Politico reports this morning former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is having meetings with both Texas Governor Rick Perry and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The obvious implication of these conclaves is Giuliani is conferring with these two famous non-candidates for president about his own interest in joining the race for the 2012 Republican nomination.
Giuliani’s camp is sending out clear signals their man is very interested in another run for the presidency. Rudy may be thinking there is an opening for a moderate mainstream candidate to challenge frontrunner Mitt Romney. Unlike former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who also appears to be positioning himself as the most liberal member of the GOP field on both domestic and foreign policy issues, Giuliani can balance his positions on abortion, gay rights and guns with a vigorously hawkish foreign policy stance.
The only path for a Giuliani victory appears to be one predicated on the more conservative candidates cancelling each other out in the early primaries in the same manner John McCain slipped through the field to win in 2008. But that is a far-fetched scenario which also doesn’t take into account the more conservative cast of the Republican electorate this time around as well as the influence of the Tea Party which will be unlikely to view a tax and spend New York mayor with much affection. But like the other candidates who have little chance of winning, there appears to be no talking Giuliani out of another futile presidential run.