November 20th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

Should Rudy Giuliani pursue a career in national politics?

Rudy Giuliani may have his eye on becoming the next U.S. Senator from New York.

Rudy Giuliani may have his eye on becoming the next U.S. Senator from New York.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

Rudy Giuliani may have his eye on becoming the next U.S. Senator from New York.

The Daily News reports that the former New York mayor is strongly considering a run next year for Hillary Clinton's old Senate seat - now filled by Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

A Giuliani spokeswoman says he hasn't made any decisions yet... quote "Rudy has a history of making up his own mind and has no problem speaking it" unquote... adding that when he decides, he'll tell New Yorkers on his own.

The National Republican Congressional Committee says it wouldn't be appropriate to comment on any "unannounced candidates"... although they say "any credible Republican" could have a good shot at capturing New York's senate seat.

Giuliani had earlier been considering a run for governor - but reports now say he's decided against it. Some claim that's because Giuliani would have likely lost the governor's race to potential Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo – while he may have a better chance to win a senate run.

The Daily News report also suggests Giuliani could use a U.S. Senate seat as a stepping stone to run for president in 2012.

Been there, done that - and not very well either. In 2008 – Giuliani was an early favorite for the Republican presidential nomination.

But he self-destructed when he decided against putting a lot of time into the early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire... he skipped the South Carolina primary - planned to win big in Florida. He got clobbered…and that was that.

Here's my question to you: Should Rudy Giuliani pursue a career in national politics?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jack, Rudy needs to go into the private sector and stay there. He has more baggage than a Grand Central porter. On TV, he comes across as strident and accusing. He has all the warmth of an attack dog. I'm afraid his best political days are behind him.

Eric in Atlanta
He's already tried it before. 9/11 made him popular for a minute, but he didn't connect with the people for whatever reason. I think he'd make a fine loser for the GOP, so I say go for it!

Pauly in Nevada
Nope. As a Democrat, I applaud the good work he did for New York City in his time as mayor. However, his run for president last year really bore out his flaws as a candidate for any higher office. His time on the stage as a political star has passed.

Jerry in Oklahoma City

Absolutely! He is the only Republican other than Fred Thompson that I would vote for to be president.

Steve in Iowa

Sure, all the Republican Party needs is another fear-mongering Chicken Little. Invest in hard hats, with 9/11 Rudy, the sky is always falling.

Ian in New York
I am so sick and tired of Rudy Giuliani trying to push his name back into the spotlight. He is a narcissistic hack and New Yorkers are tired of him. I welcome a run against Senator Gillibrand; he is a lazy campaigner and his loss to her could be the nail in the coffin of his political career we are all waiting for.

Mike in Oklahoma City

Shameless slimeball, he has tried to squeeze as much personal gain out of September 11th as he can.

Lucy in San Francisco
If Sarah Palin is the alternative, then yes.

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Jayne

    I thought he already had pursued a career in national politics. Wasn't he a hot contender for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination until he inexplicably decided to wait out the primaries in Florida? It seems Rudy wants things handed to him on a gold platter.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  2. Paul, Austin, Texas

    Giuliani is a likeable nice guy even if you do not like his views on issues. In national politics the nice guys finish last.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  3. Dave in Cincinnati

    Who cares? I'm a libertarian with a bit of a conservative bent so Giuliani is certainly not my preferred candidate but really – who cares!

    November 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  4. Franco

    Rudy Giuliani to pursue a career in national politics?
    Hopefully not at all! God willing! God help us all!
    -Franco, San Diego, CA

    November 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Hugo Kijne

    Rudy Giuliani should stay out of politics. He was a divisive, if not racist, Mayor of New York City, who would have been a completely failed Mayor if it wasn't for 9/11. The credit for the crimefighting successes in New York City while Giuliani was Mayor should go to Bill Bratton, who was let go because Rudy cannot share the stage with anybody. His presidential campaign was a farce, because he only ran in places and at times where and when people were not actually voting. And I bet he doesn't pay taxes on all those free Yankee tickets he receives.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  6. Ann C from Nashville

    I thought he already did that in 2008 when he tried running for President....can't get any nore national than that. Oh, but he lost and lost big time so NO Rudy stay home! America doesn't want you. Your hypocrisy and arrogance aren't needed we have plenty of that with the GOP in Congress.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  7. ken, DE

    No because he is the 9/11 hero who didn't want to buy radios for the firemen who died in the towers, didn't want to buy respirators for the emergency cleanup crews, cleaned up the evidence and victum body parts pematurely, failed to break ground on new twin towers, wasted 1 billion on a new yankee stadium, hired a corrupt police commissioner , and recommended him to head homeland security . We could do without Rudy in washington.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  8. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    Why not, he fits the profile for an American professional politician. Scandle, corruption, mayor of New York City and he's a showman to boot.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  9. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Not really!

