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Giuliani Watch: "Seriously Considering"

For those of you on "Hizzoner" watch, there are new signs that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is leaning toward a presidential run in 2008.

Rudy Giuliani
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka listens July 11 as former Giuliani speaks at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. (AP Photo)

Giuliani's travel itinerary over the past several days speaks volumes. He stopped by several key swing states, including Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, in support of GOP candidates. And he has made appearances in Arkansas and Maryland. There is NO reason for Giuliani to stump in these states or for these candidates unless he is seeking to build relationships for a national campaign.

Perhaps most interesting was Giuliani's appearance yesterday with embattled social conservative Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who is facing a tough reelection fight against Democrat Bob Casey Jr. Giuliani, who has often been criticized by conservative Republicans for his liberal views on abortion, gay rights and gun control, didn't mind sharing the stage with one of the Republican Party's most conservative senators. Could it be that Giuliani is hoping to mitigate his social views by lending his enviable fundraising skills to conservative GOP candidates in need?

Giuliani himself has become more forthright in his interest in running for president. At his campaign stop for Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) yesterday, he admitted to "'seriously considering' a run for president," according to the Associated Press, though he reiterated that his main priority is ensuring GOP wins in the 2006 midterm elections. That kind of statement is standard operating procedure for candidates considered likely to run in 2008.

Giuliani would be a formidable addition to the growing number of '08 hopefuls, but he must use the next six months to build an infrastructure to match those being built by Romney and McCain. Giuliani's inner circle includes several veterans of the Bush campaigns, including Anne Dickerson, who was involved in the high-dollar donor program during Bush's reelection, and Chris Henick, a former top deputy for White House senior adviser Karl Rove.

Former Giuliani press aide Sunny Mindel and former chief of staff Anthony Carbonetti are also likely to be involved in any national effort. Henick, Mindel and Carbonetti all work for Giuliani's consulting company -- Giuliani Partners -- in New York City. Dickerson is employed by Giuliani's Solutions America PAC.

For more on The Fix's assessment of Giuliani's chances at a bid in 2008, check out my arguments for and against a Giuliani candidacy.

-- By's Katherine Deming. Chris Cillizza also contributed to this post.

By Editors  |  July 13, 2006; 1:12 PM ET
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Giuliani is the GOP's shining knight for '08. 911 branded him forever into the hearts and minds of the masses, which is every campaign's wet dream.

Besides, if ANYone can knock Hillary off her s-t-o-l-e-n rocker (with tour-de-force)....GIULIANI CAN. In that vein, '08 can not arrive soon enough.

Posted by: Lissa Tucker | August 29, 2006 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Giuliani Watch: "Seriously Delusional"

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | July 17, 2006 2:14 PM | Report abuse

No one seems to have made their mind up about who they will vote for but everyone knows who they will NOT vote for. What would the perfect match-up be? Warner v. Allen, Clinton v. McCain, Kerry v. Giuliani.

Posted by: Meg | July 16, 2006 4:28 PM | Report abuse

If being faithful in a marriage is a prerequisite for voting for a candidate,...uhm,...I wonder how many candidates there will be to choose from??

Posted by: Atlanta Woman | July 15, 2006 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning: Any chance of thinking Rudy might spout off under the pressure of defending his honor during the primary debates? Hard to think the media won't go after him about his numerous marriages, ( he's on his third now) and having a mistress which led to that nasty breakup in 2000. Rudy's sex problems forced him out of the Senate race, not the cancer thing. Rudy might be tough on crime, but I don't want to reward a man with the office of president when he clearly has no respect for marriage and even had an affair with a woman from his mayoral office. Christine somebody or another, but the point is, the media was exposing him about this stuff. Our nation needs to have a strong leader, yes, but not a flawed character. We already survived the long long 8 years of Bill Clinton and his problems too.
I have not made up my mind for 2008 yet, but it ain't Rudy.

Posted by: Southern Bell | July 15, 2006 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jim!

Posted by: Matt | July 15, 2006 6:16 AM | Report abuse

The # 1 issue in 2008 will be SECURITY and no other potential candidate even comes close to matching Rudy's credentials on security.

Look for Rudy to stay true to his moderate social beliefs in the primary, because they are HIS BELIEFS; ie - nothing phoney about this guy. Southern conservatives LOVE his straight shooting no-nonsense style, law and order security credentials, unquestioned leadership qualities, proven pro-business tax cutting record, and even some of his more conservative social views; ie - hugely successful implementation of "workfare" in NYC. NO other candidate can appeal to conservative voters on so many important issues regarding the governance of this great country.

