Congressman says Rudy Giuliani is ‘very close’ to 2012 bid

Holly Bailey
May 24, 2011

After months of hints, Rudy Giuliani appears to be seriously considering jumping into the 2012 presidential race.

Rep. Peter King, a GOP congressman who is close to the former New York City mayor, told reporters at a dinner last night Giuliani has been talking to key donors and advisers and plotting out a potential 2012 bid.

"(He) is very close to saying he's going to run," King said, per the Washington Examiner's Byron York. "If he were to make the decision today, he would run."

King, who backed Giuliani's White House bid in 2008, said the former mayor is determined not to make the same strategic political mistakes he did in his previous run. Four years ago, Giuliani skipped early primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, to focus solely on Florida--a decision that, in part, felled his presidential aspirations.

In recent months, Giuliani has been hinting at a political return--and perhaps not coincidentally, has been spending time in New Hampshire. But that hasn't exactly endeared him to the locals, who are still mad about his decision to ignore the Granite State four years ago.

In March, Giuliani said he would run if the 2012 GOP field ends up being "too far right." But apparently not all of his former advisers and supporters are on board. A "high-level Republican" familiar with talks between Giuliani and his former advisers about 2012 tells CNN they believe it's "delusional of him to even ask" about his chances in the upcoming GOP primary.

(Photo of Giuliani: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)