September 30th, 2007
08:35 AM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani: GOP needs to be a 50-state party

Giuliani said the GOP needs to focus its efforts in all 50 states.

(CNN)-Rudy Giuliani says the Republican party needs to change its strategy if it wants to win in 2008.

"How about we win?" the GOP hopeful said in a speech Saturday. "That means that we take back the House, we take back the Senate, and we keep the presidency in Republican hands," he said.

Giuliani said the GOP needs to focus beyond running in 25 or 30 states "which is what we have done in the last 3 or 4 times, which is why we had to depend on Ohio, in '04 and we had to depend on Florida in '00."

He criticized the way certain races had been run in the past. "We do this 30 state campaign, we don't campaign in 20 of the states," the former New York mayor said, "and these happen to be the states where we lost members of the Congress and Senators and we have to become again, among other things in 2008, we have to become a 50-state Republican party."

Giuliani, who was speaking to a gathering of women, said when it comes to Senator Hillary Clinton, D-New York, voters should consider more than just her role as the only woman in the presidential campaign. "American people decide who they want as president based on who they think the right person is for the country, not whether someone is a man or a woman or a different race," Giuliani said. "We have a record that's very, very proud and very long of making certain that women participate on a full and complete and equal basis with men," he said.

Giuliani made his comments to the National Federation of Republican Women Convention in Palm Springs, California. He was scheduled to campaign in Portland, Oregon, and Kirkland, Washington later in the day.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Iowa • New Hampshire • Race to '08 • Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Mark, Milford NH

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that offers hope for America, he has the high ground on every issue from the war (and foreign policy) to economics and healthcare. Not sure if he can win the GOP nomination but he is the only candidate that has any chance of beating Shillary...

    September 30, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one – both the Republicans and the Democrats want to own the presidency – thus their idea of what "right" for the country will not be challenged (as much). One thing that neither you nor any of your counterparts will address – is that Hillary voted for the war....using the same intelligence as Bush seems to be conveniently forgotten....never a mention....and theres the "war monger" – to me....and perhaps because I lean to the Republican side – leads me to believe that your party wants to pretend that it had no part in this....and now that we are in it....this cut and run strategy seems to be the best approach...its hardly war mongering – but I guess explaining my side isn't quite working here....oh well – Rudy will win in 08....not because he's a Republican – its because he's a moderate – and once the true cost of the entitlement programs comes in...(and remember...they last a lifetime) – I think you will see that even many Dems will not support Hillary (and see through all the rhetoric....maybe you will too?) There are no right of center Democrat fact there are no moderates either...(not running anyway)

    September 30, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Ron Nebraska some research on voting results in the critical state of Ohio. When more votes in some districts were cast for Bush than there were registered voters in that district does that not sound like rigging or is that one little fact more cry baby complaining?

    September 30, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Chris-I see through the rhetoric and that's why I see both Hillary and Rudy on the same side. If you go to the DNC blog(where your views are allowed,unlike the RNC blog)you'll find that most democrats find Hillary to be too far right to be happy with. So it's kind of funny to me that I'm some kind of neo-con there,yet a liberal here. If Rudy were to win,it would guarantee a democratic congress,if Hillary wins,it'll be a republican congress by 2010. Either way America wins by having a functioning system of checks and balances. Let's both work our respective sides to the middle where the majority of voters are. I think it's very interesting that move-on,an organization started to push FOR the impeachment of Clinton,now is viewed as a left wing group. Right-wing and left-wing agitators must be negated. You have your work cut out for you and we have our work to do. Let's keep pushing for the good of our country and not let these elements of our parties that gain financially from this divisive rhetoric stop us from attaining a middle ground that represents us both. The balance is now in our favor and doesn't serve either of us properly. It hasn't served your side very well to operate this way either. Keep on pushing for the middle. The American people need to get together to move our dysfunctional system beyond this. I'd like to be discussing substantive issues next fall instead of this religious crap.
    Thanks for your help,we surely need it.

    September 30, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |

    Christoper in Conn.- Remember what you say can come back to haunt you. You seem like a frustrated fellow with low self esteem. Not to many people are interested in what you have to say, at home you speak, no one listens, but here you are the center of attention.

    September 30, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Michael, NYC, NY

    After 8 years of Bush destroying the Republican party, if Guliani gets the nomination the party will be finished for good. Great way to hand an election to Hillary.

    The fact that Guliani came this far shows what a horrible job the mainstream media is doing in investigative reporting. We will never know how many lives were lost as a result of his decision to put the command center at WTC. This man is no 9/11 hereo and is not the least bit Conservative-Republican.

    With Bush as President and candidates like Guliani/Thompson being played as favorites it is clear Conservatism is dead in the Republican party. They have abandoned core beliefs but cannot win without us.

