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. NV, NYC

    It was peaceful here without this dysfunctional family. Timeout is over...

    January 13, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    Mr. Giuliani, please just go away....New York State does not want you back in any capacity...get over yourself!

    January 13, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. shoegazer

    Somebody check his"best before"date.I think it's a long time expired.

    January 13, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Roy

    Before Sarah Palin...in the same vein...there was Rudy Giuliani! Rudy, 2001 was now 8 years ago...you cannot ride THAT 15 minutes of fame anymore.....
    Your message and platform and antiquated and obsolete.....your supposed 'save the country' rhetoric rings hollow and insincere.
    I hope he DOES run for governor......it would ensure a victory for the other side.

    January 13, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Joe

    Good for him. I'm glad to see him give the current governor room to breathe and do his job.

    January 13, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Love the Obamas


    January 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Humored in Texas

    Rudy is the ultimate embodiment of the Ultimate Glory Hound!

    He was going to "roll" everybody in the GOP primaries; too bad the American people in the GOP didn't get the memo!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Texas Observer

    Due to the derogatory 'Community Organizer' comment made in the republican convention, I don't think Guiliani can win any public office – especially in New York

    January 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Agnes Fleming

    I would just love to see Rudy give it a try so we may get a chance to tell him, I mean really tell him, where to go. Rudy, like Sarah Palin, seems to have a problem accepting his reality; he's gone as far as he is every likely to go, and that was already too far for this egotistical maniac who sees the world through the prism of his own narcissism. He 15 minutes of fame are up, and we no longer need the bully tactics, thank you.

    January 13, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Barack wins but does America win as well?

    Now there is a real leader with backbone and smarts. He is a realist that gets things done. He isn't all flowerly with soaring rhetoric. He cares about Main street and knows Main street needs government to get out of the way and that it also needs solid investment from Wall street.

    Too bad he isn't going to be inauguarated President on next week.

    Instead we go with spend now and tax later Barack Obama. What a nightmare for this country.

    No stimulus package has ever and I repeat ever worked. They do more harm than good, but liberals live in a fantasy world so you can't convince them otherwise. They believe government has a bottomless pit of money.

    January 13, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. ben

    I think Rudy needs to attend Sarah Palin's church and have his demons exorcised!

    January 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I prefer him in drag...

    January 13, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Nathan,

    Lets get ready for the endless references to 9/11.

    January 13, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Gary

    The man can't even form a sentence. You can have him New York.
    He ranks of the worst of the republicans, and with Palin and Cheney, there's a lot of compitition.

    January 13, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    first here's the real question if not rudy then who, its not like theres alot of people to pick from on the GOP side (its not exactly the south) secondly minus his personal life and bid for the presidency he has been fairly successful at almost everything he's ever done
    so with this in mind, why not ?

    January 13, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Michael, Houston Texas

    Hey Giuliani, since you have destroyed your rep as a man, won't don't you put on a dress and run as a woman, since you do like cross dressing!

    January 13, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Clark

    Such a creepy Nixonian character Giuliani is...a deeply paranoid man obsessed with his own self-importance. He may have been the face of New York for one day on 9/11, but those of us who live here are grateful that he is gone.

    January 13, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Bill

    We all wait with bated breath, Rudy.

    In the meantime I' sure you will change some of your public policy positions that you took while running for president back to your original positions you had as mayor. You need a little more time to accomplish this so we won't actually think of you as a cynical opportunist! Oh, and don't slow down on your money making off the 9/11 tragedy quite yet. Another 6-8 months should pull in another five to ten million for the Giuliani coffers, right?

    January 13, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    I guess that's when Judi will decide. She would sell him to be the first lady of anything. Shame to see a man give up his self respect to please that Shrew of a wife.

    January 13, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Jerel Chicago

    Believe me Rudy, Community Organizer is an infinitely more respectable job than disliked father, heterosexual cross-dresser, cheating spouse, war profiteer or self-proclaimed 9/11 hero. Once the world had a chance to get to know him people realized he didn't have much else to offer than 9/11 stories.

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Felonious Monk

    An irresponsible man.
    He is one of the individuals who sacrificed the lives of rescue workers and innocent civilians immediately after 9/11. Let's get the economy going again at the expense of the health of New Yorkers. I can't believe those buildings came down and the EPA said the air quality was fine!
    Free cancer samples courtesy of the EPA.

    January 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Sherrol in Canada

    This man is shameless!!

    January 13, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. carol

    Oh my Lord is this ridiculous man still about....why doesn't he just take a "chill pill" and go away.

    January 13, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Shawn - Ga

    I think it is sad how so many people come on these blogs and comment as if they have any idea what they are talking about. We civilians have no idea what goes on fully. I am sure history will paint the truth. Be it a positive or negative one, however making such hateful comments while having little information just goes to show how ignorant people are.

    I am very concerned for PE Obama. He is human, he is just a man and he has to work within the same system. He can not possibly change as much as people are thinking he will, it is not possible. I pray that the warm fuzzy feelings do continue so he can get things done, I just see that people in that system are already turning on him and he has not even moved in yet.

    Stop, just stop. We need to love our fellow Brothers and Sisters. Even if you can not stand the things people do, we are called to Hate the sin, however LOVE the sinner.

    January 13, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. TyWebb

    "A noun, a verb, and 9/11".

    January 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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