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

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. DumpTheGOP

    What is Guiliani smoking????

    September 7, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. REG in AZ

    That is all we need: another egotistic idiot on the stage.

    September 7, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. MikeMike

    Rudy tried, and failed.

    September 7, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Amazing

    Hey, Rudy! back up your words by running. Don't sit on the side and throw stones.

    September 7, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. kincas


    September 7, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Grow up already...

    Rudy, you couldn't beat an egg...

    September 7, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Steve

    Problem is he won't run. The problems he would face would have him go down in hsitory as the President when the US tanked. That is why Obama is there, he is both parties scapegoat.

    September 7, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. CitzenJP

    Giuliani not only could not beat President Obama, but could not beat the guy who could not beat him. This guy is shameless.

    September 7, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. ken

    Obama continues the blame game! Despite the support of the biased mainstream news media, the people know when someone is blaming the other guy that the blamer is clueless and incompetent. At the rate Obama is going, Mickey Mouse could gather more votes than Obama!

    September 7, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. CBR

    I can not believe that Giuliani made this statement. It is like saying anybody could run for President today and beat Obama. Wow! One thing for sure, I would not support a Giuliani run for the White House.

    He has been denied the opportunity to run by his own party. They have not accepted his ideas. Although he did many things following 9/11, he did not do all that was necessary before 9/11 according to those who are writing about that tragic event. Some of his actions were not acceptable but that all dissolved after 9/11.

    September 7, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Wildone

    Oh Rudy! You crack me up!! You're such a funny guy, I can't stand it. You're joking......right?? Right???

    September 7, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Wow, the ego on this guy! I'm surprised he didn't work in "9 out of 11 people ..." or some other reference to his only claim to fame.

    September 7, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. contessa

    Do pigs know how to fly? And the answer is . . . . NO!! Enough said!!

    September 7, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. The Prince of Common Cents

    Yeah, and Tea Party members aren't far-right, extreme racists, either.....

    September 7, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. Shelley

    Yeah, sure you could Rudy. People would be tripping over themselves to vote for you, just like they did in 2008. Hmmm. Oh wait, now I remember. For all the millions of dollars you spent campaigning, you got exactly ONE delegate in the 2008 primaries. Finally, you put us all out of our misery and finally dropped out after it became clear that people just weren't that in to you.

    September 7, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. Emery

    "I could beat Obama."

    When are these ridiculous, extreme right-wing nutcases going to realize that it'll take much more than simply being able to "beat Obama" in order to actually win? You have to actually OFFER something in order to garner support, and that's something that NONE of these candidates (potential or front-running) are able to do, now OR in 2012.

    September 7, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Perplexed

    No you can't. You're too hateful, not to mention marrying your cousin and then disrespecting your wife doesn't help. Even your children can't stand you.

    September 7, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. LNB

    Then you and Palin should give it a try, Rudy.

    September 7, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. carly

    Giuliani is delusional and full of himself as usual.

    September 7, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Minnie's Pearls

    The full quote is "If Barack Obama remained roughly where he is now, sure, I think I could beat him on this Sunday, 09/11.”

    September 7, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. Ken

    If you weren't being so hilarious, Rudy, I'd actually bother to reply!

    September 7, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. bofdc

    Giuliani for the loss!

    September 7, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Dani

    Rudy Giuliani – FRAUD.

    September 7, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. Doyle Wiley, MI


    September 8, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  25. Bill in Florida

    I love it! How many GOPers does thta make now, who claim they could beat Obama is they wanted to? Yeah, right.

    September 8, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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