This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," August 19, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Tonight, we are following the very latest on the Ground Zero mosque in New York City. Now opposition to the project is growing. And in just a moment you will hear directly from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on this extremely sensitive issue.
But first earlier today Governor David Paterson of New York spoke out again on the matter urging the developers of the project to consider moving the mosque away from Ground Zero.
Take a look.
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GOVERNOR DAVID PATERSON, D-N.Y.: What we would like to do is promote some ethnic and cultural understanding even before the first brick of the building is laid.
And to that end, I've invited them to a dialogue with myself and maybe others who might have some ideas as to how to bring about a solution that would be favorable to everyone.
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HANNITY: And A group of 9/11 families is calling for exactly that. They want the developers to understand how painful this project is for them and they have released this chilling new video.
Take a look.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Lost half our family on 9/11.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When the plane was hijacked, first call came from Peter about quarter to 9. And the last words from him was oh my God, oh my God. And we looked up at the television and we saw the plane hit the building.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This mosque -- it's wrong. It's so wrong.
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HANNITY: And as promised, we are joined now by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as well as Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum who is running for governor of that state.
Gentlemen, welcome come back to the program.
RUDY GIULIANI, FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: Thank you.
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE BILL MCCOLLUM, R-FLA.: Thank you.
HANNITY: All right, Mr. Mayor. Look, you've had some -- some very strong words. You've said they have a right to build here. But you're questioning the judgment. You're pointing out how divisive this is.
Why don't you explain to people why you believe that's the case?
GIULIANI: Well, I mean the reality is, the theory of this mosque, if you can believe them, is they want to do healing. They want to create inclusiveness. And of course, what they are doing by putting it up is offending the people that have been the most hurt by September 11th.
They are creating tremendous anguish for the families who don't deserve any more anguish.
My goodness, I mean, I -- knew many of the people that died, some of them were close friends of mine. I've gotten to know many of those families really, really well. The last thing you would want to do, if you were interested truly in healing, is to create more anguish for them, more pain for them.
The reality is, you can't escape the fact that this attack was done in the name of Islamic extremism.
I understand, you understand, that most Muslims are good people. They don't endorse this kind of activity. But the simple fact is that when the Pope was faced with this issue with Auschwitz where there was a convent right near Auschwitz he had a perfect right to keep the convent there.
The nuns had a perfect right to keep it there. Understanding the anguish that it might cause, he took the convent back and put it somewhere else.
GIULIANI: That's if you're a healer. So they have to decide whether they're healers or warriors. What part of the Quran are they going to emphasize?
And I think Governor Paterson's suggestion here -- I called the governor today. The governor has -- has taken one of the most responsible positions of anyone in saying he'll meet with them and try to find another place for them.
HANNITY: Yes. But what's fascinating is he's now reached out his hand a number of times. Offered perhaps even state land.
Sixty-three percent of New York --
HANNITY: Hardly a Democratic state. Hardly a liberal state, 63 percent of New Yorkers oppose this mosque. And they say this is about healing, why won't they even sit down with the governor of New York?
GIULIANI: Well, they are very close to really allowing us to draw the conclusion that they are not about healing, that they are about division. That they are about making a political statement.
Why you would turn down the offer of Governor Paterson -- a Democrat, a good man. A man who's been involved in racial healing all of his life. He has no ulterior motive here but to try to find a solution.
I don't know. Maybe they don't want to answer questions about where the money is coming from.
HANNITY: Well --