Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells CNN’s Piers Morgan that if Sarah Palin Runs in 2012, he’s more likely to as well
Now, this is interesting and I have not heard from any of Rudy’s 2008 campaign people about a Presidential race by the Mayor. But, maybe he is lying low, unlike the last time.
On Monday’s hour-long “Piers Morgan Tonight” interview, Rudy Giuliani tells Piers Morgan he’s more likely to run if Sarah Palin runs in 2012. “The more Republicans in which I can show a contrast…the better chance that I have,” he said, describing himself as a moderate.
But if he does run, Giuliani says he would concentrate on winning Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, sites of the first presidential nominating contests. In 2008 Giuliani focused his resources in Florida, a strategy that that led to the demise of his run after he finished third in the state’s primary.
However, the former U.S. Attorney said he doesn’t see a frontrunner in the Republican field, which makes for “a fluid situation.”
“There is no obvious frontrunner right now,” Giuliani said. “I guess everybody is happy with that, because nobody wants to be the frontrunner at this point because it always seems the frontrunner gets all the attention, all of the negative publicity.”
Well, the Mayor in a three way race with Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin would split the regional GOP alliances. There are many GOP delegates in the Far West and Northeast that would support Rudy over Romney (as the anti-Palin) and Palin.
One of the main criticisms of Sarah Palin is her lack of executive experience and Rudy certainly has that experience – as New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney.
But, could Rudy win the GOP nomination?
Probably not unless Sarah Palin imploded. But a Rudy candidacy would certainly freeze out Mitt Romney. Two moderates Vs. Palin = a Palin nomination.
There is little doubt that Giuliani COULD beat Barack Obama with a center-right coalition that would challenge the President in more battleground states – like Colorado, Washington, Nevada and Virginia.
But, Rudy will not be running unless it is as a stalking horse and foil for Palin.
Rudy would make a terrific Vice Presidential nominee with Sarah or as U.S. Attorney General under ANY GOP Administration.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (L) joins former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) and his wife Judith Nathan as they attend the New York Yankees MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York, June 7, 2009