“Rudy Rules Out a Run for President. Says It’s Too Late For Me”

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Bookmark and Share   In an announcement that was overshadowed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s endorsement of Mitt Romney for President, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced to an audience in Long Island that he will not for President in 2012.  He added;

“if it’s too late for Chris Christie, it’s too late for me”.

For several months now, Giuliani has stated that he was thinking about making a second run.

He briefly ran a dismal race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.  However, despite having exceptional favorable numbers and even leading in many polls, Giuliani’s campaign was a flop.  Much of that was due to the fact that he decided to ignore the earliest state contests and try to make Florida his presidentiaql launching pad.  Rudy wound up in the back field when all was said done.

Rudy never really seemed to be very interested in becoming President.  Ever since he raised the possibility of running in 20012, he treated the idea as an afterthought, not a priority.  To maker matter worse, in what could only have been seen as a dislike for Sarah Pa;in’s conservatism, back in January, Rudy indicated that if Palin ran, he would.  Trying to make sure that someone else does not win, does make one a good a choice to be the leader of free world, yet that is exactly why Rudy considered running.  He just doesn;t like Palin’s politics, so he contemplated becoming a candidate so he could do just that.

So I am glad Rudy won’t be running.  Who needs Rudy when we have Jon Huntsman?

And here is some news for Rudy.  None of us sitting on the edge of seats waiting for your decision.

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Rudy Feels a Sense of Urgency Regarding His Decision to Run for President

Bookmark and Share    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is said to be preparing for a second run for theRepublican  presidential nomination.

 Although no one is confirming that a final decision to run has been made , anonymous sources close to Giuliani but unauthorized to speak for him, have indicated that the anticipated announcement of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy, has the Mayor feeling a sense of urgency in keeping his options open. That urgency stems from a fear that Perry’s entry in to an already crowded field of candidates will make it harder for Giuliani to hire good political talent for his own possible campaign in New Hampshire. It is for that reason that Rudy has been contacting many of New Hampshire’s Republican politicos. Whether any of them have committed themselves to work for Giuliani if he runs is not yet known,

Part of that concern has Wayne Semprini, the man in charge of Rudy’s New Hampshire campaign in 2008, contacting potential staffers in an attempt to assure the Rudy campaign of at least at a few experienced staffers, As for himself, Semprini confirms that the mayor is still considering a run but if Rudy does run , Semprini  will again stand with Rudy .

The only thing that is certain at the moment is the fact that Rudy will not be making any announcement, one way or the other until after the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Rudy does not want to be seen as tying the somber and emotionally charged anniversary to his political ambitions. Back in 2001, Rudy’s presidential prospects began to get quite real in the wake of his masterful handling of the crisis in New York City when he was its Mayor,

It is also said that the Giuliani camp wants to get a feel for how Rick Perry’s candidacy is received and how it shakes up and shapes up the existing field.

In recent months, I have not taken the thought of another Rudy presidential candidacy seriously. In past WH12 articles on the topic, I have even made fun Rudy’s presidential prospects. His last campaign was so poorly planned and managed that I do not believe he really wants the job of President but would instead like to be a political player and would like to either be the vice presidential nominee or be given a cabinet position. Rudy‘s heart is not in to running. If it were, he would have taken Hillary Clintons‘s Senate seat or when she left office he would have taken it from from Kirstin Gillibrand or The Governor‘s mansion from Andrewm, “Son of Mario”, Cuomo. But he didn‘t.  Instead he has consistently thumbed his nose at running for statewide office and sparing us from the likes of Chuck Schumer.  But now we are suddenly suppose to believe that he wants to run for President in all fifity states.? Sorry but I don‘t think so.

That doesn’t mean he won’t do it. He very well might, but mark my words, if he does run, it will not be for his own presidency, it will be for the presidency of the man or woman who he can help cinch the nomination by swinging how ever many delgates Rudy may win, to the candidate that needs them to make it over the top. That arrangement will then make Rudy a kingmaker that will require many people to kiss his ring and beg for some political mercy from him once he gets the position he wants. For Rudy, the way I see it, he wants to either be Vice President or head of the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security or mybe Secretary of State. Of course another dream job for any good Italian boy from Brooklyn and Queens is that of Ambassador to the Holy Sea in Vatican City.

But other than that, I do not see Rudy’s run for President as a sincere effort to win the White House. Having worked for Rudy, I do know that while he is arrogant enough to think he is the best man for the job of President, I also know that he is not stupid enough to expect to win the Republican nomination under the current circumstances .  But kingmaker is not out of the question and Rudy knows that that is where he can have a big effect on the 2012 presidential race.

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Rudy Giuliani: A Better Democrat Presidential Candidate Than Republican Presidential Candidate?

Giuliani in drag and the way social conservatives see him

Bookmark and Share  As Rudy Giuliani continues to pretend that he can be a viable candidate for President on the Republican ticket, on Sunday during CNN’s State of the Union, he told Candy Crowley “the Republican Party would be well advised to get the heck out of people’s bedrooms and let these things get decided by states”.

While Giuliani claimed that he believes marriage should be between a man and woman, he stated that the libertarian streak of the Republican party should want to avoid “getting involved in people’s sexual lives.”

The former New York City mayor and failed 2008 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination told Republicans to  “Stay out of it,” and added. “I think we’d {Republicans} be a much more successful political party if we stuck to our economic, conservative roots and our idea of a strong, assertive America that is not embarrassed to be the leader of the world.”