Look for many Southern conservatives to EMBRACE Rudy during the primary, and in the process shed the terrible stereotype accorded to the conservative South as being provincial and narrow-minded. THE SOUTH WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION!

Posted by: LP | July 15, 2006 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I found this post today on the Washington Post website, called "Rudy's Choice"

It is not a good report about Rudy G. or John McCain. It is brutally honest and if the media has this kind of firepower to use against these guys, they better suit up for battle. After all the garbage of Clinton and his women problems, who the heck needs to listen to Rudy and his mistress stuff.

Kinda of running is buzz. Really running is when the media plays GOTCHA. Lock and load if you are running and when you do, run fast.

Posted by: Joe from Iowa | July 14, 2006 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani can definitely win both the nomination and a general election. Not being a hard-line righty might hurt in the primaries, but being a total zero like a Frist, Romney or Allen will hurt a lot more. The simple fact is that Rudy is viewed by conservatives as being a bad ass, even if he does not share all of their views. Stature and personality trump issues more often than not in national elections. So does being perceived as having a chance to win in the fall. Only McCain can match Rudy on these scores and I just don't see how one of the two does not win the nomination.

Posted by: John in NYC | July 14, 2006 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Matt - Giuliani is referred to as "hizzoner" because "His Honor" is a somewhat antiquated way of referring to a mayor. "Hizzoner" is supposed to represent His Honor being said in a New Yawk accent.

Posted by: JimD in FL | July 14, 2006 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Scan the NEWS. The M E mess only gets worse, and the pols jump on it like fleas. Is there any out there with just a little bit of common horse sense?

Posted by: lylepink | July 14, 2006 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I am NOT supporting Rudy for president. My comment is regarding IF Rudy gets the nomination, then it would be Rudy/Rice 2008.

My support is for Condi as president. And she will look at which fellow brings the most states to the race, so it might be Romney or even George Allen. That is the way the primary system is set up. The frontloaded system now (as in getting Kerry the win in March) fails to season a candidate. Competition in a primary is good, and with 10 candidates, it was going to end up Dean, Kerry, or Edwards. Gephardt was a lowkey union boy from Congress. No member of the House has been elected president in the past 100 years, (Ford was appointed as Nixon's VP first from the House)

Dean and his temper failed to generate interest for him to win the nomination. Remember that he spent $50 million and won only a few delegates. His bickering with Gephardt for the Iowa vote turned off the Democrats. The Democrats just wanted to get a candidate who would pound on the President from March until November. The more Kerry whined and the more his wife dragged herself to the photo ops, even the press was trying to undermine them. Now the real truth about her bitc*yness has finally been reported from the writers who had to put up with her.

If the voters want Rudy, fine. If they want McCain, that is fine too. But Condi is a contender, and if not as president, then she will be VP.

Posted by: Tina | July 14, 2006 12:38 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly it. Giuliani wouldn't even be on the radar were it not for 9/11. He handled a traumatic crisis for a few weeks and then went out to stump for conservative candidates.

That's presidential material?

Posted by: peter | July 14, 2006 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Tina, I advise you to learn to spell the word 'fascist' -- you should know what your party stands for.

All Rudi Guiliani ever did was to do his job on 9/11. He only looked good in comparison to Bush and Cheney and pataki, who were hiding under the furniture. Before that, he didn't do much except have very public affairs where he flaunted his girlfriends in front of his wife and kids.

Since then, he has done very nicely as a war profiteer, getting contracts for a number of 'shady security' astroturf outfits along with Bernie Kerik. He is, quite simply, a pimp and a crook. But then so are the rest of the republican candidates. How DO you choose?

Posted by: Drindl | July 14, 2006 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Reading the many comments at 5:30 in the AM just goes to show how, interested or crazy, some of us really are. I still think it is much to early to get a handle on what will be a year or so from now. The Senate races will give us a strong reference point, as to Iraq and the Israel-Muslim conflict. For now, look at the past 24 hours, how quickly things change in the M E.

Posted by: lylepink | July 14, 2006 5:45 AM | Report abuse

Feingold minus the loose zipper is a huge defiiciency compared to Clinton. Why do you think Clinton had the Teflon, if not his randy ways?

Posted by: Jim D | July 14, 2006 3:04 AM | Report abuse

He was a disaster as mayor, about to leave in disgrace before 9-11. Then they straped coward Bush to Rudy's leg and suddenly a "folk hero" was born. Besides the fact that he can't win his parties nomination, he is a control freak bully who will come unhinged on the campaign trail.

