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. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    loser, loser, pants on fire........

    January 13, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Blue is my favourite colour

    Giuliani – not getting the message, are you?

    You had your moment in the sun, and then the sun set, and when it grew dark, all kinds of scary things came out. You became a viral, hate spewing, racist pig, and I think the country will never forgive you.
    You lost your bid for president, and you'll lose your bid for governor. The last thing we need is a Jekyll and Hyde personality like you in another position of power.

    January 13, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Jean, Indiana

    Kennedy for Senate. Cuomo runs against Giuliani for governor. Dems will not put Paterson up against Giuliani.

    Paterson appoints Cuomo, instead of Kennedy = political suicide. Giuliani wins.

    Either way, Paterson out.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Bill

    Giuliani is crazy, and the only people foolish enough to vote for him would be anyone who hates ferrets more than they care about anything else in life. The media really should stop posting stories about this lunatic.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Aaron from Ohio

    Rudy can multi-task. With his penchant for dressing up in drag, he could be governor and his own first lady. His claim to fame was being Mayor of New York when the tragedy of 9/11 occurred. He's been his own disaster since then.

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. richard

    What do the top ten cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common? Most fascinating "cause and effect" relationships: Democrat leadership!
    Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list)... hasn't elected a Republican
    mayor since 1961;
    Buffalo, NY (2nd)... hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954;
    Cincinnati, OH (3rd)... hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984;
    Cleveland, OH (4th)... hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989;
    Miami, FL (5th)... has never had a Republican mayor;
    St. Louis, MO (6th)... hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949;
    El Paso, TX (7th)... has never had a Republican mayor.
    Milwaukee, WI (8th)... hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908;
    Philadelphia, PA (9th)... hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952;
    Newark, NJ (10th)... hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.

    If you want to be poor, vote Democrat !!!!

    January 13, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Danielle

    Kim, that would be "a noun, a verb, and 9/11"

    January 13, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. the judge

    In many ways, Giulliani is akin to the New York version of Alaska's Sarah Palin: Opportunist?-100%; Self-promoter?-100%; Egotist?-100%; Profiteer?-100%; Arrogance?-100%; Candor?-zero!

    January 13, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Venia

    I think he and palin would make a great team, the first pair of clueless pathological liars that would guarentee the dems a win in 2012.

    January 13, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Furiousdee

    He's not running. If he were, he has the too much of an ego not to declare now. He needs his name in the news as business at Guilianin PArtners is drying up. What a loser. BTW, even if he were to run? He wuld lose NYC, something no state-wide candidate could win without.

    January 13, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. FragmentFour

    The only thing this man has going for him is an overblown reputation earned by being the mayor of NYC on 9/11. Prior to that date, he was about to be boiled alive for his support of brutal police tactics. Maybe by 2010, he will have blown himself out.

    January 13, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    Rudy you and Sarah should run for president in 2012 so you can bring the republican party down more. You are both good at letting the hate come out of your mouth.

    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Rickymo

    Not again...another one that needs to just go away

    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Ex-Republican

    Yea, Goo-goo...run for it, so we can hear you spout off about how on 9/11 you and your President let 9/11 happen, killing/murdering close to 3k people.

    Then we can listen to you as you endorse torture and the destruction of our constitution and liberties because YOU can't do your jobs!

    January 13, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Andy J, Upstate NY

    Well, after Paterson just imposed about 100 new taxes and fees in NEW YORK (yes, this is relevant for New Yorkers, so Kim in Charlotte and the genius in Pittsburgh, why don't you shut your pie hole? it doesn't concern you. Save your hate for your own state), Paterson will have a tough time getting reelected.

    The amount of money New York takes from me via taxes, and now they are taking more, while simultaneously trying to coerce me into drinking the type of beverages they deem "healthy".


    January 13, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. JA/TN

    please, where does he get this idea, New Yorkers are smarter, i hope, go home Rudy

    January 13, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Bill NY

    One big, big reason he should not run: BERNARD KERIK!!!
    Plus there are a thousand others

    January 13, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Dead Snake

    Here we go again with this power mongers. Don't we have in this country some fresh new young politicians to lead in this country in a different way?
    We just take the old corrupt politicians and try to play a game we've been loosing for 8 years now. That is called insanity. Get smart and and boost all this people out. Time for new ideas for the new generation.

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Neocons have ruined our country!

    Rudolph is a sleaze bag who was rejected by his own party during the primaries. Needless to say, go crawl under a rock. You should not be given a place or platform to divulge your stupid views!
    Neocons need to go away for a looong time until the rest of us can clean up the putrid mess you have left behind!

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Could not make it in the Presidential Primaries, so now he's trying for Gov of NY? Oh, well.

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. obama-mama

    I'd rather vote for spongebob

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. NY Woman

    I voted for you back in the day. NOW, I realize what a mistake that was. I wont commit the same mistake twice. Get Lost!

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. gt

    go Rudy ,America and New York need leadership ,

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Mike

    The college's name is Siena College, not Sienna.

    January 13, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9