Donald Trump was the cable news candidate (during the Republican primary, anyway), so perhaps it's only fitting that his potential cabinet appointees would campaign for jobs on TV, too.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's bulldoggiest surrogates, used a CNN interview Thursday morning to tout his qualification to be attorney general. Giuliani initially indicated he would take the job if he couldn't point to three other lawyers who would be just as good. Then he had this exchange with anchor Chris Cuomo.
CUOMO: Do you have it in you to be attorney general? Do you feel that you have the energy?
GIULIANI: Oh my God.
CUOMO: Do you feel that you have the desire?
GIULIANI: I certainly have the energy, and there's probably nobody that knows the Justice Department better than me.
CUOMO: So, nobody's better than you. You just said — hold on. I got you. I finally got you. It took me 35 years. You just said, "If I couldn't point to three other people who are as good as me, then yes, if it's just me." You just said, "Nobody knows it better than I do."
GIULIANI: Well, I was an assistant U.S. attorney. I was the associate attorney general of the United States, third-ranking official under Ronald Reagan. I've argued in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. I've argued in almost every circuit. And I tried, as a personal lawyer and U.S. attorney, over 50 cases.
CUOMO: It's a good résumé.
GIULIANI: So I know the bottom of the Justice Department, and I know the top.
Nice stump speech, eh?
To be fair, Giuliani was simply answering Cuomo's questions. But he could have deflected them the way politicians so often do — the way another possible attorney general, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, did when he was on NBC's "Today" show around the same time.
MATT LAUER: Would you want to be chief of staff? Would you want to be attorney general?
CHRISTIE: You really don't think I'm answering any of these questions, do you? You know me better than that. The answer is I am not committed to doing anything in a new administration or not. The bottom line is that I have a job to do to help get the new administration ready. If there's some role for me that I want to do and the president-elect wants me to do — we've known each other 14 years. We'll talk about it.
That's the standard response. Diplomatic. Noncommittal. Free of lobbying. That's, um, not the approach Giuliani took.