Other than that he's got a great chance. We already know the MSM will roll up and lick his jewels. Of course they did that for Bush too.

Posted by: Greg in LA | July 13, 2006 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I've seen the fix refer to Guiliani as "hizzoner" quite a few times, but I don't really understand why. Can anyone explain where it comes from and why it's used with Guiliani?

Posted by: Matt | July 13, 2006 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Lucky me, I get to answer a few questions.

1) Condi Rice should have demanded when a threat was given by Bin Liden and his thugs that all people on any plane needed a background check. But as we now know, the liberals would be screaming that such a plan would be a violation of our freedom. So if Condi has tried to pass a law for increased security to some sort of date, at some future time, for whatever year, the law would have taken years to get passed. Of course, she could have waved her magic wand to put into effort restrictions back in August 2001, and then by preventing the attack, again the liberals would be screaming and complaining about the inconvience and prolonged delays to check and double check in order to prevent some threat.

2) Going to New York on a well-deserved short time off to see a Broadway play and go shopping apparently is seen by Democrats as a bad thing for a Secretary of State to do. Perhaps again, you have her job confused with FEMA, or the National Guard, or the mayor's office or even the governor's office. Just flying into after a Hurricane as Secretary of State would seem to be trying to make headlines. Please let me know, should Condi also be an engineer to fix the flooding?

3) If and when Condi decides to run, I am sure she will have the perfect explanation for all the complaints. Until then, I guess you guys are stuck with my sarcastic mouth and flippant attitude to say most Democrats and liberals will be trying to lay political traps for Condi to get caught up into. Look at the comment above and tell me what reasonable person in their logical mind would ask such questions?

Posted by: Tina | July 13, 2006 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Tina, this one's for you:


DR. RICE: Steve, I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon; that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile.


"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."


As South drowns, Rice soaks in N.Y.

On Wednesday night, Secretary Rice was booed by some audience members at "Spamalot!," the Monty Python musical at the Shubert, when the lights went up after the performance.

Yesterday, Rice went shopping at Ferragamo on Fifth Ave. According to the Web site, the 50-year-old bought "several thousand dollars' worth of shoes" at the pricey leather-goods boutique.

VP? I wouldnt let her clean my doghouse.

Posted by: FairAndBalanced? | July 13, 2006 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I guess most of the people in here fail to understand that you have to be a registered Republican to participate in the Iowa Caucus. Has anyone polled Iowa to test the market for Rudy? Unless the Democrats and independents in here expressing support for Rudy are ready to become registered Republicans, I doubt they get to have a choice in who gets selected for the GOP presidential race.

There is George Allen, Sam Brownback, Chuck Hagel, Pataki, my favorite Condi Rice, and McCain and Newt. Add a few more and you see their political viewpoints and experiences represent a vast selection to offer choices to the Republicans.

Looking a few of the comments in here, calling Republican facists, and making a few attacks on Rudy, it would appear as if the 2008 race will be a big mudslinging mess. Only the strongest candidate will survive; being tested by fire.

If Condi is not the president, then you have to admit she would be the best VP. So she is not going to speak against any candidate, nor is any fellow going to speak against her since they will want a strong VP with foreign policy experience.

Hmmm....Rudy and Rice is nice. But Rice and Rudy is better.

Posted by: Slim Girl in Pearls | July 13, 2006 7:14 PM | Report abuse

>>>I'm not sure if he has the right sense of diplomacy to be president

You mean like George W. Bush???

Posted by: FairAndBalanced? | July 13, 2006 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"The nominee must be moderate to win the general."

You mean like George W. Bush???

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | July 13, 2006 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I noticed a lot supposed Dems saying they'd vote for Giuliani even though he's a republican. What gives? Just because he's socially moderate (or at least has been in the past, Republican primaries have a way of moving people to the right) he's ok? While mayor of NYC, he presided over a crack down on homeless, literally paying to bus them to other cities, sought to gentrify the city to push low income minority groups out, and of course gave the police free reign to crack down as hard as they liked. Don't get me wrong, he did a lot of good things for the city too, and showed he could deal with a crisis. If I was a citizen of NYC, I might vote for him for mayor. But president? Giuliani may or may not be socially moderate, but he is clearly economically conservative, and wouldn't support Democratic positions on social security, healthcare, taxes, etc. Not to mention Supreme Court nominations, his views on foreign policy, etc.

