Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani phoned The Buzz this morning to welcome Hillary Clinton to Tampa Bay and talk up Donald Trump's vision for the economy, and ripped Clinton, Charlie Crist and President Barack Obama.
"Hillary's going to give us more of the same. She's given Obama and A-plus on the economy. She must be an easy grader," Giuliani said, noting that percentage of Americans participating in the jobs market, 62.8 percent, is the lowest since the 1970s.
Trump is scheduled to flesh out his vision for economic growth at a noon speech in Detroit, including cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent to spur investment, temporarily halting new regulations, and eliminating the estate tax.
"Hillary is the bought and paid for candidate of the Washington special interests," said Giuliani, 72, noting that she is widely seen as having reversed herself on supporting the TPP trade deal and Keystone XL pipeline. "The out of control environmentalists have complete control of her. ... Donald will put coal miners back to work, he will support all forms of energy, which includes natural gas, fracking, nuclear power."
Asked about Trump's plan to build a massive wall across the southern border and have Mexico pay for it, the part-time Palm Beach resident said "a wall could be helpful" as part of a program to stop illegal immigration, but he's not up to speed on Mexico paying its part.
"I don't understand the program by which they would pay for it," he said.
Florida was a central part of Giuliani's 2008 presidential primary campaign, and he has said before that then-Republican Gov. Crist broke a promise to endorse him (just as Mitt Romney says Crist broke a promise to stay neutral, right before Crist endorsed John McCain). We wondered what Giuliani thought of Crist now running for Congress as a Democrat.
"He would fit in with Hillary. Hillary is a bigger liar than anybody, and Charlie is more dishonorable that anything. Charlie is a completely dishonorable man, and stands for nothing," Giuliani said. "If Bernie were the nominee, Charlie would probably be running as a socialist."
Crist has denied making any specific promises to Giuliani, but Giuliani said back in 2008 the governor was trying to trade his endorsement for the vice presidency.
"The answer was, 'Nobody's going to make a choice on vice president before you're nominated. And that's illegal,' " Giuliani said of Crist.
--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times
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