Rudy Giuliani will offer more hints at his potential presidential future in an interview scheduled to air on CNN Monday night. Among the new revelations, according to tweets posted Friday by the Larry King-replacing Piers Morgan, is the role Sarah Palin’s 2012 decision would make in Giuliani’s own choice on whether or not to join the fray.
“Rudy Giuliani says he’s ‘more likely’ to run for Presidency if Sarah Palin does,” Morgan tweeted Friday afternoon. “”The more Republicans in which I can show a contrast, probably the better chance, the better chance that I have.'”
Other hints at Giuliani’s thinking from Morgan’s Twitter feed today include a suggestion that Giuliani thinks there’s room for a self-professed moderate to make a run at the presidential nomination of the increasingly tea party-influenced GOP.“Giuliani: ‘My one chance, if I have a chance, is that I’m considered a moderate,'” Morgan tweeted.
CNN posted excerpts of the interview on its politics page:
“There is no obvious frontrunner right now,” Giuliani said. “I guess everybody is happy with that, because nobody wants to be the frontrunner at this point because it always seems the frontrunner gets all the attention, all of the negative publicity.”
On CNBC yesterday, Giuliani offered hints that a second run for the White House could be in the cards.
“I will take a look at 2012. It’s really a question of can I play a useful role? Would I have a chance at getting the nomination?” Giuliani told the network. “Those are the things that I’ll have to evaluate, you know, as the year goes along.”
According to Morgan’s tweets, Giuliani’s going to to a lot farther than that in his CNN sit-down scheduled to air the night before President Obama’s second State of the Union address (portions of the interview will air tonight in CNN as well). Morgan tweets that the former New York mayor and (briefly) 2008 Republican presidential nomination frontrunner takes aim at Palin over the recent “blood libel” kerfuffle.
“Giuliani slams Palin for using phrase ‘blood libel’ about website crosshair furore,” Morgan tweeted. “Giuliani: “I mean it’s a bad word to use, a bad connotation, going back to the whole history of anti-Semitism. This wasn’t at that level.'”
According to the CNN post, Giuliani’s criticisms of blood libel don’t extend to the point that Palin was making, namely that the media was using the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, AZ to accuse conservatives of having blood on their hands.
“[E]xcept for the use of the word, [she was] absolutely right on,” Giuliani said.
CNN eventually posted some of the video from the interview scheduled to air Monday. Check it out: