Critics slam mainstream media coverage of Christie, RNC

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighs in


This is a rush transcript from "Your World," August 29, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Now to the aforementioned good mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, who is also is very good at avoiding me, but he did so with a certain Italian elegance.

It's good to have you.

Mayor, you know, I am watching the Christie speech last night, I get to my room very late and evening, and I am watching all the network coverage of it, and I wondered, were they in the same room as I was in? I say this as someone who was at the 1984 Democratic Convention and was blown away by then Governor Cuomo's speech.


CAVUTO: So I know what goes into a good speech.


CAVUTO: And it has to espouse the virtues and spirit of that convention. Barack Obama did that for the ticket in that year.

GIULIANI: Right. Right.

CAVUTO: So they are bashing it. They're saying it is race-baiting. It is trivializing issues.

What is the deal?

GIULIANI: Well, I don't think Chris could win, at least not with the liberal media, I think no matter what -- if he had gone up and given a speech which would have been the more traditional keynote speech to rip Obama apart, then he would be a mean New Jersey bully.

CAVUTO: Can't win.

GIULIANI: He actually gave a very measured, very philosophical speech laying out the differences in theory and thinking between the Obama administration and the Romney-Ryan ticket.

It was humorous and it was inspiring. It laid out a very, very good theme for this convention that I think they will follow up on. And now he is criticized for not mentioning Romney for the first 16 minutes. But don't you think the Romney people read the speech beforehand?

CAVUTO: Sure they did.

GIULIANI: I gave the keynote speech four years ago. John McCain's people read my speech beforehand. And they made recommendations and they asked me to take things out.

CAVUTO: Did they ever say mention us up closer?

GIULIANI: No, but if I hadn't, they would sure as heck said it to me. You need to mention John or mention him a little earlier.

CAVUTO: Right.

GIULIANI: The Bush people, I gave a speech at the Republican Convention in New York in 2004.

And we worked on that speech for about three weeks with the Bush people. Of course, Chris did the same thing with Romney people. The Romney people wanted him to lay out his experience to show it can be done.

The president is a whiner. The president: I cannot accomplish that. I cannot -- it's the Republicans in the House that have stopped me. Well, Chris Christie faced a Democratic majority that he had to deal with in New Jersey. He had to get them to do things they had never done before. And he got it done because he is an effective leader. He was laying out his record against Obama's record and saying if I can do it, you can do it in Washington.

CAVUTO: As soon as he said, we shouldn't aim for love, we should aim for respect, and I remember almost hearing the same thing verbatim out of you, and the argument here is it is not about a popularity contest, that once people have the respect and know that they can, they know you have their interests at heart and you are not trying to patronize them, you are on your way.

That was a message you were saying.

GIULIANI: Exactly right.

CAVUTO: That was your message. It was how you worked in a very Democratic city and ruled the city.

Why is that trivialized or bashed by the mainstream media?

GIULIANI: Only because he is a Republican. They don't like his message. They don't like what he is trying to do and they certainly do not want to see Romney win. They got to tear down something.

They could not really tear down Mrs. Romney's speech. It was -- first of all, it would have been insensitive to attack her. Second, she gave a great speech. It would have been hard to attack her. So they pick on Chris, who is a target.

But I thought he gave a great speech and he accomplished exactly what he had to do. I think the delegates in the convention loved it.

CAVUTO: I think we have got -- anything that looks good for Italian-Americans is a day we should be celebrating.


CAVUTO: Mayor, thank you very, very much. Very good to see you.

GIULIANI: Good job, Neil.

CAVUTO: America's mayor, taken us through some really horrific times, fortunately never to relive those days.

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