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.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he believes President Barack Obama does not love the United States — or the people in it.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said Wednesday during a private group dinner in Manhattan, Politico reports. “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.”
“Well, first of all, I’m not questioning his patriotism. He’s a patriot, I’m sure,” Giuliani elaborated. “What I’m saying is, in his rhetoric I very rarely hear the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things that I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America. … I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter.”