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. kimberly

    some where in the world many villages are missing their idiots. I think we should inform these people that we have FOUND them and they are currently running the GOP! BUT then again, as a liberal, I do enjoy watching them dig holes on a daily basis in which to try and get out of! Rudy is as much a moderate as Rush is a liberal. I know he may now SEEM moderate since the right has been hijacked by loons like palin and beck and bachmann, but be assured he is NO moderate, and his days of glory are as far behind him as the other famed Rudy of Notre Dame.

    November 15, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    For once I agree with this clown.

    Saint Sarah of the Silly is indeed the best thing for the republiklan party!

    Palin/Bachmann 2012

    November 15, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Geoff

    Just because people slow down to look at the car wreck, doesn't mean that it's not a car wreck. Rudy, please understand that the ability to draw a crowd and the ability to unite a fractured political party are different. Heck, even the guitar playing cowboy in NYC in his underwear draws gawkers.

    November 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Clark

    I'm all for Palin being the face of the GOP. Crap should be labeled as such, and she exemplifies short-sighted energy policies, heavy handed unsustainable military strategies, and a general disdain for civil rights. All monikers of the Republican party.

    November 15, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Politicians are so slimy, they all give me the creeps.

    Oh... almost forgot. God Bless America! (that makes everything okay in Americaland)

    Seriously... what a joke we have become.

    November 15, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. BKrause

    God! I only wish that Rudy is right. That way, the GOP is sure to lose. There was never a more socially, spiritually, historically, politically illiterate individual to define a party. Not even DeLay or Stevens could match this one.

    November 15, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. bobcat1a

    All of the so-called moderate Republicans want Palin in the mix but only as a "stalking horse." She will divide Huckabee's support while having no chance of being taken seriously herself. Just what the mainstream Republicans want.

    November 15, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Judi

    This is the best thing the Dem's could ask for! Please please please Gop, choose Ms. Palin for your candidate in 2012.

    November 15, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Sensible Joe

    Sorry, Mr. Giuliani, this moderate independent voter isn't buying it. I recognize undereducated, inarticulate, dishonest and ethically challenged when I see it, and that's all Ms. Palin has shown me thus far.

    November 15, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Marie in California

    As a "recovering Democrat," I am enthusiastically looking forward to seeing more and more of Sarah Palin. Even if she doesn't run for office, she will definitely be a standard bearer for the GOP and conservatives in general......and a strong voice in forthcoming elections.

    Go Sarah!

    November 15, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. rudy

    This Republican is not interested in the circus that a Palen nomination would bring. Let's get real. Someone please give her a talk show and get her out of national politics.

    November 15, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. John

    Rudy – Way to Suck Up to the GOP Conservative Right. Some simple praise of Palin will keep Limbaugh from slamming you.

    I wonder if you'll be singing the same tune, when Palin, Limbaugh, and the rest of the Rabid Right endorse a Conservative (True GOPer) candidate in a race against you....?

    It's entertaining to watch all these "moderates" fall all over each other, trying to Suck Up to Boss Rush and the Airhead.

    Good Luck Rudy. Just like your plan to run in one state in 2008, praising Palin should be just about as successful.

    November 15, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Bill or Vin from Philly

    I think 3 time marrying Rudy is trying to make Palin # 4 thats all she good for

    November 15, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. dick delson

    I am a big fan of Rudy G. But Palin is a quitter and a loser. She should be ignored.

    November 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. dave

    Palin is good for the GOP, helps them never get elected again.

    November 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |

    If Palin supporters can't finally get what this woman is about after this ridiculous book, well...I just don't know how else to make them see what a sham she really is. I am from Alaska and contrary to some people's opinions most of us have seen her for what she really is...ignorant and complaining to mention only a couple...not in the mood to go on. B ut, I am sorry to her supporters that she has scammed you and continually lies to you.

    November 15, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. hankers

    "“She gets a tremendous reception even here in Democratic New York,” Giuliani, ".... Same people who watch NASCAR... just there waiting for an accident to happen!

    November 15, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Hollywood Liberal

    Leave Sarah alone already. She was a 2/3-of-one-term governor of Alaska – she was SO effective, that a full term was not necessary and would've wasted everyone's time. That speaks for itself. Let's elect her so we can hear her daily folksy-bon-mots when she's the President!!! Palin in 2012!!!

    A Liberal for Sarah

    November 15, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Vicki- Canada

    Rudy is correct. Sarah Palin has energized the Republican Party and brought some class to US politics.Obama represents the same old corrupt Chicago-style politics, while she has actual achievements on her resume.

    November 15, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. army wife

    AND........I will cling to ANYONE'S coat tails.....even Sarah's.!! In other words, "any port in a storm". I am not publicity shy.

    November 15, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Santa Fean

    She does represent the Republicans perfectly doesn't she? Her kind believe that man walked with dinosaurs! Science? Like the Taliban, she is all about faith in nonsense.

    November 15, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Xavier

    During State of the Union Guiliani had his own words used against him. He had that dear in the headlights look.

    November 15, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Michael

    Giuliani and Palin have something in common. They are both moral vacuums without a shred of integrity. The two of them should sleep with the fishes........

    November 15, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. tigerakabj

    I guess I have to admit I'm a Sarah Palin fan too. She just helped turn a congressional seat blue (NY-23) that hadn't done so since the CIVIL WAR. The seat that is highly conservative (like NY-20 this year that also went Dem), went to a moderate Dem. It takes a whole lotta reverse-Midas touch to do that. I thank you Sarah.

    Many people who were going to vote for Mccain ended up voting for Obama b/c of her. I know I will vote for her should she run in the 2012 GOP primary to help make sure she wins, so Obama can win all 50 states.

    Sarah, you tell all your tea party fans to keep up the bad work by running out anybody who isn't 100% in-line with your views. Make those "liberals" and "RINOs" feel your wrath. Like Mr. Jim Demint of S.C. said, "It is better to have 30 GOP senators who believe in your message, than 60 who don't."

    November 15, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. chesapeakephil

    the palindrone infection is spreading

    November 15, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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