Giuliani could be 'talked into' running in 2012
May 6th, 2011
07:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Giuliani could be 'talked into' running in 2012

Washington (CNN)-Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani admitted Friday that he can "probably be talked into" a run for the presidency.

While speaking to a group from the Republican National Lawyers Association at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Giuliani asserted that his major goal is for a Republican to be elected as president in 2012.

But he wouldn't rule out his own bid when responding to the question of whether he will consider a run.

"Sure, but not right now," he said. "I enjoyed the debate so much last night…I will, sure, think about it, but not yet."

And if Giuliani turns out to be the best Republican for the job, the 2008 candidate for the GOP nomination said, "I could probably be talked into doing it."

Giuliani has made statements about thinking of a repeat run for the presidency, but hasn't committed either way.

CNN's Jeremy Moorhead contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Ptown

    haha! GOOD LUCK!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 6, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. w l jones

    If all the fundraising monies were loan to small business we would have full employment and probably have to import worker from other country. Sorry about that but true.

    May 6, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Bet Ya Rudy Enjoyed Hanging Out with the President yesterday

    Sorry Rudy, but someone else got Osama Bin Ladin. We won't be needing your services after all.

    May 6, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Darryl Schmitz

    Giuliani's ignorant outburst at Congressman Ron Paul, during which Giuliani displayed his utter ignorance about the concept of political "blowback" as well as astounding arrogance and incivility, make it all the more amazing that he has the gall to consider running for president again. If the likes of Rudolph Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin are the "best" the Republicans have to offer (according to the Republican establishment and Fox News) and President Obama is the best the Democrats have to offer, then may God help us all because we are in a death spiral we are not going to be able to pull out of.

    May 6, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Roscoe

    And, another family values candidate emerges.

    May 6, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. fayse

    He didn't do all that well in 2008, he has already been there and done that. The outcome would be the same. No, sorry, don't waste your money and our time.

    May 6, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Jake

    all of the previous GOP failures just keep coming back for more!

    May 6, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Len Smith

    What are his qualifications to even think about it?

    May 6, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    Giuliani could be 'talked into' running in 2012
    By Who? Santa Clause and his little elves???
    Now IF he is thinking about running in a marathon...
    THAT he can do and run from here to BEYOND!!!

    How many times has he tried this before?
    When is he going to “GET IT” and close the door…
    To the FACT that it takes a man that would represent all
    And he ONLY appeals to the TP and that’ll be his downfall!!!

    May 6, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. thomas

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani admitted Friday that he can "probably be talked into" a run for the presidency.
    By who his wife ?

    May 6, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. David

    Could he be talked out of it?

    May 6, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. GJ

    If you could be "talk into" can you also be talked out?

    DON'T RUN RUDY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

    May 6, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Just Me

    Oh God No!!! Make him go away. Not Mr. 911 again. Rudy....listen to me. Save your energy, time, and donors money. You will NEVER....I repeat NEVER become POTUS. Your time has come and gone. Your better bet is keep pimping FOX to make a living.

    May 6, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. lynn

    Who else can the GOP dig up for a possible run against Obama? They're scrapping the bottom of the barrel and still don't have a clear understanding of what American needs. Which is to say, we don't need any of their recycled choices.

    May 6, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. Jonny

    Go ahead. No one will take down Obama in 2012.

    No one.

    May 6, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. clarke

    If you need to be talked into running, then don't run. You really need to have the fire in your belly that you want to run to make a difference.

    May 6, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Oh please, not Mr. 9/11. Anybody but that douche that copyrighted the worst tragedy in the past decade for all of his sollutions.

    May 6, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. johnson

    Not the Country? Goal is to elect a republican? Speaks volume's

    May 6, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. rusty155

    I bet you your goal won't be met. Because there Is no way a Republican going to win to be President. You republican are going to be lucky not to lose a lot of seat In the House and Senate. American people are trier of the Republican and the Tea Party Crap. We are trier of Republican looking out for the RICH AND BIG BUSINESS and the OIL COMPANY. And all way have the MIDDLE CLASS, THE POOR AND THE OLD pay for It. You had your Second chance and you blow IT. You better Get JOHN BOEHNER to have the Republican leave SS and Medicare and Medicaid a long , and Rise taxes on the RICH or on everyone. Because American people are not happy with the Paul Ryan PLAN at all.

    May 6, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Why not? May as well throw his hat into the ring and join an uninspiring and mediocre list of candidates.

    May 6, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. LegendRx

    Where is the heart felt conviction. Running for the office of president should not be, well maybe, we will see. The presidency is a serious matter and should not rest on partisan division among party lines. The world has changed a great deal and the perspective candidate should reflect the projected corse of direction that will sustain it's people in the short and long range, thus ensuring prosperity and staying power. Conservatism is a failed dinosaur and should be put out to pasture. He among other republicans are weak, tire and void of ideas. Obama is of a new breed, The first of many who will lead this nation into the millennium strong and of unquestionable authority and strength. The republicans are dead men walking. Period!

    May 6, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    One would think almost 10 years of exploitation of the 3,000 dead on that tragic day, would be enough, for any human, but not for this shameless, pandering, and posturing creep.

    Oh wait, he is not human, he is a Republican.

    May 6, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Moe NY

    Giuliani, do not know who is trying to talk you into running for POTUS, can't imagine. I, on the other hand will try to be honest with you...do not run...you would not even carry New York State.

    May 6, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. D-NICE

    Please God no!!!! However, now every time Rudy mentions 9-11 people will remember that Obama was the one who bagged the guy who pulled off 9-11. I think that trumps, I was there, Rudy.

    May 6, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. chill

    I don't know Rudy. Seems like Trump and Gingrich have the tawdry relationship and sleaze vote all locked up already. You may be getting in too late once again.

    May 6, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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