While there is a degree of truth in Giuliani’s remarks, the social conservative base of the G.O.P. will not appreciate hiss lack of defense of what they would consider family values. However during the interview, Giuliani did clarify that in trying to make sure that families stay strong, he believed marriage should be preserved as a union between a man and a woman. He went on to state that he disagreed with New York State’s recent legalization of gay marriage but added that it was based on a democratic vote and can live with it.

While Rudy supports civil unions, he also believes the issue should be left up to each of the fifty states to decide for themselves.

Rudy’s position on the issue is one which highlights what is essentially one of the G.O.P.’s most pressing ideological questions. If Republican conservatism is based largely on liberty and limited government, should a limited government actually make decisions that do not allow those who live in relationships that involve an alternative lifestyle to have those relationships receive equal treatment by the law and under a judicial system that is suppose to be blind to our differences? Or is the primary responsibility of Republican conservatism the mission to defend “traditional” family values regardless of how much government must get involved in attempts to do so?

Sooner or later, the Republican Partyis going to have to make this decision. However, in the case of Rudy Giuliani, it is not likely that he will be able to do much to sway the Party in his direction. Answering that question will likely require the leadership of truly respected conservative leaders who are more trusted by the right than the left. It will also require the generational influences that account for the progression of cultural change that accounts for the societal changes that are constantly evolving.

In the meantime, the G.O.P. as a whole must somehow keep itself forging ahead while trying to reconcile its limited government beliefs with its desire to involve government in legislating family values. All while applying the basic American tenet of creating laws that defend equality. Until this reconciliation is achieved the G.O.P. will risk losing a significant minority of followers and future followers to the libertarian cause.

As for Giuliani, the reality of the current G.O.P. would indicate that he might have a better chance of defeating President Obama in a race for the Democrat presidential nomination, than he has at winning the Republican presidential nomination.

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Rudy Believes He Has Plenty of Time to Decide

Bookmark and Share This weekend Rudy Giuliani spoke at the University of Arkansas and when asked if he is running for President his response was that he doesnt know. According to the former Mayor and former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination,

My concern about 2012 is. because I’m a Republican to make sure that the Republican party fields a candidate that can win. And if I think that I can help by being a candidate, then that would probably persuade me to do it, but if I can help supporting another candidate, then I’d probably do that. And there’s time to figure that out. The good thing about this election as opposed to four years ago, is that it’s happening very slowly, so it gives you a chance to think about it.. gives you a chance to get it down to a smaller period of time so people can focus more on the issues.

Giuliani believes that a condensed election cycle is best for the nation. He goes on to say

The election wont start until next year and with everything going in the world, I think that will probably better with everything going on the world, it gives the President time to be President.

Giulianimay be right, but seeing as how President Obama just filed the papers that made him an official candidate for reelection, he might want to tell the President that he need not start campaigning till next year, because he obviously isnt aware of that.

As for Rudy himself running, he barely made it outr of starting gate last time and I don’t have any reason to believe that a 2012 Giuliani campaign will be less lame than it was in 2008. And insofar as helping a Republican candidate to win the presidency, his best use for that mission would be to stay quiet during the primaries and caucuses and campaign for the eventual nominee in blue states and swing states. He resonates much better with the left side of the political spectrum than he does with the right leaning base of the G.O.P..

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Rudy Takes Subtle Swipes at Palin as He Considers Another Run for President

Bookmark and Share CNN reports that Rudy Giuliani once again confirmed he is considering a run for President in 2012, especially if Sarah Palin runs.
In an interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight”, that will beairing on Monday, Giulianialso sharply criticizes Sarah Palin for using the term “blood libel” in her video response to unfounded accusatuions chargingher withresponsibility for the recent Arizona shooting massacre. According to Giuliani, the term is too closely related to Jewish genocide to have been used inreference to her situation.
Regarding his possible run for President, Rudy opines that the more Republicans who run, the more he can contrast himself from all of them and the better his chances of winning will be. See a clip from the interviewhere.

The former New York City Mayor also indicates that if Sarah Palin runs, so will he.

Sounds like fightin words to me.

Apparently he not only seems to see the sharpest contrast of all to be the one that exists between him and Palin, it also sounds as though he has a big problem with her.

Could Rudy be trying to pick up the mantle for the Nelson Rockefeller wing of the G.O.P.? And if so, is he really banking on the ability of the establishment political class and the liberal wings of the Party to overpower the anti-establishment, TEA Party influenced and conservative wings of the Party? Either way, perhaps the best way for Rudy to approach things is via a more conciliatory tone that seeks to forge a path of common ground for the G.O.P to stand on.

One thing is for sure though. Hereto now, none of the possible Republican contenders have dared to ruffle the feathers of Palin admirers. None except for Rudy. He seems quite desirous to do so. Perhaps its way of distinguishing himself from the field early? But no one ever claimed Rudy was a particularlygreta campaigner and political strategist. His 2008 campaign effort provided us with a textbook example of how not to run for President. If he is seriously considering another run for the Oval Office in 2012, hopefully he hasfreshened up on that textbook. From the sounds of it, he hasnt.

Meanwhile a recent straw poll of New Hampshire State Republican Committeemembers places Rudy in 14th place with 2%. Palin stands infourth place with 7%. Neither received numbers worth crowing about.

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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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