    Bottom line if true Republican Conservatives do not get the nomination I and most other Conservatives I know are done with the party. Hopefully Ron Paul or someone like him will get the nomination or will take us real conservatives to a 3rd party.

    September 30, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Don't worry,if the conservatives(social) all leave the republican party,it will regain it's strength and recover very well.It's the democratic party that will lose membership because intelligent agendas will be on both sides. A third party of mental deficients will remain irrelevant.

    September 30, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. John Boise ID

    Rudy Guiliani was an insider on 911. He was told the buildings were coming down and who could of possibly known. wtc7 was destroyed to destroy the sec's records of corporate corruption, the pentagon was hit in it's records department-same thing. One of the describing adjectives that ought to be added to these candidates is globalist and Rudy is a globalist just like Obama and Clinton NWO harpie.

    September 30, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. laurinda,ny

    Chris from Conn... So you are an imposter. You work for the Republican party to spread all your filthy lies over the CNN political ticker. Go over to Fox where you and your lies belong. You are an obnoxious, egotistic gnat.

    September 30, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Chris CT

    It might prove beneficial for you to at least give some thought of getting together with the Ron Paul fans.

    It would cut the number of your posts here to near half and our having to scroll past them to a minimum.

    Also have you ever heard the phrase, "you can only say the same thing differently so many times, then it becomes redundant." Or perhaps this one, "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." Or perhaps this one, "time to change the CD it's skipping."

    September 30, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. laurinda,ny

    Chris, CT, call me a nutjob? I see this is the official meeting place. The last post, from Tricia (PEI), was that the message to get off the Rudy kick and go on to Ron Paul. The skipping CD, etc, means you are getting to played out, move on. Other people can't see what is going on, but I do. I guess you'll disappear and come back with a new name. Next time, leave me alone.

    October 1, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  12. laurinda,ny

    One other thing. I do have the personal E-Mail of one of CNN's people at Turner.

    October 1, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  13. Sam, IA

    Wikipedia, Truth by numeric superiority. Why did I know Chris would be quoting that source!! The National Enquirer of information.

    October 1, 2007 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  14. Brad Linzy, Evansville, IN

    Giuliani is a joke.

    This country is turning into a police state banana republic run by the mainstream media military industrial complex. Anyone who can't see that needs their IQ checked.

    RON PAUL 2008 all the freaking way!

    October 1, 2007 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  15. laurinda,ny

    ED, I know that was you. SAM I know all your other names, t t,etc.

    October 1, 2007 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  16. laurinda,ny

    NO ONE IS WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE!!! You probably were (picking on me) too. My own party.

    October 1, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. laurinda,ny

    If Lou Dobbs and Jack Cafferty read this stuff and knew what was going on all weekend they would be furious. Good bye to both of you. I'll know you when you return as someone else.

    October 1, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. Mary, Beaver, PA

    "We have a record that's very, very proud and very long of making certain that women participate on a full and complete and equal basis with men," he said.

    Thanks Rudy. With your strong comments about women, I'm sure you will win the 1920 Presidential election.

    October 1, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Lee of Mays Landing NJ: Actually, knowing what I know about Lincoln, I don't think that it's ironic at all.

    October 1, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Ed – you are a wise man – thank you I agree

    October 1, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Chris, Middletown, CT'd think I was making something up....or I spit on somones baby....its just my opinion – I have always found angry people to have arguments not based on any facts..but based on the rhetoric they are readily spoon fed....I'm not changing your your own research on the correct definition of left wing....right wing....and moderate...then also do your research on political grandstanding – then look up entitlement programs....don't rely on viewpoint seems to infuriate the people who are not right nor moderate (see....I didn't say we haven't agreed on the definition yet)

    October 1, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. laurinda,ny

    I'm sorry. I have a bad Irish temper. The united auto workers always go with the democrats. The Republicans blew it when they put Bush in.

    October 1, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    Excuse me, but didn't anyone notice what happened when the republicans had sole power? Corruption, pre-emptive, knee-jerk support for everything their president wanted. I would think everyone would have learned from that mistake. And Giuliani (Guililini) wants a repeat?

    It is actually tempting for me to think about me voting for him (but not supporting him), if he can pull it off, just so we have checks and balances. I would also prefer to have his name smeared (the republicans) as we extricate ourselves from the mess of Iraq. I do not want it ever forgotten that Bush lied his way into this war and it should taint his name throughout our history. No matter the final outcome of Iraq we had no business invading that country. History should not elevate Bush for being a visionary, if the outcome in Iraq should somehow, 10-15 years hence, okay. I doubt that will happen though.

    October 2, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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