November 15th, 2009
04:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin is great for the GOP, Giuliani says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former New York City Mayor Giuliani said Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Palin got a positive reception even in a Democratic stronghold like New York."]
(CNN) – A prominent, socially moderate Republican said Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has achieved iconic status with the Republican Party’s conservative base, is an asset to the GOP.

“I think Sarah Palin is great for the Republican Party,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an interview that aired on CNN’s State of the Union.

Giuliani said Palin generates a lot of enthusiasm for the party which has struggled to define itself and identify its leading voices after the McCain-Palin ticket lost its White House bid a year ago.

“She gets a tremendous reception even here in Democratic New York,” Giuliani, who hosted Palin at a New York Yankees game, told CNN’s John King.

“We’re very far away from a 2012 election,” Giuliani added, “Right now, I like figures who are creating interest in the Republican Party.

“Given the decisions that the Obama administration is making, particularly on this area of terrorism which concerns me probably more than any other, we’re going to need some pretty strong alternatives in 2012. I don’t know if it’ll be Sarah Palin or someone else. But right now it’s [about] developing interest in a Republican Party and we need a two-party system and we need a healthy one.”

Giuliani said he had not made any decision yet about whether he will seek the White House again in 2012 or run for New York governor. Asked when he had to make that decision, Giuliani told King “Not today, not this morning.”

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  1. Barbara

    Of coure the former Mayor says such sweet things about that twittering idiot. He's thinking of running for Gov. of NyYand he doesn't want to be "Scozzafavaed" by those extreme right wing, tea-partying wingnuts-like Palin who is dumber than a box of rocks.

    November 15, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Danno

    Palin is a lousy choice to go on the Republican ticket and will assure a second term of the current mistake. She's a Republican in name only. Take a look at her minimal record as Governor of Alaska. Her big claim to fame was raising taxes on the oil companies in a deal that demonstrates how little she knows of anything. She needs to be booted off the ticket and ignored. Come on folks there are better choices out there.

    November 15, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Randall in Seattle

    The only people more stupid than Palin herself are her supporters. Including Rudy. What a tool! er, Fool!!

    November 15, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Concerned American

    Palin can be compared to Obama, both draw large crowds, except
    Palin tells the truth!!

    November 15, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Jefe

    It boggles my mind that someone who believes government should decide how people lead their lives could be considered a conservative. When thinking of nations who control how people live their lives, one generally thinks of China, Iran, North Korea. Rarely did anyone think, "the USA!", until these big-government, anti-freedom, social-control types came into being in the Republican party. Imagine how they would feel if a different religion made up the majority. Instead of Sarah Palin & Co., telling gays they can't get married, we could have Sarah Palin being required to wear a burqua in public.

    November 15, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Justjean

    If Palin is so great for the right, how come all the Republicans I know express profound embarrassment at her antics and just want some strong, ethical, and SMART Republicans to stand up and be counted.

    November 15, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. beth

    Rudy's just hoping to get an autographed copy of 'Gone Stupid'...oops, I mean 'Going Rogue'.

    November 15, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. pa. independent

    Miss Moose is great for the GOP! Love it!

    November 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Patriot

    Sarah Palin's done for the Republican Party what Jerry Springer has done for daytime TV. You betcha!

    November 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Patty

    The Republican Party can have Palin. America doesn't need her. It seems to me everytime I hear a man speak of her it's not always about her intellligence (or the lack of). The conversation gets back to how "hot" she is and she (supposedly) can shoot a gun. Fluff but no substance. As much as I am anti-Hillary, this chick doesn't hold a candle to Clinton. She's a joke and an embarrassement to us real working moms who don't have the option to "quit".

    November 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Doug in Harrisburg

    And does anyone really CARE what Giuliani thinks about anything? What an opportunistic ass.

    November 15, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    Rudy and Mitt. Two 2008 rejects. Why do people even ask them their opinion? All they do is sit and play arm chair President. They don't have all the facts but they seem to have all the answers.

    If these two are so insightful and in touch with America why didn't they get elected?

    Mitt, tell your sons to enlist if you want to keep fighting in Afghanistan. At least Palin, McCain and Biden's sons went overseas.

    November 15, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Sabu

    Rudy. Please go away.

    November 15, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. Bob O'Brien

    Figures that one clown would support another.
    Anyone who supports Palin for anything larger than
    dog catcher is just showing their severe lack of
    intelligence. The woman is an egotistical, functioning

    November 15, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. ran

    Even greater for the Democrats. This is a gift that keeps on given.

    November 15, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Fred

    One loser raving about another loser. Ho-hum.

    November 15, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. Leonore Dvorkin

    Repubs, please keep the moronic Palin in the limelight! She is the best thing for us Democrats that we could have imagined.

    November 15, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Just Me

    Did he say that with a straight face?

    November 15, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Rush

    Juliani was the last and behind all the Presidential canditates among the Republicans and he should not even think about saying a world at all. Sarah Pailin was the one that makes Mcain Lost the race. They are only welknown in their own party not all parties. And the Pailin is a quitter when it comes to tough times. She never talks on issue but fear and smear tactics. Forget her..............

    November 15, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Anita Link

    I am totally disappointed in you, Rudy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are as big a fool as Palin. She should NEVER be considered for ANY office Ever. I hope she gets exactly what she deserves.

    November 15, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. Jennifer

    I hope palin will try to run on 2012, because it will be very entertaining to see although she will not be close to win obama. I am sure the republicans will elect her to be their candidate for president (very funny after all they elected bush for second time) will be sweet victory to course she will stumble again...come one! We all know she has no clue what’s going on...she is just a drama queen...rudy is another palin wanna be who never succeed

    November 15, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Margaret

    I the Obama amateur hour over yet?
    What a bunch of snot nose kids in our White House....

    November 15, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Chris

    Calling Rudy Guliani a "moderate" is like calling Sarah Palin an "intellectual giant".

    Ms. Palin has certainly generated excitement among a certain segment of the electorate, but are media "bling" and a cute smile and wink the key criteria for election to high office at the expense of integrity, judgment and substance?

    We can do so much better and it's a shame that Rudy, in his pandering with statements like this, has squandered the credibility he gained several years ago.

    November 15, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. Cowgirl

    You left something out of your report. Why? Rudi was asked if she would make a good president. He blew it off and avoided answering! He said that's in 2 or 3 years. He hardly endorsed her!!!! You should report the truth and you left this important part out

    November 15, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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