Giuliani says door not closed to '12 bid
January 21st, 2011
10:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani says door not closed to '12 bid

Washington (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani says the door is "absolutely" open to making another run for the White House.

The former New York City mayor, who made a bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, adds that he's considering another presidential bid.

"I will take a look at 2012. It's really a question of: can I play a useful role? Would I have a chance of getting the nomination? Those are things I'll have to evaluate, you know, as the year goes along," said Giuliani, in an interview Thursday on CNBC's "The Kudlow Report."

Earlier this month Giuliani denied a report that he was preparing a team to possibly gear up for another presidential candidacy.

In the last cycle, early national polls suggested that Giuliani was one of the leaders of the pack, but his campaign concentrated on some of the later primary states, such as Florida, at the expense of beefing up operations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - three crucial early voting states.

The strategy backfired and Giuliani dropped his bid early in the primary season.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. diridi

    this idiotic dude in in "Fantasy". No one likes him nor votes for this idiot...

    January 21, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Judy will have no support in Iowa and South Carolina, so he might as well stay home and think about 9-11.

    January 21, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Just Me

    Oh Please. If he has not closed the door, I have. Bye Rudy.

    January 21, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Rudy embarrassed himself badly in 2008. Why would he do that to himself again? What makes him think the country is any more ready now than it was then for a heavy-handed former mayor of one of the major cesspools of the country?

    January 21, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. John

    I welcome Rudy to the nomination fight – it will be wonderful to see him once again prove himself irrelevant.

    January 21, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. james Miller

    Poor Rudy, he wants to be the Prez sooooooooooo bad.

    January 21, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Florida Joe

    Yeah, you did such a wonderful job in the 2008 run..Why not wait until 2013 to jump in to the 2012 election...

    January 21, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. gt

    your toast old man,,, so is newt,,,,

    January 21, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans like Guiliani are running again because they believe their chances are just as good as the rest of the losers in the pack. Some of these potential Republican candidates like Rick Santorum lost in the midterm elections and the remaining bunch lost in the 2008 election and they can't win in 2012.

    January 21, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Peace

    Ten years now since 9/11 and this man pretends he is going to remind us what he did a decade ago!! Stay home Rudy and retire gracefully.

    January 21, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. donkey party

    Then let me say it for you Rudy, the door is closed. You are a political nobody, and you just happened to be the mayor during 911, something you'll always remind us.

    January 21, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. The Other Michael in Houston

    I got something useful for you to do, stay at Faux News and remain a talking head for Murdock. As a matter fact, I hope you win the Republican nomination, it will be interesting to see someone get blown out worse the McCain did in 2008. We are 80 milliion strong and counting. So Republicans, get together and figure out how to win in 2016 becuase you have no chance in 2012.

    January 21, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Scott ATL

    Ummmm... Yes it is...

    January 21, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. ART

    That all well and good but will he be able to get his big fat head thru the door

    January 21, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Doyle Wiley, MI

    The door has always been closed.

    January 21, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. carlos

    pretty soon the republiCONS will have more presidential candidates than voters......that would be hilarious, hehehe

    January 21, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Blake

    Rudy, not only is the door not open, there is no door. Just be happy you have your consulting business and can still get free Yankee tickets.

    January 21, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Sniffit

    I consider this to be the equivalent of [insert cartoon character name] announcing a bid for POTUS. He's got no chance, but may snag a few votes from the moron sector of our country. It's almost not even newsworthy.

    January 21, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Don

    Rudy; News flash. Yes it is (the door is closed). You time is over.

    January 21, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Squiggs

    I've aleady seen his campaign slogan.

    9/11 Today
    9/11 tomorrow
    9/11 forever

    January 21, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OK, will the three Republicans who are not running for President in 2012 please move to the Right!
    You could line all these folks up, put a note on each of their heads, play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on them and not miss a note!

    January 21, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He won't get the conservative's approval like he did last time around. What does he have to offer that is new and helpful. He is just a conservative want to be in the sense that he is liberal on abortion and homosexuals. He is a business focused person and a war hawk. That doesn't get him enough to get through the GOP primaries.

    January 21, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Clint, Wa.

    There is someone dumber then Sarah Falin, Rudy Loseiuliani.

    January 21, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Joan

    Most Democrats are probably praying that Palin, Giuliani, Trump and Bachmann all run in 2012. The primary debates will be hilarious.

    January 21, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Jefe

    Is it April 1st? I find it hard to believe his mind is already that far gone that he would consider a presidential bid. If he even wins the Republican nomination, I'll put on 200 lbs, stop brushing my teeth, and become a Packers fan.

    January 21, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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