Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to mull the possibility of a 2012 presidential bid, but his true power in the race may come if he decides against running and instead throws his support to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.Rudy's run in 2008 centered around Florida where he thought he could win thanks to all the ex-patriot New Yorkers. Didn't happen and Rudy ended up spending something like $49 million to win one delegate. I don't think he'll make another run, but he could be an attractive choice for a key cabinet position in a Perry administration.
The two men are good friends, and Perry was the only Republican governor in the country to endorse Giuliani’s presidential campaign in 2008. Payback could benefit Perry on a number of fronts – most notably fundraising – and would likely strengthen his status as a top-tier candidate if he decides to run.
“Rudy would be an awesome asset to any campaign,” said Perry’s longtime political svengali Dave Carney. “Of course candidates matter to voters, but folks of the mayor’s stature bring lot of value added to any effort.”
Monday, August 15, 2011
I don't think Rudy Giuliani will enter the presidential race even though a recent poll showed him beating Obama. However, he may still play a key role in the campaign by helping his buddy Rick Perry: