As the Republican presidential field shapes up, “America’s mayor” is considering another shot at becoming America’s president. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani “is still considering it very definitely,” said Wayne Semprini, Giuilani’s 2008 New Hampshire state chairman.
Giuliani plans to visit New Hampshire, home of the first primary, next month. It will be his third visit to the state this year. According to Semprini and Giuliani’s New Hampshire spokeswoman, Alicia Preston, Giuliani will meet with Republican groups, reconnect with friends and raise funds for other organizations, but not for his own run.
Semprini and Preston said Giuliani’s goal is to put a Republican in the White House. “If he saw someone who he felt very definitely was likeable enough and strong enough and tough enough to take on the current president then he would get behind that person,” Semprini said. “Whether he’s seen that person yet, I don’t know. … As of now, he’s still weighing it.”
Giuliani gained national attention for his strong leadership in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He ran for president in 2008 but withdrew after a poor showing in the early primaries. He now runs a consulting business.
Semprini said Giuliani would campaign on his credentials as a fiscal conservative and his record as mayor of reducing crime, improving education and “turning the city around economically.”
As a pro-choice social moderate, Giuliani could alienate some conservative Republicans. Dante Scala, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, said Giuliani could also have a tough time as a former mayor competing against former governors. “There was a lot of glamour that attached to him in ’08 as ‘America’s mayor,' ” Scala said. “That’s a decade old. It will be a bit tougher to run now.”
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