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Giuliani Sends Another Signal

The big news of the day on the presidential front is that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has filed a "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission -- the latest sign that he is an all-but-announced presidential candidate.

As we wrote earlier today, Giuliani has assembled a national fundraising team charged with collecting as much as $100 million in 2007 alone. He has also pushed his way into the heretofore two-man race for campaign talent and high-profile donors -- competing directly with John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Giuliani is laying even more groundwork with an active travel schedule that included recent visits to New Hampshire and South Carolina. During these trips, he made clear he is extremely likely to make a national bid. His campaign also recently released a document emphasizing Giuliani's strong standing in a variety of state and national polls.

All of this action is aimed at dispelling doubts about Hizzoner's intentions and, in the process, silencing doubters -- The Fix included -- who believed he would ultimately decide against a run.

Color us convinced. But real questions remain about Giuliani's ability to weather the heat of a presidential primary campaign. His liberal social positions on issues like abortion and gay rights cloud his appeal to Republican base voters. And his stormy personal history and business dealings will almost certainly be brought up by his opponents.

For now, Giuliani appears willing to run that gauntlet and believes he can win. Time will tell.

Look for a more detailed analysis of Giuliani's decision in tomorrow's Post.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2007; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Posted by: ealkioj bchufs | February 15, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ealkioj bchufs | February 15, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Blarg is just like the Iranian's in demanding "proof" of the Holocaust. It doesn't matter what proof you deliver. It doesn't matter what documentation you have. They will string you out forever in their childish "prove it" game. MikeB. don't waste your time, there are some adults here.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Rudy didn't have the balls to take on Schumer in 2004, Clinton in 2006 or Spitzer in 2006; why should the GOP nominate a guy who, but for a rare day courage and bravery (upon which he never ceases to profit materially), it will need to take on a Clinton, Edwards or Obama?

Why not nominate someone with real courage, who can stand up to his friends and his enemies, without disrespecting them.

Rudy is not going to be President; he doesn't deserve to.

Posted by: Darth Politicus | February 6, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Reason he will be President -

On that fatefull day, as the buildings were collapsing, and people were running away, he headed towards the buildings.

Most of the other candidates, including all the Democrats, would have run.

He didn't and thereby won himself the Presidency.

Posted by: True Observer | February 6, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani is a gift to the Democrats. With all the negative personal baggage he's dragging around, he doesn't stand a chance in puritanical America. My bet is the guy will be long gone before the primaries even start. Nevertheless, any money he sucks away from potentially electable Republican candidates is money that won't be used to swift boat Democrats.

Posted by: Gale | February 6, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

On the day Rudy advances twoard running...where's his pal Bernie Kerik?
Conveniently taking on new high-dollar security clients in the Caribbean. Hmmmm.

Posted by: talford | February 6, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Rothenberg has written over and over that Giuliani can't win the nomination. He even wonders whether Kucinich has a better chance at the Dem nomination. It all comes down to social issues with primary voters.

http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.blogspot.com/2007/01/is-rudy-likely-to-be-favorite-or-flop.html

Posted by: JNutting | February 6, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Giuliani could ever seriously challenge for the GOP nomination because of both his liberal policies (in fact, why is this guy even a Republican?) and his personal history. He doesn't really haven anything going for him other that this puzzling and vague sense that he did something noteworthy after the 9/11 attack, plus his "cleaning up New York" by sapping it of character. I don't think he's acting as a stalking horse for Romney, either, because Romney has some of the same problems Giuliani does (though he has a religion problem instead of a sexual history problem). None of these leading candidates seem likely to draw conservative enthusiasm, though they may end up supporting McCain by default if Brownback, Huckabee or some heretofore unannounced candidate don't capture their imagination.

I'm looking forward to watching them tear each other up, though. 2008 is going to be interesting and ugly, and at least we are virtually assured of ending up with someone who's better than that Lettuce we have now.

