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. Hopeful in America

    Sarah Palin? A Palin-Giuliani ticket in 2012 would be a Tea Party to remember. Imagine the book she could write after that thumping.

    November 15, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. lyn

    Yes, Palin is great for the Republicans,the only thing they know is to spread faults rumors, lies and hate, so yes keep that looser.

    November 15, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. sara

    She is their "distractor" ............ no issues, just hate, lies and looks....hehe. That's why she's GOOD for the Republicans....

    November 15, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. ken

    Giuliani is hardly a "moderate" of any kind. He's a bible thumping war hawk, and so why does CNN have a headline that says a "moderate" endorsed this basket case.

    of course he endorsed her, he's a partisan politician on the outer right.

    November 15, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Omar

    She gets a tremendous reception in NYC? From who? Most people here hate her guts.

    November 15, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    This endorsements will kill both of them in the polls.

    November 15, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Mark

    It's really sad that this imbecile seems to be the best America has to offer. Even sadder that the imbeciles in the media (CNN?) keep throwing her in our faces.

    November 15, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Roscoe Chait

    Like Palin, Anna Nicole Smith generated a lot of interest, too. For all the wrong reasons. Giuliani says she's iconic. I say she's iconically idiotic.

    November 15, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Mark

    These people are pathetic.

    They'll do any thing, sell out to anyone, just to return to power so they can finish the job they started – plundering the treasure of this country!

    November 15, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. historian

    It doesn't really matter what Rudy Guliano thinks ashe is becoming yesterday news.

    November 15, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Barack reads his lies, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    Let's face it, we've had 11 painful months with the annointed one. The Obama experiment has failed miserably, unless you are one who thinks that Russia's communims is better way to govern then that stated in the Constitution of the great US of A.

    Anyone, at this point is better than Obama!!!!!

    2010 we begin to take our country back. 2012 we repeal the Marxist Communist policies. Can't wait soon enough.

    November 15, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Joanna in PA

    She is great for the dems too! Go SARAH!! Obama 2012!!

    November 15, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Rudy must be getting ready to move over to the Democratic party – Should we let him in?

    November 15, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Balanor

    Is this an example of Giuliani's political intelligence???

    November 15, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. sandy

    Sure she energizes the republicans, but face facts, I would NOT want this woman answering that little red phone at 3:00 in the morning. She would probably hang up thinking it was a prank call in the middle of the night. Think about it folks.

    November 15, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Nick

    Why does CNN have to keep reporting about this absolute failure?

    1) She is not a politician
    2) Has achieved nothing for her state

    Why keep reporting on this neo-nazi and her absurd comments?

    November 15, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. karkri

    Correction! Palin is great for the Democrats!

    November 15, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. We Won Get Over It

    That's the way republican men are. If the woman is sorta good looking, especially if she won a beauty contest, (Carrie Prejean also) they think she is wonderful and go gaga....Hey Rudi thinking about trying to make one of them you next. Mr. Serial Adulter.

    November 15, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Seth

    Sarah Palin ignites the Conservatives of America to passion unseen since Reagan. The people from the right feel like they have been thrown under the bus by political parties and the main stream media and see Palin as someone who represents them. Republican strategist should not forget the power of Conservative Americans in their plans or they may not regain power in Washington D.C.

    November 15, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. fadely

    Thank you Rudy.
    Go Sarah! You are an inspiration. Who says she want to be prez? Maybe she enjoys spotlighting the beam in Democrat eyes. I love her. She is fearless, says what she believes. And I believe she has liberals and men and the media scared witless. You go girl! Keep it up!

    November 15, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. CR

    Sarah Palin great for the Republican Party? Who do you think you are fooling?

    November 15, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Rudy is smacking up for the VP nod here. But attaching your wagon to the Palin disaster-in-waiting to me is not showing any foresight at all!!!

    November 15, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to ICARE: Obama dosen't need three more years to sound smarter than Palin – he achieved that level many years ago!

    November 15, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. pdoly

    Shes the real deal– she has integrity. People–even DEMOCRATS (!!) are tired of hypocrites, bribe takers and adulterers in both parties. She is a principled woman, a real public servant not a cynical career pol.

    November 15, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. payback

    ....Rudy, thought, that all had to do is show up. And he would become the next president. As for palin," don't believe the hype". I for one, i'm willing to give you republicans( NOT!) another chance at being in charge. I guess. The last eight years of republican leadership. And the total meltdown of the economy and the two wars. weren't enough, for the american people. We want more of the same. be afraid, very afraid.

    November 15, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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