January 13th, 2009
09:53 AM ET
14 years ago

Giuliani says decision on governor's race unlikely before summer

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/09/03/giuliani.speech/art.giuliani.02.cnn.jpg caption="Could Giuliani be headed for Albany?"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani is remaining coy on the prospect of a 2010 run against New York Gov. David Paterson.

"It's too early," the former New York City mayor said on CNN's American Morning Tuesday. "The governor has a big job. He doesn't need a two-year election campaign. I think he should be given every opportunity to do the very best he can for the state, and then we can see about it six months from now, eight months from now."

Two months ago, in an interview on CNN, Giuliani said he wasn't ruling out a bid in 2010 for governor of the Empire State.

A poll of New York State voters conducted by Sienna College in November suggested that Paterson would top Giuliani by 6 points in a hypothetical head-to-head match up in 2010.

On Tuesday, the former Republican presidential candidate also weighed in on a major decision facing his state's Democratic governor: whom to select to replace Hillary Clinton, who will step down from her senate seat if confirmed, as expected, as secretary of state.

"The governor's gotta go on his instinct," Giuliani told CNN. "He knows what he needs in Washington. If he thinks it's Caroline Kennedy, with the group of experiences she has and contacts and relation with the president, that's fine. If he thinks it's an Andrew Cuomo (New York's attorney general) who has government experience, Washington, New York, very experienced, then he goes with him, and he is going to get tested on it very quickly. I think a lot is riding on it for him, so he will make the best judgment he can."

Whoever is appointed to fill Clinton's seat would join Paterson on the ballot in 2010.

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Jackie in Dallas

    I wonder what it would take to get him to leave 9/11 out of his campaign. Nah, when you are a one-trick pony, you do what you do....

    January 13, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. HouseDiva

    Rudy is a 911 pimp...he's totally corrupt...NO WAY!

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Stephy

    Please don't...0

    January 13, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. bill, alabama

    Guilinai makes about as responsible a politician as Sarah Palin does. Both are cut from the same mold in that they preach division and hate, hate, hate!

    January 13, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. RJ, Phoenix

    Mickie January 13th, 2009 10:37 am ET

    I wish there were some way to get rid of worn out has beens that don't know they are past usefulness.

    Yeah, like Reid, Pelosi, Durbin, Franks... etc.

    January 13, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Dexter in Houston TX

    I wander which gown is he going to wear to the governor's ball?
    What a drag...

    January 13, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. freda

    Rudy?????? A Senator??????????? Or, Rudy, the Sinister. Maybe he will ask the ???Community Organizer??? what he should do. You see, the Comunity Organizer he so blatantly attempted to make a mockery of is now the President of the USA.

    Rudy the "Whatever, should do nothing except sit down and shut up. If he gets bored, he can do what he always does – talk about his favorite subject – 911.

    January 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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