Rudy Still Mulling Gov. Bid

Monday, Sep 7, 2009  |  Updated 4:37 PM EDT
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Rudy Still Mulling Gov. Bid

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he hasn't made a decision yet about running for governor.

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Rudy Giuliani is "still thinking" about whether he wants to run for New York governor, but speaking on a Sunday talk show, it's clear he's been polishing up some of his campaign rhetoric.

Giuliani has told associates that he will make a decision on running for governor within 30 to 60 days as he considers if he could actually win a statewide election and, if he did, how it would affect his business interests.

New York City's budget is "way out of control," taxes are too high and and upstate is in dire economic times initiatives, the former mayor told NBC's "Meet the Press."

Less than a week away from the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Giuliani said he had expected more terrorist acts against the city.

"Thank God we haven't been attacked [since]," he said.

The former mayor has already taken preliminary steps to beginning a campaign. Last month, he went to Long Island to ask state GOP chairman Joseph Mondello to resign -- a move that Republican insiders perceived as his most tangible step toward a run so far, reported The New York Times.

Three days after Giuliani's visit, Mondello announced his intention to step down -- and Giuliani's people ambushed the phones to generate support for their choice replacement -- longtime Rudy supporter and Niagara County GOP chairman Henry Wojtasek.

The 65-year-old has also criss-crossed the state in the last few weeks, meeting with local party leaders, giving speeches and even meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently to talk about a possible run, reports the Times.

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