    November 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  10. Terry from North Carolina

    Rudy has seen his best day as far as national politics are concerned, you can only use the 911 disaster to further your political ambitions so much than it gets tired and people tend to look elsewhere.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: No, Mr. Guiliani would do a better serve to the citizens of New York than the national arena. Mr. Bloomberg on the hand could a national figure in politics or business.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  12. Jackie in Dallas

    Only if he can say more than two sentence without using "9/11" someway!

    November 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  13. Russ in PA

    This question reminds of the song "Bring in the clowns". We already have too many in office now. Let's demand real change, and elect Ron Paul!

    November 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  14. Mike

    Hey Jack RG should stay away from politics why, every time I heard him or see it reminds me of 911. I just wanna move on it's good for the healing process.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  15. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Rudy 911 should pursue a career anywhere but in our collective face. If he insists on politics, let him be Sarah’s handler – those two deserve each other. I haven’t forgotten, and may never forget, his Sharpton-like camera hogging in the aftermath of our great national tragedy as he tried (thankfully in vain) to lay the groundwork for his bid for national office while thousands lie dead and hundreds risked their lives in the recovery.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  16. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Rudy is a screw up in a league with George Bush. He was Bernard Kerik's biggest promoter. He hasn't yet clicked onto Palin being an air head. He flip flops from promoting the Constitution when he was a prosecutor in New York, to jettisoning it now as a politician on the make. He's too flaky for me, Jack, and here in Maine we're used to snow.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  17. Marlene

    No way!!! The days of bullying politicians are over.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  18. Mary Jo from Pittsburgh

    Absolutely. You can never have enough laughter in your life.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  19. Albert K., from Los Angeles

    Yes, in France!

    November 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  20. DeeDee

    I lived in NYC when Rudy was in power. His politics are extremely polarizing. His personal life is full of misconduct. If it weren't for 9-11, Rudy would have faded into NYC infamy because of his affair(s). Rudy needs to go away and be quiet.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  21. Joanne B

    We don't need anymore career politicians, we need REAL PEOPLE running for office.....we need to remove the clowns.....all of them (which is about 90% of Congress).
    Joanne B

    November 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  22. Ron Temecula

    Hi Jack:

    He did a wondeful job with NYC. He would be an excellent candidate for the republican party. He would most definately trump Sarah Palin!!

    Ron Temecula Ca

    November 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  23. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Yes, in Iran or Iraq or someplace other than the U.S.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  24. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Rudy will be just as good a governor as Arnold Schwarzenegger has been. Voting has become a popularity contest Arnold was known from movies and Rudy is well known from 9-11. Now of course Rudy did nothing but have a title when 9-11 occurred. The police and fire departments and municipal workers were the ones that did the work. Rudy got all the credit. The families of the victims got to bury their dead.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  25. Brian - Trinidad

    I thought he did,and failed.Am I dreaming or did he not tryout for the Presidency as the Republican candidate and lost?

    November 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  26. John T.

    Jack, Rudy G?? come on can't we do better than that?? The guy is like a cousin that "dropped in" for a visit and never left. Rudy has more bad baggage than the Lost & Found at JFK! Please tell Rudy to just say NO to running for anything except a cab.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  27. William

    Yes, because he fits with the other jerks we have elected. He owes millions and his career to "9-11", and what was it he did there?
    Except walk around looking concerned and holding a mask.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  28. Jerry B. Oklahoma City, OK

    Absolutely! He is the only Republican other than Fred Thompson that I would vote for to be President.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  29. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,we live in a country where people are free to what ever they want,so if the former mayor chooses to run,then he should run with gusto!I think he would make a great senator!

    November 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  30. Joe CE

    His best bet is to stay with NY, Republicans will not support him for national office.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  31. Jimmy from Houston

    Sure, why not? He would have been a better presidential candidate than McCain and a better president than Obama. He's a more moderate Republican, who would actually govern more in the center, where the country actually stands. Instead of those candidates that run in the center and then govern way too far left or right. Go Rudy!

    November 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  32. Melissa

    No. He's no qualified. Just because he was Mayor of New York on 9/11 doesn't make him good.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  33. Lee

    No, he will be the male version of Sarah Palin. It will hurt the GOP and help the Democrats. "Stay out Rudy Giuliani this is for big boy's"


    November 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  34. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Seem I recall him running for President last year. How did he do? Now, what was the question again?

