Giuliani: I’ll run for president if no GOP candidate looks likely to win the general

posted at 2:05 pm on July 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The GOP presidential field is already wide and deep, with additional recruits Rick Perry and Sarah Palin looking increasingly likely to join the race. Now, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says he’s also still considering a bid and will base his decision on the same primary criterion Palin has said she’ll use — whether any of the current candidates look likely to be competitive in the general election against President Barack Obama. The Daily Caller reports:

Rudy Giuliani says he will join the race for the White House if he feels no other Republican candidate can beat President Barack Obama in 2012. …

Giuliani is traveling to New Hampshire this week for several events, but admitted he’s also going to “see how people are feeling, how good of chance we have of beating Obama, how the candidates are doing, so that I can also make a decision about whether I run or not.” …

Giuliani, who said the field is made up of “some really accomplished people who I admire,” said it’s too early to know if he’s worried that the GOP field is lacking a formidable candidate.

He says he’ll make a decision by the late summer — the same time Palin and Perry say they’ll decide. In the meantime, Giuliani busily laid out his policy positions on Obamacare, the stimulus and (sort of) the debt ceiling in his interview with TheDC. Best quote: “This is by far and without any doubt the worst performance of a president in dealing with our economy in our lifetime,” he said.

Of course, another voice decrying Obama’s economic policies in a public and serious manner is welcome anytime, really, and that’s one reason to rejoice so many GOP candidates are campaigning right now. Beyond that, a Giuliani candidacy would be unlikely to be a game-changer, except to bring a little additional name recognition and a hint of heroism to the field. As a candidate, he most resembles Romney, of course, which might suggest Romney could stand to lose a little by Giuliani’s entrance — but Romney’s unwavering commitment to campaigning (for the past four years, really) surely has cemented the support of most of those who would consider Giuliani. Desire does wonders for people and Romney clearly wants what Giuliani only ponders.

In other words, Giuliani entering at a late date is very different than either Perry or Palin entering at a late date, both because speculation about P-squared has been far steadier and because they’d be competing for a conservative constituency that really only found its current candidate in Bachmann about the time of the New Hampshire debate whereas Romney’s been shoring up his support for months (i.e. Bachmann’s support seems more likely to shift allegiance than Romney’s).


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Would looove to see Rudy debate Obama.

Pasalubong on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

After having won one single state in the previous primaries, that’s nice.

Perry/Palin

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

DO IT RUDY.

The more the merrier.

PappyD61 on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

He should replace Holder.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Hamlet on the Hudson…

PatriotRider on July 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Giuliani: I’ll run for president if no GOP candidate looks likely to win the general

In other words, you’re not running.

Vashta.Nerada on July 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

He should replace Holder.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I agree with that..:)

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Go Rudy!

It will split the Romney vote.

portlandon on July 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM

How many would we be up to if Rudy, Palin, and Perry all got in? What is that? 10? 11? They’ll be lucky to get 30 seconds each for their responses at the GOP debates. We’ll need John King to moderate all of them and interrupt even more than he did last time.

Doughboy on July 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

He should replace be the one to put the handcuffs on Holder.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Vashta.Nerada on July 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Liberal and creepy.

IR-MN on July 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

He should replace Holder.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Thumbs up.

Fallon on July 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM

So if Gary Johnson catches fire, Rudy will run????

- Rudy, generic candidate is winning 47-39 right now… 39% means Obama would have a tough time beating Snooki…

phreshone on July 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Giuliani: I’ll run for president if no GOP candidate looks likely to win the general

Will you campaigning in other states besides Florida this time?

Knucklehead on July 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM

He should replace be the one to put the handcuffs on Holder.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Vashta.Nerada on July 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Ahhh, I should have waited. Double thumbs up!

Fallon on July 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM

No, you won’t. Keep trying to remain relevant, though.

MadisonConservative on July 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Vashta.Nerada on July 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

That’s my read also. I hope we have a Republican president willing to use him in their administration though.

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Just what we need, another RINO in the mix.

voiceofreason on July 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

… because his 2008 campaign was so successful and Rudy won so many delegates. 9-11 will be more than 10 years old. Rudy is no longer “America’s Mayor.” His time has come and gone.

bw222 on July 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Just what we need, another RINO in the mix.

voiceofreason on July 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The more RINOs, the more ways the RINO vote gets split.

bw222 on July 14, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Did he ever give an explanation why he won’t officiate the wedding of the gay couple he promised?

