Giuliani Visits Iowa
The AP covers Rudy's Iowa visit:
He definitely sounds like he's weighing it seriously. Interestingly enough, "I'm interested in public service again" is the same line he's been using retiring as Mayor and in 2004, when the media was absolutely certain he would run. He hasn't changed his tune.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Raising money for local Republicans even as he ponders his own political future, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Monday that Republicans must increasingly be "a big party" that accepts divergent views.
Giuliani said that broad-brush themes, like limited government, ought to define the Republican Party - not hot-button social issues like abortion and gay rights.
"The major thing that we organize around as Republicans is government that puts more reliance on people than government," Giuliani said. "They (Democrats) tend to think of government solutions as most of the answers."
Giuliani was in Iowa to raise money for Jeff Lamberti, a Republican candidate for Congress, and Rep. Jim Nussle, who is running unopposed for the Republican nomination for governor.
Giuliani was also clear he's considering his own future ambitions.
"I am interested in public service again," he said. "My effort this year will be to help Republicans get elected and, quite honestly, a part of it also is saying to myself 'Does it look like I have a chance in 2008?'"
Giuliani raised $40,000 for Lamberti and $25,000 for Nussle.
The April 13th McCain fundraiser was expected to raise $60,000 to $65,000 for Nussle.