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January 21, 2011

Rudy Giuliani: I'm "Absolutely" Taking A Look At Running For President In 2012 UPDATED: Wants To Run As Moderate Option To Palin

I really hope this is nothing more than a bid to get his name back in the news and maybe a few more speaking/consulting gigs.

RUDY GIULIANI: I will take a look at 2012. Its really a question of, can I play a useful role? Would I have a chance of getting the nomination? Those are things that Ill have to evaluate as the year goes along.

LARRY KUDLOW: But the door is open, thats what Im hearing from you tonight?

RUDY GIULIANI: Yes, yes, Absolutely Larry.

No Rudy. Just no.

Giuliani's '08 campaign wasn't just awful, it was awful on historic levels.

He refused to placate anyone on issues like abortion or same sex marriage. That's fine if your Chris Klein (old school AoS bonus points if you get that reference) but if you're running for the GOP nomination for President...not a viable plan.

Even more damning, he simply ran a terrible campaign.

He raised close to $60 million and got one lousy delegate. His plan to skip every race and go all in on Florida was idiotic on its face.

Now he's considering doing it again? Who would donate to that campaign? Who is looking for a candidate that's so out of step with the current mood of the party? My guess is about as many as were looking for that 4 years ago...almost no one.

Maybe it's because I'm generally cynical about politicians and on the whole tend not to find them an impressive lot but I'm just not that excited about anyone who is running or likely to run. I might be able to get excited about Mike Pence but his lack of executive experience bothers me and couple that with the fact that he's not even a given to run, that leaves me out in the cold.

The one thing I'm sure of is that 2008 GOP primary field was not very impressive, I'm not really happy that most of them seem to be giving it a second go.

UPDATE: Some fragmentary bits of interview that will apparently air Monday on CNN.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he's more likely to run for president if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin runs.

In an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Giuliani, who dropped out of the 2008 Republican presidential primary, said running against Palin for the 2012 GOP nomination would show him as a moderate Republican.

"The more Republicans in which I can show a contrast, probably the better chance, the better chance that I have," Giuliani told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview set to air at 9 pm. ET Monday. Portions of the interview will air Friday (tonight) on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET.

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.

Awesome! Really, we were going to have a fight anyone but now we can be sure to inflict as much damage upon ourselves as possible!

I'm not a Palin fan but I'm pretty sure if she runs, she'll get more than one delegate. I'm not sure what Rudy sees when he looks in the mirror but he's the only one who sees it.

CNN story via Ben Smith.


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