Posted by: OldSchoolDem | July 13, 2006 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Like most "moderate" Republicans in NYS, hizzoner has appeared to be a crass opportunist: he is no friend to civil liberties; he is not exactly a model of family values; one of his closest aides just confessed to being a crook - that's just the tip of the iceberg; instead of running some sort of foundation or instead of helping out his party win a critical election by running for Gov or Senate (either of which he could have won), he decided to cash in his 9/11 fame for his company. He sold Bill Weld out when a pre-convention endorsement might have helped.

No one should trust him with anything much less their lives.

At least with McCain, his perceived opportunism in dealing with the Bushies to get some ground support is tactical. It's not philosophical. Rudy has only one philosophy: Rudy. Is that what we need for four years?

Posted by: Crass Opportunist | July 13, 2006 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I dont think Blacks and Latinos will vote for Giuliani. They know about his dirty work toward them

Posted by: Barnes | July 13, 2006 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Based on the blogs so far, Guiliani will definitely shake things up. Fiengold will not even get out of Iowa, but I hope he does. It will be another 1968 with the far left making the dems commit Hairy Kerry. I am a conservative Replublican and I would vote for Gujiliani simply for his leadership skills.

Posted by: Mark Detchemendy | July 13, 2006 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Based on the blogs so far, Guiliani will definitely shake things up. Fiengold will not even get out of Iowa, but I hope he does. It will be another 1968 with the far left making the dems commit Hairy Kerry. I am a conservative Replublican and I would vote for him simply for his leadership skills.

Posted by: Mark Detchemendy | July 13, 2006 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I see that many of the people posting that Giuliani would get their vote are not Republicans. The GOP primaries and caucuses are dominated by the right. Imagine the attack ads in primary states with clips of Rudy giving his positions on gay rights, abortion and gun control (I happen to mostly agree with him but I am a moderate). I can also see "unaffiliated" groups publicizing the details of his divorce. Giuliani might well be able to win the election if he could get nominated but I cannot see him ever winning the GOP nomination.

By the way, I also think that the Democratic left has too much influence over that party. I think both Rush Limbaugh and Michael Moore are "big fat idiots" (apologies to Al Franken). I devoutly wish for a political tsunami that allows the birth of a middle of the road party. I don't see it happening but I can dream.

Posted by: JimD | July 13, 2006 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani vs. Clinton? From New York to the big stage for both, it could certainly make for an exciting presidential election. What's even more exciting is that both candidates views on issues such as abortion and gun control reflect societal trends as we progress through twenty first century.

Posted by: Goresh | July 13, 2006 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Bush will become for Giuliani what Clinton became for Gore if he decides to run. In other words will he try to keep Bush close and use him as a asset or will his less than stellar approval ratings make him a liability?

Posted by: Andy | July 13, 2006 3:52 PM | Report abuse

For you English perfectionists, I have to make a correction to my last post. I used the future word "expouse". However, this word has not been discovered yet (except apparently by me) so I will use the word expound instead. Expouse is more accurate but expound will do in the meantime. ;-)

Posted by: Jason | July 13, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

As a Democrat who spent a fair amount of time in NYC pre-9/11 when Guiliana was mayor, I found that he was arrogant, very pro-police (in a city where many people distrust NY's "finest") and did not support free speech (when he tried to punish museums that showed things he disliked). But compared to the right-wing nuts that have taken over the Repubs, he is a breath of fresh air. Guiliani's willingness to support Sanatorum is a little disconcerting, suggesting that even he might cross over to the dark side. Lord knows McCain has already made that trip (to the dark side). McCain is a fascist who cannot keep his story (or politics) straight, but knows which side of his bread is buttered upon and therefore is whoring for Bush's supporters. Bush and friends need to be (1) run out of office (2) criminally prosecuted and (3) thrown into Guatanamo Bay until they can no longer spawn anything resembling life. Then, and only then, will this country and world have a chance to recover from the unbelievable carnage that they have created. Dear God, please help save this fine country.

Posted by: K | July 13, 2006 3:47 PM | Report abuse

In his book "Leadership", he expresses some unusually one-sided views of Israel and the Palestinian conflict. It's good to be pro-Israel, but I'm not sure if he has the right sense of diplomacy to be president.

Posted by: John | July 13, 2006 3:47 PM | Report abuse

In his book "Leadership", he expresses some unusually one-sided views of Israel and the Palestinian conflict. It's good to be pro-Israel, but I'm not sure if the right sense of diplomacy to be president.

