July 26th, 2007
04:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani: Thompson should take his time

Giuliani picked up some DVDs at a campaign stop Wednesday.

(CNN) - If Republican presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani is feeling any frustration over likely challenger Fred Thompson’s drawn-out deliberations, he’s not showing it.

Giuliani shook hands and talked with diners at a Houston, Texas restaurant Thursday, the day after Thompson made his first swing through the city. Thompson told supporters yesterday he was still not ready to declare himself a candidate, but promised a decision shortly.

The former New York City mayor said he would have no problem if those currently dipping their toes in the water decide to leap in the pool. “This is a very, very big decision, lot to consider,” he told reporters. “I respect the people taking their time trying to make it. Whether it’s Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich or Al Gore, who knows? Maybe he’s thinking of entering on the other side.

“They have the right to take their time. I don’t think anyone should put any pressure on them,” he said.

But Giuliani said his campaign won’t change, regardless of who ultimately enters the field. He said, “I’m running on the things I stand for. I’m not running against any other Republicans. They’re all good people. They all have good programs. I think I have more executive experience than any of them.”

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Connie, Tn.

    Of course Rudy won't change his campaign. It's the campaign of FEAR, just like the current occupant.

    July 26, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. wt, albuquerque, nm

    what adam sandler movie is giuliani buying there? i hope it's not little nicky.

    July 26, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Eugene, Orlando, FL

    Not unles he repudiates Bush, swears to end the oil war in Iraq promptly, proposes to raise taxes on the people that Bush sold out the economy to bankroll to save social security, secures the borders, inspects the ports and expels the 12 million criminal immigrants. I would not care if he was a Bush level idiot or as personally corrupt as Chaney, if he would do these things he or anyone else that got with this program would have my vote. Something has to be done or this country is done and I could not care less about his sex life, religion, or lack of it, or even his advanced age if he could get the job done. Shame none of the Dem's meet this agenda.

    July 26, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Noah, Oakland, CA

    It's "Big Daddy."

    July 26, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Jason, Seattle WA

    I know who Ronald Regan would support!

    "Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country."

    Ronald Regan

    Ron Paul was one of Ronald Regan's first supporters by the way. People who consider themselves conservatives and republicans and yet still bash Ron Paul need to do some more reading and self reflection.

    July 26, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I don't care about giuliani or thompson. Ron Paul in '08

    July 26, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Giuliani CAN'T change his campaign. If he were to change his campaign, he'd have NOTHING to run on (not saying he has much as it is). 9/11 9/11 9/11...

    July 26, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Carmella, New Jersey

    It is indeed Big Daddy...I like how Mr. Sandler contributes to the campaign and in turn Mr. Giuliani makes sure to have the Sandler DVD on top during a photo op a week after Sandler has a new movie open...

    July 26, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Mrs. America

    You'd think Giuliani would realize by now people are tired of and aren't falling for the fear tactics anymore. We need to be vigilant, not scared. If the Rep field doesn't make some major improvements in what's being served up, Ron Paul probably has a chance. Ohhh, did I really say Ron Paul?

    July 26, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Jon, New York NY

    Oh man, he likes Adam Sandler!!? That, like, totally appeals to my demographic.

    July 27, 2007 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  11. bret, atl, ga

    Terror, GLOBAL TERROR, September 11, nine-eleven, terror terror terrorists terrorists islamofascism terror terror etc.

    That is what you are "running on", Mister Mayor. Fearmonger much?

    July 27, 2007 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  12. USA

    You're running on 9/11 fumes Rudy!

    Wait til the mud slinging starts...you're a goner!

    July 27, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    If Thompson ever does enter the race it will be a very short lived excursion. The only support he has is from the single-issue Republican voters who think he may be the second coming of Reagen. Giuliani will pick up the bulk of McCain supporters and when the Evangelicals see that it's either Rudy or Hillary their decision will be quite easy. Giuliani's track record of dealing with crime and terrorism will make it a very easy choice in the general election. There is NOONE with that credibility on the Democrats side.

    July 28, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |