Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sounded more serious than ever this weekend about jumping into the 2012 presidential pool.
During a visit to the University of Arkansas, Giuliani said he’d “probably” join the growing list of contenders if no candidate emerges whom he would deem electable.
“My concern about 2012 is—because I’m a Republican—to make sure that the Republican Party fields a candidate that can win,” he said. “And if I think that I can help by being a candidate, then that would probably persuade me to do it. But if I can help by supporting another candidate, then I’d probably do that.”
Giuliani ran unsuccessfully in 2008 and ultimately backed Sen. John McCain. This time around, unlike others mulling a bid for the GOP spot, Giuliani wouldn’t give himself a schedule for his decision.
“There’s time to figure that out,” he said. “The good thing about this election, as opposed to four years ago, is that it’s happening very slowly, so it gives you a chance to think about it; gives you a chance to get it down to a smaller period of time so people can focus more on the issues.”