Giuliani back to New Hampshire, but is he serious about running?
March 18th, 2011
11:29 AM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani back to New Hampshire, but is he serious about running?

(CNN) - Rudy Giuliani is returning for the first time since October to New Hampshire, the state that traditionally holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

The former New York City mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, who's thinking of making another bid for the GOP nomination, is scheduled to keynote fundraiser Friday night for the Manchester, New Hampshire Republican Committee.

So how serious is Giuliani about becoming a candidate for president?

Apparently not so serious, at least right now.

"I'm thinking about it but I'm not beyond that," Giuliani told the New Hampshire Union Leader's John DiStaso. "Maybe the strongest thing I could say – because this is not intended to be a campaign appearance of any kind, it's designed to help the party and renew acquaintances with old friends – is that I haven't taken it out of consideration. But I'm not right now actively considering it."

Giuliani says his message Friday night will be that "we need much more leadership than we're presently getting out of Washington," specifically from the president.

He criticized Obama, saying the president "seems to be several days behind every world development," including the uprisings in Egypt and Libya.

Ovide Lamontagne's Granite Oath PAC is the lead sponsor for Friday night's event. Lamontagne, a longtime Republican party activist and attorney who came close to winning last year's GOP nomination for Senate in New Hampshire, is currently holding a series of house parties with some of the potential Republican presidential candidates.

Lamontagne tells CNN that he hopes the dinner will further strengthen Manchester Republican Committee.

As for the keynote speaker, Lamontagne says he's "very eager to listen to Giuliani's remarks. I hope he enters the New Hampshire primary soon if he's serious about running for the White House. He has a lot to offer this campaign cycle."

In the last presidential election 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 - the three crucial early voting states.

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

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    oh joy. Another bogus, non-contender joining the seemingly endless parade of GOP candidates that don't stand a chance. While others in the race are unappealing, this guy is just plain creepy

    March 18, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. thomas

    He criticized Obama, saying the president "seems to be several days behind every world development," including the uprisings in Egypt and Libya.
    Both Rudy Giuliani and George Walker Bush were days behind 911 !

    March 18, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The joker is back and without him the GOP circus wouldn't be complete.

    March 18, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Giuliani back to New Hampshire, but is he serious about running? "

    I'm pretty sure Captain 911 isn't serious about ANYTHING.

    March 18, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    hopefully if he does, people will remember his poll number pre-911 and his actions- not words during 911.
    This man was not running for mayor because no one wanted him. He dropped out of the race for the Senate because no one wanted him. He became a saint after a speech on 9/11 but in fact, if his administration had done their job properly- less than half of those that died , would have. From the plcement of the emergency response unit in the WTC to telling New Yorkers they could continue workin gin the building the day of the attacks, poor judgement was used. It continued into his campaigne and cost him the nomination in 2008.

    March 18, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. jon

    If only Rudy's abiities were as big as his ego........... go away already and take the rest of the miserable GOP hopefuls with you Rudy.

    March 18, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Emerson

    And what would the Mayor of 9/11 have the President do with regard to Arab uprisings? Send in US troopsto become bogged down in a protracted /ground war/occupation like previous GOP administrations? Pour hundreds of billions of dollars down the drain on advisors and armsand run up the federal deficit like previous GOP administrations? No , President Obama decided to treat the Arabs as citizens of the world and not as pariahs and the young people of the Arab world have responded by demanding democracy. Rudy, just enjoy your free Yankee tickets and leave governing to those who can lead.

    March 18, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Steve, New York City

    Take away that one day (9/11), and this guy was on his way to obscurity. Some time before 9/11, NYC plain-clothes police killed an unarmed African American kid. Instead of apologizing to the family, Giuliani released the kid's sealed juvenile record. Is this guy for real? The guy married his mistress and his own children didn't seem to support his last presidential bid.

    . . . and what will be his speech? Hello, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11. With the exception that he's clearly a loyal Yankee fan, it's hard to find any redeeming qualities in this guy!

    March 18, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. ART

    Is he gonna run on the 9/11 platform again, is he still married to that nurse or has he traded her in for a new model yet? Is his head bigger than his ego or the other way around? Just asking.

    March 18, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. tulsa, ok

    Rudy WHO?

    March 18, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. w l jones

    In this time an age it is hard enough to be king of one own household not to mention the whole world, Said enough.

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. chelle

    And just how many firefighters from 9/11 would be alive if Mr. 9/11 had not vetoed spending money on new radio communication systems? The Fire Department told the city of New York that the radios they had DID NOT work properly in buildings like the WTC, but the City chose not to regard the report as important (even though the first bombing of WTC should have given them a clue)!!!!!! How did that planning work out for you Rudy??

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. RN

    Financial reform, health care reform, college student aid program reform, green energy (wind powe) grew 40% due to government support, .... the list goes on.
    The GOP seems to pick on Obama because he conducts diplomacy without television cameras. He is not a cowboy, riding in with guns blazing to interfere with any country who has something (oil) that we want. This will create problems in the future. Maybe he acts the way he does because he is a thoughtful, intelligent person capable to looking into the future of this country and caring about it. The GOP seems to look only at their own bank account and not beyond the next election cycle. We need a two party system in this country – it would be great if the second party could show a great deal more thoughtfulness, ethics and interest in the entire country than we have seen from the GOP in recent years.

    March 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Mr. 9/11 who had the audacity to say that the US was never attacked during the shrub's presidency. I guess he wasn't right of mind while the towers were falling and all those poor souls were killed!!!
    Another idiot pretending he can lead our Nation.

    March 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Martin

    Rudy would be really, really good as someone's VP running mate (Donald Trump?), but I doubt he'll run as Presidential candidate.

    March 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. seriously???

    I'll never forget this guy's speech at the Republican convention talking about how Obama "was just a, a, community organizer?" and how Palin had all this "executive experience." Any credibility he may have had during 9/11 is gone. This guy is one of the biggest slimeballs on the planet.

    March 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. leanderjim

    My God, I suppose I should be thankful that the worst of the worst of the Republicans are declaring for POTUS. But, then again maybe all Republicans are the worst of the worst. Anyway, keep it up, Bozos, you are making President Obama's re-election a sure thing.

    March 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. TM

    Here's a preview of Rudy's speech in NH: A noun, a Verb, and *yawn*

    March 18, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |