Giuliani: Trump is 'resonating'
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Donald Trump says things the American people need to hear.
April 26th, 2011
07:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani: Trump is 'resonating'

Washington (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks real estate mogul Donald Trump is the "most exciting candidate in the race" for the White House in 2012.

In an interview with The Washington Times, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate said Trump's controversial comments come from the heart.

"I think he is doing as well as he's doing because he's saying things the American people need to hear – about leadership and about strength and about being proud of America and not apologizing for America," Giuliani said Tuesday. "So I think he's resonating."

Trump has done well in some recent national polls of potential 2012 candidates, while he continues to question President Barack Obama's birthplace. But don't expect Giuliani to jump on the "birther" bandwagon.

"I'm not one who wants to raise that question," he said. "It's been proven to my satisfaction that the president was born in the United States. The documented copy [of his birth certificate] is enough for me. I think the best reason that we should defeat President Barack Obama is because he's not a very good president."

Trump, who has donated extensively to Democratic and Republican political candidates, also contributed $1,000 to Giuliani's mayoral campaign in 1999 and 2000, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Giuliani will travel to the early contest state of New Hampshire next month and said he remains undecided about his own bid for the White House.

"At this point, I'm not actively considering it, but I have the door open," Giuliani said.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. J

    trump makes me want to puke!! Go away donald

    April 26, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Clwyd

    Exciting for what? A birther? Gone bankrupt three times? Wants the tax breaks for the rich! in Ryan's "Path to Ruin." The 10% drop from 35% to 25% for people who already are only paying 17% due to loopholes is more republican attacks on the middle and lower class American is setting up an aristocracy run government!

    April 26, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. PaulC

    Everything Trump knows he learned from Limbaugh/Beck/Palin.

    April 26, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. normajean

    Mr. Giuliani....You say that Donald Trump is "resonating."..He talks about being proud to be an American . It would be nice if we the people could be proud of him. He is a "hate monger" and is fast becoming one of the biggest jokes in the country. You aren't out among the everyday don't hear what they are saying!!! He has been making up lies and spreading his own brand of viciousness about the president, as if he were "simon pure" which he is not. Any one that would vote for this man to be president has got be living in a closet. He isn't even decent enough to be an AMERICAN.!!!!!!

    April 26, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    well let me say that it's good Trump has such a great relationship with "the blacks" because he sure is doing a number on one. I guess Trump thinks if you're black in America you can not achieve anything without help of Affirmative_Action, not smart enough of course to do it on his own. Yet smart enough to come of with a plan to become POTUS by 40plus years ago having his parents make plans to hide his real birth certificate, sneak him into this country via Hawaii, pay off people to lie and say they know him, come up with millions of dollars to hide of this. Oh of course he's a closet Muslim too. The pathetic thing about this is there are too many that believe it.

    April 26, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. aj

    This is a case of an established also-ran looser backing another will be looser.
    As for Trump, Pride begts the fall.
    He is stupidly rich and is rapidly becoming more and more richly stupid.

    April 26, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. KO

    Giuliani ran the world's worst campaign in 2008 (went from front-runner to non-factor in a matter of months) so he's the least credible person out there to comment on Trump or anyone else. Trump is the Republican's Flavor of the Month, nothing more.

    April 26, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Rick in AZ

    Something something 911 something something 911. C'mon Rudy you are done. No one cares what you think about anything.

    April 26, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. rusty155

    Donald Trump Is a IDIOT, all he talk about Is the Birther Issue, The man Isn't smart enough to understand the truth If It hit him on the head. I really think the man a crook, and he said It In his own word. The Republican have train well , he LIE with the best of them. If you don't make over a million dollar the Republican and the Tea Party don't want you around. why do you think every time the Republican and Tea Party cut something from the budget It all way have something to do with the Middle Class ,the poor and the OLD. just like the Paul ryan budget PLAN that all Republican voted on In the House, It all about the poor and the old and the Middle Class. But they want To Extend the Bush Tax CUT for the RICH. this budget Is full of Crap.

    April 26, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Perplexed

    It takes a racist to know and appreciate one.

    April 26, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. TM

    So Mr. "a noun, a verb, and 9/11" is picking Mr. "birther". Well, we all know how well Rudy "resonated" with voters, so I doubt ANYBODY should be concerned with this endorsement.

    April 26, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Lisa

    That's the dope leading the dopier.

    April 26, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. CDragon

    Wow! Rudy Giuliani thinks Donald Trump is resonating. Does Rudy remember that he didn't? Is he some kind of Republican pundit, now or just a wanna-be populist?

    April 26, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. CBR

    Rudy Giuliani is making a big mistake if he thinks that Donald Trump is just speaking from the heart. Donald trump is as smug as ever. When he is shown to be wrong on one statement he just moves onto another statement attacking the president.

    Perhaps Mr. Trump who was fortunate enough to have a father who was quite wealthy. He has never had to make his way in the world. He set out on a well-paved road as a young man. He must learn that if you make demands of anyone you darn well better be prepared to demand the same from himself. Try by publishing your college grades. Do you have a degree and from what university? Oh, and by the way, more legacies are accepted to Harvard than to any other university. Some of them may not be qualified but they get in, Harvard does everything in its power to keep them on the track to graduation. Very few flunk out!

    The Republicans have better candidates than Donald Trump.

    April 26, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. Joe Issano

    Giuliani is clueless as usual, all he knows is a noun, a verb and nothing else. To call Dump Trump resonating, is to call republicans smart.....and we all know that not the case.

    April 26, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. david

    one loser propping up another loser...

    April 26, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Must be a sequel to the movie "Dumb and Dumber."

    April 26, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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