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Rudy should run because he would be tremendous as POTUS and would decimate the current Imbecile-in-Chief. Rudy was doomed when running against nobody, however, being able to run against a defined opponent is prime for Rudy. I do not trust Perry, he is non-existent on border secuirty aside from some strongly worded letters last year, Bachmann IS a flake, Palin quit and T-Paw jsut isn’t winning the nomination without being the incumbent Vice-President.
If Rudy wants it, he just has to go and get it.
Run, Rudy, Run
Giuliani/Pawlenty 2012..with John Bolton as Sec. of State!

walker_ro on July 14, 2011 at 2:23 PM

The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win. ~Will Rogers

John Deaux on July 14, 2011 at 2:23 PM

In other words, you’re not running.

Vashta.Nerada on July 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Haha, exactly.

Right now Romney beats Obama. “Undefined GOP nominee” beats Obama. And that’s before another year Obama’s economy. And before the rest of the country meets Pawlenty, Perry, etc.

Obama is going to lose unless there is an economic miracle or we nominate someone who becomes the issue, rather than Obama being the issue.

BocaJuniors on July 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I make no apologies for my support for Rudy. Hope he runs.

Red Cloud on July 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Run or not…

… another voice criticizing Baby Obowma is welcome.

Seven Percent Solution on July 14, 2011 at 2:25 PM

In other words, you won’t run unless it looks as if Palin or Bachmann will be the nominee.

ernesto on July 14, 2011 at 2:25 PM

RUDY RUDY RUDY!

walker_ro on July 14, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Red Cloud on July 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM

You don’t need to apologize, we need more conversations, not less.

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 2:28 PM

OT, but what’s with the Weiss Research ad looking exactly like a Hot Air post?

John the Libertarian on July 14, 2011 at 2:30 PM

In other words, you won’t run unless it looks as if Palin or Bachmann will be the nominee.

ernesto on July 14, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Do you live in a state with an open primary? If so, we can count on you to cross over and make sure we have one of those sure losers as our nominee? Just looking out for you and your Messiah…

Kataklysmic on July 14, 2011 at 2:31 PM

It will be interesting to see how Perry responds to a Giuliani entry into the race, since Perry endorsed him in the 2008 Republican primary race for President. This could be one reason Perry is delaying entry himself.

SheetAnchor on July 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM

He’d take votes from Romney in the primaries. Could be interesting.

J.E. Dyer on July 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Palin/Giuliani 2012
(whith Bolton as sec state)

Count to 10 on July 14, 2011 at 2:36 PM

OT, but what’s with the Weiss Research ad looking exactly like a Hot Air post?

John the Libertarian on July 14, 2011 at 2:30 PM

What ads? Firefox with the “no ad” add on is your friend.

Knucklehead on July 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hey, Rudy, we saw how well that Florida strategy worked last time. I got a better idea–run against Gillibrand and take Hillary’s old Senate seat!

Steve Z on July 14, 2011 at 2:40 PM

He would be a great, great president.

More importantly, his press conferences with the beltway media would be a daily, entertaining street brawl.

rickyricardo on July 14, 2011 at 2:41 PM

The way things are going, ANY Republican would beat Obama in a general election. So from that perspective, Rudy is out.

What makes no sense is the lack of Democratic candidates challenging Obama in a primary.

Freddy on July 14, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Rudy the movie is good….Rudy the Presidential candidate (that couldn’t even stay CLOSE to awful McCain, much less beat him) is not.

search4truth on July 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Boy, this headline seems a bit presumptuous of Rudy, no? Seems he thinks he has the gravitas to just ride on in at any time and save the party from it’s collective poor judgment in possibly choosing someone who he thinks cannot win the general. This, from a guy who was virtually pistol-whipped in the 2008 election. Is there something I’m missing in this story?

KickandSwimMom on July 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Palin/Giuliani.

Hold me to it.

rrpjr on July 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Rudy’s just looking for some free publicity and maybe raise his speaking fees just like the rest of the second tier candidates.

meci on July 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Wasn’t there something about Perry and Giuliani meeting recently? Would he get in just to be another stalking horse to Romney for Perry’s benefit? I certainly don’t see him winning this thing.

Dead Hand Control on July 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

A Rockefeller Republican has no chance in 2011. Rudy is good by NYC’s standards, but that’s about it.

therightwinger on July 14, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Rudy: Please don’t.

Fool me once…

Bruno Strozek on July 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Well, I’d vote for him over Romney, were they the only two choices. He may be slightly more liberal that Mittens, but at least he is more honest about it.