Posted by: John | July 13, 2006 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Fair and Balanced regarding former mayor Giuliani. Also, don't assume he will hold the same social positions running for President as he did when he was mayor of New York City. If he runs, I expect him to expouse much more conservative social positions.

Posted by: Jason | July 13, 2006 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Oops forgot to mention his association with disgraced former Chief of Police Bernie Kerik. I should also say "rumoured" mob ties since I have no proof. But cmon, really, we all know it's true.

Posted by: FairAndBalanced? | July 13, 2006 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Pol Junkie: Feingold may be too liberal for you, but you are not representative of new demos nor many independents. Did you ignore Clinton in his early days as the governor of a southern state with Little Rock, home of segregation, as its capitol? (Hardly an Atlanta, supporter of King and Carter)...
Two predictions: 1. the American public and politics will not ignore a liberal progressive next year any more than they have ignored or dismissed some "too conservative" candidates like Santorum, who you say you dislike. 2. Mrs. Clinton will not be the candidate of the Democrats. Shes has washed out her candidacy with her incessant pontification about Iraq and terrorism. Most people don't believe her. She cozied up to GWB one time too many to unwind her conundrum before the primary. Feingold, mark my words, will surface.

Posted by: Mexpat | July 13, 2006 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The only thing good abt Rudy is that he is a Yankee fan. And that he's pro-choice. Other than that Giuliani is a jerk. Amadou Diallo. Mistresses. Mob ties. Not even remotely presidential material.

And I know this is horserace journalism blogging, but hey, one of our main allies is under attack on TWO fronts (Israel), NKorea just walked out of a meeting with SKorea. And oh yeah, Iraq is fragmenting before our very eyes. Makes this post abt a sleezeball ex-Mayor seem like a fart in a windstorm.

Posted by: FairAndBalanced? | July 13, 2006 3:29 PM | Report abuse

As a Dem, I can say with certainty, that Feingold will not win the presidential election. Too liberal. The nominee must be moderate to win the general.

Posted by: Political Junkie | July 13, 2006 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Guiliani received his boost on September 11, 2001. He has a heart, but not the will to win the US Presidency. Like most Republicans, he will pander to the right wing, hoping that the base will take him under its wing.

Like I said before, Feingold is the real thing. I was right about picking Clinton when I saw him take down Jerry Brown in the first Demo debates, calling him a liberal in a $1500 suit. Remember that? Feingold has all the makings of the next President. While you all debate the fineries of who will win the Republican primary, remember what happened when Clinton overtook the rest of the pack. Feingold's suit is cut from the same unrefined cloth, minus the loose zipper.

Posted by: Mexpat | July 13, 2006 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani is a real American hero. During 9/11 he was far more forthright in defending American values while combating terrorism and reponding without delay to the major crisis in Manhattan than even our President, George Bush. Though I am a Democrat, I would be very hard pressed not to vote for Rudy Giuliani for President should he secure the Republican nomination. He is the only Republican I would considering voting for.

Posted by: Randy | July 13, 2006 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I am a Dem and I would vote for Guiliani. The hard-core evangelical right was what drove me out of the Republican party. Guiliani won't make it through the primaries, but if he does, he's got my vote. (Except I am very displeased with his fundraising for Republicans like Santorum. That just disgusts me and would be a factor in supporting him.)

Posted by: Political Junkie | July 13, 2006 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for Giuliani in a New York minute! I've always leaned to the right in the past 40 years, but I am definitely pro-gay rights, pro-choice and UZI control - at the minimum.

Giuliani is a problem solver. He is a most welcomed bridge between the extremes of both major political parties and has demonstrated this rare ability many, many times in his political career. As for those who would ridicule his personal history, allow me to remind the fanatical righteous right...."Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". GO RUDY!

Posted by: L. J./Indiana | July 13, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with those who say Giuliani could never win the GOP nomination. His social views and his messy divorce are awfully big stumbling blocks for religious conservatives.

I also agree with Jake that a Giuliani candidacy is potentially dangerous to McCain.

Posted by: JimD | July 13, 2006 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The action is not in the Republican party. Keep an eye on Feingold. The Democrats have turned to the left, and many free thinking Republicans like Feingold. McCain, from my state, is disliked by the military, a big part of the Republican base. They also don't like his position on immigration. Guiliani and others are also a big risk for the base, so again, look across the aisle for the real action next year. My vote is for Russ.

Posted by: Mexpat | July 13, 2006 2:37 PM | Report abuse

he's fine Republican material

and, i bet, he could (quietly) piss off Hilary enough that she scurrys around her podium and head-buts him in the chest at the end of a debate.