Posted by: Staley | February 6, 2007 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Giuliani will not be the GOP nominee and it has nothing to do with his positions on social issues. It has to do with his sordid personal life. I angry at the free ride Giuliani has gotten from the media who gave Bill Clinton such a hard time. After Bill Clinton has only been married once-Giuliani three times. Giuliani married his cousin which by Catholic Church standards is incest. Giuliani is a serial adulterer who paraded his mistresses in public include his current wife. Judy Nathan will never be first lady because Americans don`t want their first ladies to be tramps which she is. As a New Yorker this is the real Giuliani not the fantasy version:

Giuliani was not the hero of 09/11. The heros of 09/11 were the fireman and police who risked and gave their lives; the priest who went into the World Trade Center to give the last rites and died; the former FBI agent John Oneil who warned about Al Qaeda quit the bureau in disgust wound up as Chief Security Officer for the World Center Center dying on 09/11.
Giuliani did nothing heroic on that day-he was just a publicity hound who was performing the duties of mayor.As a matter of fact Giuliani`s incompetence caused the deaths of 300 firefighters when he knowingly gave them radios that were faulty. Also,after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, he was told not to have his bunker in World Trade Center 7. However he ignored this advice and the 6000 tons of gasoline that were in the building caused the building to collapse.
In order to take advantage of his association with 09/11 he formed a company called Giuliani Partners which has made him a multimilllionaire. Nothing is more despicable than cashing in on human tragedy. Giuliani knows nothing about fighting terrorism or formulating military strategy.
He is also joined at the hip with the corrupt Bernard Kerik who is a scumbag just like Giuliani.
He is also a rascist who ignored minorities as mayor.
Giuliani has a lot of chutzpah running for mayor. Everything I wrote is factually correct-when you people in the media stop covering up for him?

Posted by: reba shimansky | February 6, 2007 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Giuliani will not be the GOP nominee and it has nothing to do with his positions on social issues. It has to do with his sordid personal life. I angry at the free ride Giuliani has gotten from the media who gave Bill Clinton such a hard time. After Bill Clinton has only been married once-Giuliani three times. Giuliani married his cousin which by Catholic Church standards is incest. Giuliani is a serial adulterer who paraded his mistresses in public include his current wife. Judy Nathan will never be first lady because Americans don`t want their first ladies to be tramps which she is. As a New Yorker this is the real Giuliani not the fantasy version:

Giuliani was not the hero of 09/11. The heros of 09/11 were the fireman and police who risked and gave their lives; the priest who went into the World Trade Center to give the last rites and died; the former FBI agent John Oneil who warned about Al Qaeda quit the bureau in disgust wound up as Chief Security Officer for the World Center Center dying on 09/11.
Giuliani did nothing heroic on that day-he was just a publicity hound who was performing the duties of mayor.As a matter of fact Giuliani`s incompetence caused the deaths of 300 firefighters when he knowingly gave them radios that were faulty. Also,after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, he was told not to have his bunker in World Trade Center 7. However he ignored this advice and the 6000 tons of gasoline that were in the building caused the building to collapse.
In order to take advantage of his association with 09/11 he formed a company called Giuliani Partners which has made him a multimilllionaire. Nothing is more despicable than cashing in on human tragedy. Giuliani knows nothing about fighting terrorism or formulating military strategy.
He is also joined at the hip with the corrupt Bernard Kerik who is a scumbag just like Giuliani.
He is also a rascist who ignored minorities as mayor.
Giuliani has a lot of chutzpah running for mayor. Everything I wrote is factually correct-when you people in the media stop covering up for him?

Posted by: reba shimansky | February 6, 2007 3:30 AM | Report abuse

As NY's attorney general, Giuliani put Wall Street bandits behind bars. As Mayor of a city of what is it seven plus million, he ended the notion that NYC is ungovernable. The man is leadership personified. All the dirt people sling -- that will only sharpen his resolve. He is in the handful of very good candidates in this race. Along with McCain and Richardson, he raises the level of debate.

Posted by: Charles Coulter - Los Angeles | February 6, 2007 1:22 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: F&B | February 5, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

The media constant-lie scrutinizes the amount of money presidential candidates are raising, but they give short shrift to issues that address the very survival of this nation.

The name of the game is to keep the people $tewepid and miss-informed. This is why pro-$ports, football in particular (or partick-ewe-liar), is now on the front page of the newes-papers! Ditto for horse obituaries. A race horse dies... and it's front page newes, but the deaths of our soldiers is on page 14.

Let's not talk about the insane deficit $pending. Let's not talk about the massive trade deficit. Let's not talk about the $500,000,000.00 presidential library they're planning to build to honor King George Jr., our dry drunk $ociopathic president. Let's not talk about broken borders. Let's not talk about the glorious (sic) war in Iraq-nam. We've got to support the troops... and not ask any questions.

Giuliani? Like Hillary Clinton (and all the rest) he's addicted to power and will pander to any group and/or $hameless-lie prostitute himself to get power. Giuliani is part of the $cam that the ruling class (the aristocrazy) touts as democracy. And the soidisant free press (the corp-rat owed press) is part of the charade. It'll be a cold day in hell before we ever see another Molly Irvins again. Brothels don't hire people of integrity, wit and humor.

