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NY1 Political ItCH Alert: Giuliani Pushes Lhota To Run For Mayor; Says He'd Be "Personally Uncomfortable" With Performing Gay Marriage

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In a wide-ranging interview with NY1 Political Anchor Errol Louis, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that a mayoral candidacy by his former deputy, Joe Lhota, would be "very good for the city" — while also noting that he’d probably not officiate a gay wedding because he’d be “personally uncomfortable doing it."

In an interview on "Road to City Hall," Giuliani discussed a conversation he had with Lhota about a run for mayor.

"I'm hoping that he runs. I told him very directly it's hard, very difficult. Electing a Republican is always a long shot. I got elected in '93, but only by 2.5 percent. Mike got elected in 2001, only by 3 percent," Giuliani said. "We had a lot of things going for us when we got elected. The reality is, I think it would be very good for the campaign and very good for the city because I think Joe will raise the level of the debate."

While noting that he signed a domestic partnership bill into law as mayor, Giuliani said he is not sure he would perform a same-sex marriage.

"I have not done a gay marriage. I would have to think about it," the former mayor said. "I would be personally uncomfortable doing it, because I don't — I believe the right answer is civil union and/or domestic partnership."

Giuliani also said he supports a federal assault weapons ban.

"I do think, like every other right, you can have reasonable restrictions on the right to bear arms," he said. "They can't be so reasonable or so rigid that they cut it out, but if you want to do something about these automatic weapons, these assault weapons. I was in favor of the assault weapons ban when I was the mayor, I supported it. I continue to support it. I would vote for it if I was a Republican in the House or the Senate."

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