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Giuliani Mulling Another White House Bid; Mike Huckabee Biding His Time

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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.

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andrc657

Giuliani has more baggage than the Louis Vuitton warehouse. He will never make it through a republican primary.

January 22 2011 at 3:55 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
jarsd43

When the last election happened, Guilliani was a favorite. The powers that be didn't think that he was conservative enough so they nixed his run which got them Obama in the White House. This shows how it isn't we the people who choose, its the back room boys who swing far to the right or far to the left. They get our country so far into trouble that we wind up having no choice but to elect "their" candidate which is always an ideologue to one side or the other. The people really want a conservative Democrat or moderate Republican but we NEVER get our man. This weakens our status in the world who never know how we will swing, we have brought this system to the brink of disaster and appear unstable to the world and now we ARE. Oh and by the way, Sarah Palin used the term "back assward" when being interviewed by Barbra Walters...I can use terms like that but MY PRESIDENT cannot! I will never support her candidacy...she is not bright enough.

January 22 2011 at 8:19 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
switzarch

No thank you.

January 22 2011 at 8:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Paul FIQUET

WOW....A WINNING TICKET FOR THE REPUBLICANS.....HE COULD GET GINGRICH TO RUN WITH HIM AND BOTH COULD PROMOTE FAMILY VALUES !!!!!!!!!!!!SPOUSE TRADING....ETC... A VERY GOOD REPUBLICAN FAMILY MINDED CHRISTIAN ONLY VALUES !!!!!GO GO GO...

January 22 2011 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nbfred

As a life-long resident of New York, I can guarantee you that Giuliani could not even win New York in a Presidential election. This will be one more example of his putting his name out to get attention and then "dropping out" at the last moment for "personal reasons". It would surprise me if his own family would vote for him.
nbfred

January 22 2011 at 7:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
coors15

I like Huckabee...... but he droped out beause of infidelity if I´m not mistaken from what I read so why trust him the world strongest and best nation____????
and if I'm wrong I will be his strongest suporter

January 22 2011 at 7:11 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
alohadc

Nobody wanted Giuliani the first time. Why would anyone want him now?

January 22 2011 at 7:10 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
bob

if one worries over sarah palin being on call for ww111, just look who we presently HAVE "on call" lmao

January 22 2011 at 6:58 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
danite545

The Tea Party favorite, Michelle Bachmann was in Iowa last night. The Intelligent, out-spoken Constitutioanl Conservative can raise more money than any other Republican. It's no coincidince she was not made Speaker of the House. Watch for her to make the bid.

January 22 2011 at 6:11 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
fjeffer258

We do not need another moderate (progressive) on the Republican ticket> McCain was enough.

January 22 2011 at 3:07 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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