"its a Sicilian thing" he would say

Posted by: dave | July 13, 2006 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how Giuliani can win the nomination of a party controlled by reactionary fascists. Remember how they booed Colin Powell when he spoke of being pro-choice and pro-affirmative action? That's without discussing pro-gay rights positions at a time when abortion and gay marriage are the touchstones of the conservative movement.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | July 13, 2006 2:30 PM | Report abuse

At this point i think Rudy is much more the maverick then Johnny Boy..McCain lost that title when he tried giving Shrubya a large wet one on stage...I like his moderate views on social issues which will put him at odds with the wing nuts, but perhaps gain him enough of an independant/moderate following to offset a dem i'd be pretty ok voting for him..

Posted by: TheIrishCurse | July 13, 2006 2:24 PM | Report abuse

While I would rather see Michael Bloomberg run for president than Rudy Giuliani, he would go a long way in restoring the Republican Party to its past core values of fiscal conservatism, moderate on social issues, strong on defense and limited government. It is very disconcerting to see Giuliani share a stage with someone like Rick Santorum who is so much farther to the right. Equally distressing was the sight of John McCain speaking at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Santorum and Falwell are men that blame gay people for, among other things, 9/11 and the disentegration of the American family. I wish that Giuliani and McCain would have the courage to stand up for their convictions and push extremists like Santorum and Falwell to the fringes (or out) of the Republican Party.

Posted by: GF | July 13, 2006 2:15 PM | Report abuse

i dunno... hizzoner is bigoted and has enough crooked friends to put him in good stead with dim-witted angry conservatives.

plus, gullible americans to whom symbols and myth are very important will surely remember him runnin' 'tings after the towers came down

he can play dumb enough to lead Republicans

Posted by: dave | July 13, 2006 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The person that this most affects is, of course, John McCain, who shares the "maverick", moderate base with Giuliani. If Hizzoner jumps in, McCain will have a much harder time against people like George Allen and even Sen. Frist who have more traditional party ties.

Posted by: Jake | July 13, 2006 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Ya gotta love Rudy. I'd vote for him in a heartbeat and I DON'T vote Republican. As in, ever. Still, Rudy's the only bright spot in a field of ho-hum candidates. Hillary? McCain? Zzzzzzzz.... Been there, done that. Rudy will shake things up and could be the most interesting president since... well, since Bill Clinton!

Plus, as a half-Italian, I'd love to see a paisan in the White House. He'd have Sunday dinner every week and the Secret Service would start wearing double-breasted suits. Fugettaboutit.

Posted by: Steve Slatten | July 13, 2006 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani could win a national election, but making it past the Republican primaries that are controlled by the conservative base is almost impossible. Besides, can you image the ads - Giuliani in drag or leading the Gay Pride parade. I doubt that will win him any votes in the Red States.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2006 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani is too liberal - on social issues - to win the Republican nomination. But to remain a viable VP possibility, Rudy must keep a high profile. The real reason Giuliani is touring the country and suggesting he may run for President is to remain in the spotlight.

Posted by: Not exactly... | July 13, 2006 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope he jumps in the mix. He's an island of sanity in a party run by supply siders and religious extremists

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2006 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The real reason for Mr. Gingrich's fall from grace was that he told his wife he was leaving her when she was lying in a hospital bed with cancer. That's not the official explanation but once heard who could forget it.

Mr. Giuliani will never be President because he had to be taken to court to prevent him from keeping a mistress living with his wife AND children at Gracie Mansion. The spin doctors can cover it with vats of Chanel No. 5 but it's still going to smell like..well, you know.

Posted by: Jim S. in NYC | July 13, 2006 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Please comment on the possiblilities of a political tsunami forming this November now that Speaker Foley and Speaker Gingrich have spoken on the current state of the U.S. Congress.

Posted by: martin | July 13, 2006 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Please comment on the possiblilities of a political tsunami forming this November now that Speaker Foley and Speaker Gingrich have spoken on the current state of the U.S. Congress.

Posted by: martin | July 13, 2006 1:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain will get the GOP nomination
before Giuliani. And it'll be tough
for him. The base ain't called the
base for nothing.

Posted by: Stanley Krute | July 13, 2006 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for him but...LOL...I'm not a Republican...and that's his problem.

Why be a Republican if he's going to be your Nominee? I just don't see the South voting for a Pro-Choice, Pro-gay rights, Pro-gun control Yankee with a vowel at the end of their name.

It just wont happen.

Posted by: Toby | July 13, 2006 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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