Sunday, February 18, 2007

Rudy Giuliani in Richmond

Rudy Giuliani was in Richmond, Virginia last night at a fundraising dinner for his campaign for the nomination. Although Giuliani has repeatedly said he is running, he is still yet to actually officially announce....yes, we are still waiting for the fanfare.

Giuliani said that he will not be doing any more guest speaker engagements, which are reportedly earning him up to $100,000 a piece. He said that it was time to devote himself entirely to the campaign.

The function last night was well attended by social conservatives, the hardest group for Giuliani to win over, given his moderate stance on abortion and gay rights. But Giuliani last night indicated that he wouldnt hesitate to appoint conservative anti abortion justices to the Supreme Court if he became President.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Giuliani on Larry King

King - "Are you running or not?"

Giuliani - "Yeah, I'm running, sure"

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

USA Today Poll has Giuliani in Lead

Rudy Giuliani has overwhelmingly taken the lead as preferred Republican nominee in the latest USA Today Gallup poll, taken between 9-11 February.

And in even more positive news for the Giuliani campaign, his favorable rating amongst Americans has gone up to a massive 66%. This is up from 62% in January, although not yet near the 77% high he received in the same poll in December.

On the preferred nominee question, Giuliani leads John McCain 40% to 24%, with 425 Republican and Republican leaning voters surveyed. Behind them are Newt Gingrich on 9% and Mitt Romney on 5%.

And on the question of preferred President, Rudy Giuliani leads Hillary Clinton 50%-48% and Barack Obama 52%-43%.

65% of people surveyed thought that Giuliani would make a good President - the highest rating of any of the candidates.

Giuliani is Running for President

Rudy Giuliani has tonight confirmed that he will be running for the Republican Nomination for President.

Giuliani was speaking tonight on CNN's Larry King Live. He had filed a Statement of Candidacy last week, and over the weekend in California strongly hinted that he would be in this for the long haul.

He said tonight that he believes that he can make a difference and that America needs leadership

On Monday, Giuliani said that he was 100% committed to running for the GOP nomination.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Giuliani Is In 100%

From the San Francisco Chronicle today. Rudy Giuliani seems to be doing everything BUT making the formal announcement. It's a slow drip feed...

Carla Marinucci - 2/13/07

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, insisting he is "100 percent committed" to running for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, wooed Silicon Valley's tech leaders Monday -- saying he "definitely'' believes in global warming, praising Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for being a "progressive'' leader on the environment and calling for immigration policies that welcome "people who make contributions" to America's economy.

Giuliani spoke to about 500 members of the Churchill Club, a Silicon Valley business leaders organization, at the Hyatt in Santa Clara Monday, meeting privately beforehand with a handful of top tech executives and then with about 100 potential supporters at a VIP reception before an hourlong talk to the crowd, where he was warmly received as a leading presidential hopeful.

"I am 100 percent committed'' to running for the Republican party nomination for president, he told the crowd. "I still have to do a formal announcement -- but we'll figure out how to do that.''

Poll Has Giuliani Leading in Texas

A poll by Baselice & Associates has Rudy Giuliani leading the race as the preferred Republican nominee in Texas.

Giuliani leads John McCain 28% to 26%. Third in the poll was Newt Gingrich on 17% with Mitt Romney who announced he was running for President today, sitting on only 6%.

The GOP primary in Texas will be held on March 4, 2008, on the same day as 9 other states.

The poll was conducted about 3 weeks ago, and surveyed just over 500 likely Republican voters.

Giuliani Campaigns in Fresno

Rudy Giuliani made a campaign stop last night in Fresno, California. (Go Bulldogs)

Giuliani has spent the weekend campaigning in California and addressed the State GOP Convention on Saturday. Today he was in Santa Clara, speaking to a business group at the Hyatt Regency.

Rudy Giuliani was last night at a house fundraising party, at the home of Jerry & Paula DeYoung. A ticket to the event cost $2,100.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Rudy Giuliani in Time Magazine

A feature piece appeared a few days back on Rudy Giuliani in Time Magazine. It's a good profile piece, and takes us through the specific stances Giuliani has on some issues which might limit his support from social conservatives in the GOP.

