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Pataki, Ridge, Issa: Giuliani's Statement on Obama Wrong, but Focus on Why He Said It

By    |   Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 10:19 AM

Three Republicans said former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani should not have said President Barack Obama doesn't love America, but they agreed the focus should be on what caused him to say it.

Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Homeland Security Sec. Tom Ridge, and Rep. Darrell Issa said Giuliani's words are a non-issue and talk instead should be about how Obama is governing.

At a private GOP fundraiser Wednesday night, Giuliani told the crowd, "this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America ... he doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country."

He repeated those words the next day on Fox News Channel, and though he clarified them after coming under fire, he has not backed down.

"State of the Union" host Gloria Borger termed the words "hateful," and asked the three Republicans if they condemned them.

"I think it was wrong, but what I understand is that Rudy and I saw the horrible consequences of looking the other way because radical Islamic terror was thousands of miles across the world," Pataki said.

"I don't think Rudy's ever going to get the dust from Ground Zero out of his lungs," Issa said. "He was there during the fall of those towers."

Ridge said he doesn't care for the way Giuliani articulated the statement, but added, "it's typical Rudy."

"It has been rejected by most of his colleagues and his friends, but at the end of the day there's enormous frustration with the presidential leadership or lack thereof," Ridge said. He pointed to how Obama's off-microphone pledge to be more flexible with Russian President Vladimir Putin has led to a Russian incursion into Ukraine, his attempt to get rid of Syrian President Bashar Assad hasn't worked, his pronouncement last year that the Islamic State (ISIS) was a J.V. squad has proved disastrous, and Iranian influence in Baghdad is greater than that of America.

"That's what everybody's concerned about," Ridge said.

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Three Republicans said former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani should not have said President Barack Obama doesn't love America, but they agreed the focus should be on what caused him to say it. Appearing Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, former New York Gov. George...
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