LegendHasIt on July 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

What the HELLP makes him think that if no other candidate could win – he could??????

stenwin77 on July 14, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I think Sarah will announce at a big event, maybe in AZ with Gov. Brewer, Gov Perry and Guiliani in attendance.

stenwin77 on July 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

I know, why doesn’t Guiliani primary Obama ?

stenwin77 on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

He would be a great, great president.

rickyricardo on July 14, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Spoken like the true RINO that we all know you are.

bw222 on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I will take Rudy’s Fiscal conservatism, foreign policy experience and leadership with some social issues tripping him up over a Religious fanatic like Bachmann. Hell, she makes Senator Santorum look liberal on SoCon issues!

walker_ro on July 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Rudy,

Your 2008 campaign was a total joke. Give us your cell# and we’ll call you if we need you.

Really Right on July 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Meanwhile. Gallup has a new poll out stating a No-name Republican extends lead over Obama.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/148487/Republican-Candidate-Extends-Lead-Obama.aspx

b1jetmech on July 14, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Boy, this headline seems a bit presumptuous of Rudy, no? Seems he thinks he has the gravitas to just ride on in at any time and save the party from it’s collective poor judgment in possibly choosing someone who he thinks cannot win the general. This, from a guy who was virtually pistol-whipped in the 2008 election. Is there something I’m missing in this story?

KickandSwimMom on July 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Yep, the Republican Party is the poor damsel tied to the train tracks…

slickwillie2001 on July 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Gallup has a new poll out stating a No-name Republican extends lead over Obama.

It must be Pawlenty.

Emperor Norton on July 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I will take Rudy’s Fiscal conservatism, foreign policy experience and leadership with some social issues tripping him up over a Religious fanatic like Bachmann. Hell, she makes Senator Santorum look liberal on SoCon issues!

walker_ro on July 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I’ll take a religious fanatic Bachmann anyday, along with those religious fanatic founding fathers.

b1jetmech on July 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM

It must be Pawlenty.

Emperor Norton on July 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Could be Elmer Fudd…you never know.

b1jetmech on July 14, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Rudy Giuliani needs to prove his conservative talking points, maybe with a stint as a Governor, Congressman or Senator.

I remember looking at Rudy’s actual governing in the 2008 primaries and they were indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton’s. Until he proves he’s a real Republican, No Thanks!

RJL on July 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

I’ll take a religious fanatic Bachmann anyday, along with those religious fanatic founding fathers.

Do not insult the Founding Fathers by comparing them to Bachmann…she wans to pray the gay away, she has been born again and saved and went to a church that said the Pope is the Anti-Christ…I like Bachmann exactly where she is, in congress.

walker_ro on July 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Jump in Rudy and the AG is yours. Just promise to frog march Nappy, Holder, Selbelius and everyone else in that crooked admin. And bring Bernie back to straighten out Homeland Defense if we don’t disband it or TSA

AH_C on July 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Giuliani should’ve ran against nanny Bloomberg or Cuomo but he didn’t.

If Rudy really wants to help, he should run against Schumer or Gillibrand.

RedRobin145 on July 14, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Gee thanks for the offer Rudy…Yeah, we’ll get back to you on that if anything opens up…No, no need to call us, we’ll call you…Yep, we’ll keep your name on file…Nice talking to you.

Mallard T. Drake on July 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Now on the other hand you know you folks want to see Rudy on the debate stage if only to slap the crap out of Ron Paul.

slickwillie2001 on July 14, 2011 at 6:34 PM

For once I think ernesto is partly right–Rudi said last year he would only run to save the GOP from nominating Sarah.

He embraces the hip New Yorker view of conservatives–the mockery undermines their expressions of respect.

C’mon, Rudi, run–see if you can outfight the girl. Challenge her to wipe the sneer off your face. And when she does, make sure you tell your RINO buddies you’ll be glad to work for her.

rwenger43 on July 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM

The polls show that the “generic” Republican wins.

So all we have to do to end this 0bama nightmare is find an acceptable candidate.

Yet our only candidates with appreciable name recognition are Romney and Palin.

Palin is smeared, damaged and irrationally hated – probably too much so to win (though her positions are the most right-on of all the candidates)

Romney is easily caricatured as the fat-cat rich kid (who also promulgated RomneyCare.

Rudy is the only across-the-board, broad-spectrum candidate with name recognition.

I think he would win. Easily.

I’d like to see him run, attract independent votes, win, and let’s get this long national nightmare behind us.

Let’s keep it simple.

Rudy ’12

cane_loader on July 15, 2011 at 2:10 AM