    November 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  35. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Yes. He can be the National Village Idiot. After all NY City does not need him for that position anymore.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  36. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    His judgement is terrible, his timing even worse. Yeah, I'd say he is about as qualified as a Republican gets.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  37. K

    given the fact that his presidential campaign went down in flames he should stay out of politics.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  38. Lucy

    If Sarah Palin is the alternative, then yes.
    SF, CA

    November 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  39. Jo

    No, he and his friends have done enough. Let someone who puts the people first run for the position. Rudy has always been about Rudy and what he has done instead of just doing...Rudy stand down.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  40. john ....... marlton, nj

    Rudy is part of the problem with our party. Mentally weak, poor leadership skills and surrounds himself with an entourage of misfits. Eighty plus percent of the party is ready to take back the reagan republican style and throw the religous extremists and hangers on out ... !

    November 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  41. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    SURE , Just not in " this nation" !!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  42. Paul W

    Please...Rudy got CRUSHED by Hillary in their Senate race before he had to "pull out". The list of his incompetencies while mayor of NYC is endless, including putting the city's Emergency Control Center in the WTC against the recommendations of his advisors. All he is now is a tired old man with a four syllable mantra: "nine eleven". And that's all you'll hear from him. Ever.

    Hebron, IN

    November 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  43. Peg from NY

    The time has passed for Rudy Guiliani and his political ticker.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  44. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    He's way better qualified to be Senator from NY that Hillary ever was. Hey at least he LIVES there. I say go for it!

    November 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  45. Winkum


    November 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  46. Ed

    Only if he's made enough money cashing in on 9/11. Don't forget that he quit the Iraq Study Group, after never attending a meeting, so he could give $300,000 speeches. There's already one Sara Palin in the race.


    November 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  47. JENNA

    Should Rudy Giuliani pursue a career in national politics?

    Rudy like Palin can't get over the fact that their 15 minutes of fame are OVER.

    So NO he should not pursue a career in national politics.

    Roseville CA

    November 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  48. Al, Lawrence KS

    This is America and Rudy is free to pursue any career he likes...I'm also free to vote for whomever I like...and I don't like Rudy.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  49. Mr. D

    He should stay in New York. He has the visibility and knowledge required to do some good in that state. Forget about another run for president.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  50. RichP

    Nope, he's anti-second amendment, any politician who does not support ALL the amendments equally is not for me, I don't want a selective politician. If he is against the second one our forefathers wrote what do the rest mean to him.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  51. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think that decision is up to Rush Limbaugh and the extreme right side of the party. Rudy Giuliani doesn't meet the Limbaugh criteria he isn't as far right as they would like him to be and would have a hard time getting the party's nomination to be their presidential candidate. If that is what Giuliani has in mind. If you want a republican candidate with the full backing of the party you have to be a Limbaugh, Palin type candidate. Rudy Giuliani carries a lot of baggage with his messy divorce. Add to that running a stupid campaign, he would be better off not running.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  52. Loren, Chicago

    Are you saying that Senator from New York is national politics? He should do whatever he wants to do. Whether he'd be any good at is a whole nother matter. I have nothing against Guiliani per se, but he's a guy for the grand gesture, the big statement, but when it comes to work, well, running in all the primaries is work, and I just don't think that's what he wants to do. Enough of the politicians who want to build consensus and listen to everyone's voice, I want one that's going to go to the office five days a week, roll up his sleeves and figure out how to make our government work more effectively for its citizens, rather than continually line the pockets of their corporate supporters and family members. I don't think Rudy realy thinks that way and we're probably better off without him.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  53. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Sure Jack, why not ?? It's not as if there is an intellectual standard that has to be met n'est pas?? !!!

    November 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  54. John

    No.... He would have to face Sarah Palin in a campaign.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  55. Terry in Hanover

    Giuliani is unelectable any more. Shortly after 9/11/2001, many people seemed to forgive his past indiscretions, but, if he ran in my state, I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher because I find his use of "9/11" as a noun and verb to further his personal ambition reprehensible.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  56. Harrison - Mobile, Alabama

    I'll keep this simple: No. The guy is the second biggest waffle machine politician on Earth next to John Kerry. The man has no credibility left at this point so, just...no. He shouldn't.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  57. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Rudy is just like Palin, and I'm not interested in either one of them. They are both losers for the Republican party. Hopefully we Republicans can find someone better than these two to run in 2012, otherwise we are doomed for another 4 years of redistribution, spend, and tax to support the chronically unemployed, welfare state that Obama is busily fortifying with working families captial.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  58. Mark

    He would make a great replacement for Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate. Hillary was obviously not interested in serving the people of New York....she is only a publicity hound who wanted the important position.....Rudy, on the other hand, would truly work for the people of New York.


