Giuliani makes his presidential case
July 17th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Giuliani makes his presidential case

(CNN) - Rudy Giuliani said he's uniquely qualified to be president given the economic turnaround in New York City over which he presided as mayor.

Giuliani said the Big Apple experienced a drop in the number of residents on welfare, a decrease in the unemployment rate and the deficit transforming into a surplus, facts he used to make the case he could do the same for the country as president.


"I think that I'd probably have the best record in terms of having done something similar to what the country needs done right now," Giuliani said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." Giuliani served as mayor of New York from 1994 through the end of 2001.

He said some of the former governors running for the nomination, including Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Jon Huntsman of Utah, have "impressive records," but that he does not "remember their states being in the kind of condition New York City was in."

"When I look at that as objectively as you ever can about yourself or the situation you're in, seems to me that that is roughly where the country is right now," Giuliani told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Giuliani came in third in a recent American Research Group survey of New Hampshire voters with nine percent, behind Romney at 29 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 12 percent.

But the former 2008 presidential candidate maintained he has not decided whether to make a bid for the White House again and explained trips to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire as opportunities to assess his options in the state.

"Probably by the end of the summer, some point like that, I'll be able to figure it all out," Giuliani said.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. zip

    We put photoshop pictures of Rudy on our scarecrow to keep the birds out of the garden. There isn't a bird for 30 miles. This guy is the creepiest man in America. Make it go away.

    July 17, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Helena

    I am sorry, but Candy Crowley either needs new clothes or a diet....all I could see was that she was busting out of her clothes during this interview....you have to do something about this finally. Sorry Candy....

    July 17, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Larry L

    Giuiaini seems to be taking claim on a number of economic factors well beyond his level of influence as Mayor. The last thing the Republican Circus Train needs is yet another clown. Rudy would need to become a little more evangelical, a little more hateful, and a lot less pragmatic to gain the votes of the Tea Party radicals. Heck, he may not even want America's government to fail! What sort of right-winger would have that attitude?

    July 17, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    I have a lot of respect for Rudy but he has a very slight chance of winning the nomination. His dismal showing in 2008 will handicap his efforts in 2012.

    July 17, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. tlmess

    typical gop-bagger, talking in circles. sounding like palin. I can hardly wait to watch the gop implode.

    July 17, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Giuliani not this year no place for moderate republicans in the party now

    July 17, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. works4me

    Geeze... he's like a mushroom... only appears when the ground is moist and holding rotten decaying mulch. The only reason welfare and unemployment MAY have declined is because of the many NYers that left the state with tax this, tax that, fee this, fee that, surcharges, commissions... all of these slowly chewing on your wallet. Please just shut up Rudy!

    July 17, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. timz

    Rudy's already failed the "faithful to your spouse" clause of the Family Leader pledge, but he can argue that it was necessary if he was going to do justice to his efforts to fulfill the "robust childbearing and reproduction" clause. After all, being a politician means making those tough choices.

    July 17, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. BillyD51

    Perhaps he didn't get the message in 2008. Does he really want to be embarrassed AGAIN?

    July 17, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Seattle Sue

    What a big surprise, Rudy did not mention 9-11 one time in this article. Rudy also did not make mention that the whole country was doing quite well during these years of his terms. And of course Bill Clinton was President most of those years.

    July 17, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Coco2

    I hope he does run! I think Rudy is awesome and he'd do a lot better in Washington than any of the candidates running or the present administration. Get rid of the politicians who make promises they don't intend to keep just to get the votes, talk out of both sides of their mouths and continue to dig our financial hole so deep, seeing the economy rebound is as unlikely as Obama winning reelection. Rudy knows how to get the job done!

    July 17, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Steve in North Carolina

    I hope he runs. We need to start getting moderates back into the political mainstream and get rid of the extremists.

    July 17, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. MAngeline

    Hey Rudy, your time has come and gone. Didn't last time around show you that there is little interest in your candidacy? Have to admit alot of these politicians (Bachmann, Gingrich, Palin) have egos that are insatiable! They honestly think the country needs them to lead us out of the darkness into the Light.

    July 17, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Bessy

    @Coco2-Wow ! You really do live in " never , never land " don't you ? Rudy " awesome " ! ROTFLMAO He will never, never have a chance to be president. He should have already learned that. He can never sign the Repugs pledges because he has already broke most of the rules.

    July 17, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. betty brown smith

    1. the gop no longer has moderates...it is the party of the wackos, extremist and jesus freaks. 2. you are a slime ball rudy....nasty and slimey. your 15 minutes of fame (9-11) ended years ago. give it up buddy

    July 17, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. The Elephant in The Room

    Guiliani has NO SKILLS that are relevant to being an effective President for America.

    Rudy is the kind of job candidate that inflates his resume.

    July 17, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Be careful what you wish for people. Giuliani's "moderation" is more image than substance. He's a hardcore, corporatism cultish, war-lovin' neocon. I predict the GOBPbaggers only hope will be to ACT like they've heard the American public and promise to tone down the extreme right wing in the party. However, watch closely, as they will only concede on social issues like accepting gays and (maybe) Muslims and/or Hispanics. Watch even more closely, though, and even the so-called moderates will stick with their hardline cult positions on deregulation and tax cuts (I expect "legal reform" will soon be in there as well). Remember, there is only ONE test this year:

    "Mr. GOBP candidate, if you agree the American public has been asked to make great sacrifices during these difficult times, then what sacrifices are you asking corporations and the top 2% to make?"

    If you don't hear a clear proposal, and instead hear a lot of hot air, hemming and hawing or mindless talking points that evade the question, then you are not dealing with a "moderate" by any stretch of the word. Listen carefully.

    July 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. sara

    Sorry Candy... you didn't challenge this "has been, never been" idiot that implied that Bush took out Bin Laden. It's reporting like yours that has confused the American people. Stop the madness. If Bush has ordered the killing of Bin Laden...Bush would be heralded as America's "hero" and held up as the "god". This prez takes out the "world's most wanted" with idiots like Guiliana Working against him every step of his administration and yet you allowed this Idiot to continue to do so. Now, Obama is not a "god" or a "hero", but President DID TAKE OUT BIN LADEN. NOT Bush in 8 or the "minions" that continues to ruin our country. Sorry Candy, fearing Americans under the last administration leaves No room for the "minions' to continue to "coward" us down, while big issues needs to be address. Such issues as rebuilding our country including infrastructure and our education system

    July 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. sara

    ....also a Democratic President eliminated Welfare and created JOBS when this idiot was Mayor. The whole country STRIVED! So what did Guiliana really DO.....used the attack on our fellow Americans as a political "ploy". that's all.

    July 17, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |