Giuliani to follow Romney in NH by just a few hours
May 27th, 2011
02:52 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani to follow Romney in NH by just a few hours

(CNN) - Talk about location and timing.

Just a few hours after Mitt Romney formally announces his candidacy for president at an event next Thursday in New Hampshire, Rudy Giuliani headlines a gathering for the state's Republican party.

The New Hampshire GOP announced Friday that the former New York City mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate will be the main attraction at Thursday at an event in Dover which is part of the party's speaker series.

"I am pleased to welcome Mayor Giuliani back to New Hampshire and I am thrilled that he has reached out to help us raise funds for the NHGOP. He is a proven leader who guided us through one of our nation's darkest hours on Sept. 11th," said New Hampshire GOP chairman Jack Kimball, in a statement.

Giuliani's considering another bid for the GOP presidential nomination, but an adviser tells CNN that the former New York City mayor is not taking active steps toward getting in the race other than making appearances in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary on the road to the White House. Next's week's event will be Giuliani's third in the state this year.

A victory in the New Hampshire primary is crucial for Romney, who was governor of neighboring Massachusetts and who campaigned extensively in the Granite state during his 2008 bid for the White House. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the eventual GOP nominee, won primary in '08, with Romney a close second and Giuliani finishing a distance fourth.

Unlike Romney, Giuliani didn't put much time or effort into campaigning in Iowa or New Hampshire, and instead concentrated much firepower in Florida, which came later in the primary and caucus calendar. The strategy backfired.

Rep. Peter King of New York, who runs in many of the same political circles as Giuliani, told reporters Tuesday that if Giuliani makes a bid, he would concentrate much of his attention in the state, saying "it's all about New Hampshire."

A CNN/WMUR poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire released Monday indicates that one third of probable Republican primary voters in the state would back Romney, with Giuliani tied for fourth at six percent.

But according to new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation National survey released Friday, Giuliani on top, with 16 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP saying they would support Giuliani for the nomination, with Romney one point back.

- CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist and CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Forget about it Rudy... Please just put your backing into another candidate.

    May 27, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    another loser joining the fray....

    May 27, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Joe in Colorado

    It seems the GOP field is in a race to see who can be the worst candidate.

    May 27, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    We have several excellent Republicans lining up to start campaigns. It is exciting to watch. I look forward to some charged up campaigns, some good debates and some real attention to the issues that right now are not being handled very well. We can do better and we will starting in 01/13.

    May 27, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    Now they have added a cross dressing clown to the list . He fits right in.

    May 27, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Sylvia Saint

    Republican's holier than thou attitudes are their death knell. Independent voters don't go in for their craziness.

    Guiliani had 3 wives and cheated on them. Doesn't seem to meet the litmus test they've told us was so important. The GOP nastiness ran off the one guy that could have had a shot and that was Daniels.

    Regarding 9-11, all he did was be the guy on-duty. He walked down streets with a camera crew following him. He talked to the fire and police chef's which you'd expect a sitting mayor to do. He didn't prevent it the attack nor has he spearheading a money raising or construction effort to repair the damage. It's been 10 years, the Freedom Tower is still not completed.

    He didn't pop bin Laden after the fact. Honestly, what has Rudy done for the nation?

    May 27, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Kenny

    Now here is a man, Giuliani, that knows only a "Noun, a Verb and 9-11" and he thinks Republicans want him to run for pesident. RUN RUDY, RUN. Democrats will endorse you to run and you can choose "Sista Sarah" for your VP candidate. Late night comics need to boost their late night ratings.

    May 27, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Real Conservatism Works

    All you Libs who continue to blog that Republicans/Ryans plan is intended to kill Medicare are telling a other words you are Liars, and you know it. But you're good at that aren't you. RudyNYC, do you make a living? Afraid your welfare checks will cease? Ask them.

    You seem to be one of those *enlightened* GOPer voters one hears so much about. Chew on this: All but 4, count them, 4 of YOUR party Congressionals recently voted (both House and Senate) to eliminate Medicare, and replace it with vouchers. Considering the need is so great (ie, GOPer talking points = Medicare is broke) just where on Earth do you think the funds will come from to issue the coupons Paul Ryan will be in charge of? If indeed we are never to increase revenue, I'm certain that many other programs (hint: the United States Government in it's full glory) will go broke. What will the GOPers have to fund their wars, their tax breaks, and their Corporate subsidies if the Government is never to again use tax revenue to increase its coffers? Considering just how much GW borrowed, and left for the next guy to handle, I suspect it will be beyond even the greatness of America to get past the poverty WE will ALL be facing. I'm darned if I'm going to sit back and allow the GOPers to once again rape MY medicare and social security funds.

    May 27, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Paul1st

    Gee, has Rudy figured out that skipping the early primaries is a dumb move?

    May 27, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Chuk

    Wake me up when all these bozos finish "thinking" about running. Even the secessionist governor from Texas is "thinking" about running to lead the America he wanted to secede from. Think about a bunch of right wing lunnatics.

    May 27, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. excitizen

    Top three GOP candidates are.....Larry, Curley and Moe, nyak, nyak, nyak!

    May 27, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Steve, New York City

    Rudy again?
    Let me guess what he's going to say:
    9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11. This guy's children didn't even support his last presidential run – and take away that one day (and Rudy was on a fast track to historical obscurity). Yes, he cleaned up crime here, but he's also an obnoxious bully (though unlike Sarah Palin, he's probably at least somewhat intelligent).

    May 27, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |