He held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon after releasing a campaign video hours earlier.
“It’s time for change. Like my parents before me, New York is in my blood. I was raised from New York. I know who we are, what we can be and where we need to go, ”he said in a video launching his campaign. “It’s time to stand up and honor New York’s great heroes. New York’s biggest chapters have yet to be written. And as governor, let’s write the greatest comeback story of all time. It’s time to bring New York back. “
ABC News previously reported that Giuliani was “seriously considering” running against incumbent three-time governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and that he was meeting with Republican leaders across the state.
“We can make New York truly the beacon of hope in the world,” he said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “I can’t wait to travel around the state and show New Yorkers exactly why and how I’m qualified for this. But the truth is, I have a vision and I know I can make it happen. “
Rep. Lee Zeldin and Rob Astorino, who was the GOP candidate for the post in 2014, are the other Republicans in the race to replace Cuomo, although Cuomo has not officially announced his intention to run for a fourth term.
“I am a politician who came out of the womb. It’s in my DNA, ”Giuliani told The New York Post. “Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It’s Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier. We can sell tickets at Madison Square Garden. “
Rudy Giuliani was the personal lawyer for former President Donald Trump. Andrew Giuliani, who served as Trump’s special assistant in the White House, told a press conference on Tuesday that he spoke to former President Trump about his candidacy.
“I’m not going to run away from my past, I worked for years in the White House for President Trump. I will say that for the moment I am not running away and I am not hiding. I am very proud of many policies that we were able to implement, “Andrew Giuliani said at Tuesday’s press conference, adding that he and Trump” had just had a good conversation last night and this morning. It was very, very strategically important to all of this. “
Ahead of the 2008 election, Andrew Giuliani, who was 21 at the time, told the New York Times that he and his father were trying to reconcile their relationship after not speaking “for a decent amount of time.” He said on Tuesday that his father has played a role in his campaign so far.
“We had a long conversation last night throughout this process. We had very good conversations and I really gained a lot of experience from him, ”he said at the press conference. “What I can tell you is that there is no more effective playbook than the Giuliani playbook and we will be implementing the Giuliani playbook to make sure we keep turning it around. of the state of New York. “
Elder Giuliani is currently under investigation after federal investigators executed search warrants on his Manhattan home and office. The warrant cited Giuliani’s work on Ukraine-related issues and his trade relations with two indicted Soviet associates.
John Santucci of ABC News contributed reporting.