Giuliani vs. Palin in 2012?
January 21st, 2011
03:02 PM ET
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Giuliani vs. Palin in 2012?

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he's more likely to run for president if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin runs.

In an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Giuliani, who dropped out of the 2008 Republican presidential primary, said running against Palin for the 2012 GOP nomination would show him as a moderate Republican.

"The more Republicans in which I can show a contrast, probably the better chance, the better chance that I have," Giuliani told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview set to air at 9 pm. ET Monday. Portions of the interview will air Friday (tonight) on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET.

But if he does run, Giuliani says he would concentrate on winning Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, sites of the first presidential nominating contests. In 2008 Giuliani focused his resources in Florida, a strategy that that led to the demise of his run after he finished third in the state's primary.

However, the former U.S. Attorney said he doesn't see a frontrunner in the Republican field, which makes for "a fluid situation."

"There is no obvious frontrunner right now," Giuliani said. "I guess everybody is happy with that, because nobody wants to be the frontrunner at this point because it always seems the frontrunner gets all the attention, all of the negative publicity."

He also addressed Palin's use of the word "blood libel" that she used in a video following the Arizona shootings. The phrase traditionally refers to a long-standing anti-Semitic myth that Jews murdered children for religious rituals. In present times, the term has come to be understood by some as any false accusation of murder.

Palin used it to criticize many in the media who said her political rhetoric may have contributed to the shootings. She later said her critics were taking issue with the phrasing in hopes of derailing her overall message.

Giuliani said "except for the use of the word, (she was) absolutely right on."

"I mean it's a bad word to use, a bad connotation, going back to the whole history of anti-Semitism. This wasn't at that level," Giuliani said.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Bachmann is the Devil

    They're both losers. Mr. 9/11 himself likes to pal around with a terrorist and invite her to a Yankees game.

    January 21, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Palin and Rudy? LMAO!

    Bring it on!

    January 21, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Debby

    Maybe they can switch outfits. Rudy likes womens cloths hahahaha.

    January 21, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Laurie in Spokane

    Let 'em both run. Split the Republican party some more. Neither one of them is qualified to be POTUS, and they'll just end up helping the Democaratic nominee......Obama.

    January 21, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. walleye46

    Even though 9/11 was a date we will never forget, Guiliani is a name no one remembers any more. He needs to keep reminding us of that date so people will remember HIM. Together with Failin Palin, the two of them make a team that Mickey and Pluto could beat in 2012.

    January 21, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. DAVE

    palin is nothing more than a spoiled brat that thinks she can get her own way just by running her mouth.she is also a sell out for money which is the soul reason she stepped down as governor of alaska. i think she would sell out the presidents job for the same thing money! she can't even run for office because american people want solutions for this country not just a big mouth which up until now seems to be all she can offer.

    January 21, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. malcolm in St Louis

    Of course he will run if she does. It show there is no bottom to the republican standards for presidential candidates.

    January 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Jacob

    when will the Todd Palin sex scandal break officially? family values, keep preaching your family values!

    January 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. TM

    A man who's every sentenece is "a noun, a verb, and 9-11" against a woman who couldn't diagram that sentence correctly if you spotted her the noun and the verb. Please! We're talking about winning the Presidency, not "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"

    January 21, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he's more likely to run for president if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin runs.

    So he is a follower, and not a leader...

    January 21, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. MG

    My instincts tell me that if I had to choose between "Dumb" and "Dumber", I would go for "Dumb". And the winner is .....eeny meeny miny mo...

    January 21, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Oldie in TampaBay

    OMG! Two losers .. wouldn't THAT be something!?! I don't know which one is worse except to say that they BOTH love to hear themselves talk.

    January 21, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Bill

    Thank God for the Democratic Party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Adalbert

    Great news for the democrats.

    January 21, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. NancyRose

    Palin is crazy! Just look at that picture. In every picture, she looks like a crazed lunatic. Does she ever close her mouth, or has she botoxed her face to the point where it's frozen with her mouth wide open?

    January 21, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    Both are just "nasty little people" who are excellent reminders of how low the Repub party has become.

    January 21, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Don_J

    Dumb vs Dumber... who could ask for anything more?

    January 21, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Cyg

    Sarah hasn't done her Playboy spread yet? Oh well, back to sleep.

    January 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. DallasMarine

    Yes Sarah Palin is a leader. A leader of a circus troupe. Imagine that, one person using 9/11 as their qualifications and the other shrieking about "blood libel".

    January 21, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    With the Tea Party in the mix, the next Republican National Convention will be a gigantic loserfest.
    Neither of them are fit to run, let alone fit to lead.

    January 21, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Mona

    Geetz! If either one of them had a brain they'd be dangerous!!!

    January 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. If you can just keep your perspective . . .

    Self-serving North Westerner meets self-serving North Easterner. Will it be a contest to see who can be the most shallow?

    January 21, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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