Giuliani ‘very close’ to joining GOP presidential race


Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential campaign fizzled in 2008, is leaning toward another race for the White House, according to a close associate. New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who has known Giuliani for more than 40 years, says the former mayor “is very close to saying he’s going to run.”

“If he were to make the decision today, he would run,” says King.

Speaking at a dinner with reporters in Washington, King, who was an enthusiastic Giuliani supporter in 2008, said the former mayor has been quietly lining up support and exploring strategy. Giuliani has also examined the mistakes his campaign made in ’08, when he did not seriously compete in a contest until the Florida primary, by which time he was hopelessly behind in the race.

It’s unclear what effect a Giuliani candidacy would have on the primary campaign. There is an ongoing conversation among Republican political insiders about supposed voter unhappiness with the GOP field, and after Indiana governor Mitch Daniels’ decision not to run, pundits and strategists have focused on hopes that New Jersey governor Chris Christie or House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan might be coaxed into running. Others have mentioned the name of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Few observers have looked to Giuliani as a possible savior of the Republican Party.

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A disaster, the debate would be 5’4″ versus 6’4″, absolutely ridiculous; plus, Rudy is a complete bore west of New Brunswick. He could challenge and would beat Schumer.

Giuliani replacing Trump.Another tough guy with ex’s and a son that won’t vote for him.What a cast of characters. Mr Clean family men Romney/Rubio look to take this. Romney will win Iowa and N.H. Does anyone see Jeb jumping in to slow Mitt in S.C. and steal the nom. with wins in Fla. Tex and Ca.?

@rich wheeler: Before dooming the bulk of Republican candidates a year and a half before the general election, remember Obama has to run on his record. So far that’s a 30% increase in unemployment despite adding over $4 trillion to the national debt; a healthcare program the majority of Americans want repealed; a stimulus program that is largely viewed as a failure because it failed to perform as advertised; a more than doubling of gas prices, and the start of inflation just to name a few. The situation can turn itself around in next year and a half but it can also go the other way as well. Right now he is still enjoying his post UBL kill bump in the polls. Come election 2012 when the question is asked, “Are you better off than what you were 4 years ago?” if the majority of people say ‘no’ he’s toast. If the majority say ‘yes’ he will probably win re-election.

As for Jeb, probably not. He would be the strongest one out there of the current field if he goes for it but it may be a little too soon for another Bush for some people. Perry is probably the guy to watch.

WOW… I loved Giuliani when he was Mayor of New York…He didn’t take crap from anyone…He did what was best for the People of New York and the City…he cleaned it up a lot. I would Love to see him run…
Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! But, I do like Herman Cain too Hmmm…

Romney’s head cheerleader strikes again!

Rubio has said consistently that he does not want the Veep right now. I think it would be a mistake for him to accept it if offered. He is young and has considerably great prospects for a political future. All good things in time.

I really don’t think it is a matter of Romney beating or not beating Obama. I think Romney cannot beat Romneycare. It will be like a stone around his neck. But it would be interesting to see the Dems attack Romneycare/Obamacare just to get their Anointed One re-upped. lol

anticsrocks As mentioned before I’m no Romney fan (I do like Rubio). I’m just “calling it as I see it”
BTW 5/25/2011 Rasmussen poll 51%-48% Obama up. Thoughts?
Another Vet. Agree Perry could be a strong contender.He needs to get in ASAP.Top Conserv. in 2008 Fred Thompson waited too long and it cost him the nomination.
Thoughts on Dem’s. big win in upstate N.Y. yesterday?

@rich wheeler: She won 47% of the vote which means more people voted against her than for her in a Blue state. Even though the district leans ‘R’, the person being replaced was a guy involved in a scandal. To call it a referendum on the Republican agenda in Congress is laughable.

Another Vet Having gone to college in upstate N.Y. I can assure you there is little blue and this district is VERY red. Referendum?? Agree it’s too little for a “trend” but it’s a warning to Tea Party AND Repub.Party.

@rich wheeler: You said:

anticsrocks As mentioned before I’m no Romney fan (I do like Rubio). I’m just “calling it as I see it”
BTW 5/25/2011 Rasmussen poll 51%-48% Obama up. Thoughts?

He is still riding the wave of his bump up from the killing of OBL.

As for the NY race, to be honest I haven’t followed it. I am in the hospital right now and so am out of the loop on the news. Should be home in a couple of days.

