In a speech yesterday to the Republican National Lawyers Association, Rudy Giuliani had plenty to say about President Obama's foreign policy, American exceptionalism and the Sept. 11 terror attacks. But, his most ear-catching words focused on his potential bid for the presidency in 2012:
“I will sure think about it. … It’s too early and I want to see how it all develops. My major goal is to elect a Republican in 2012. If it turns out that I’m the best one to do that, I can probably be talked into doing it or convince myself to do it. If I thought somebody else had a better chance of doing it, I would be a very enthusiastic supporter of somebody else."
This comes only one week after Guiliani delivered the ketnote address for the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow conference. While Guiliani's speech didn't hint at a potential presidential run, VendingMarketWatch reports that he discussed his take on effective leadership, his penchant for fiscal responsibility and his tenure as mayor of New York City (all subjects that a potential candidate would clearly want to delve into).
This begs the question: Would Americans support Giuliani? A recent NY1-YNN /Marist Poll found that Giuliani, when compared with other GOP heavyweights, has the most support (37 percent) among New Yorkers.
Following the Osama bin Laden saga, Giuliani has been appearing daily on mainstream media outlets (earlier this week, he called for President Obama to release bin Laden's death photos). The recent developments have certainly provided him with a platform. While some are questioning whether he'd have a legitimate chance at securing the nomination, let alone the presidency, only time will tell what Giuliani's future holds.
On Thursday, he appeared on CNN, making some very positive statements about Obama's handling of bin Laden: