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Larry Kudlow on Giuliani Flap: I'd Invite Him to Speak Again

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 07:57 PM

Top economist Larry Kudlow — whose invitation to Rudy Giuliani to address a dinner for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker resulted in the ex-New York City mayor proclaiming President Barack Obama doesn't love America — says if he could do it all over again, he'd still give Giuliani the floor.

"Yes, I would've — out of my very long friendship with Rudy and my respect for him," Kudlow, a CNBC senior contributor, said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Look, Rudy Giuliani, in his bones, remains part of 9/11 … here in New York City. Rudy was a hero. Rudy didn't cover this from City Hall. He was down there at Ground Zero.

"President Obama likes to have it both ways. Sometimes the president says 'I'm for America and America is exceptional'. Many other times, the president has criticized and bombarded America with its so-called mistakes. You can't have it both ways."

Kudlow moderated last week's event at New York City's "21 Club" for Walker, a potential 2016 GOP candidate, to meet with potential supporters. It was sponsored by billionaire supermarket tycoon and former GOP New York mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis.

Giuliani, invited by Kudlow to say a few words to the 50 guests, sparked a furor when he said he thinks Obama's policy decisions and public remarks about terrorists shows he "doesn't love you, and he doesn't love me," and most of all, he doesn't think the president "loves America."

But Kudlow defended Rudy's appearance.

"Rudy, as I say in his bones, in his blood, will not accept a partial endorsement of America. He won't. I get that," Kudlow said.

"That was not part of our dinner, but if I had to do it over again, the answer is yes, I would've recognized him and I always come him America's mayor. I'm the guy who coined that phrase on TV years ago and I said America's mayor."

Kudlow, who hosts the syndicated radio program "The Larry Kudlow Show," also defended Walker, who got in hot water when he told reporters who asked him about Giuliani's comments that he didn't know himself if Obama loved America.

"With respect to Scott Walker … [he] withheld any opinion about whether the president is pro-American or patriotic or whatever, and then somebody from the Washington Post asked … does Scott Walker think that Obama's a Christian?" Kudlow said.

"I didn't even know where that came from. I frankly felt that Walker handled it very well. This was not his story, he did not make these allegations, and there's no reason for him to comment on that.

"He has not directly sat down with President Obama, as Scott said, and if Gov. Walker has not sat down with President Obama, then why should he have to comment on it? That was not the point. He was at our dinner in New York City to talk about his views on the economy."

He said Walker discussed how to grow the economy at 4 percent instead of the current 2 percent.

"He adopted a Ronald Reagan, lower flat tax rate policy. He adopted a strong limitation of government policy, a strong, curbed-union policy, and a strong deregulation policy. That's what he was there to talk about," Kudlow said.

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Top economist Larry Kudlow — whose invitation to Rudy Giuliani to address a dinner for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker resulted in the ex-New York City mayor proclaiming President Barack Obama doesn't love America — says if he could do it all over again, he'd still give Giuliani the floor.
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