    November 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  59. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    I believe the "noun, verb, 9/11" has gotten Rudy as far as he can go.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  60. Jim


    Rudy has no career in national politics, You can't build a career on the fact that you happened to be in the right place at the right time during a terrorist attack. While 9/11 may have made folks forget the kind of man he is and why his career was imploding before the attack, any run for national office will dredge up all the issues, marital and otherwise, that have made people turn away from him in the past.

    Reno, Nevada

    November 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  61. M from NY

    Heck No! He wreck the City of NY when he was the mayor. Those who live outside of NYC do not know that. I wish he would go away and stay away.

    November 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  62. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    That's his choice, who are we to decide?

    November 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  63. chaney, La.

    Rudy Giuliani can run for anything he wants to, but getting me to "vote" for him is another story....

    November 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  64. Steven Foyer

    He can. Does not matter. He uses the same conservative talking points with a narrow vision on terrorism, like he has blinders on. He does not have an indepth knowledge of world affairs or is unwilling to show it. I do not understand why people listen to him. Takes credit for the response in New York after 9/11. What exactly did he do ? Point other people to do their jobs ? The reponse was an effort by all New Yorkers. I would think New Yorkers hardly need someone like him to hold their hands. He denigrates Arabs and Muslims. On the postive side, he was a good prosecutor. That's all.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  65. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes he is just a male Sarah Palin, they would make a good pair, it would guarantee another Democratic victory. I'm in favor of him running.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  66. Melissa V-winnipeg

    This is a joke right? I mean his run for president in 08 says it all. LOSER!

    November 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  67. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    I believe that Rudy was a good Mayor of NYC and would make a good Govenor or Senator from the state. As for President – forget it. He'll get the Senate position on his Mayor record but he still has to overcome the huge albatross Judy who is wrapped around his neck.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  68. Richard Green


    Does the national political scene need another opportunistic buffoon? Enough said.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  69. Ed Lexington, KY


    No he should not.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  70. Eric, Atlanta GA

    He's already tried it before. 9-11 made him popular for a minute, but he didn't connect with the people for whatever reason. I think he'd make a fine loser for the GOP, so I say go for it!

    November 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  71. joan

    Giuliani is a joke, he should bury his head in shame.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  72. Sandy

    PLEASE!!!!! He doesn't have the time to campaign. Remember when he was running for the GOP nomination. I have listened to this man speak on TV and I am convinced he should not run for national office. His thinking on trying the terrorist in NYC now, completely goes in the opposite direction of when we tried the terrorists on the 1st Twin tower bombing. Guess his thinking goes along the line of which political party is in office. He needs to just stay home and out of the political arena.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  73. Sue From Idaho

    I thought he tried and failed about a year ago. The GOP has no real hopefuls he may as well. Maybe he should write a book first, that has worked for some.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  74. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Dear Jack
    NO! It would be far far better for America if he would just shut up and stay home.
    That said, Rudy Giuliani reminds me of T.S. Eliot's famous poem about Rum Tum Tugger. Like the infamous Mr. Tugger, Rudy The Politician is a contrary and disobliging beast "and it is not any use for you to doubt it, for he will do as he do do, and there's no doing anything about it!"
    It is no big deal if he runs, but if he wins, God help us all!
    Arlington Texas

    November 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  75. Ron from SF

    NO–I'm sick of those who supported the Bush Administration and created the mess we're in. It's time to bring in a new batch of folks, who aren't so divisive. We also don't need more Wing Nuts, who will unite with Mitch McChinless–against the national good.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  76. Merersu-Los Angeles, CA

    No, absolutely not! Giuliani is still riding the 9-11 wave like some victorious Ahab on the back of Moby Dick. He's done nothing of any consequence since that time, save for run his mouth about things of which he knows nothing. Like Palin, it is his ego that desperately wants to be in the White House and it would be our arses paying the price!

    November 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  77. Jay

    Well why not he's a criminal like the rest of them isn't he?

