Trunkline 2012: Monday Mentions from The Republican Presidential Race – 11/14/11

 
Bookmark and Share  Today’s Trunkline 2012 asks readers what they think the chances for a strong third Party presidential candidate are, while also delivering news about how Reagan Reagan proves to be no Saddam Hussein, a new frontrunner in the race for president, word of Gloria Cain finally speaking out, a Jon Humtsman Super PAC launching in New Hampshire, and more tid bits from the trail.
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Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views Tales from the Campaign Trail– 11/10/11

Bookmark and Share   White House 2012 sums up the news and views out there on the campaign trail in an edition of Trunkline 2012 that offers you a look at the entire CNBC Republican presidential debate, a transcript of  Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor” that features Laura Ingraham discussing where the GOP presidential field stands, Perry’s assertion that he will forge ahead, Newt’s attempt to run right up the middle, Herman Cain critics getting back to the issues while he raises nearly a million bucks a day,  and much more. 

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Rudy Ready To Run for Prez Again? Did He Ever Really Run for it Before?

Bookmark and Share The Page Six gossip column of the New York Post cites anonymous sources as claiming that former New York City Mayor and 2008 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Rudy Giuliani, has assembled his past top advisors for a look at another go at the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. It additionally claims that he has scheduled a trip to New Hampshire.

If true, the first thing Rudy would need to do is get a new team of top advisors together, not use the same ones who proved to make his last bid for the nomination seem like a campaign for a local school board position. The second thing he would need to do is campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada , not just Florida.

Based upon Rudys last half hearted and half assed run for the nomination, I find it hard to believe that he is trying again. But politicians egos never die and I am sure that Rudy is a legend in his own mind and believes that if anyone can beat Barack Obama, he can. But thats not saying much right now. At the moment anyone who can talk and add has a shot at defeating our economically challenged Commander-in-Chief. But that will change. Most U.S. Presidents are reelected more often than not and if President Obama is anything, he is a good campaigner, especially when it comes to rhetoric.

So if Rudy really is gathering his team together to take a look at running for President again, he better take a good long and hard look. And he better understand that being Rudy Giuliani alone is not enough. He will have to prove that he is willing to fight real hard and then somehow prove why he is more qualified than people like Haley Barbour, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels and Newt Gingrich. At the moment, I cant think of any reason why he is more qualified. While he was undeniably a godsend for New York City and turned it around unlike anyone could have ever imagined, New York is unique. There, you are considered a conservative if you graduate from private school and the issues and problems directly confronting the five boroughs of New York City require a skill set and focus that is quite different from those that are borne of the collective problems and needs of the 50 states.

For now, I will take the Page Six column of the New York Post with a grain of salt. Wayne Semprini does.

Semprini is New Hampshires former state G.O.P. Chair and a close friend and political advisor of Rudys. When he was contacted about the rumor by New Hampshire reporters, he stated that he was unaware of either any trip to New Hampshire by Giuliani or any future campaign in New Hampshire by Giuliani. Semprini reportedly said, Maybe he is just going skiing.

In the end, you cant rule out a run by Rudy, but if he is really still interested in electoral politics, why did he not first try to run for U.S. Senate or Governor in New York . The state really needed a good candidate to run against either Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand or Andrew Cuomo. As far as I am concerned, he let both New York and the G.O.P. down by not stepping up to plate and challenging any one of them and his last campaign for president was hardly a campaign at all. So why should I trust him to effectively challenge Barack Obama now?

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