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. John New Jersey

    Why does this clown continue to get press coverage. Enough already. Its time for G-man to ride off in the sunset or just ride off

    January 13, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. A Woman In California For Obama

    He's the only reason I need to NOT become a republican. While I agree with some of their principals, I despise this guy/gal and until he and the trash surrounding him die out, I'll remain a liberal.

    January 13, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. GM from MN

    Yeah his popularity really showed during the prez elections.......LOL!

    What place was he again?

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Soccer Nana

    "Soccer Nana January 13th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

    The adulterous husband of more-than-one-wife; a hatemonger; and one who needs to reconnect with his OWN children wants to govern a state? Get your own house in order, BEFORE you attempt to "govern" and entity that consists of millions of people. Lead by a good, positive example. Go away Rudy Giuliani; just go away."

    Truth hurts?

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. EW

    One Giuliani is worth a thousand pissed off liberal idiots...

    January 13, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. The National Nightmare is Over!


    You might want to call Sarah Palin. As. Lt. Govenor you can help keep an eye on those pesky Russians.

    January 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. sick n tired

    Well..........................Good luck with that!

    January 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. chuck


    January 13, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Tony

    Your 15 minutes were up long, long ago Rudy. GO AWAY!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. bsmith171

    what state VERMONT?

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. chuck


    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    Well, I don't know about "Juliani" but whatever possibility Giuliani had, he tossed away at the Republican convention. He proved himself to be an opportunist only concerned about Rudy. I can only imagine what position he was hoping for in a McCain administration.

    January 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Viet Vet

    Lying little weasel

    January 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Rudy, please, NO!!!!!!!

    Check your ego at the door, bud, and give the folks in New York a break. Six, seven, eight years ago I thought you had potential. But your proved me wrong.

    It's time to step back and just collect those big fees for giving speeches to your fellow bigoted hateful ultra-conservative Republican sheep. (BTW, I'm still trying to figure out how your ultra conservative Republican followers justify your adultery when you were married and having an affair.)

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Jamey

    If he handles this race like his presidential run, he is a shoo-in to lose.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. kelly staten island, ny

    who would vote for this loser? he was the worst mayor ever, a wannabe dictator looking for a balcony. his marriage record alone should keep him from public office. i wouldn't vote this guy dog catcher

    January 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. kelly from nyc

    james from chicago, if you like him so much you should spell his name correctly and invite him to run for mayor of chicago, he'll fit right in

    January 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. shucks

    This one needs to go away like Palin. He has been riding on 9/11 for the past 8 years. Many of the 9/11 victims families would tell you what the real Rudy is like. Any mayor who would have been in office would have handled the whole incident as well if not better than he did. He just was "lucky" enough to be in office at the time. Shame on him for using it as a crutch for political gain. Creep.

    January 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Laverne

    I think Giuliani would have had a very good chance of winning a couple of years back. Now that people have had a chance to see the real Giuliani, I really don't think he stands a chance. Personally, I don't like this man and hope and hope he does not run.

    January 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. obama-mama

    I'd rather vote for spongebob and patrick

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. obama-mama

    I have an idea. We send all the Republican clowns to GITMO for a thousand years.

    January 13, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Susan in NC

    Considering his spiteful, hate-filled language during the presidential campaign, it's hard for me to believe anyone would vote for him for any leadership position anywhere!

    January 13, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. the judge

    When Giulliani was a GOP candidate for president, his sole strategy for winning was anchored in a "humble", chest-beating slogan, 'Florida is Rudy country". Now, with his interest in the New York 2010 gubernatorial contest, he will prbabably boast, "New York is Rudy country". But there is no doubt that should he run, he will be given the same "friendly" treatment in the North, as he received in the South- which based upon his past questionable conduct, he will so richly deserve!

    January 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Ray

    I live in NYC and voted for Guliani twice. And, after his complete descent into Republican Party hack will never, ever vote for him again. I watched him spread lies about 911, lies about Kerry and lies about his own affairs.

    January 13, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. NO RUDY

    @Al, NY NY January 13th, 2009 10:10 am ET
    You and your adulterous spouse can go somewhere but I won't say…..Ditto!!!****Take your Cheshire Grin To Alaska !!!

    January 13, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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