NY Congressman hints at Giuliani '12 W.H. run
May 24th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
7 years ago

NY Congressman hints at Giuliani '12 W.H. run

Washington (CNN) - The latest 2012 GOP "will he or won't he" chatter has quickly moved from Donald Trump (won't) and Mitch Daniels (won't) to Rudy Giuliani (might). The Rudy Giuliani idea has many top Republicans throwing cold water on the notion, even as one prominent New York congressman says it could happen.

At a small dinner in Washington Monday night, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told a group of journalists that he believed Giuliani would make a run for the White House.

The long time Republican congressman, who travels in many of the same New York political circles as Giuliani, said he has talked with the former New York City mayor and many of Giuliani's confidants of late and said Giuliani is seriously considering jumping into the race.

King said Team Giuliani has studied the mistakes of Giuliani's failed 2008 White House bid and wouldn't make the same mistakes again.

King said "it's all about New Hampshire" and if Giuliani runs, King expects to see him focus much of his attention on the Granite State. During the 2008 campaign, Giuliani was criticized for largely ignoring New Hampshire in favor of later primary contests, such as in Florida.

King also said Giuliani's campaign would be less likely to focus as heavily on national security this time around and would instead emphasize his economic accomplishments as mayor of New York.

A high-level Republican source who has talked to former Giuliani aides said Giuliani is speaking with former advisers and fundraisers about whether he should run, asking them "should I do it?"

The source said the answer has been a resounding no and that "some people think it's delusional of him to even ask." A second top Republican source said, "I'd be very surprised if he runs."

A Giuliani adviser told CNN that while his boss is considering a presidential bid, he is not taking active steps toward getting in the race other than making recent appearances in New Hampshire.

"He is considering it but that's not the same as running," the adviser told CNN.

Giuliani has visited New Hampshire twice this year and is expected back again next month. He polled at 6 percent in a CNN/WMUR survey of likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters released Monday, tied for fourth place with former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was ahead with 33 percent followed by Rep. Ron Paul at 9 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 7 percent. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

While he hasn't ruled out another bid for the GOP presidential nomination, he hasn't taken any serious steps to date toward running.

Earlier this month Giuliani told a group from the Republican National Lawyers Association that he can "probably be talked into" a run for the presidency. But a few days later he admitted to CNN's Piers Morgan that "I haven't really decided or focused on it yet."

–CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this story

Filed under: 2012 • Peter King • Rudy Giuliani
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  1. Four and The Door

    tulsa, ok
    Hey four and the door....
    Still waiting for any word from you on those JOBS BILLS the House Republicans are offering up......
    Efficient government management is more effective at reviving the economy than just throwing money at the problem. The Republicans just having the house now have had the impact of reducing Obama and Reid's original annual budget by $100 billion. Even without "jobs bills", unemployment started dropping as soon as November results were in. I'm sure you are as pleased as we all are to see the improvements.

    May 24, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    @Four and The Door

    America tried the new kid on the block in 2008. We will pay for that poor decision for decades.

    I take it you still labor under the illusion that everything was rosy until the election? When Obama was elected, he bluntly told the country that getting the country back on track would not happen overnight. He had to deal with long-standing, systemic issues that had been building for the last 30 years, not something that just blew up like a storm and faded away. None of the GOP candidates has what it takes to do the job, and none certainly offer any new solutions aside from teh same tired, tattered GOP playbook from the Reagan years. It always been the same, cut taxes, push responsibilities onto the states and local governments. In the meantime, we've seen our state and local taxes shoot through the ceiling, and we still don't see any admission of responsibility by the GOP that their " New Federalism" that Reagan started has resulted in anyone except the uber wealthy paying less, and then shipping investments and jobs overseas, leaving a shrinking pool of middle-class taxpayers to pay for basics like Social Security. The GOP is not serious about closing tax loopholes in order to bring in the revenue, which tells me they are not serious about the debt or the budget.

    May 24, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, massive foreclosures, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare, Libyan war, unsecure borders, illegal alien invasion, alienated allies, embolden enemies

    Fagetaboutit Rudy... You proved in 2008 you couldn't even run a campaign.

    May 24, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. AAA

    Candidates are coming out from the wood works and I as a conservative/ independent Democrat I really do not see any candidate worth while to lead our country. The Republicans are so confused and finding out there mid term elections is doing them more harm than lucck being on there side. They have a House speaker who is a loser , afraid of The Tea Party who does not have the guts to come up with a constructive solution to our economic problems but firing criticisms on the Democrats plan to cure our ills. Now Giuliani, he was lousy in the 2008 elections ,so what makes him think he will do better these time around. Somebody ought tell him to stay home and not enter an election frenzy that is already muddy and ugly and he will do his party a favor. Everyone is jockeying to make our president a one term president and we Democrats love him even though he had to tackle tough decisions and take drastic measures to spare us from an economic melt down and bring our country from the brinks of collapse. Giuliani now and god willing Plain does not announce she will run the Republican party will be a party of the past and there legacy will be a party of misfits, run by lobbyist, advocating small government but still have no idea and solutions for the middle class of our country who is suffering at the expense of the tax loophole that is given to the rich. The president will be re-elected and his vision will be felt and dreams fulfilled. God Bless our country.

    May 24, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Indy

    Four and the Door still does not want to see the truth, and fails to reconize that Bush was the one that destoyed the country and Obama has got more positive accomplishments done by cleaning up Bushs disgraceful time in office in a very short time and going backwards by electing a Republican President in 2012 would completely destroy the progress being made. Rudy said he might be able to be talked into running for POTUS, and that statement is enough to know that he has no interest in running unless someone can sweet talk him inot running, which is about as good as Palin saying she will run if no one else wants to.

    May 24, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. thomas

    Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani's wife needs to tell him it's time to retire !

    May 24, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Jay

    This would be amusing if it weren't so sad! America is void of all leadership – the current TWO parties just love the ebb and flow of the current status quo – both parties know that pendulum swings back and forth – while out of power today they will get it back soon enough and have lots of money in the meantime for over inflated salaries – all at the expense of the REAL Americans – we need a new party and not just the Republicans Remix of Tea Partiers – we need leaders who will do what is best for the Americans that actually pay taxes and actually go to work and actually pay the bills. Lets get leaders who will ignore special interests and lead by doing the right thing not the things that will garner them the most money. Time to put an end to Republican & Democrat Parties!

    May 24, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Even without "jobs bills", unemployment started dropping as soon as November results were in. I'm sure you are as pleased as we all are to see the improvements."

    Well before that actually, but who needs facts when you have true-belief?

    May 24, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Marjee123

    9/11 9/11 9/11 gee with that being thrown out by Rudi tootie all the time how in the world would you know what his policies would be. and by the way the paid GOP poster is out again I guess old door de door should be shown the door. We all know they are one of the Plugs.

    May 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. JEBUW

    @Four and the door...you cannot take credit for an improving job market since Republicans have been in office as they haven't done anything to improve it. It would have been the same jobs story regardless. If they don't do anything, they can't take credit for the improvement. Your logic is simply wrong. That's like saying I start working at IBM 2 months ago and the stock price has improved. It must be me doing it.

    May 24, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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