Giuliani Testing The Waters For 2012 Presidential Run?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Rudy Giuliani has dispatched a key emissary to New Hampshire to gauge interest in a possible presidential bid.

The former New York City mayor’s top political adviser, Jake Menges, hosted private meetings Wednesday with several New Hampshire Republicans. They included Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, likely gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith, Congressman Charlie Bass and Stephen Talarico, owner of Manchester Harley-Davidson.

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Giuliani has visited New Hampshire four times this year, but has been noncommittal about his intentions. Menges didn’t indicate a final timeline for his decision.

Smith, a Giuliani supporter in 2008, says there may be room for Giuliani given continued dissatisfaction with the current Republican presidential candidates.

But time is running out. New Hampshire will host the nation’s first Republican presidential primary in less than four months.

Do you think Giuliani should get in the race? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Get Rid of them all

    Rudy was a joke as a mayor in NYC he should of been put in the same cell as his corrupt Police Commissioner. Wait till Bloomberg gets out of office we will have a nice jail cell waiting for him too.

  • bullett

    Hey Rudy………….LoL…… stand a better chance of taking over Weiners position.

  • Ash E

    I like Giuliani. I’d rather see him run in 2016, as I support Obama. Rudy would make a fantastic president and I would love to support him.

    • Dale Auburn

      Fantastic? How? Through his post-9/11 shrewd and strategic use of PHOTO OPS?

  • Calabrese Happens

    He won’t run which if he does would be a disaster as his Ego is
    bigger than his brains. He would also have to be challenged about the
    100 million dollars he and his lawfirm made off of the horror of 9-11-01
    teaching cities how to be safe ,shame it was he that put our command
    headquarters in the World Trade Center.
    Rudy and his Mrs Rudy Tooty who went with him knowing he was still
    married are not fit for the Whitehouse let alone to be your next door
    neighbors. Forgettahbout it. I like his fasle teeth though the dentist did
    a good job almost looks real with his phony TV smile. Ugh!

  • A noun, a verb and 9/11,

    When it comes to political skills and accomplishments, Rudy probably isn’t qualified to wipe a dog’s a$$. Please don’t run for President again. Pretty please.

  • Peter

    when will he just go away!!!!

  • T.M. Valentino

    The best republican ticket for victory would be Guiliani/president, Christie/vice president!

    • Sounds 'bout Right.

      Hitler and Lou Costello? Get real.

      • mj


    • Sounds 'bout Right.

      Yeah, that would be the best Republican ticket – to get Obama re-elected! I’m voint for this ticket! Run Rudy, run!!!

    • MJ

      they are 2 of a kind …. like MOLD amd MILDEW

  • Peter

    Here are a few facts not generally mentioned:
    1. “The Nation’s Mayor” is a moniker coined by Giuliani’s PR team and repeated by a weak media. It is a meaningless statement.
    2. His dictatorial ways created much antagonism among New York citizens and polarized the citizenry.
    3. His children do not speak with him, which says a lot.
    4. On Sept. 10 his popularity was at 28%. He could not have been elected to ANY office in the U.S. It took 2800 lives to raise his rating. Why?

    Please don’t run. You can only bring more problems to bear on this country.

  • Glenn Erdmann

    Maybe he can have Bernard Kerik as his running mate?

  • George Shinas

    I can’t believe what I am reading….let me draw a picture of NYC before Rudy…People carrying car radios into the deli so it wouldn’t be stolen in 2 sec….labor coalitions terrorizing construction sites for kick backs….large industrial areas abandoned by tax payers to the $ 10 hookers and crack dealers. Every 5th of July the news was about every kid that blew his hand off or blinded himself…42nd Street is a Tax cash cow and a tourist destination ….do you remember what it was before Rudy ? We got thru 9/11 as unified New Yorkers because of RUDY ! Rudy is exactly what we need ….Wake up America ! RUDY 2012 !

    • Lawn-Guy Land

      We got thru 9/11 in spite of Rudy and his photo ops.

    • midi-man

      Yes I do and I see it heading back that way with Bloomberg.
      Rudy was a hands on mayor. He got down and did stuff. He took no S^%$ from anyone He keep that greedy MTA in line which promise to strike under his command they did not. Under Bloomberg they did and did not receive any ill consequences.

      If he does half for this country as he did for New York we will be in good shape.

      • Sounds 'bout Right.

        Idiot – the mayor is not in charge of the MTA. The MTA is a STATE agency. Rudy Hitler was not a got mayor. He was a bully. He was a punk.

  • Don Juan

    He’s got too many bad connections.

  • michaelfury
  • Pataki2012LOL

    Let’s see. (1) He dodged the draft by giving his draft board a note from the judge that he was clerking for. If you check the Selective Service list of critical occupations (II-A’s), you won’t find law clerk. (2) Kerry and Andy Cuomo ran afoul of some professed Catholics who say that they should be denied communion. Rudy fooled around with his mistress at one end of Gracie Mansion, while then-wife Donna Hanover was at the other end. His divorce was not accompanied by a Catholic annulment, and his current marriage was civil. He is living in sin, by Church standards. (3) His running north, and then returning to hold a press conference, on 9/11, will get publicity and detract from the heroic role that people associate with him. (4) During the 2004 New York Republican convention, he wouldn’t make a speech on illegal immigration because at least one family member arrived here illegally (and he was a federal prosecutor , no less). (5) Google Wayne Barrett for great articles on lotsa scandals occurring during his administration. This is gonna be fun!!

  • mj

    WHAT an ego he has … he just can’t seem to get it thru his head that NO ONE wants him to run . then again WHAT do you expect from a former prosecutor, they NEVER can admit that they are wrong …. just like christie

  • Steve

    PLEASE DO NOT RUN! You were the second worst mayor of New York that I have lived under in 72 years.
    On the other hand you can run and be defeated in an embarrassing way. Perhaps this would end your political ambitions.

  • Neesa

    Please find another hobby. We do not want you in any elected position. You are a walking disaster.

  • Bob in Florida

    Its time for “The Mayor” of the US. If you can run NYC, you can run the country. Rudy4ME!

    • Sounds 'bout Right.

      Stay in Florida. Unless you lived here during Hitlers term, as mayor, you have no idea what you speak of. I beat you never heard of Rudy prior to 9/11/2001.

  • michaelfury

    “I .. I went down to the scene and we set up a headquarters at 75 Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was gonna’ collapse. And it did collapse before we could actually get out of the building, so we were trapped in the building for 10, 15 minutes, and finally found an exit, got out, walked north, and took a lot of people with us.”

    – Rudy Giuliani, ABC News interview

  • michaelfury

    Tell you what, Rudy: You tell me where that “flight recorder box” is and I’ll tell all the crows to vote for you.

  • Sir David

    Hi Rudy [9/11]

    No one [9/11] in this country, I repeat [9/11], No one, wants you to be President [9/11], other than yourself [9/11]. Please find another hobby. [9/11]

    • Friend

      Please dont speak for everyone. I happen to be a “someone”who would like to see Rudy run.

      • midi-man

        I also agree with Friend, but I want to see him win.

        • Sounds 'bout Right.

          Win what? The man is not stable.

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