Geraldo says his 'modern Republican' view needed in Jersey
February 1st, 2013
09:07 AM ET
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Geraldo says his 'modern Republican' view needed in Jersey

(CNN) – New Jersey voters haven't sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1972, but that isn't discouraging Fox News host Geraldo Rivera from pushing forward with a potential bid.

Rivera, who first floated the possibility of running for Senate in 2014 on his radio show Thursday, again teased a prospective campaign during an appearance on Fox News Friday.

"I really do believe, as a modern Republican, that there is a point of view that is unrepresented in states like New Jersey," Rivera said as he launched into what sounded like the seeds of a stump speech.

"There can be a new vitalization of the Republican Party, a concept where we extol the virtues of good business and fiscal policy and we fight the deficit and we don't advocate the printing of money in obscene amounts just to cover our debts. We have to rein in entitlements."

But on social issues, Rivera tacked left.

"I believe in immigration reform. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage. I believe in choice. Not obscenely, but I believe in Roe vs. Wade," he told the hosts of "Fox and Friends."

"So you have to take my fiscal positions on being a Republican, who believes that we have to bail out future generations rather than indebt future generations, with some of these social policies that aren't in sync with much of traditional GOP politics, at least in recent years," he continued.

Rivera's potential Democratic rivals in 2014 include current Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the 89-year-old incumbent who has yet to announce whether he's running for re-election, and Cory Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark.

While Booker has higher poll numbers than Lautenberg in a potential 2014 match-up, the longtime senator has scoffed at the idea and given little indication that he plans to step down.

If he does decide to run, Rivera will likely be forced to bow out of his Fox News appearances, at least for the duration of his campaign. During the run-up to last year's presidential contest, Fox suspended the contributor contracts of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who made bids for the GOP nomination.

Other television hosts have made overtures about running for Senate in the past, including MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who discussed running in Pennsylvania, and talk-show master Jerry Springer, who contemplated a bid in Ohio.

Lou Dobbs, formerly of CNN and now a host on Fox Business Network, also considered a run for Senate in New Jersey in 2010.

Asked Friday whether he'd be willing to end his Fox News appearances to pursue a Senate bid, Rivera explained the race was still at least a year away.

"So I've got some time to hone a message, get around and ride my Harley to all parts of Garden State," he said.

That Harley ride could give Rivera some insights into New Jersey's electorate, which for three decades has voted Democrats into the Senate. The last Republican New Jersey senator, Clifford Case, was elected in 1972.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: New Jersey • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Durundal

    Thats funny, if we were actually running the printing press 24/7 we would have no debt and the world would be in an inflation induced poverty. Oh wait, I guess that means Geraldo has no clue what he is talking about. Wasnt this the same little weasel that was tossed out of Iraq for revealing our troop movements on tv to make ratings a few years back?

    February 1, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Geraldo- you're not a Republican

    You are, by definition, a Libertarian, and you'll never make it in the GOP. If you don't hate gays, if you don't bang on the bilbe and dictate how others are to live, if you don't support a woman's right to choose, then you are NOT, and NEVER WILL be, a republican.

    February 1, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. fiftyfive55

    just what we need-another talk show host in government

    February 1, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "If he does decide to run, Rivera will likely be forced to bow out of his Fox News appearances, at least for the duration of his campaign. "
    Likely to be forced? He will definitely be forced out of Fox. Not only that, he must have some dead time between leaving Fox and beginning a campaign. You cannot just simply do it over night. Both Santorum and Gingrich let at least 90 days pass before they could even announce the campaign intentions. Not leaving Fox is what made it so obvious that Palin was never going to run for POTUS in 2012. Their salariese could be construed as campaign donations that exceed the legal limits.

    February 1, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. much thunder.little rain

    sounds like a blue dog democrat....but there are not any of those left...nancy saw to that ...either you are far left or left out....

    February 1, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Borderless

    Geraldo isn't needed anywhere. Seriously. Embarrassing.

    February 1, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Canuck

    Geraldo.. what the heck are you thinking???? The Republicans??? seriously????

    February 1, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Good luck with convincing the Dem hand out mentality in that state, to send anyone responsible to Congress, Geraldo or otherwise.

    February 1, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. lottie

    something about the republican party attracts every looney tune in the world. Just what they need Im sure rush will love him.

    February 1, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    We don't need another gop freak like bachmann in congress ,go away !!!!!from the fox dopes channel no less ,moron.

    February 1, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. stevetall

    This clown-weenie has never been anything more than an attention-starved media-hound. Definately not politician material, so I'm sure he'd be perfect for the Republican ticket!

    February 1, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We don't need him in NJ. Where has he been in NJ? I don't think that he is really a good fit for NJ and will fail if he runs.

    February 1, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Good luck with convincing the Dem hand out mentality in that state, to send anyone responsible to Congress, Geraldo or otherwise."

    If you place the states in order, starting with the state that has the highest ratio of taxes paid to federal aid received...i.e., which states give more to the federal government in taxes than they get in return....NEW JERSEY IS NUMBER ONE. NJ receives less in federal aid in comparison to how much it pays in taxes than ANY OTHER STATE. In other words, NJ is doing more than any other state to GIVE "hand outs" (what normal people simply call "help") to the red states, which are consistently and pervasively receiving far more in federal aid than they contribute in taxes.

    So, congratulations. You managed to be as wrong as was only had 50 to choose from, so that means you nailed the 2% chance of picking the most wrong state to ridicule with your tired, disproven vitriol about "takers."

    February 1, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. republican4republic

    U go geraldo. Lead the physcal revolution and destroy the socialist democrats that are squelching the american dream.

    February 1, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. sifto

    I have been fooled..I thought Riveria was a liberal.....all of his political views are far left.....

    February 1, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. A not-so-stupid former republican

    It seems that voters in New Jersey are a little smarter than voters in other states who elect republicans.

    February 1, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. A not-so-stupid former republican

    The conservative definition of liberal is anyone who isn't a right wing nut job!

    February 1, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |