In response to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love America,” a new HuffPost/YouGov poll posed that same question to Americans of different ages, genders and political parties. The results show that Giuliani is far from alone in his beliefs. When asked if Obama loves America, 85% of Democrats said “yes,” 42% of Independents said “yes,” but 69% of Republicans said “no.”
Here is how the different Republican 2016 candidates responded to Giuliani’s assertion that Barack Obama doesn’t love his country, according to NBC News.
Bush: “Governor Bush doesn’t question President Obama’s motives. He does question President Obama’s disastrous policies.” – per Bush’s spokeswoman
Graham: “I have no doubt that he loves his country. I have no doubt that he’s a patriot. But his primary job as president of the United States is to defend this country and he’s failing miserably.” – to ABC
Jindal: “The gist of what Mayor Giuliani said — that the President has shown himself to be completely unable to speak the truth about the nature of the threats from these terrorists – is true,” Jindal said in a statement. “If you are looking for someone to condemn the mayor, look elsewhere.”
Paul: “I think it’s a mistake to question people’s motives. It’s one thing to disagree on policy.”
Rubio: “Democrats aren’t asked to answer every time Joe Biden says something embarrassing. So I don’t know why I should answer every time a Republican does. I will suffice it to say that I believe the president loves America. I just think his ideas are bad.
Walker: “Yeah, I mean, the mayor can speak for himself. I’m not going to comment on whether — what the president thinks or not. He can speak for himself as well. I’ll tell you, I love America.” – to CNBC.
Right-wing radio talk show host Glenn Beck isn’t a big fan of possible presidential contender Mike Huckabee.
Back in 2011, Huckabee spoke in favor of Michelle Obama‘s child obesity programs, leading Beck to attack him for being a progressive.
Huckabee fired back and Beck retorted by claiming the ex-Fox host is using a left-wing talking point.