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In Florida, Rudy Giuliani relishes attack dog role for Trump

In this Sept. 12, 2001, photo, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, center, leads New York Gov. George Pataki, left, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., on a tour of the site of the World Trade Center disaster.

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In this Sept. 12, 2001, photo, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, center, leads New York Gov. George Pataki, left, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., on a tour of the site of the World Trade Center disaster.

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America's Mayor has become Donald Trump's No. 1 attack dog.

Rudy Giuliani took to the campaign stage in Ocala on Wednesday and launched into a 10-minute diatribe against Hillary Clinton. "Hillary, we don't want your socialized medicine. Take it and stuff it …" he said, trailing off in a mumble so as to not finish the thought. "I didn't say it. I didn't say it! I suggested it but I didn't say it."

A fixture at Trump rallies, no one has provided more stinging attacks than the former mayor of New York City. He whips the crowd into a lather, even while straying from reality.

"ISIS has told us they are going to send people to Europe and America to come and kill us and she wants open borders," he said, jumping on newly released hacked emails that contained partial speeches Clinton made behind closed doors. In a 2013 speech to Brazilian bankers she said she was for "open trade and open borders."

In the context of immigration policy, Clinton has not advocated for open borders, however, though she supports so-called comprehensive reform that would legalize millions of undocumented residents. Giuliani said the speech is evidence Clinton, who has backtracked on her support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, is a "liar."

The full-throated defense of Trump has made some Republicans uncomfortable, not just for the sharpness of Giuliani's rhetoric but because they don't view Trump as a true conservative.

Two members of Giuliani's 2008 presidential team in Florida — he staked his campaign on winning the state — declined to talk on the record Wednesday. One said it was painful to watch. The other attributed it to a long-running beef with the Clintons.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:30pm]

    

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