    November 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  78. BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa

    NO. He wasn't even a popular Mayor. (Have you forgotten about that already?) In addition, he was resposible for countless deaths & injuries after the World Trade Center was attacked, because the firemen weren't able to communicate. Their 2-way radios were woefully inadequate. (Remember that little detail which he overlooked, & cost so many lives?) Then there's that more recent fiasco, his Presidential campaign; a dismal failure. After so many lies about Barack Obama during the Presidential Race, & those WHOPPERS about the proposed health reform bill, (on par with Palin's lies), & cheating on his wife, etc. Why would anyone ever vote for him for anything? (Except maybe the most sanctimonious fraud in politics today.) On the campaign trail, his response to every question was "911", which is one of the numerous reasons why he was such an utter failure. He kept reminding us about all those heroes, & the unknown victims they were prevented from saving, thanjs to Rudy.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  79. TTB

    It doesn't matter, we all know what Rudy thinks 'national politics' are, and there are already two high-profile candidates running for senate in Florida.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  80. frankie


    November 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  81. Bill from pa

    Who cares? I think most people realize by now the folly of installing yet another obstructionist, tone deaf republican into any public office.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  82. Cyndi

    Why not, he's not doing anything else is he?

    November 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  83. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Why not? Rudy is intelligent,articulate but unfortunately he's a Republican. I think he could win a Senate seat from New York but that's about it.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  84. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    As long as he doesn't bash Obama, I'm fine with that! Just kidding, Jack. Le'ts just pray that he does the right thing if he decides to.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  85. David Jones

    The man lost his morals when he dumped his family values along with a few other key principles he once held like the terrorists trials in N.Y. He once stood for the people however now he just stands in the middle of his political party’s rhetoric… I personally don’t trust him anymore. He needs to move on.

    D. Jones, N.Y.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  86. Linda in Arizona

    Only if he wants to LOSE!!

    November 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  87. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Rudy has a good resume. He obviously grossly miscalculated in the 2008 primary, but he was very good for NYC and did a good job in the 9/11 aftermath. He has fiscal responsiblity and a strong concern over securing and protecting our borders. We need a few more of these guys around.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  88. Maria

    Giuilani is just a younger Senator Byrd. We do not need more old,
    white men in the Senate or anywhere else in politics. This is not the 19th Century. And we must have political representation that is fairly equal to our diverse and changing population.

    Of course, exceptions should be made for you and Wolf!



    November 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  89. David, Tampa, Fl

    Jack, It is a free country and Rudy can do as he pleases. Conditional on if he can afford to do so. I'm an independent and have a budget of twenty dollars to run my campaign can I count on your vote if you move to Florida? The pertinent question I have is, in the process how beholding will he become to those that have backed his candidacy? Don't know about you but all my state politicos are nowhere in sight for most of us but seem to have no trouble finding speaking spots at $100 dollar a plate gigs at the country club. Isn't this supposed to be government of the people, by the people and for the people? Somehow I doubt it because it is not now, has never been, nor will ever be. By the way, if I lived in New York I wouldn't vote for Rudy.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  90. Pauly, NV

    Nope. As a Democrat, I applaud the good work he did for New York City in his time as Mayor. However, his run for President last year really bore out his flaws as a candidate for any higher office. His time on the stage as a political star has passed.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  91. Jerry Ez, Texas

    Rudy should just fade away like Newty and Tom Delay, those Republicans that have their corruption history, we've had enough of those LOSERS.

    November 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  92. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    He did already and lost, Rudy who?

    November 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  93. steve in virginia

    Not unless it's in another country.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  94. Lee from California

    Rudy should run! Run! Run! Run! far away! He used NYC as his personal playground and shunned any disputes on how he handled the issues in New York–he is not a consenus plalyer–is his way or the highway!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  95. Greg - Minneapolis

    Yes, Rudi should run for national office simply because the question is being asked by so many people. His previous run was tainted by the opposition raising the "Bush" angle, trying to make that mud stick to any Republican it was tossed at. But the mud has dried up, and now the comparison falls flat. The current administration's efforts are doing more to increase the chances of Republicans winning in 2010 & 2012 than anything that the Republicans are doing. So run, Rudi, RUN!!!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  96. JOE

    Hi Jack,
    The man has said way to much that has helped drive our Country down.The only thing that Rudy should do is :
    1) Do us all a favor and forget about coming back,
    2)Buy a Yankees Baseball Uniform and put it on.
    3)Walk in to the personal Dept the Yankee Stadium,and ask to be the Bat Boy.
    4)That way he will be way to busy,because Rudy will be Running for the Balls.
    5)If that doesn't work,Till him to keep looking for another team.
    6)Lastly,He has to wear a hat,that head will blind us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    “Stay away please.”

    November 20, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  97. Richard Fairview, Texas

    No. Rudy Giuliani is a legend in his own mind. He outlived his usefulness a long time ago.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  98. Ron Temecula


    He did a wondeful job with NYC. He would be an excellent candidate for the republican party. He would most definately trump Sarah Palin!!

