Giuliani on Gingrich and 'the' question for Obama's 2012 run
May 10th, 2011
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Giuliani on Gingrich and 'the' question for Obama's 2012 run

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani deflected the 2012 spotlight from himself and toward soon-to-be presidential candidate Newt Gingrich late Monday, saying, "I think he is going to add a tremendous amount of intellectual heft to this debate."

During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan he was questioned about his reaction to Gingrich's tweet that he will announce Wednesday, and what it means for him, a 2008 presidential candidate and a rumored hopeful for 2012. Giuliani responded, "I don't know when you are going to hear about me, because I haven't really decided or focused on it yet. I'm glad that Newt has joined the race. I admire Newt Gingrich very much."

"He is one of the smartest people in America," he added.

And Giuliani's admiration crosses party lines, especially when it comes to the president. The day after the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden was announced, Giuliani, who was mayor during the 9/11 attacks, openly commended President Obama's actions.

"I admire the courage of the president to make a decision like this because if something had gone wrong everyone would be blaming him," he stated, without forgetting Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, whom he said also "deserves tremendous credit."

Giuliani echoed those comments while discussing his visit to Ground Zero with the president last Friday. "When a president makes a correct decision, particularly one like that, he deserves all the credit for it," he said.

"I told him I really admired his decision because he knew that any mistake there and he was going to be the one responsible for it…sure, I think this makes him politically stronger."

But the former NYC mayor countered that the focus of the presidential election will not be centered on foreign policy, where Obama may have received an image boost.

"The election is over a year away," he said. "A lot of other things are going to happen between now and then. The economy is a big factor in any of our elections. Foreign policy is - when we're going through something like this and we're all focused on it."

"But by and large, American elections get decided on the economy. And I think that's going to be the question for President Obama: what kind of shape is the economy in next year."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Newt Gingrich is unelectable. His best calling card is fund raising. That's his best qualification for POTUS.

    May 10, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. REG in AZ

    It is disgusting and a real shame that there are those who accept and even further the untruths, the subterfuge and the deception, which they do simply to rationalize their own biases, prejudices and emotional attachments. The appropriate irony though is that it really costs them as well as it does everyone else as the dishonesty only serves the interests of those few who initiate and push it. The simple reality is that if the subterfuge just wasn’t accepted, then the arrogant and self-serving liars wouldn’t gain and would just have to stop. Those like Trump, Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and others would become quiet and the likes of Boehner, McConnell, Kyl, the Tea Party and others would then have to honestly present and support positions of real value to the majority, instead of always depending on deceptive appeals aimed to con, excite and manipulate, while serving only the few, their strong supporters and coconspirators.

    Likely there are those who are crying foul and deny that the Republicans are, as it so clearly seems, really so much worse that the Democrats with their efforts to dishonestly con and deceive. Fine, instead of arguing the point let us just deny the Republicans any approval for their deceptive efforts, of their ability to control and manipulate people’s thinking, then to see them clean up their act (we already see them adjusting their rhetoric now but we really need more than talk) and we can surely do the same with the Democrats. The key is to first have the people, the majority demand honesty of themselves and to put their own biases, prejudices and emotional attachments aside to then totally reject the efforts to con and manipulate them and to just clearly identify and strongly reject the dishonesty. Good luck!

    May 10, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Hotdog

    I just hope that the American public do not forget what kind of economical hole that the Bush Administration lefit this country in. Not to mention how the Republlicans have been against each and every thing that this administration is trying to do to keep this country moving forward. Newt Gingrich is a pathetic politician and the same could be said for Rudy Guliani.

    May 10, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS

    Everyone knows Newt has no chance of becoming POTUS. As far as you go Mr. 9/11, you're just as hopeless. Prior to the death of OBL, you've been one of the harshest critics of the President. I want to hear your stance on all the issues our country faces.

    May 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Snow

    obama would not want to debate Newt because Newt is alot smarter than obama plus obama would not get away with the lies he puts out at press conferences that are disclosed after the speeches.

    May 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Intellect????? Give. Me. A. Break.

    Self improtant blowhard, maybe...

    May 10, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Thomas

    important, even.

    May 10, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Johnny Chrome (Missoula)

    Albert Einstein. Stephen Hawking. Newt Gingrich. Carl Sagan. Gerry Kasparov.

    One of these things is not like the others.

    May 10, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Bob in PA

    Newt has more going for him by 5 am than Obama does after 3 wasted years.

    May 10, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. fayse

    Giuliani and Gingrich are both losers, has been, also rans and their time has come and gone. Goodbye GOP, goodbye Tea Party.

    May 10, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Florida Resident

    I beg to differ with Guiliani – the only "heft" that Gingrich will add is around his waist, etc! He has no intellectual ability to add – just self-interest and a slavish love of the GOP, Conservativism, etc. What is good for this country doesn't matter. Only what is good for the wealthy. Maybe he is now old enough that he won't be cheating on wife #3, but I bet he is looking!

    May 10, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. larry

    Rudy Giuliani thinks that Newt Gingrich is the smartest person in America? Well, if he thinks that, then he comes from the same mold as both have been married multiple times, numerous affairs, both were draft dodgers, both cheated on their wives and both estranged from their children. Both came from backgrounds where the fathers were either absent from their lives or in Giuliani's case, his father was a convicted felon who avoided military service in WW II, as did Rudy Giuliani during the Vietnam War. Both were notorious for their sex lives with younger women. Newt Gingrich cheated on his first wife, goes to the hospital dying of cancer to tell her he's leaving her for his younger girlfriend, eventually leaves her to marry another bimbo, and finally ends up marrying still another woman young enough to be his daughter, stiffs his kids on child support, bounces checks in a house scandal, all while telling us about fiscal responsibility,family values and ethics! Rudy and LeRoy Gingrich are both the same scoundrels who have no morals, convictions, or ethics! It is not surprising that Rudy thinks that Newt LeRoy Gingrich is a smart person and admires him! Takes a weasel to admire another weasel!

    May 10, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Jo Jo

    You have got to be kidding me? He's planning on running, again? Boy, you know the republican party has hit an all-time low when they start recycling the same old, same old has-beens.

    May 10, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Lisa P

    "intellectual heft"? Gingrich? That comment says a lot about Giuliani. What has he been smoking, now that he is no longer a prosecutor, or Mayor, or a Presidential-wanna-be? Or is this just a Catholic (well, Catholic and supposed Catholic) thing?

    May 10, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. kayla

    from your tone, you don't want the economy to get better, BUT IT WILL.

    May 10, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Dieter Zerressen

    Well, it takes one philandering hypocrite to know another one!

    May 10, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |