years for everyone.

    Now Rudy is talking about Sarah Palin for President. I think there will be a long line of Republicans ahead of her. There are far more deserving, strong and articulate Republicans who will be fighting her for the nomination.

    November 3, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Kyla McIntosh

    I have been watching politics for a long time. It baffles me why anyone would think Sarah Palin is Presidential material?? She claims she had more experience than Obama, but being a mayor and then being a governor drop out artist, doesn't make you presidential material. I have always wondered who is writing her speeches and molding her, because as the vice president candidate, she didn't act like she knew anything. Now she's a know it all!

    November 3, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. JM

    Of course she is. She's just that dumb... There's nothing wrong with her ego, however. Knowledge/facts/intelligence: who needs that? Palin is the one who made fun of Obama (someone who got his law degree from Harvard, who was nominated president of the Harvard Law Review by his peers, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, who wrote 2 brilliant, best-selling books, who was an excellent state senator, who was elected president because he's someone many (intelligent) Americans admire and respect.

    Palin? Ditz who couldn't even remember how to pronounce the world nuclear after being coached (coached, for God's sake) on it and who couldn't be bothered actually learning the facts that she needed to know prior to debating.

    Oh well...

    November 3, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Little Tommy

    I certainly hope she becomes the Party Of No candidate for President. That way, the Dems are back in for sure in 2012, stronger than ever. Furthermore, if she were to become President, she could always just walk away like she did in Alaska. She's a quitter, she's an idiot and there's no place for her in serious politics.

    November 3, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Clwyd

    If pathetic palin runs the GOP (Party of NO) will be the laughing stock of the world!

    November 3, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Jim in Florida

    Could the byline web writer please try to use something different than "raises brows" – every day I read the Ticker and everyday it's "this ir that "raises brows" – usually it is in reference to posts on Republicans – would someone at CNN please explain whose brows are "being raised" on comments on a daily basis.

    The continued use of that phrase "raises my brows" lol

    November 3, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Catie

    Please RNC do not select Sarah Palin. I like her I really do, and I think she did wonderful things in Alaska. However, I really dont think she should run for President. I heard Marco Rubio yesterday and fell in love. And I'm an Independant. He has sincerity and class. He would be an asset to this country. Obama still has a couple of years to humble himself and listen to the people. Very few democrats lean socialist and it is not going to work. He needs to seriously listen to the dems and independants.

    November 3, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. chris24

    who is surprised by this?

    maybe she can quit 2 years into it and write a book.

    November 3, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Ann

    Run, Sarah, run, please. We need a comic intervals.

    November 3, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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