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In Palm Beach, Giuliani talks about 2012, Obama, Palin, Romney, tea parties

by George Bennett | March 22nd, 2011

Giuliani at The Colony hotel in Palm Beach

PALM BEACH — Former New York Mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani left the door open for a 2012 run tonight, saying he’d think about launching another White House bid if it looks the GOP might otherwise pick a nominee who is “too right-wing.”

Giuliani backed away from his previous suggestion that he’d be more likely to run if Sarah Palin got in the race. He said another potential 2012 GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, should declare the health care plan he championed as governor of Massachusetts was a mistake.

Giuliani spoke for about 90 minutes to a Palm Beach Republican Club crowd of about 200 at The Colony hotel.

During a Q-and-A session, he was asked about his January comments on CNN that he’d be tempted to run if Palin were a candidate. Giuliani called that remark “rash.” But he said his fears of the GOP choosing a nominee who can’t win a general election might prompt him to run.

“If all we are faced with are candidates that are too far right so that they can’t win the general election, then that’s when I’d reconsider doing it,” Giuliani said.

“Do not underestimate Barack Obama. He is a very ineffective president but a very effective politician,” Giuliani said. Obama can win a second term “if we put up a candidate that he can isolate as a right-wing candidate, too far-right.”

Giuliani advocates low taxes and smaller government and is a hard-liner on national security issues. But he parts company with many conservative Republican primary voters on abortion rights and other social issues.

Giuliani said the GOP presidential primary process produces nominees who cannot compete in the general election in the northeast and in California and other western states. That gives the party less margin for error on the electoral college map, he said.

In response to an audience question, Giuliani said Romney, a 2008 rival seen as a likely 2012 candidate, should disown the health care plan he championed in Massachusetts. The plan includes a requirement that individuals purchase health insurance, similar to a key feature in the federal health care law.

“I think Mitt Romney should say that it was a mistake. Romneycare in Massachusetts is a mistake,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani served up candidate-style portions of red meat to the Republican crowd. He said the next president’s first action should be repealing the federal health care law. Then the new president should make the Bush tax cuts permanent and then cut the budget by 10 percent to 12 percent.

“You just cut it. How do you cut it? You cut it. You just say ‘No, we’re not going to spend the money. Sorry.’ “

Giuliani praised the tea party movement as a “wonderful exercise of American democracy” and slammed Obama for “irresponsible and immature” decision-making on Libya and other issues.

He also said Obama seems to have a “European socialist-democratic view of how an economy should be handled.”

Whether he runs again or not, Giuliani said he’ll be active in the 2012 presidential race.

“My whole objective is to spend every bit of effort that I have in politics to make sure that we have Barack Obama as a one-term president and that we have a Republican who’s going to give us pro-growth, pro-military policies in the future.”

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15 Responses to “In Palm Beach, Giuliani talks about 2012, Obama, Palin, Romney, tea parties”

  1. Alistair Says:

    Sad. I used to support Giuliani as a moderate Republican, which I am. He’s a shell of his former self. Besides, Palm Beach is Obama country. We’re sending the president four more years to clean up the GOP’s mess.

  2. pete Says:

    obama cant even clean his rear end never the less the country, i hope he goes, guiliani has proven more thsn obama

  3. OldSchoolPol Says:

    That man is an idiot.

  4. yvonnewells Says:

    I just heard it on the radio that “Wise Medical Insurance” can offer health insurance for just $1 a day any one aware of this ? have anyone purchased insurance through them. I did search for them and found them online.

  5. AK Says:

    GOP started the mess we are in by repealing the Glass-Steagall act pushed thru by Phil Gramm-R, Texas. You would think they would realize that and fix it. He was so sure he could capture Florida in the primaries and failed dismally. His comments about anything political should be construed as diarrhea of the mouth of a sick animal. Why do so many Repubs cheat on their wives, i.e. Gingrich, Guiliani, etc.

  6. klm Says:

    Alistair is what you call a Moby… pretending to be a Republican who supports Obama.

  7. crystal Says:

    I hope Giuliani becomes President. He showed great leadership on 9/11 in NYC. I will never forget this.

  8. Shari Says:

    Simply read the NY papers prior to 9/11 and then judge whether Giuliana would be a viable candidate for President. Also, look to see how he now has made his money after 9/11. This might be of interest to people who might have forgotten about the history.

  9. brad Says:

    Rudy was going down as a 1 term mayor prior to 9-11. He’s horrible even Nyc residents whom he served cant stand his grandstanding. Go work for Fox like all other washed up candidates.

  10. albert shanker Says:

    one of the most negative politicians of all times…hated by New Yorkers…most of his buddies are in jail…treated his wife horribly…and those are the nicest things I could say about baldy..

  11. Eddie Haskel Says:

    He was a disaster as a mayor, disaster as a person in his dealings with other people and a non issue outside of NYC. He won’t even make it to a primary. Just a lot of Blah Blah Blah.“You just cut it. How do you cut it? You cut it.”

    That shows he doesn’t get it.

  12. Educator Says:

    He is a disaster both personally and professionally. Obama will be re elected in 2012 and then we’ll have Hillary for 2 terms….YES!!!

  13. Dan Says:

    Hillary for 2 terms? I just had lunch and uh, I think I just lost it.

    The only way I want Hillary to become president is if she ran instead of Obama in 2012, won the election, and then the world ended in 2012 like the movie predicted.

  14. Rob Says:

    Rudy was in fact term limited. He was elected in 1993 and then won another term in 1997. On September 11, 2001, there was actually a mayoral primary to replace him. Rudy tried to alter the city charter to run for a third term and failed. Bloomberg did change the charter.

  15. tribute wmv Says:

    Rudy 91u/1an1 for president of 9/11!

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