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. Dave

    Going Rogue: How I Went Through 5 Colleges Without Even Trying!

    November 15, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Symtrees

    This woman quit her only position that is similar to being president (I don't count being mayor of Wasilla). She has no ability to give a coherent response to any questions posed to her. I don't see what her qualifications are to be president of the US. Prior to McCain selecting her as his VP candidate, she had never left the country and had been to the lower 48 states 5 times. How do you run a country that you have pretty much never seen? It's really sad that people think she's a good candidate because she's uneducated like them. She can't even handle her own home(why is your 17 year old daughter pregnant) and folks want her in charge of our country.

    November 15, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Dave

    Going Rogue: How to Tell 200 Lies Before Breakfast

    November 15, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. wow47

    Don't under estimate the stupidity of the American public....they settled for GWB....and Regan, and Hoover....Palin is just the same as these people; it is a popularity contest....intelligence should have everything to do with it but after GWB I am convinced that the American public is basically just plain blind, ignorant, and likes it that way.....It was a miracle that Obama won.....

    November 15, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Stu- SW Florida

    He is starting to prove himself as stupid as she has proven herself to be...
    Another useless twit that should just shut up. What's with these GOP morons?? They keep thrusting these idiots to the forefront as what... fertilizer for the new, upcoming party of NO seedlings?

    November 15, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    Well, at least there's one thing I'm sure we all can agree on.....Palin certainly would make a much better President than Obama, hands down.

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

    Rudy is just a hack – another republican with no principles or convictions he's willing to stand up for. He's spineless. He's changed his tune on most of the issues – including trying the terrorists in federal court – in 2006 he was all for it, now that theres a Democratic president, he's singing a different tune. He's a political hack, and not a very smart one. He's the genius that put the communications center back in the WTC after the first bombing. Genius Rudy – absolutely genius!

    November 15, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Gul

    Guiliani is dumb in my opinion. What is he like 4 foot tall? Drink milk and get back to us when you can get on the big kid ride.

    November 15, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. JonDie

    Rudy Giuliani a prominent, socially moderate Republican?

    Because CNN says so, not because it's true.

    November 15, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. carol

    Mr. Morality himself raving about a dip. Palin should never have a serious conversation with anyone with a brain.

    November 15, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Richard

    Bring on 2012, I am ready to support her. I am registered as a Democrat, but find both existing parties unacceptable in their current form.
    Obama has shown what he is worth; it is time to bring on someone that cares more about this country than our adversaries. The majority of the Republican party is more interested in recovering from the last election, than the needed standards of government. Sarah is the solution. Vote for America, Vote Sarah !!!

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

    Conservative NYT columnist says of Palin "What A Joke" sums it up

    November 15, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Rob in NC

    She's great for the Democrats too. Nobody gets Democrats out to vote more than she does. If she were running in VA and NJ Deeds and Corzine would have won in a walk.

    Dems are very passive by nature and it can sometimes take motivation to get to them to the voting booth. Sarah Palin=Motivation.

    November 15, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. ephraim

    Moderate? Has CNN lost its compass? Giuliani was the worst and most vicious of mudslinging and muckraking hacks during the campaign. Your
    nomination of him as a moderate in this artcile is simply a teaser to get people to log on to see who. Its just the same ol' Rduy junk... It also
    shows CNN will pander too, and your orientation to cardinal directions of the political compass utterly flawed. He spread more lies and hate
    than many other combined. He is simply covering his ass as she
    gets ready to spear anyone who is not a "true" conservative. he
    is also showing her how to serve up a fat pitch and hit it... Funny
    though Sarah is an ideologue and will have little of it when she is
    on a closed mic stage fanning the flames of fascist maniacs.

    November 15, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Bridget

    Rudy is a fear monger. Sarah is a fear monger. Birds of a feather... I don't really see the news worthiness of "Rudy hearts Sarah".

    November 15, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. NovShmozKaPop

    The Republicans have an energized extreme wing represented by the teabaggers who are collectively a tail wagging the Republican dog, and Republican 'leaders' are doing their best to ingratiate themselves with what they think will be the center of power and energy in the party for the conceivable future.

    The Republican coalition was always weird and inherently unstable: rich white guys in charge, with wingnuts as shock troops, and a large contingent of Middle American 'swing voters' either fired up as wanna-be rich guys or just scared through and through.

    But now the inmates have taken over the asylum, and there's no center to the party. It's been a long time coming, but it has finally happened: the party that produced Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt has given birth to the likes of Sarah Palin and Joe The Plumber, and all of its bigwigs are falling over themselves to crown them as heirs apparent to the Republican throne. To anyone with a sense of irony this is absolutely delicious.

    November 15, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Mike

    Rudy doesn't endorse anyone unless there is something in it for himself. He does what is expedient and has little interest in practical or long-term solutions to social problems. Palin and Rudy: Two "Me first types" who have governed for the few, not the many.

    November 15, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. That's right......

    Sarah is now loaded with dough (showing how REALLY smart she is) while her critics run up credit card bills and take out home equity loans.

    If Sarah runs the gov't like she runs her household, we'll all be OK.

    Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney 2012.

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    November 15, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    this idiot truely is an idiot .. and so is Palin maybe the 2 of them could walk off the planet or go to ALASKA and watch the sun set and see RUSSIA from her back porch...
    what a joke ,if this is the new republican party then the democrates won't have any problem keeping the majority in both houses plus the white house for many years to come LOL 🙂

    November 15, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Tim

    folks who like to relate commonly, but who are just as smart as the condescending, empty-soul "intellectuals."
    There's no need to be so condescending about it. Your comment sounds equally "empty-souled," does it not?

    November 15, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. David

    Recall, Mr. Giuliani's campaign smarts led him from front-runner to Florida flame-out.

    November 15, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Tony

    Only the truly hateful slime of the progressive movement will still have a harsh negative view of Palin come 2012. It's become quite clear to most of the population that the progressive media is overtly bigoted and the public will evaluate her by her views, principles, and accomplishments rather than by the jealously and hatred of the main stream media. They still can't stand that the most recognizable and iconic woman in politics is a conservative woman.

    November 15, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Dr. Hill

    I am constantly amazed at how sad it is that people continue to support people who are not intelligent enough to lead. Leadership requires intelligence. I want my leader to be intelligent and capable of leading to be my President.

    Unfortunately, a large number of people appear to disagree. What a sad state we currently live.

    What happened to intelligence being a priority when we vote for a leader? I am so happy that President Obama matriculated through one of the greatest schools our country has to offer. At least we know he earned it.

    Dr. Hill

    November 15, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Laugh Loud

    Giuliani has squandered whatever shreds of reputations he had left. Pretty much like McCain. He should just spend the rest of his life doing something meaningful, instead of desperately trying to grab something he cannot have. The guy has plenty of dough, he should just retire and disappear, spend time with his family; oh, wait, he cannot have real relationships...

    November 15, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Hey ,Rudy didn't you vouch for Bernard Kerick your former police commissioner of NY? Your creditability is poor, you sir are a joke just
    like you where in that dress.

    November 15, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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