Can Rudy Win?

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani smiles as he talks with reporters, Sept. 4, 2002, in New York.
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
Can a politically moderate Republican former mayor of New York City be elected president of the United States?

It's a question that should be asked in the same survey that asks can a women get elected, or an African-American or Hispanic for that matter. Polls show that whatever stereotypes that would have hindered say a Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the past, at least on paper, are no longer relevant.

Rudy Giuliani filed a statement with the Federal Election Commission this week indicating his intentions to run for president. One wonders if the country is ready for him.

Rudy is enormously popular. I've appeared with him in speaking engagements at which he is received like a rock star. The country has embraced him as the hero of 9/11. He's outpolling John McCain in some cases. But heroes get worshipped; candidates get scrutinized. Rudy is about to feel the difference.

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By Harry Smith