On November 16, Rudy Giuliani was interviewed on CNN Sunday. When asked about his future, he would not rule out running for Governor of New York in 2010 or for President in 2012.
In the CNN interview, Giuliani stated that this year’s economic collapse made it virtually impossible for a Republican to win the Presidency this year. “If you had told me a year ago we would have a major economic crisis, I would’ve told you it would be very hard for any Republican,” he said.
In a question-and-answer session that followed, Giuliani would not rule out running for Governor of New York against David Paterson, the interim Democratic governor of New York who took over for Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer’s humiliating resignation after his sex scandal made the race for Governor of New York wide open in 2010.
Rudy Giuliani, in my opinion, was the greatest mayor in the history of New York City. He instituted community policing and quality-of-life law enforcement which reduced crime in the city to a livable level for the first time in decades. His economic policies helped turn New York City from an economic liability to New York State to an enormous economic asset.
He also boldly chose to break away from the Republican party on immigration issues and abortion.
During the September 11 crisis, Giuliani showed leadership and resolve that impressed the entire world. He rallied an injured city behind him in a way that history will not forget.
I am not sure if Giuliani is the right man for the Presidency in 2012. He is simply too liberal for the GOP base. However, he is a perfect fit for the Governor of New York, where a traditional conservative can never win. Even liberal New Yorkers (like I was at one point) have to admit that Giuliani’s policies changed the city for the better.
Simply, New York City exists in two eras: Pre-Giuliani and Post-Giuliani. Those who have lived only in the Post-Giuliani New York have no idea how unlivable the city was Pre-Giuliani. They have no idea how prostitutes, drug dealers and criminals ruled today’s “chic” areas like the Lower East Side, Times Square, Soho and Chelsea. Giuliani made it possible for businesses and tourists to visit those places once again. Giuliani made it possible for Brooklyn to become a family destination, instead of a haven for America’s worst inner city problems.
For the sake of New York, RUN RUDY RUN!!!! I, for one, will support you 100%.
What do you think? Giuliani for Governor of New York in 2010?
See his electrifying speech at the GOP convention below: