Rudy Giuliani stated he will run for President if Sarah Palin runs. The theory is the former mayor of New York and 2008 candidate could position himself as the “Anti-Palin” in the race, gathering the support of moderate Republicans.
Giuliani has learned his lesson from 2008 by suggesting he will actively contest the nomination from the beginning, campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, instead of waiting for Florida. By the time the Florida primary rolled around in 2008, it was too late and Giuliani dropped out of the race.
Giuliani has a very tough hill to climb as a New York politician, albeit one with mainstream views on national security and fiscal policy, trying to get the nomination of a party whose main strength is in the South and Midwest. Giuliani holds more moderate views on social issues such as abortion and gay rights, which will be a problem for him with social conservatives for whom there is no negotiation on those issues, especially abortion.
Still, Giuliani is still remembered fondly as the “Rock of 9/11”, an island of calm and competence on that second day of infamy where chaos ruled all around him. But that would make him a good fit for, say, Attorney General in someone else’s administration.
Giuliani, by positioning himself as the “Anti-Palin”, will have to contend with Mitt Romney for that title. Romney has basically written off the tea party and is himself going after the title of the great moderate hope. Romney’s big problem, which will likely sink his candidacy, is that he enacted legislation while governor of Massachusetts that some find shockingly similar to Obamacare. So far his tortured explanations have not gone over well with the Republican electorate.
Giuliani will likely also have a problem about how far he can campaign against Palin, should she decide to run. Palin has been the target of vicious attacks from the left in the wake of the Tucson Safeway Massacre, which in turn has tended to buttress her support among conservatives and tea party supporters. Attack Palin and her positions too harshly and Giuliani risks alienating voters that he will need to win.
In that vein, Giuliani was all so very gentle in his criticism of Palin’s “blood libel” speech, only suggesting that the use of the term was ill advised. Thus a Palin/Giuliani fight for the nomination might well become a study in civil discourse that so many claim to want, but so few practice.
Source: Giuliani vs. Palin in 2012? CNN, January 21st, 2011