    Ron Temecula Ca

    November 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  99. Annie, Atlanta

    Rudy needs to just slither into the background. He’s a one-trick pony, who’s beaten that pony to death, so to speak. Using horrendous loss to gain fame goes against the American grain. Basically, he’s revolting.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  100. Peter M

    Guilliani is a joke. He will never unseat Gillibrand. Guilliani has no message and no sense of where the country is going. All he knows is cutting tax, terrorism and faer-mongering. He will fizzle out the same way he did during the presidential primary...

    November 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  101. Ken in NC

    Rudy Giuliani can run for any office he desires. The way he plans and runs his campaigns, he will never get out of New York.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  102. Robbie Minnesota

    Like you said yesterday Jack, no one should pursue a 'career' in politics. It's a public service, not a career.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  103. Meg from Troy

    Rudy needs to go into the private sector and stay there. He has more baggage than a Grand Central porter. On TV, he comes across as strident and accusing. He has all the warmth of an attack dog. I'm afraid his best political days are behind him, and he needs to go somewhere and do something where he can accomplish something good.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  104. Joe Palen

    Give it up, Rudy!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  105. D.Mobley

    No. And that's that. Next question.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  106. Jimmy O.; Dallas, TX

    In the words of Rudi himself: 9/11, 9/11 no, 9/11 no, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11 no!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  107. Nicardo

    Rudy Guliani is not as popular as the media suggests. His approval ratings were at a career low on September 10, 2001. He is not electable.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  108. Richard Fairview, Texas

    He would not stand a snowballs chance in hell of winning Jack. There are all of what, 12 republicans in New York......

    November 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  109. Kevin McKenzie

    Giuliani should only pursue a career in national politics if he completed Ron Paul's reading assignment for him from a few years back.

    Canton, Ohio

    November 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  110. Liz

    No I DONT; he uses "in fact" as a slang way to much in his jibe and not with any facts he has to offer.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  111. Mike Oklahoma City

    Shameless slimeball, he has tried to squeeze as much personal gain out of September 11th as he can.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  112. Lois, Ont., Canada

    Who cares!!!! He has had his day

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  113. Kevin

    It doesn't really effect me personally whether he runs or not Jack, but I'd think the Yankees would be concerned if he ventured off to Washington. Who would be sitting behind homeplate in the over-priced seats if he's gone?

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  114. June

    Yes Jack he should get back into politics. His temperment and style is better suited for Governor than being one of the 60 knuckleheads in the Senate.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  115. Edlibrarian

    Jack, I remember when he was mayor. In his first term he was a moderate Republican who cleaned up the City.
    By his second term he'd evolved into a thin-skinned, dictatorial right-winger who thought that anyone who disagreed with him was an idiot. He bullied people, and he provoked fights with the unions, with the Brooklyn Museum over a stupid work of "art". Then he started parading his then-mistress, now Mrs. G. III while he lectured New Yorkers on morals. Please. No.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  116. Terrie Downs

    As much as I don't care for Sarah Palin, I don't like Rudy Giuliani even more.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  117. Mike Shurtz

    Rudy has taken Andy Warhol's concept of fame to a new equation .
    9-11-01 minutes instead of 15. None-the-less ; just as thin in content.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  118. Curtis

    No Jack, not on a national level. Rudy is New York City to the core and would do well as either a senator from NY or the governor of NY, but he can never be a national figure, because he's New York City to the core. Fine with me.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  119. Amy NY

    Rudy Guiliani was a very unpopular mayor going through a very nasty public divorce at the end of his term. Then September 11 happened. He showed up, and thinks that made him an expert at everything. He gets credit for showing up, as Bush didn' t show up. Without 9/11, Guiliani would have faded into the past, just like David Dinkins.

    He's yet another partisan hack with no original ideas. He toes the party line. How about someone with some backbone and common sense runs? Maybe someone who actually represents THE PEOPLE, not THE PARTY???

    November 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  120. Beverly Miller

    Absolutley not! he is too wishy washey. He has to take a consistent stance of policy that impacts the American People, particulary those who reside in the Great State of New York. I don't trust him as I suspect many New Yorkers have the same sentiment 🙂


    November 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Dan from Santa Barbara, Ca

    By all means, YES! i am a democrat, so needless to say I do not agree with him on every issue but he has earned my respect for his accomplishments and would be a great figure for Republicans to rally around. He had turned crime around in New York. Anyone who remembers Tiimes Square before he was elected will realize what a miracle he has performed for his city!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  122. Tim Albany

    Look I'm from New York and I would just love to see him run and lose. That mans only claim to fame was a national disaster. No body really talked or cared about what he thought. Besides, last time a Republican was in powerful seat in New York, the state went Bankrupt.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  123. Ed

    Rudy has just a little more repect than Cheney , but not much more. A Palin Rudy ticket would be like birds flocking together....

