June 29th, 2009
04:12 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani pondering gubernatorial bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/17/art.giuliani.gi.jpg caption="Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that he's thinking about running for governor of New York next year."](CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that he's thinking about running for governor of New York next year, but that's as far as he's going right now.

Asked by CNN's John Roberts on American Morning if he's seriously considering a gubernatorial bid, Giuliani said "I'm thinking about it but I don't know if I'm at the point of seriously considering it. It's a little too early."

Giuliani, who spent much of 2007 and the first month of 2008 running for the Republican presidential nomination, is often mentioned as a possible contender to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. David Paterson in next year's contest.

Recent polls of New York State voters indicate that if the election where held today, Giuliani would beat the unpopular Paterson. But surveys also suggest if New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo were the Democratic nominee, Cuomo would beat Giuliani in a hypothetical general election match up.

Last Wednesday Giuliani fueled speculation that he is considering a run for governor with a high-profile op-ed in the New York Times. Giuliani denied the op-ed - in which he proposes a series of measures to fix the state's gridlocked government - was meant to be a signal he is actively interested in running for governor in 2010.

"I know how to send signals, if I wanted to I would do it." Giuliani said. "I am not leaning [in either direction]."

In the op-ed, which Giuliani says is "not a partisan criticism," the former Republican presidential candidate calls for a statewide constitutional convention to institute a series of reforms, including changes in the budgeting process, term-limits for law makers, and campaign finance reform.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. D. Tree

    Giuliani is just another politician exploiting 9-11 for his own career.

    June 29, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Dan

    I read he is running for governor because King of the World isn't an option.

    June 29, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. JLS

    This is very simple, he runs...he wins...Ain't no doubt about it. Especially if he's up against Patterson.

    June 29, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. BOB

    he might actually win the cross dresser vote

    June 29, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. JayG

    DTREE: exploiting 9/11?? u mean like how Obama and the liberals exploited the Iraq War and 9/11??? just want to b clear.

    June 29, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. JayG

    @ changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted: Um do your research, Times square thrived under Rudy. Ny was far better off than with any mayor. Times square was nowhere near as safe of popular as it was under Rudy

    June 29, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Ken

    His presidential "run" was certainly memorable – not.

    The "fat lady" has already sung, Rudy.

    June 29, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Dante

    we need rudy in 2012....he's the only one who gets it in the gop...... a strong national defense, a need to drill domestically based energy policy, low taxes, and no more bowing and apologizing to the rest of the world....i just hope in 2012 is not too late......

    June 29, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Saad

    Phhhhhleeease NO Mr. Juliani. Please tell me CNN is reporting this in an error. You are soooooper where you are, SIR :):):):)

    June 29, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Jefe

    JayG: Obama and the "Liberals" exploiting the Iraq War and 9/11?!

    Please explain...this could be a matter of national security, because I believe you may well be the only one who knows about this secret information...

    June 29, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Nick

    Hey Rudy .....
    .fahgetaboit .................... You're giving us Italians a bad name

    June 29, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Boytjie

    jayG: Geez, he's running for Governor, not your pastor! Who cares about his marital problems

    Well, since he is now fighting to protect marriage, it is not a personal matter but public. Which of his three marriages is he fighting to protect? Yet he thinks he can tell me whom I can or cannot marry. hH may get a few stauch Republican gay votes but that's it – gays will vote in droves agaist this hypocrit.

    Oh, and he ran the worst presidential campaing ever...

    June 29, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Paul from Kissimmee

    Go Rudy!

    June 29, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    Rudy spent $60 million in the Republican primaries to get exactly one delegate. If he doubles his success in New York he'll get 6% of the vote! Good luck with those odds. And speaking of odd: look for Rudy in a dress on Youtube – Yikes!

    June 29, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Ben

    So, Rudy wants to be the goober-nator of New York. Who is more of a "goober" than Rudy, after all? I'll give him a start on his stump speech: "After 911..."

    June 29, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. gail

    Another adulterer looking for a move up politically. Didn't he run for President before? Also he has flipped and no longe rsupports gay people , think they will vote for him? He is no better than Mark Sanford.

    June 29, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. john

    losser wants to try again go wear a dress it may work this time

    June 29, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Ryan Indy

    I hope Rudy runs, just to hear the democrats whine and cry about how much they hate him. They will have the same syndrome they had with Bush, the more they get beat by him the more they will blame the worlds problems on him. For all you mental midget Democrats, can you tell me was Bush a one-term or two-term president????? Oh yea thats right two-term, he beat you pathetic losers TWICE.

    June 29, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Pragmatic

    NYS is so dysfunctional at this point – republican "coup" in the Senate that basically shut the state down. Not sure if even Rudy, as a republican, could get the state legislators working again.

    June 29, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. S Callahan

    As a New Yorker...all I can say is PLEASE DON'T

    June 29, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. GOPer

    Please have a strong showing, not speeding around Daytona in a luxury bus 2 months after the election began.

    June 29, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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