January 21, 2011
Former crossdressing, socially liberal New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination a second time next year.
"I will take a look at 2012, Giuliani said on CNBC Thursday night. "Its really a question of, can I play a useful role? Would I have a chance of getting the nomination? Those are things that Ill have to evaluate."
Asked again if he's leaving the door open for a second bid for the White House, he said, "Yes, absolutely."
Giuliani was a contender for the 2008 GOP nomination who was said to be shortlisted as Sen. John McCain's running mate. He initially anchored his campaign on his management skills during 9/11 but later shifted his campaign to focus more on the economy and the primary in Florida.
His strategy failed and he bowed out of the race after coming in third in the Sunshine State. The 66-year-old flirted with potential runs for governor and the Senate in 2009, when polls showed him leading other candidates.
He is nowhere in current polls for the Republican primary, which show former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and is now a FOX talk show host, leading. Other top contenders are former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
By Dallas Bianchi