Giuliani: “I could beat Obama…”
September 7th, 2011
08:24 PM ET
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Giuliani: “I could beat Obama…”

(CNN)-Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks he could throw President Barack Obama out of office — that is, if a presidential election were held right now.

Giuliani told CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday, “If Barack Obama remained roughly where he is now, sure, I think I could beat him.”

He sought the 2008 GOP nomination for president, but Tuesday told a gathering at the National Press Club that he would only run again if the GOP became “desperate.”

And in an interview airing on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Giuliani continued, “But I think, you know, three or four Republicans could beat him right now given how weak he is and how his approval numbers have pretty much dipped below 40 percent.”

The former mayor, known for serving New York City through 9/11, admitted that he’d still be tempted to seek the Republican nomination in 2012, “If I thought that we couldn’t beat Obama with the candidates that we had.”

“If I think we can’t, if people are refusing to take up some of the challenges that are out there which include really dealing with spending — because if the next president doesn’t have the courage to deal with entitlement spending along with everything else — and particularly health care — cause that’s really the key — then we’re not straightening out the problems in our economy. And somebody’s got to have the courage to step up and talk about that.”

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. A Real Patriot

    A noun...a verb...and 9/11....

    September 8, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's true.

    David Dinkins; mayor failed for improving in New York City. Then Rudy Giuliani became mayor and worked hard for improving better New York City.

    September 8, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  3. Dee

    First place he does not have the class to beat President Obama what kind of role model would he be the way he treated his wife and family. When you are the President of the United States you need character plus you need to work for all the people of America.

    September 8, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  4. kenny

    No, He couldnt. That is pretty funny to think a guy who would be completely unknown to America without 9/11 thinks he is still relevant. What does he have to contribute besides "bla bla bla 9/11. on 9/11 bla bla bla changed america. I would be a great president because bla bla bla on 9/11." Im not trying to make light of the 9/11 attacks, but his entire career seems built around them. What else do you got?

    September 8, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    I had a dream a "verb, a noun, and 911" Get a life dude. Gag-liani, you couldn't get elected dog catcher with a voting block of cats as the constituents. Only an idiot would vote for you....oops we do have a few of those in america

    September 8, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. Drogo, who bit the dust


    September 8, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  7. JN

    This guy never even manages to beat his own Republican challengers much more the President of the United States of America.

    September 8, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  8. Angy

    Oh please, go sit your tired behind down. you couldn't win a race for dog catcher.

    September 8, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Blah Blah Blah. Go home

    September 8, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |

    You couldn't beat an egg to make an omelette. You got trounced and humiliated last time around, come get some more.

    September 8, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  11. stevetall

    Fer cryin' out loud, Rudy. Get over yourself. You are not as popular as you think. Getting votes by trying to scare people by bringing up 9/11 won't work forever.

    September 8, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  12. XWngLady

    LOLOLOL!!....In what alternate universe does Giuliani think he can beat Pres. Obama? In your dreams Rudy!... Giuliani is a joke, a has been...and everybody knows it....EXCEPT him apparently....No thanks Rudy! Keep your day job, whatever that is these days....or is dayreaming about becoming the next President your new full time gig?

    September 8, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  13. Thaddeus Wentworth

    This is from a man who spent $40 million dollars in the 2008 primaries and got 1 delegate. ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2011 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  14. John

    Giuliani would beat Obama, no Republican can. He and they offer nothing, nada, nothing!

    September 8, 2011 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  15. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX


    If you're so great Rudy,how about you toss your hat in the ring and go for it ?

    If you're THAT good, then you could win the republican nomination with a breeze and smoke Obama.

    Nothing like coulda,shoulda,woulda. Don't talk about it Rudy,do it !!!!

    I'd like everybody to know that I could beat Kobe Bryant one on one in offense and D him up too.

    Except Kevin Durant,Lebron Jmaes and Paul Piecre are already pretty good NBA ballplayers already,so the NBA isn't desperate for me.

    All I hear are excuses GOP.


    September 8, 2011 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  16. user420

    He couldn't beat him in an election when Obama was a nobody last time, he's fooling himself if he thinks he could this time. I mean how much more desperate does the party need to become?! Look at the candidates running!

    September 8, 2011 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  17. Ohio man

    Oh ok ,,, Tell yourself what you need to hear LiL Rudy

    September 8, 2011 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  18. diridi

    HA!!!ha!ha! while he was in NY, lot of illegals up there, cheating, etc, Go see Jackson Heights....if you want....o.k, Nab them, America.....cheating on Immigration too.....idiots....learn and save this nation.....god bless...

    September 8, 2011 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Mr. 9/11 but we were never attacked during the shrub's administration. Please give it up fool. You couldn't beat Obama just like you couldn't beat my dog at playing frisbee.
    Get lost!!! Ten years later you are still a fool.

    September 8, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  20. don

    Nice to see Rudy 9/11 again. It must be a presidential year. Too bad he can't get the nomination.

    September 8, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  21. Mitch

    Go some where and sit down. Giuliani could not be elected dogcatcher. He is totally insignificant. Couldn't win a primary during his last feeble attempt to get the presidency. He brings nothing to the table. However, he and all of his rich Republican buddies sure do take enough away from the the table.

    September 8, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  22. Steven Colo

    Forget it, Rudy. In 2008 you managed to create one of the epically worst campaigns ever to be seen and went from frontrunner to loser in record time, by ignoring the early primaries. Now there are eight people fighting it out for the GOP nomination. Committed people, making speeches and debating and raising funds.

    You just want to be courted and get the nomination without work. Forget it.

    September 8, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  23. The Greedy Old PIgs have lost their minds!

    That Rudy sure is nutty. He couldn't even beat Crazy Michele, let alone President Obama.

    September 8, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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