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. b in FL

    I have to say I'm growing very tired of the Palin obsession. What is it about this woman, CNN, that interests you so much? She is just a self-serving narcissist trying to line her pockets as best she can. America has really stooped to new lows. Also, it's amazing how the so called Christian right gives her a pass when her teenage daughter had a baby out of wedlock. Can you imagine if that was President Obama's daughter!!

    November 15, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. 16MPG

    Sarah Palin Rules! I would vote for her for president in a second. She's intelligent, articulate, experienced in the private sector, years of experience in government (more than Obama), principled, religious, patriotic, and CONSERVATIVE. The perfect antidote to the lying, socialist fraud we have in office at the moment.

    November 15, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Syed Shamsuddoha

    My earlier prophesy about ill-educated Palin has now been fulfilled. Now I see everyone talks the same language I spoke almost a year ago. I heard that she is even getting divorced. I am not sure if it's another media chaos she is trying to make in order to get public attention. Who knows? I guess John McCain is now paying for his mistakes for putting her in his ticket although knowing McCain we all know that "he is a perfect man with no mistakes ever"!!! What goes around also comes around. In his complete imperfectness he is doing everything perfect – outcome of which is everything imperfect.

    November 15, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Brad

    What the elitists miss about Palin is that she connects with everyday folks, the same ones who get their kids off to school, struggle financially and that resent snobbery, especially in politicians.

    November 15, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. John in Iowa

    This must be the longest Rudi has gone without mentioning 9/11

    November 15, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Andy

    It is not Obama's fault anymore, it is the mindless tools who do not see what is happening. Don't bother worrying about 2012, you simpletons.....we won't make it through 2010.......

    November 15, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. dissillusioned

    palin gets a tremendous reception in NY?! hahahaha this is too funny.. we get a good laugh out of her but thats about all

    November 15, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. thersa

    Giuliani is hardly a moderate anymore.

    November 15, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Rudy is just hoping he gets the AG's job in a Palin adminstration.

    Last cry of a man desperate to feed at the public trough again.

    Pathetic loser.

    November 15, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. PA Voter

    Guiliani has jumped on the expediency bandwagon. He too has decided he cannot think for himself only what he is told or what he thinks will get him in the news this week. Let's wait for 2012 for the next election. We just had one. And one every 4 years is certainly enough. Everybody please stop running for President and work together NOW to clear up any problems this country may have.

    November 15, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Rosebud

    This old politician sits on more fences than a rooster. Whatever suits his fancy. Next week he'll be against her.

    November 15, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. RJV

    I'll say it once again, the prez must be eating this up. We focus on what the left hand is doing while the prez's right hand robs us blind. Have we become a nation so opinionated that we continually lose sight of what we should be doing? When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty;
    Say what you will, CNN cut out the comments you deem inappropriate, in the end we will all have to live with whatever people we put in the position of leader.

    November 15, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    Being a moderate doesn't make one smart- only mellow.
    Plain may be quite pleasant to spend time with. Charm is not a criteria for judging competence.

    November 15, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. fred

    It's all about the dough-re-me.

    November 15, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Sir No Name

    A friend of mine said we should not worry about Sarah Palin in 2012. In fact we should not worry about anything because according to the Mayan Calendar the Earth will be destroyed in December 2012. However, his reasoning (as well as many others) is flawed. The reason, the Mayan Calendar ends in December 2012, is because they ran out of room. You see immediately following the last date it says, "Continued on next Tablet (Page)."
    So don't worry, be Happy.

    November 15, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    He's a moderate? What a joke. He's a manipulator. And if Palin is the best the GOP can do, they're finished.

    November 15, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Vivian

    Ha! Rudy loves em all (unconditionally, I might add)!! Chuckles. . . . .

    November 15, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. michael

    I see where someone said here that Palin is smart and shrewed and has "executive experience". Smart and shrewd huh? Did this person watch any of the interviews that Palin conducted during the presidential election?? Mind you, it's all the left-wing media's fault for asking Pailn what books she reads or Palin commenting that she can see Russia from her house. Executive experience? In Alaska? Right...Putin rears his head over Alaska(lol) Palin QUIT her post as Governor so she could make millions of $$$. Palin is intellectually dumb and I simply cannot believe that anyone in the republican party(or conservative party...whatever they are calling themselves) thinks this women has a chance in hell and would make a good President. She's an absolute mentally challenged joke. Trust me. If Palin had Janet Reno's you think McCain would have selected her or she would be where she is today? My and some women out there sure are dumb thinking this simpleton has a chance.

    November 15, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Tony

    And this is why Republicans and the GOP are circling the drains.

    November 15, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. They call me "tater salad"

    A noun, A verb, and 9/11...........Nuff said.........NEXT!!!!

    November 15, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Tyler

    No brains. . . now that is the GOP!

    November 15, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. AstroTurf This

    The far left lives in this little bubble of make believe. They think they are the majority. The truth is....most of the people don't buy into the liberal bots that flood the forums and blogs and liberal TV land. You would be AMAZED how many moderates, liberal, conservative and independent who like Sarah Palin. So actually that's great. Let them keep thinking that we all hate her....we know better.

    November 15, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. rightsaid

    Don't refer to this guy as a moderate. Just because he isn't vehemently anti-choice doesn't mean that he isn't taken in by neocon ideology.

    November 15, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. sally

    Sarah Palin is a joke. The people who are her supporters don't seem
    to realize that one should have a working brain in order to run for any
    important office. She couldn't hack being governor, how would she
    possibly handle anything higher? It didn't take long for the intelligent
    people of this country to see through her...she is all glitz and no
    substance. If she became president of this country, we would all be
    the laughing stock of the world, that's for sure.

    Despite what anyone might feel about President Obama, he is an
    extremely intelligent man, a far cry from "W" who couldn't put two
    sentences together and who never learned how to say nuclear.
    It's nice not to hear "nucular" anymore.

    November 15, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. They call me "tater salad"

    Oh look,......Another Palin reference by CNN.........Is it any wonder why their ratings are tanking faster than most people's 401K's????? Political Tabloid Media, just like Fox........

    November 15, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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