Anticsrocks BE WELL

@rich wheeler: Thank you, rich. Just my Congestive Heart Failure flaring up.

@anticsrocks: Try not to get too revved up on some of what is said here! Best wishes. My dad just had an electric cardio conversion done last week and feels great. It”s amazing what modern medicine/medical practices can do.

@rich wheeler: Of the last 9 elections, this one included, a Democrat has won 4 times so this is not the first time one has one there. Had the Republican ticket not been split, she would have lost by a good margin. I don’t think this shows a massive shift to the Democrats like they and the MSM are trying to make it out to be. What it more likely shows is the split in the Republican Party.

@another vet: Thanks AV. I appreciate the thoughts. This is kind of a form of relaxation for me. I get to read others’ points of view, give my own and learn something new with nearly every visit here.

I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot. You can read about it here or here if you wish.

Next month I see my cardiologist again and I am going to explore the possibility of a heart assist pump.

@anticsrocks: Read both of them as this is the first I ever heard of it. You don’t go to Midwest by any chance?

It’s good getting the other points of view. Only on occasion does one have to bang their head against the wall.

@another vet: I live in the Midwest, AV. Central Illinois to be specific and my cardiologist is in St. Louis, MO.

@anticsrocks: Okay. I thought if you lived up here in the ‘burbs you may have had the same heartcare group everyone else seems to have which is Midwest Heart.

@another vet: Nope, Barnes Hospital, Adults with Congenital Heart Defects.

Another Vet #16 Nice try. Since redistricting REPUBS have won last 5 elections 2002-2010 in #26 .One of few N.Y. districts to favor Mac. in 08.

Well, I got my walking papers today! I know this is off topic, but after the messages of concern I received, I just wanted to let you all know that I am going home today and I am feeling much better.

Good news, antisrocks. So sorry you landed in there to begin with! Now your Daddy’s girl can rest easy.

@rich wheeler:

It’s a warning to the NY GOP, not the Tea Party. The Republicans stayed home as they were unhappy with who the “machine” chose. They still haven’t learned from 23.

@rich wheeler: 47% ‘for’ the Dem, 53% for the Rep/Tea Party. Last time I checked 53 was > 47. If it was the other way around or it was a one on one race and the Dem won by whatever margin, I’d say you had a point. Spin as you guys may!

@anticsrocks: That’s good news.

Another Vet Whatya gonna do with that nasty Tea Party stealing a victory from Repubs and giving it to the Dems. Hard Right says in #22 you better listen up.

@MataHarley: Thanks Mata! I am home now and she hasn’t left my side.

@another vet: Thanks also, AV! It is good to be home.

@rich wheeler: Seems like HR and I are on the same page. The Tea Party didn’t steal anything. It’s a clear message, either straighten out the fiscal mess we are in or you won’t get elected. We don’t need a Dem Congress passing trillion dollar deficits and we don’t need a Republican Congress passing a half a trillion dollar deficits. Perhaps Dems are satisfied with the status quo with regards to our current fiscal state. We’re not and want something done about it. As I pointed out on another thread, if the people don’t want the problem fixed, then they shouldn’t complain when the country implodes and the peso becomes more desirable in the world than the dollar. Anyhow, a stolen election is something that Franken did in MN.

A.V. The message in N Y 26 was seniors don’t want ANYONE messing with their entitlements.I think Tea Party’s best days are behind them unless they find better candidates than the O’Donnells and Angles.Palin is an also ran and Bachmann unproven.Rubio looks good in 2016

@rich wheeler: What? No mention of Romney???

Medic! Medic! Over here! rich w. is ill I tell you, ill!

@rich wheeler: The plan applies to those under 54. Sounds like the seniors were successfully propagandized and perhaps the Republicans and Tea Party folks need to do a better job of getting the message out. The argument needs to be whether or not we want to leave the country in good shape for future generations not how much we can bankrupt it. In order to get our financial house in order, entitlements are going to have to be cut. People need to make a choice- bankruptcy or entitlement cuts. Can’t have it both ways. By giving younger generations a heads up as to what they can expect, they will better be prepared to plan for their futures. The plan affects me and I have no problem with it. As for SS, I planned my retirement under the assumption it wouldn’t be there. People need to get responsible at some point and plan their own futures. Sorry for the soap box!

Rudy would be better than Rommey. Make it an even more interesting race. for the number one contender spot.