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. nora CC TXAS

    Kim you called him a creep, I agree 100%, he is so useless it is a pity, I think it is really funny he thinks he can win anything, Go Away Rudy!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Polar Bears Against Palen

    9/11 Rudy need to go f himself.

    January 13, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Adam

    Anyone would be better than that buffoon that NY has as governor now. Taxing soda is one of his hairbrained ideas while handing out more entitlements to illegal aliens

    January 13, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Dawn Lancaster

    After witnessing Mr. Giuliani at the RNC, it is evividant that the man stands for hate. yeah, this is what America needs more of.

    January 13, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Mickie

    I wish there were some way to get rid of worn out has beens that don't know they are past usefulness. Go see what dresses you can "drag" out of your closet.

    January 13, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. ANGIE

    Go away Rudy It is Republicans like you is why the country has rejected the GOP Go away Mr 911

    January 13, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Caroline Kennedy for NYS Senate

    Rudy was NOT great as the NYC mayor, he just happened to be in charge when the city, and the country, was under attack. We wanted to get rid of you then, we certainly don't want you now!

    January 13, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. bill

    come on rudy run in 2010.WE ALL NEED A GOOD LAUGH.you dispicable idiot

    January 13, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. PA

    Spare New York Rudy! Your contribution as Mayor was enuff. But if you want more hills to climb, Good Luck with the Governors run, you'll need it.

    January 13, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Lisa Kudrow

    Scary! That's all I can say

    January 13, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. C Cole

    When Meghan can't say one nice thing about Palin, she has decided to keep her mouth shut. Too bad. I would love to hear ALL that she and her father have to say....nothing good!

    January 13, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. southerncousin

    Another voice the dumocratic thugs are trying to silence, sounds like Stalin is getting power.

    January 13, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. CMG

    Oh Ruby, it has been so pleasing to have you out of the picture for a while. Please remain that way.

    January 13, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. kenny cole

    i just hate this man he make me sick,RUDY!! what do you wanna do? now a community organizer will be your president

    January 13, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know if Giuliani is really ready for Albany. He might have been able to deal with a small group of people that comprised NYC city council. It is the question of the ablity to deal effectively with those that are from upstate NY. I don't think that they are going to like his style sometimes (or much of the time).

    January 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Vicki5

    To: Rude Giluiani

    It's not too early. It's too late.

    January 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Amanda

    Hoping New Yorkers will forget by summertime all of the nasty robo-calls you made Rudy? Keep on hoping!

    January 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. arc, Lugano CH

    Rudy, you truly showed your true party colors (and your own) at the Red State Festival of Hate in last summer.

    January 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Independent In NY

    I'm not voting for anyone whose wife is young enopugh to be their daughter...........Just one area where he lacks judgement, or how about his presidential campaign, or Bernard Kerrick....

    He is the LAST thing we need in Albany!!

    January 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Apples for sale

    I would take Palin for this job instead of this Rudy tool.I would like to see her fix things without big oil money at her back.Its easy to run a state when your in bed with big oil,just look at Texas,they run the state just like Alaska.

    January 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Otis

    He's running. You'll see.

    January 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Noah

    GL,Pittsburgh- You are either an intellectualy dishhonest person or simply ignorant. Giuliani is not racist nor is the Republican party. Their party has appointed far more African American and Latinos to high cabinet positions than Democrats have. They are the party that freed the slaves and even Martin Luther King Jr was a registered Republican. The Democrat party has hijacked the minority vote because they support terrible social programs that supposedly help minorities but in all reality they have done nothing but keep minorities down and fail them. What have the Democrats ever done that has actually propelled minorities forward in society? The answer is nothing. Their education system fails them and so does every other program.

    January 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Rudy, you got no shot here in NY man. You may have been able to win in NYC but statewide is a stretch. I mean come on Obama won the state by 25pts, you'd probably be lucky to grab 40%. I wouldn't be countin on my vote!

    January 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. facts are facts

    On other blogs people were speculating that Ann Coulter was really Rudy Giuliani in drag but that is ridiculous since Rudy is only a cross dresser and Ann is a transexual. Really the only thing they have in common is they are both neocons and bigots.

    January 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Anonymous

    He should be HEADING for RETIREMENT...with his DESTRUCTIVE Mentality!

    Giuliani, GET LOST!!!

    January 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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