He avoided the use of Bush's name again last night, but he wrapped his arms around the president nearly as tightly as he did during the 2004 campaign, when he said that he'd said after 9/11, "Thank God that George Bush is our president." Asked last night about his chances of beating Hillary Clinton, Giuliani said that if the polls had been correct in 2000, Al Gore would have been elected president.
Giuliani made it clear he preferred the alternative.
"I don't know, it might be a little colder -- I'm not sure," he said. "But I'm not sure we'd be any better off, right? We'd be in a lot worse shape, I think, with Al Gore. Thank you, Florida. Thank you. You saved us in 2000. That was a big one."