Posted by: Guy Fox | February 5, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris Chillizza's article on Rudy Guliani hints that there is something shady about the former mayor. For God's sake, this is the man that put John Gotti in jail and ripped apart the mafia in NYC and a lot of crooked Wall Street operators. Just because the former Chief of Police broke the rules or laws, I'm not sure, hardly blackens Rudy and more than some corruption in several federal cabinet members over several administrations blackened the presidents at the time. Rudy is clean unless you can prove otherwise..if you can, do it. PS/I'm just a reader; never met Guliani but I had slander on public officials..there's too much of it.

Posted by: Jim Fees | February 5, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse


A lot of people like him, but to me there is something so skeevy about the man. Ugh. I would never vote for him-even if I were a Republican.

Posted by: Susan | February 5, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Why does his website www.rudyguiliani.com go to a story about adultery????

Posted by: GOPfan | February 5, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

He will be the joke of the GOP party. This guy takes advantage of everything we offered. How the hell does he deserve to get all world series tickets and some other sorts?

He's just some lame NYC celebrity but won't last long.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

This man should never become u.s. president because he was at the middle of the 9-11-2001 coverup, and therefor he is a criminal. Choosing him makes America a nation of criminals.

Posted by: jwh | February 5, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

What I can't understand is why nobody's hammering Guliani's limited political experience. The guy's only experience as an elected official is as Mayor of New York City. Electing this guy president would be like naming a guy Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys because he was the janitor for an Arena Football team.

If I have to listen to people blast Barack Obama for his lack of political experience, then let the games begin on Guliani.

Posted by: JamesCH | February 5, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Rudy has a wide-open GOP field to use to his ultimate advantage. The right-wingers won;t vote for McCain, Romney or Brownback. That leaves 9/11 Hero/Rudy as the most palatable option.

But he would lose to Hillary in New York
http://political-buzz.com/?p=33

Posted by: mpp | February 5, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

He has the value that conservative is looking for: Cheat spouse.

Posted by: conservative values | February 5, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It looks like he flirted with it for a while, but has now realised that there is no candidate that will be the conservative right wings darling, so he feels able to jump into the race.

If someone like Huckabee had captured the Rights imagination, Guiliani probably wouldn't have run. But no ones stepped out yet, so Guiliani realises this is the one election when a pro-abortion pro-gay rights candidate has a chance of winning the GOP nomination...

Posted by: JayPe | February 5, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't care about his divorce, marriage, affairs or his liberal social leanings.

He is a leader who can get things done. He cleaned up the city, reduced crime, did not increase social runaway programs, and was a true leader in a time of crisis. He will be blunt and forceful and we could use a little leadership that has been missing since for sometime on both sides of the aisle.

Posted by: John NYC | February 5, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

America needs a guy with the guts to marry his cousin.

Posted by: croscrane | February 5, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Who needs this clown?

Posted by: kase | February 5, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The following:
"His liberal social positions on issues like abortion and gay rights cloud his appeal to Republican base voters. And his stormy personal history and business dealings will almost certainly be brought up by his opponents."

was not in the earlier column. Good job of getting CC's focus at least slightly beyond the Beltway, gang.

"Rudy runs, and saps the life out of McCain."

Nope. Rudy runs, and gets slashed and burned by McCain. Rudy drops out, allowing Mitt to receive the full benefit of McCain's hatchet treatment. Those nasty phone calls in SC? They will rise again only this time Romney will be portrayed as a crackpot utilizing some of the inherent weirdness of Mormonism. McCain denies all knowledge; worked for Bush, didn't it?

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | February 5, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Interesting theory, AeroFANAatic, but I don't think so. Rudy was already starting to have presidential fantasies by September 12 2001.

In my mind the worst thing about him as a potential president is that it sends the message to terrorists that we choose our own American officials based on kneejerk responses to them blowing us up.

Elevating the 9-11 mayor to the POTUS would be like begging foreign terrorist groups to organize future attacks on American soil. After all, attacks on Americans hit us so hard psychologically that we change our whole presidential election system to accommodate!

That would be really stupid and the exact opposite of a security presidency. The message we have to send to terrorists is that they DON'T scare us, not that they do.

Posted by: Golgi | February 5, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Guys....don't you all see the hidden playbook at work here? Mitt and Rudy have a deal. It goes like this :

Rudy runs, and saps the life out of McCain. They split the mainstream vote...allowing Romney to ascend to defeat McCain in SC. Once this happens, Rudy drops out....endorses Mitt....and will either get the Veep...or very high cabinet post in a Romney / Jeb administration.

