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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14:  Rudy Giuliani attends the premiere of "True Grit" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 14, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Rudy Giuliani attends the premiere of "True Grit" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)  

Rudy: I’ll run for president if no other Republican can beat Obama

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Rudy Giuliani says he will join the race for the White House if he feels no other Republican candidate can beat President Barack Obama in 2012.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, the former New York City mayor said he’s still very open to running and said a decision will be made within the next several months.

“I think there’s an obvious timeline, which would be the end of the summer,” said Giuliani, who ran for president in 2008, during the phone interview. “I got to get this decided by September.”

Asked how likely it is that he’ll ultimately join the already crowded race, Giuliani refused to say.

“That’s too much teasing,” the Republican said, “and I’m too far away from making a decision.”

Giuliani is traveling to New Hampshire this week for several events, but admitted he’s also going to “see how people are feeling, how good of chance we have of beating Obama, how the candidates are doing, so that I can also make a decision about whether I run or not.” (Pawlenty declines to sign Family Leader marriage pledge, promotes faith video)

Jack Kimball, the chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, told TheDC that he’s spoken with Giuliani before about the race and plans to see him during the mayor’s Granite State trip.

“He’s just looking for the proper leadership from these candidates,” Kimball said of Giuliani’s thinking on a presidential run. “The only thing that would prompt him to run is if he didn’t see it in them.”

Giuliani, who said the field is made up of “some really accomplished people who I admire,” said it’s too early to know if he’s worried that the GOP field is lacking a formidable candidate.

“I’m not concerned yet because the campaigns haven’t really developed … So it is hard to make a judgment about that,” he said.

Patrick Griffin, a GOP consultant and senior fellow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, said he thinks Giuliani could “still get into this thing,”though he expressed skepticism.

“Something about this strikes me as possibly disingenuous,” Griffin said. “I don’t know if this is about promoting the Giuliani brand or if this is about seriously putting yourself forward to becoming the nominee of this party and face Obama.”

But Giuliani speaks like a candidate, saying Obama’s “policies and programs have been a disaster,” and “there’s no question he’s made our economy much worse.” (Bachmann surges in national poll, Perry makes strong debut)

“This is by far and without any doubt the worst performance of a president in dealing with our economy in our lifetime,” he said.

“I don’t think there’s anybody that would argue that they’re better than before he came into office,” Giuliani said. “I mean they’re much worse.”

He said President Obama’s health care bill is “a massive weight on our economy that is only going to get greater and it hasn’t even really been implemented yet.” And Giuliani said he “never would’ve done the stimulus program, which was a political payoff.”

“One of the biggest jokes in the world is to call that a stimulus program,” he said.

As both parties fight over a debt reduction deal during the debate in Congress over raising the debt ceiling, Giuliani said. “It would be really nice if we could bring back John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.”

“Both of them could probably preach some wisdom to both political parties,” he explained. “John F Kennedy could preach the value of tax cuts to a party that doesn’t seem to understand that, and preach major tax cuts which really worked for Kennedy.”

“And Reagan could preach the art of the possible, meaning you can’t get everything you want. Try to get 50, 60, 70, 80 percent,” he said. “That would really make Washington work a lot better.”

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  • PalinPatriot4ever

    Come on Rudy, Mickey Mouse could beat Obama.. It’s not who can beat Obama, as Obama has beaten himself.. It’s who has the proven leadership, qualifications, and absolute Determination and Will, to do the Job of restoring American Economic, Political, and Social Prosperity and World Preeminence, once again. putting America first, not last.!! It’s who’s the next Constitutional Conservative Ronald Reagan..

    Let me help you Rudy..

    Here’s my election prediction -

    “Breaking News from Election HQ’s for Nov. 6th, 2012, America has just Elected it’s first ever, Woman President in U.S. History, Conservative Republican President Elect, Sarah Louise Palin, is now the Nation’s 45th President of the United State of America”

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  • writeblock

    Reasons I’m for Rudy in 2012:

    1. He’s revolutionary. He governed a city with a greater population and bigger budget than many states–and far more social complexity. NYC is bigger than WI and IN, for instance. It is the financial capital of the world and the media center for the US–and it’s the most liberal of our cities. Yet he completely revolutionized how the city was governed. He didn’t just do well, he REFORMED the city, made it fiscally workable, put it in the black, cut taxes, privatized public properties, introduced workfare, consolidated agencies, eliminated minority preferences for municipal contracts, fired deadwood bureaucrats by the thousands, eliminated tenure for educators, closed down the porn shops, and left the city in far better shape than it was when he took over.

    2. He’s a warrior in a party that lacks them. He didn’t just govern–he hit back just as hard when attacked relentlessly by the left. He fought the media, the unions, the race-hustlers. Over and over the NYTimes ran hit pieces on his private life–much of it made-up out of whole cloth. Yet he prevailed against the left by pushing through his reforms. He was hated–but he got things done.

    3. He brings a built-in constituency to the table in the form of purple and blue states. He may not do well in farmer-country or in the villages of NH, but he polls strongly in places like PA and NJ and FL–hugely important states in the general election. He was ahead of Obama and Hillary by double digits in PA throughout the last election cycle. Even now Harris poll results show him as the only contender who can beat Obama in a head-to-head.

    4. He has national name recognition, unlike any other potential candidate other than Sarah Palin. Much of his fame rests on real achievements other than 9/11. For decades he made the nightly news as Asst Attorney General under Reagan or as US Attorney. He investigated the world of high finance and sent corrupt billionaires to prison. He sent the heads of the NY Mafia to prison. He busted the corrupt NYC Democratic Machine. All this made news for decades, long before he became mayor. He gets things done.

    5. He can articulate complex economic ideas better than most candidates.

    6. He’s a strong pro-Israel advocate.

    7. He’s a Tea Party favorite with strong ties to other non-establishment GOP favorites: Rubio, Christie, Perry, and Palin. While these four don’t agree on every issue, they are solidly reformist, dedicated to changing the way business is done in Washington.

  • MegaGorgo

    Rudy is such damaged goods, from ill-timed and ill-informed decisions on security and safety, like putting a command center IN the WTC, hiring a criminal for security, his affairs and lack of marital fidelity.

    Why would anyone vote for this idiot?