Rudy 2008

rudy.jpgIn news that is hardly shocking, former mayor Rudolph Giuliani has taken initial steps toward candidacy in the 2008 presidential election by filing to form an “exploratory committee,” the traditional precursor to an official campaign.

While his people have stopped short of saying he will run, it is generally thought that he will not only run in the primary, but has a fair shot at becoming the Republican nominee. Considered a moderate Republican, he appeals to people on both sides of aisle with a liberal social viewpoint and a fiscally conservative background. The “America’s Mayor” mystique, which he gained from his perceived expert handling of the 9/11 crisis, lends him a significant amount of appeal and national fame. His moderate views may be a perfect fit for the Republican Party where many moderate Repubs are disillusioned and frustrated from eight years of hard-line policy.

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However, the fact that he is Catholic may hinder his political hopes, as only one other president has been Catholic, and religion is traditionally a very key issue for voters. Additionally, he has a history of infidelity with his past wives, and his two divorces will also hurt his image.

This is shaping up to potentially be a very ground-breaking election. Many key names are from minority backgrounds. In addition to Giuliani (Catholic), there has also been talk of Condoleezza Rice (black female) being a candidate or a running mate, and the Democratic early front-runners include Hillary Clinton (female) and rising star Barack Obama (black), the junior Senator from Illinois.

Personally, I think that Giuliani would be a great president! I loved him in NYC long before 9/11, and think that he would really be able to bring unity to a government that is fractured from eight years of disagreement, petty arguing, policy gaffes, and major PR mistakes. Another potential candidate, John McCain, also plans on forming an exploratory committee in the near future. I would love to see a Guiliani/McCain ticket. Not only do I like it policy-wise, but I also feel that it offers a tremendous marketing element… A well-respected mayor who handled adversity and fought crime (organized and otherwise), plus a very well-liked moderate long time senator who is a war hero… That will be hard to beat!

What do you think? Will he run? Will he be good? Will he suck?

3 Comments so far

  1. anonymous (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

    Rudy would be the shiznit. He would clean up the country like he cleaned up Times Square. He has my vote already.

  2. Neil (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

    I don’t like his pro Yankees view. As long as Jeb Bush doesn’t get the nomination, I’m happy.

  3. Ray (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

    Rudy would make a lousy President. If he doesn’t have a crisis to address (9/11), his dictatorial tendencies come out too much. I remember when the cops shot Patrick Dorismond in a botched buy-and-bust, and the guy wasn’t a dealer. Rudy’s response was to release his (sealed) juvenile record, thus demonizing him to the media.

    Also, he is a HUGE publicity hound: he fired Bratton b/c he was getting all the attention for cleaning up New York, and not Rudy. Therefore, a Rudy/McCain ticket isn’t going to happen: he won’t accept a VP who’s as popular, or more, than he is.

    All this is moot, anyway: a twice-divorced, pro-choice Catholic from New York ain’t getting the Republican nomination for President. Not unless the “values voters” plan to start their own party. Rudy’s a longshot, Condi’s a pipedream (make that pipenightmare); the GOP ticket is wide-open until McCain declares.

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