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
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. gt

    not going to happen .. he has had his day.. go watch your yankees..

    May 24, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. DA

    While I am not a Republican, but looking at the field of people they are putting up for the Office just don't look too good for them, I mean where is the fresh face, the new kid on the block, the rouge? These are folks we have already seen and to be honest, I know most Republican could care less about seeing again!!! TIME FOR YOU GUYS TO GET A NEW BREED!!!

    May 24, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. lynn

    Another Republican with dirty laundry.

    May 24, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Tom

    Giuliani's shelf life expired years ago. And running NYC is not the same as running the country.

    Oh, and Herman Cain? Running a corporation is DEFINITELY not like running the country. You can't just order Congress around, the way you order your employees around.

    May 24, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Nija

    Lets' hear it from 911.

    May 24, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The most troubling part, for Republicans that is, about Guiliani is that he would make a better candidate than anyone who is officially in the race. And we all know how bad a candidate Guiliani was in the 2008 campaign. You see, you must remember that how a candidate runs their campaign is a very good measure of how they will run their elected office. Rudy Guiliani ran a terrible campaign in 2008. He went "all in" in the state of Florida. He had no Plan B.

    May 24, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. ambrose Smith

    Guiliani is one step below Trump and Palin in the ego department.

    May 24, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Anthony

    What is the point of Giuliani running? Reminding people that Obama got bin Laden?

    May 24, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told a group of journalists that he believed Giuliani would make a run for the White House.

    Funny...he also believes that President Obama was born in Kenya, and that women don't deserve the health benifits offered by Planned Parenthood. He believes that we should destroy Medicare, and that the tax breaks to the oil industry should never end. Hey CNN...anything else that this moron believes that you would like to report?

    May 24, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    the GOP..tsk tsk tsk keeps wanting to trot the same old losers out every election time. If we didn't want Rudy or Mitt in 2008, why would we want them NOW? And Ron Paul on his 3rd go arouind??? Give me a break.

    May 24, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. E1atoM

    Puleeze Giulie,
    You've already blown all to bits the, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere..." in 2008. Don't disrespect Ole' Blue Eyes again.

    May 24, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Ed Ward II

    Ron Reagan also on his 3rd go arouind, horse

    May 24, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Publius Novus

    Yesterday, RealClearPolitics was opining that Pawlenty's entry into the race is too late because he can't raise enough money to be a viable candidate in the time remaining before the NH primary. That would go double for Guiliani, since he hasn't started raising money yet.

    BTW Tom, I agree with you that running NYC is not the same as running the country. But it is a whole lot more like running the country than Utah is or Minnesota is or even Massachusetts is.

    May 24, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Mikey

    @ Tom – You are definately right about running a country vs. a corporation. Evidence Trump saying about Iraq that he would "just get the oil". I don't know if I have ever heard a more stupid foreign policy statement. Unless, someone said they had foreign policy experience because, "you know those Russian jets, when they invade our air space, you know where they fly over first."

    May 24, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. mac

    elmer fudd will beat the head nazie for president

    May 24, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Boytjie

    Peter Kings is an idiot.

    May 24, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    While I am not a Republican, but looking at the field of people they are putting up for the Office just don't look too good for them, I mean where is the fresh face, the new kid on the block, the rouge?
    America tried the new kid on the block in 2008. We will pay for that poor decision for decades. It's going to take someone who is actually capable and experienced to pull us out of this mess. Several Republicans who have stepped up are much more capable of showing leadership for fixing our economy and bloated government than Obama is. He had every chance in the world with a Democratic House and filibuster-proof Senate. What did he do? He just made things worse. We can do better.

    May 24, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. realitybites

    This is starting to look like NC State's search for a new coach. Gotta be frustrating and demoralizing for Regressives. Who will finally concede to run for the job? The half decent coaches have passed, leaving young, starry eyed Jeasus freaks and washed up old has beens.

    May 24, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Just Me

    Oh...Pleeeezzze. Rudy needs to take off his dress and his high heels and sit in a corner. The party is over Rudy, and America has already turned off your lights. Go home and stay there.

    May 24, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why not, the Republican circus will be complete with the Joker(Guiliani) and the towns idiot(Palin).

    May 24, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    The real dirt on Guiliani will re-surface, just as it did in 2008. He, a practicing Catholic, cheated on his wife and divorced her while he was mayor. This social issue will not pass the social conservative litmus test. And as far as learning from his past mistakes, he will simply make new ones.

    Guiliani's biggest fault is that he is judgmental and talks too much about the wrong things. For example, a transit cop shoots a 20-something year old unarmed black man in the subways. Within a few hours, Guiliani is holding a news conference stating that the kid was once arrested by the police (did not mention that he was not charged with anything) as a youth. The cop thought he as a purse snatcher. He was late for class.

    May 24, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. BlaqProgress

    Rudy Ghouliani is too much of a heathen for Christian CONservatives. The whole living with 2 gay men after his wife kicked him out of the house for cheating and announcing his plans for divorce on tv before telling her is a bit too much for the 700 Club.

    May 24, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. tulsa, ok

    Hey four and the door....
    Still waiting for any word from you on those JOBS BILLS the House Republicans are offering up......

    And by the way, in 2008 we elected the man who has brought us back from the brink of Republican induced economic failure, got Bin Laden, is adding jobs at an ever increasing rate, improved our standing in the World Community after the Republicans trashed us EVERYWHERE, got health care reform passed, got Wall Street reform passed, got student aid reform passed, saved GM and Chrysler, and has had to do ALL this with not one Republican willing to talk with him.
    Yes, we elected him and we will elect him again. Not one of the Republicans running or thinking of running is worthy of carrying his jock strap.

    May 24, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. tulsa, ok

    Fou and the Door,
    What exactly did your saviour "W" do for our nNation? (besides almost ruin it, that is.)
    Oh, and where are the jobs bills again?

    May 24, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    thufferin thuckatath noun verb nine eleven? Obama got Osama, Rudy has no platform.

    May 24, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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