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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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. jack, new york, new york

    palin is great! everyone is interested in her. even cnn, new york times and the other haters. see how much coverage cnn gives her. there is at least one palin story on cnn every day. and although the haters respond with their vilifications, they respond. it seems nobody gets enough of her.

    November 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Perusing-through


    Rudy Guiliani is praising Sarah Palin for fear she will turn on him as she turned on other Republican moderates like NY-23 Dede Scozzafava. It is so embarrassing to watch staunch Republicans like Rudy Guiliani, Lindsey Graham, Michael Steele, and John McCain run for cover in wake of "Palin's GOP Party Purging Typhoon".

    November 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. NC

    Republicans will reign in 2010 and 2012. Now obama wants to bring the Gitmo detainees to Illinois, thinking that bringing thousands of jobs and billions of tax dollars to "one" of his home states will give him an upper hand in 2012. It will only bring more terrorists from afar and here at home to harm us.

    November 15, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Dave

    She is good looking

    November 15, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Lew

    Is anybody paying attention to Rudy Giuliani? I hope Sarah Palin is the GOP nominee in '12. That would assure a Goldwater-esque defeat!

    November 15, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. bruce

    “She gets a tremendous reception even here in Democratic New York,” Of course she gets a tremendous reception; she's a very good joke.

    November 15, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. josephine

    If she were president I'm sure she would have had a decision on what to do with Afghanistan by now and she would have resolved the problems of health care reform too. No doubt. Go Sarah. She'd be good not only for the GOP but for the whole country as well.

    November 15, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Helen

    Do you guys think that he really believes this or is saying it for some alterior motive? I would like to think that he still has his wits about him, but he makes it hard...

    November 15, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. pw

    It's been a long time since Giuliani could reasonably be referred to as a moderate.

    November 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    Moderate? He's an Israel-firster of the nth degree. But then, so is Palin, so they're on the same wavelength on the one issue that apparently overrides all others.

    November 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. AJ

    THis is why Rudi has really become irrelevant. Democrats can only hope that the GOP define itself by Palin, the party of white trash.

    November 15, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Joan

    Of course he is going to throw his hat in the ring again. That would be great for the Democrats. All of this attention on Sarah Palin helps the Democrats too because it reminds everyone of her disastrous campaign last year and of her polarizing effect on the right wing element of her party. It is too bad that Mr. Guiliani doesn't have more confidence in the judicial and law enforcement agencies of New York since he doesn't think they can handle the trials of the five Gitmo detainees. New Yorkers should be relieved they are finally going to be tried and convicted after all these years. Justice needs to be served.

    November 15, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Stephen

    Great Rudi,
    With Sarah on the loose, she will make you look better? She would make a Great White Shark look better. I think she is the best thing that ever happened to the DNC. Go Sarah. Go.

    November 15, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. John in Tampa

    If Sarah Palin is good for the GOP, as in best they've got, they're in worse shape than I could ever have imagined.

    November 15, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. ket

    Rudy and palin deserve each other.Both should be barred from politics this country should not have to put up with these two nonsensical folks .

    November 15, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. S M R

    Sarah is great to fire up the misinformed hillbillies.

    November 15, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. MARK

    I agree with Rudy. Palin is just what we need....Fresh, honest, and energetic.

    November 15, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. amazed

    Yes Ellie May Palin is great for the GOP. it is a blast watching the D.A. and her never ending comedy of errors.

    Just quit and move on Sarah. it's the right dinger way.

    November 15, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. bigAL

    She makes George Bush look like Einstein. Not an easy task by anybodys standards. She thinks she talks to God too.......

    November 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. diogenes

    Duck Rudy!!
    Florida's coming....
    Give yr mouth a rest Rudy!
    You can stand up to Ahmedinejab?
    Prove it by calling a Palin appaling.

    November 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. lori

    she is like Bush in a dress basically..with lipstick on..very interesting

    November 15, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. normajean

    Put any Hollywood actress on stage and she could do exactly what Sarah Palin does. She could give a great pre-prepared speech, look terrific and be so full of clever ,personality filled conversation that all you Republicans would be entranced. But seriously, would you then assume, she'd make a good president? Particularly if she couldn't even answer a couple of questions about the government?. In our own little world out here, we the audience had no trouble with Courics questions or Gibsons either. and we don't think we're pres. material.She couldn't even handle her term in Alaska. Time for you to do some serious thinking,reading and listening.SERIOUSLY.

    November 15, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. lori tomlin

    If Sara Palin is the best and brigthtest of the female candidates the republican party has to offer America they are in big trouble!

    The woman is unqualified to teach a high school history class, and some embrace her qualifications to run this country. Frightening.

    November 15, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Sarah Deserves to be heard!

    And the more CNN obsesses with her, the better. She deserves to be heard BEFORE the liberals at CNN try to set her up to be torn down.

    At least the coverage CNN gives her is now allowing her to be seen and heard which gives her an avenue of countering the hatred towards her from the "tolerant" left.

    November 15, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Kathy

    Dear NC The terrorist are here already!

    November 15, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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