Giuliani ponders 2012 presidential run

January 21, 2011


Add Rudy Giuliani to the list of Republicans who may be eyeing a run for the White House in 2012 — but isn’t quite ready to say for certain.

Still,  the lawyer, businessman and former New York mayor tells CNBC it is definitely something he will be considering.

“I will take a look at 2012. It’s really a question of, can I play a useful role? Would I have a chance of getting the nomination? Those are things that I’ll have to evaluate as the year goes along,” Giuliani said in an interview Thursday.

“Yes, yes absolutely,” he responded when host Larry Kudlow sought clarification on whether Giuliani’s comments really mean “the door is open” to another national campaign for the man some media dubbed “America’s mayor” after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Giuliani chased the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2008 but faltered in a crowded field of candidates, including the eventual winner Arizona Senator John McCain.

Giuliani’s position on possibly entering the presidential sweepstakes again puts him on a growing list of potential Republican candidates for 2012.

Other “possibles” include former governors Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee (Mitt and Mike were candidates in the 2008 race) ; former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder (Giuliani at 2008 Republican National Convention)

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