January 13th, 2009
09:53 AM ET
13 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. Angie-OHIO

    who cares? loser!

    January 13, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Matt

    Yeah, that'll happen. Go ahead and run Rudy...you guarantee the Dems a victory, particularly after that vitriolic filth you spilled at the RNC. Nobody wants you.

    January 13, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. believe

    run giuliani, but not for governor.

    January 13, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. welches, oregon

    Aren't you irrelevant ?

    January 13, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. karen-Phoenix

    As a republican who voted for Obama, I DO NOT want to see or hear this man any more than I want to see or hear Palin. They both helped greatly to destroy the republican party!!! Bush and Cheney were at the forfront of destroying the party!!!

    January 13, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. john


    January 13, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Ken in NC

    Let’s look at this statement by Giuliani . "It's too early," the former New York City mayor said. Now that includes the Noun and the Verb as described by VP Elect Joe Biden. The only thing left out was β€œ9-11” and he put it in the next statement when he said, β€œI 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." Eight months from now would be in the Aug./ Sept range which is in close proximity to 9-11.

    January 13, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Wally

    Ruddy....you need to disappear as well.

    January 13, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. John Adams

    Giuliani has already written his annoucement speech for 2010. Here it is:

    "Ladies 911 and 911 gentlemen, 911 I am 911 proud 911 to 911 announce 911 my 911 candidacy 911 for 911 Governor 911 of 911 the 911 great 911 State 911 of 911 New York 911.

    Thank 911 you".

    January 13, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I thought old skull face was interested in running for the Senate? Any bit of power will do, huh?

    January 13, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    I can't stand this man. In the words of Biden..."a noun, a verb, and a prononun"..


    January 13, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. NiceGirl

    Mr. 911, just a reminder.......The Community Organizer will be your president effective January 20, 2009.

    January 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Democrats Rule

    OMG – Spitzer wasn't embarrasing enough – we want to really go for the gold with GOVERNOR Giuliani??? I think NOT. Although if he duplicates his brilliant strategy from his Presidential campaign I don't think we have anything to worry about.

    January 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Al, NY NY

    Go away Ghouliani. Your total lack of anything other than glomming onto your limited (and way overblown) involvement in the 9/11 incident shows that you have no shame. "Hi, I'm Rudy. I was a hero in 9/11. I didn't leave important city offices in the towers, 9/11. I was there on the pile digging for survivors, 9/11, etc." You and your adulterous spouse can go somewhere but I won't say.....

    January 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. damien

    As a resident of Upstate NY, I have to say I am totally unimpressed with Giuliani. His behavior during the presidential campaign was a new low for him – and that is saying something. Giuliani has become nothing other than a caricature of the empty suit that is the national GOP. Paterson, on the other hand, has thus far been nothing but frank and professional as governor – the lone voice of reason on the state political scene.

    January 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. gl, Pittsburgh

    Rudy Giuliani – Sorry but his days are numbered. He is a racist fool and he will not win becasue of he racist and hatful ways as a Replubicans which have become the dead part of the century.

    January 13, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Irritated in Fl

    Patterson is such an idiot. I don't live in New York but seems to me Guilliani has done a LOT more for that state than Patterson.

    January 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Jack in Florida

    Rudy.....you were great when you were Mayor of New York City , but it has been all downhill from there. Retire quietly with dignity and please take Judith with you.

    January 13, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. ran

    Rudy,Rudy,Rudy just go away.

    January 13, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. tkcrow

    It will be interesting to see what his campaign strategy is. I wonder if he will wait until Florida again πŸ™‚

    January 13, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. pat C.


    January 13, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    Didn't Giuliani learn from the presidential primary that not very many people want him in office. Give it up Rudy, no one wants a cross dresser for governor.

    January 13, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. AT

    He would lose the NYC vote. They didn't like him when the rest of the country loved him after 9/11. It's over Rudy.

    January 13, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. BS not Maverick

    Go ahead, you should do about as good as Florida, HAAAAAAAA.

    January 13, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. even tempered

    My advice for Giuliani is to start campaigning right away in Florida. This strategy has gotta work the second time. He worked out all the bugs the first time during his presidential run.

    January 13, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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