Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani can't run for governor or challenge U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's re-election bid next year, the former New York City mayor's top political aide said Monday.
"Right now, with all the commitments he has here in maintaining the success of Giuliani Partners and now growing a law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, I just see the commitment as too great to undertake any sort of run within the next year," Anthony Carbonetti said. "It's not possible."
Carbonetti offered Giuliani the usual political wiggle room, cautioning that "Rudy is someone who never says never."
Nonetheless, the Carbonetti comments served as the strongest indication to date that Giuliani has his political sights set farther down the road. Polls have the former mayor as the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.
"He doesn't have to make that decision anytime soon," Carbonetti said when asked about a possible Giuliani run for the White House.