Rudy Giuliani trots out a joke when people ask how someone like him - a thrice married New Yorker who supports gun control, abortion rights and gay rights and who shared an apartment during his second divorce with a couple of gay guys and a Shih Tzu named Bonnie-could possibly win the Republican presidential nomination. "Of course there are disagreements," he'll say. "You never agree with any one candidate 100%. I don't agree with myself 100%."

It's not much of a joke, but then Giuliani's predicament is no laughing matter. The former New York City mayor is at or near the top of the national polls, thanks to a heroic image forged in the fires of 9/11 (he was TIME's Person of the Year for 2001). And with John McCain's call for a supersurge in Iraq putting the Arizona Senator out of step with public opinion, the ground may be shifting toward Giuliani, who supports the Bush surge yet also sends the vague signal that "we've got to get beyond Iraq." The problem is, most Republican voters have no idea where Giuliani stands on social issues--and the conventional wisdom holds that once they find out, his candidacy will die. "It's one of those oddities," says a senior Giuliani adviser. "We're ahead in the polls, but we 'can't win.' Hey, we don't mind being the underdog."


California Republicans Welcome Rudy

Rudy Giuliani was the guest speaker yesterday at the California GOP convention held at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento.

Coming close to announcing that he was running for President, Giuliani asked of the California Republicans to decide on him as the type of leader needed for the future.

Giuliani focused heavily in his speech on fighting terrorism, and called it the greatest moral issue of our time.

He was also critical of the move by some Republicans and most Democrats to pull the troops out of Iraq, saying that in a time of war, you don't talk about pulling out. Giuliani said that the non binding resolution was not something that Presidents do - they have to move the country forward and make decisions.

Giuliani said that was the kind of President he wanted to be.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Chicago Tribune Attacks Giuliani

The Chicago Tribune have launched an attack on Rudy Giuliani, in a front page story on his business practices. Its a big story, no doubt a long time in the works, but held from running until Giuliani announced his candidacy.

These attacks on Giuliani have been expected for some time, so it really comes as no surprise.

Make your own mind up on the story.

Giuliani Leads in New Hampshire

A poll conducted last week has Rudy Giuliani in joint lead in New Hampshire with John McCain as preferred Republican nominee.

Giuliani and McCain were both on 27%, with Mitt Romney in third place on 13%. Undeclared potential candidate Newt Gingrich was on 9%.

However, Giuliani topped McCain in the favorability rating - people who view him favorably minus those who view him unfavorably. Giuliani's net rating was 56% compared with 32% for McCain.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Is In To Win

Rudy Giuliani yesterday lodged his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Electoral Commission.

He appeared last night on the Fox News Network, giving an extensive interview on the Hannity and Colmes program.

Part 1

Part 2

Monday, February 5, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Is Running

According to sources within Rudy Giuliani's camp, he will tomorrow file a "Statement of Candidacy" with the Federal Electoral Commission. This will put his exploratory committee on the same level as that of John McCain and Mitt Romney.

In recent weeks, Giuliani has not been totally clear on whether he would actually run for the GOP nomination.

On the weekend, Giuliani said he was a good chance to run. When he files this statement tomorrow, his campaign to secure the nomination will surely be on in earnest.

Giuliani is in the lead in most of the polls across the country. And in the rest, he comes in either shared or a close second to John McCain.

The real question is whether he has the grass roots support amongst the GOP voters.

However, on his tour to key states he has had a very positive response. In addition, his fundraising capacity is still strong and he will be expected to continue as a front runner.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Giuliani a Good Chance to Run

Rudy Giuliani told Associated Press yesterday that there was a real good chance he will run for the Republican nomination.

Giuliani was in Colombia, South Carolina yesterday.

After setting up his exploratory committee last November, Giuliani said that he has been very pleased by the response. Apparently since that time he has raised a significant amount of money.