    November 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Wayne Friday

    I think Rudy should forgetaboutit.... enough of him already and he can't ever make up his mind about his political future –

    November 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Andy Laub (New York)

    As a Democrat Jack I sure hope not. But on a non-partisan note I would doubt Rudy would jump back into national politics given his abismal Presidential run and reputation in New York, don't forget that he had a 23% approval rating before 9/11. Kirsten Gillinbrand is tougher than she appears, she has the ability to raise a good amount of money and twice beat a Republican in a conservative leaning district. I would expect that Guiliani will have had enough and is probably making millions in the private sector and has little interest in returning to politics, even if he's ahead now New York is still heavily democratic and there's a year to go should be interesting.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  126. steve - Iowa

    Sure, that's all the republican party needs is another fear mongering chicken little. Invest in hard hats, with 9/11 Rudy, the sky is always falling.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Dan in Seattle

    If Rudy runs for national office he'll find himself sharing a cot with his former N.Y.C. Police Commissoner. Does he really think he can hide the fact he was best bud's with a crook – a crook he recommended for Sec. of Homeland Security. If nothing else, that alone should show N.Y. voters what Rudy's TRUE character is. With regard to his "cancer scare" that too may have been nothing more then a way to bow out of a race he knew he'd lose gracefully.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  128. Betty from Texas

    His sordid personal life should disqualify him.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  129. Liz

    No, I DONT...he uses "in fact" way to much in his jive...and not because he has any real facts to offer.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  130. Chryssa

    Yes, it'll make my job getting Obama reelected that much easier.

    Boise, ID

    November 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  131. Brian

    Rudy was in a lot of trouble and his career was on the way to the toilet. 9/11 happened around that time and he became America's Mayor. He has been using 9/11 the last 8 years. Other than that he's a party member. Low taxes and smaller Government. For the life of me. I can't figure out how this Country can do anything, but go deeper in debt without people paying taxes.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  132. Ian Rivera

    I am so sick and tired of Rudy Giuliani trying to push his name back into the spotlight. He is a narcissistic hack and New Yorkers are tired of him. I welcome a run against Senator Gillibrand – he is a lazy campaigner and his loss to her could be the nail in the coffin of his political career we are all waiting for.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  133. Joe

    Personally I'd like to see popular local congressman Anthony Weiner make a run for that seat. Schumer, the Sr. Senator from NY, is a mentor of his and would likely love the chance to work with Weiner. Gillebrand was picked by a horribly unpopular governor who won't even win the primary because he felt her demographics were middle of the road enough to get her to win the general election, even though she doesn't fit the mold of the candidates who tend to win the Democratic primaries in New York.

    Guiliani can't beat a serious candidate once people start to remember things like how he announced that he was leaving his wife on television before he told her. She responded on television saying that he couldn't bring his girlfriend to Gracie Mansion while their son was there. He also announced that he taking away the School Board building if they didn't do what he wanted before he was told he didn't have that power. Combine that with the embarrassment of the 2008 campaign and there's no way he could beat a serious candidate in 2010.

    But he might be able to beat Gillenbrand.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  134. Kevin in Salamanca, NY

    We have enough sniveling cowards eager to abandon the Constitution in Congress already. Perhaps Giuliani should take those already in Congress and Bill "I don't care about the Constitution" O'Reilly and go somewhere they'll fit in better... like France.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  135. steve

    Rudy can run if he wants but the ideal ticket would be Sara Palin and Katherine Harris , Both for the far right and the far left....... Won,t that be a fun and interesteng campaign.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  136. gale godfrey

    what a waste of money ,that would be! republicans are really getting desperate. to find some one to run for the next election. which is by the way three years away, get it yet america!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  137. Nancy

    I'm New Yorker and Rudy was on his way out, save 9/11. He did miserably as a presidential candidate last year and won't be any better as a senatorial candidate. His time has passed and his 15 seconds of fame has ended. He should stick with the new little wife and continue to cash in on past contacts through his "consulting" firm. We don't want him ... now or in the future.

