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SC Gov Nikki Haley: Rudy Giuliani 'Got Offended' by Obama

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley defended both Rudy Giuliani and President Barack Obama after the former New York City mayor's harsh remarks about the president's lack of love for his county raised a flap across both sides of the political aisle, the Washington Post reported.

"Of course he loves his country," Haley told the Post in an interview Saturday.

"Anybody that serves, you can’t not love what you serve. So he absolutely loves his country," Haley, a Republican, said.

But she also sought to add context to what she sees as the broader meaning behind Giuliani's words.

At a private speaking engagement last week, he lashed out against what he views as the president's tepid patriotism. "I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America," Giuliani said, according to the New York Post.

The former mayor later tempered his remarks somewhat as many conservative Republicans have stepped up to say they agree. "President Obama was brought up in an atmosphere in which he was taught to be a critic of America," Giuliani told CNN by phone. "That is a distinction with prior American presidents."

Giuliani also told CNN he'd received death threats, even as he continued to rekindle the same line. "I don't regret making the statement. I believe it," Giuliani told CNN. "I don't know if he loves America. I don't feel the same enthusiasm from him for America."

Haley said Giuliani had "stared evil in the eye" after the Sept. 11 attacks on his city and said his remarks were motivated by the clear line he draws against terrorists and his obvious frustrations — shared by some Americans — that the president had not responded properly to threats against America.

"This is something that’s very personal for him," Haley told the Post of Giuliani. "There’s a deep frustration with the public that here you have something that is so horrible — you’re seeing 21 Christians beheaded, you’re seeing the Jordanian pilot, you’re seeing all these things happen — people want to see anger. They want to see action. They want to see something done."

She added: "We’ve always been a powerhouse. We’ve always been strong. We’ve always set the tone for the world on what to expect. And I think because they’re not seeing that from the president, some people are frustrated, and some people are getting offended. I think that Mayor Giuliani got offended. I think he got personal in what he was saying, but I think that overall he did express the frustrations of the people in this country."

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley defended both Rudy Giuliani and President Barack Obama after the former New York City mayor's harsh remarks about the president's lack of love for his county raised a flap across both sides of the political aisle, the Washington Post...
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