Politics is all #s, dont forget :)

Posted by: AeroFANatic | February 5, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I dunno...

For years, GOP'ers have gotten away with saying "If you're against Bush, you're against the troops." I don't see why Giuliani couldn't turn around and say, "Well, if you're against me, you're against the firefighters."

I think that a lot of people in this country think of Giuliani as the mayor that held NYC together after 9/11. Unless a positive first impression is a whole lot easier to knock down than a negative first impression, I'm not sure that Giuliani's opponents will find it easy to knock him off of his pedestal.

Posted by: Kevin | February 5, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"Hizzoner" as an informal spelling of His Honor is a traditional nickname for any big city mayor. It has been applied to many different mayors. Giuliani is only one.

I think CC would say it is not biased to say Hizzoner here, because Giuliani is in fact the only mayor who is also a probable presidential candidate.

But the protesting bloggers above are probably getting at the fact that there are a lot of other mayors in the USA. So saying "Hizzoner" and meaning just "Giuliani" is a lot like calling Giuliani "America's Mayor." And it does seem biased to use a nickname like "America's Mayor" in the context under discussion.

A fine line between charming chattiness and pro-candidate bias here.

Posted by: Golgi | February 5, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

There's no WAY Guliani wins the GOP nomination.

He doesn't have a closet full of skeletons, he has an entire room filled with them, and even his skeletons have skeletons.

Divorce, multiple affairs with staffers,cheating on his wife, divorcing her in a cruel way, marrying his cousin, using city funds to give perks to his mistresses, the Kerik corruption scandal, and tons of other stuff.

You can bet Terry Nelson is already sharpening his knives, getting ready to tear Guliani to shreds. I can't wait.

I don't know how the GOP can even consider that scumbag.

How can we criticize Bill Clinton if we nominate Guliani?

Guliani is even WORSE than Clinton, in terms of his marital scandals.

At least he didn't lie about it to Congress, though.

But still, if Rudy wins the nomination, GOTV will be a massive problem. Conservatives won't go to the polls for him, and that's a fact.

Posted by: William | February 5, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

'In the months after Sept. 11, 2001, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was a new and shaky U.S. ally. He decided to side with the Bush administration against al-Qaeda, but there were persistent reports that elements of his army still supported the Afghan Taliban. He was an autocratic ruler who had seized power in a military coup against a democratic government, but in a televised speech to his nation in January 2002, he promised to turn Pakistan into a tolerant, "moderate Muslim" society. The Bush administration decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Five years later, little in Pakistan has changed. Musharraf is still promising a moderate and tolerant regime -- but there are still reports that his army is quietly helping the Taliban. He's also still promising democracy -- but just as in 2002, he's preparing to rig Pakistan's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections to ensure that his term is extended and his power unchallenged.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

'Here's an aspect of the president's new escalation strategy that hasn't been discussed enough: it creates two chains of command, one of them under an Iraqi commander, the other under a U.S. commander -- an arrangement against military doctrine and common sense.'

imagine, US soldiers taking orders from iraqi commanders [who might be infiltrators]. Never thought we could sink this low..

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

If guiliani had any honor, that would be different. But he doesn't so please sstop saying it.

''WASHINGTON - New revelations have emerged about how tens of billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted in Iraq. A new report by government watchdogs singles out a big American contractor -- Parsons -- for shoddy work. Investigators charge that Parsons managed to turn a flagship project to help train Iraqi police into a hall of horrors using taxpayer money.

The Baghdad Police Academy was supposed to be a showcase to train Iraqi police -- key to the U.S. strategy.

Instead, Wednesday's report says the American construction company turned it into a disaster from the start: incomplete and substandard designs, shoddy construction and no real quality control.

"This is the worst project that my inspectors have visited," says Stuart Bowen, inspector general for Iraq.''

Posted by: lark | February 5, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Correct, Hizzoner is just a play on His Honor.

And, it's time that it disappeared from The Fix.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | February 5, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"All of this action is aimed at dispelling doubts about Hizzoner's intentions..."

I've been reading this blog for awhile but apparently not long enough b/c I just don't get what "Hizzoner" means...I'm willing to risk sounding very ignorant here :) Is it just a play on "His Honor?" Color Chris convinced, and color me confused.

(And color me happy that Giuliani will be a contender - there is no way he'll win as a social liberal. He just won't.)

Posted by: Stephanie | February 5, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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