    Upstate Nancy

    November 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  138. arthur in charlotte

    absolutely not! ..........he was not a good mayor in nyc he was not well liked . he is a bully he has already proven he cannot be trusted by wife or constituent and not a nice person; and those are his good points. He should be elected to be the person never to elected to any public or corporate office he is just like millions of other men just looking for a job.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  139. julia a exley

    I don/t think so. Remember 9/11? Against all warings, he once again located communicatiion for 1st responders back in the trade center. So, guess what? Lack of communiications. He may be res – ponsible for the loss of life of many firefighters and other civilians. Then, too, there is the way he treated his second wife. It would be great for the Democrats.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  140. ej

    Rudy Giuliani learned a hard lesson in the Presidential primaries. He learned that the right no longer wanted moderates salespersons within the party. Politics is no longer about individual thought, or performance. Obviously during 911, Rudy Giuliani proved he can perform. That didn't matter, the Republican pundits pounded and pounded on Rudy Giuliani, until he was no longer a viable candidate. Today it's American politics is so corrupted, a politicians only concern is PAC funding and the agenda they push for them. Nothing else matters and that is unfortunate. If Rudy Giuliani has any integrity left, and wants to be a politician, then he should do what another Democrat Senator from New York did and switch to an Independent. He won't though, that money is too suductive. Sad for America...

    November 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  141. Bruce - Delaware

    Rudolf knew about 9/11 15 minutes before the planes hit AND DID NOTHING. Toss him overboared!!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  142. Donald in CA

    No, his only claim to fame is 9/11. He is not a likable person.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  143. Roy - Chicago

    If Rudy wants to take up a Republican slot for ANY election, as a Democrat I would welcome him.....as he has no chance to win.
    His 15 minutes of fame during 911 is over, the best thing he could do for his own party is to stay on the side......but we know how THAT goes with politicians these days........

    November 20, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  144. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, NO—Guliani–not that he would win—is just another “Neo-Republican”–and the sooner they become extinct, the better! In fact, the Republicans of today [every Republican in Congress] are just a shell of what used to be the GOP—and rather than saying “America has a problem, let's work with the Democrats to fix it”–they are incapable of getting out of “politics” mode—and they sell out the American people daily in favor of their richest contributors! Also they appeal to our dumbest and most radical religious wing-nut elements for constituents—and we all know where that took us the past 8 years!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  145. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Jeez, Jack, I sure hope not. The former mayor of NYC is undoubtedly one of the most repulsive men I have ever seen. And to boot, he has the morals of a slimeball. I bet he is thankful every day that 9/11 took place on his watch. It saved his political career. But having endured his stupid speech last year at the Republican dog and pony show, I would say that it is time for this old dog to retire to his doghouse!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  146. Arlene, Illinois

    Rudy has had his time in the limelight now its time for him
    to just go back to his very profitable PR business.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  147. ken

    I'm sorry Rudy, don't bother. You cannot win even thou I'd vote for you!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  148. Rick Medina,OH


    Rudy already has pursued a career in national politics, and the public retired him.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    November 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  149. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    He should be in prison along with most of the Bush Adminstration for doing everything that could to ensure that the attack that occured of Sept. 11, 2001 would happen when for months they had been warned by at least 12 countries that an attack was forthcoming. He let those people get killed!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  150. Thom Richer

    This is just my opinion but that is the last thing he should do and the last thing any of us needs. This is a man only popular for being in the right place at the wong time and reacted no differently than whomever would have been in office on 9/11. He is riding on contrive or the misconception of heroism and the false perception that because he was in office on 9/11 that he is qualified for higher office. I do not believe he is qualified or deserving of national office because of circumstance. He can become my hero, however, by never running for office again.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  151. Jasmine, New York City

    No, Rudy, don't do it. I was a supporter of your pre- David Dinkins time, and afterwards for many years. You did a great job bringing New York City back to the New Yorkers (the entire Melting Pot) and you performed well as a metro mayor; you made an effort to clean up the city. Accolades to you! But you tested the waters a couple of years ago for the national stage and it didn't work. You have damaged your credibility by supporting candidates who are not with the times and those who can't read.
    No, Rudy, don't do it. Keep your legacy the way you want to remember it.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  152. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    I remeber the Clinton Adminstraition warning the Bush Administrain and yet they lied about not knowing that an attack was coming, Guliani is a trator to America he ensured that building & burn down to hide the evdience of the bombs that were in the building that allowed them to fall down in the way that they did, put him in prison!

    November 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  153. Joe P

    Not no but H*** no. He doesn't even know why we were attacked. Between 2006 and now he has had two different stances on how we shoudl treat the treorist in gitmo. Please, all he knows is "As mayor of New York". Not everyone lives in New York Rudy.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  154. John Ca.

    Rudy Giuliani is just doing his job and he is a good lawyer will work for the law.

    November 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm |