Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who stumbled early in the Republican presidential campaign two years ago, says he's leaving the door open to trying again in 2012. Meanwhile, another 2008 GOP candidate, Mike Huckabee, says he's not in any rush to decide on a national race.
Giuliani told CNBC's Kudlow Report
he would "take a look at 2012" to determine whether he can play a useful role and has any realistic shot at getting the nomination. "Those are things that I'll have to evaluate as the year goes along," he said in an interview for the Friday night program.
Asked by host Larry Kudlow if that means the door is open to a second national campaign, Giuliani answered, "Yes, yes, absolutely Larry."
Giuliani, who was in the national spotlight early last decade for his strong response to the 9/11 attacks in New York, got off to a slow start in 2008. He skipped the Iowa caucuses and bet on the Florida primary as a launch pad for his campaign. But he finished a weak third in Florida
and soon dropped out.
Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, told Fox News
he won't make up his mind on another campaign until this summer because "people get sick of us" and he doesn't want to seem like a "stale loaf of bread" to voters.
"For me, having done this four years ago, I realize that very few people can sustain the burn rate of a campaign if it's going to have to last 18 months," he said.
Huckabee entered the last race in January 2007 and hung on, finishing second to Sen. John McCain
in the delegate count. He shows up near the top in most polls
looking ahead to the 2012 Republican primary season and has a platform at Fox News where he hosts a weekend talk show.
Although Huckabee appeals to a conservative base that might also be supportive of Sarah Palin, he said his decision will be made independent of "whether it's a go or no go" for the former governor of Alaska.