Giuliani still flirting with 2012 bid
September 28th, 2011
05:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Giuliani still flirting with 2012 bid

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – A top adviser to Rudy Giuliani visited New Hampshire for meetings with state officials Wednesday, signaling the former New York mayor is still flirting with a presidential run, confirmed a source close to the former mayor.

Top adviser Jake Menges was in the state today meeting with supporters and potential staffers and asking some friends to keep their powder dry until Giuliani makes a decision, the source said.

In a Sept. 7 interview, Giuliani told CNN's Piers Morgan, "If Barack Obama remained roughly where he is now, sure I think I could beat him."

Earlier that week at the National Press Club in Washington, Giuliani told the audience he would only run again if the GOP became "desperate."

After failing to gain traction in the first-in-the-nation primary state in 2007, Giuliani bypassed New Hampshire to concentrate on Florida. In his most recent visit to the state this summer, the popular mayor signaled he would focus more energy in the New England state were he to run this cycle.

The adviser's visit was first reported by WMUR.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Bobby Ray

    Oh, good. Rudy Giuliani 9-11 wants to 9-11 run again. I 9-11 wonder what 9-11 his campaign 9-11 will 9-11 be?

    September 28, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Steve

    I don't like Giulianibut he is far better than Perry or Romney.

    Give me Ron Paul 2012!

    September 28, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Too late for Rudy to get in now.

    September 28, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Oh, please. Along with Trump and Palin, these threats to run for president are just pathetic calls for attention (and higher speaking fees in Palin's case). If unemployment climbed to 25% and it turned out President Obama actually is the antichrist (like the nutcases are now saying), I would still vote for Obama over Giuliani.

    September 28, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Preston

    Giuliani = the poor man's Chris Christie

    September 28, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. bill

    It's the other way around. Rudy taught Christie how it's done–and he did it in the most liberal city in America with a budget bigger than most states and a bigger population than most states. He introduced workfare, cut taxes, sold off public properties, consolidated agencies, fired deadwood bureaucrats, and put the city in the black for the first time in decades–all before 9/11. He also revolutionized crime-fighting, shut down the porn shops, and made NY family-friendly again. Before that he cleaned up Wall Street and sent the heads of the five Mafia families to prison for long terms. They called all that a miracle–and it was. And we need another miracle–this time on the federal level.

    September 28, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Oh Lord, Not Again!

    September 28, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. seriously???

    Skeletor actually thinks he could come in and save the Republican day? Ha. Ha ha. HA HAH AHHA AHHAHAHAA!

    September 28, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hopefully Rudy will wear his red 9-11 dress when he announces.

    September 28, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. ED FL

    The term flirting probably refers to everybody and every gender if he follows his past perfomances.

    September 28, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Jamie from Riverside

    Still flirting with a 2012 bid?
    But...he's...a... LOSER.

    September 28, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Larry L

    I met a Republican the other day who wasn't considering a run for the 2012 Presidency. Weird guy...

    September 28, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Conrack

    Don't wait by the phone, Rudy ,its playoff time in the Bronx so you can probably scam some good free seats and free publicity during the playoffs.

    September 28, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Bleedingheart67

    Giuliani = the poor man's Rick Santorum

    September 28, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. Showmeyerpapers

    Truly ghouly ? The man?Is morbid like so many others i cant stand to see or hear for 2 seconds truly ghouly rudy guliani makes me throw up a little in my mouth

    September 28, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Ron

    Wow. I honestly didn't know this guy was still alive. But what the hell, with a group of candidates like this, why not jump in Rudy?!

    September 28, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    No one from the RIGHT is asking Guiliani to run..............NO ONE!!!

    September 28, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    What a sweet old man....now you go back to your room....

    September 28, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Mike Dallas

    Hasn't this chimp, exploited the deaths of innocent Americans enough?

    Or is he going to continue for another year?

    The man has no soul or shame, just do anything to get elected.

    Ooops, he is member of the GOP just business as usual for the party with no heart..

    September 28, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. todd in DC

    Vote for Guiliani. He works best under fire...

    September 28, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world almost

    Don't waste your time, no one is interested in your candidacy,

    September 28, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. Hmmmm

    The only reason Rudy would enter the race would be as a favor to Perry, with expectation Rudy would take votes from Romney, and thus boost Perry's chances. Giuliani knows he couldn't win, but Perry backed Giuliani in 2008, and Rudy would be looking for employment in a Perry cabinet.

    September 28, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Bill in Florida

    Guiliani 2012 - because the 2008 attempt went so well.

    September 29, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  24. thomas

    How big was the fish that got away ?

    Who is he flirting his big ege too , Bernard Bailey "Bernie" Kerik ?

    September 29, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  25. Dale

    No Rudy 2012: Cain's more exciting w/business background and less political baggage. Rudy had his chance in 08 and lost it. We need a strong conservative with principles, not Rudy. He's been quite good, but this year we want and need the very best to not just turn around, but root out the tentacles of Ozero's appointments and policies.

    September 29, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
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