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

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. sara

    2 Nuts. And by the way, another story on this page addressing Boehner won't allow FEDERAL funds to be used for "abortions"...and the minions of the dumbed-down republicans was "cheering him on"....but one problem with the "cheers"....for DECADES FEDERAL FUNDS are not allowed to be Used for Abortions!!!!! Talking about Dumb Americans.

    January 21, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Giuliani and Palin? That's the best the GOP has to offer?

    January 21, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. EddyL

    TWO LOSERS for the price of one.

    January 21, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Roscoe

    Two "strong" family values candidates. Surely, we can do better than this.

    January 21, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Bubba

    "Blood Libel" Palin is the front runner right now, with "Roof Dog" Romney running a distant second and "Huckabee" Hound baying at their heels. "Stainless" Steele may throw his cap of bells in the ring before it's all over, and there are reports of "Newt" Gingrinch and "Doughboy" Limbaugh on the horizon. Man, what an easy win for Obama! None of these people could lead six Girl Scouts through a department store, much less our nation through difficult times.

    January 21, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    I guess borger's articlle yesterday didn't sink on those at cnn who continue to think this idiot and now 9/11 aren't worthy!

    January 21, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. greyhackles

    Bailin' Failin' Pailin verses Rudy "9-11! 9-11! 9-11!" Guliani for....what did you say again?!?

    January 21, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. sam

    If I had to choose between Giuliani and Palin, I would choose NEITHER!

    January 21, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    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.

    "Moderate Repubican" = extinct. Hate to tell it to you Ghouliani, but the righteous Taliban have no use for a MR in their midst. You either tow the "Bible is literal and true""Democrats are evil fascists, socialists (or whatever stupid label they use that day) who hate america"" We can tell everybody what to do regardless of whether it's a personal issue, or anything else because G4d says so and there is no room for dissent" or you are out. That's why zealots like Huckelberry, Failin Palin, Santorum, etc will win the nomination and Obama will win re-elction in a landslide. BTW you couldn't even win NY!! So what makes you think any other clear-minded state would support you. On the other hand, run as an independent. That would further sap votes from the GOP

    January 21, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. S. In California

    Two more children who want to GROW UP to be presidents.

    January 21, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Michael in Houston

    Geez....lets see...we got Giuliani whose own kids dont like him and dont vote for him, we got bachmann and Palin who are both universally despised and ignorant of everything but their own reflection, we got Newt who served his ex divorce papers while she was in the hospital and is flat out just creepy, and we got Santorum whose own state booted him out of office. You repubs do realize this is a national election for the Presidency and not some freakshow popularity contest right??
    The Nation is going to have a field day with your lunacy in 2012.

    January 21, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Tom

    One neocon :vs: another neocon. Wonderful. They're both wetter than a ten cent bowl of soup. Maybe they could share the same tastes in fashion?

    January 21, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    Does it really matter, anyone who runs will beat Sarah for the GOP nomination, her mouth and lack of 'FILTERS" get her in trouble coupled with her lack of real knowledge and truth about issues of importance. Can you see her talking to foreign dignitaries, YA BETCA, MAN UP, MAMA GRIZZLIES' "CRAP," REAL ARTICULATE SHE IS (NOT).

    January 21, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Jay

    Man I wish I could still be relevant. Hey, let me talk about 9/11 again and see if people still notice me.

    9/11 will always be important. You won't though Rudy. Please retire from politics, you weren't near the top at the last election to justify running again.

    January 21, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin is an idiot and it took the death of a 9 year old child her continuous rhetoric of "me, me" didn't fall on deaf ears, she proved to people who she really is and you certainly wouldn't expect that from a woman who herself is a mother. But then again, it wasn't her child as she proclaims to protect like a "mother grissly".

    January 21, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Hoop

    A moderate Republican running for Prez. The party of Compassionate Conservatism is spinning at the thought as they are all trying to out-conservatize each other. Make no mistake about it, the Republican Party welcomes people at both ends of the political spectrum, hard right conservatives and extremist conservatives. All others can take a hike.

    January 21, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. The unsub

    wrong answer Rudy!

    January 21, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Rachel

    I think the both of them should run. The result will be the same as it was in 2008.

    January 21, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Marko

    Not much to offer in 2012 but some entertainment. Some potential for leadership would have been nicer to have.

    January 21, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. OneMoreTime

    Their dreams...America's nightmares

    January 21, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP primary will be very full of candidates.

    January 21, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Nadeem

    Can someone put a hook on Gulliani and pull him off the stage. He was rejected once already.

    January 21, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Two Losers, well they should just team up because President Obama will kick thier butts left and 9/11 right.
    these are the two most unpresidental people I have ever laid my eyes on.

    January 21, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    What, Rudy opened his mouth without saying "9/11" ?!?

    January 21, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Peace

    Do these people ever read/learn history. In recent history not a single person, who tried once and fail, tried again and got it. Do they think they will be the first ones to make history or rather miracles??? Astonishing!

    January 21, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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