Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
By BRIAN TUMULTY, Gannett Washington Bureau
TAMPA, Fla. - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani bashed President Barack Obama's record this morning while commending Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for working well with the Republican-controlled New York state Senate.
Giuliani, speaking to New York delegates attending the Republican National Convention, drew distinctions between the two Democrats.
"Gov. Cuomo has proven to be someone we can work with,'' he said.
Giuliani also said it's crucial for Republicans to keep majority control of the state Senate in the November election, because "you need that balance."
He commended Obama for the mission that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden last year, but said that success turned into "a terrible mistake'' when intelligence about the operation was released, giving terrorists information on what the U.S. knows about them.
Giuliani also said Iran's leaders don't take seriously U.S. warnings about the country's development of enriched uranium for possible use in nuclear weapons. He said GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would change that if elected.
"They have to believe we might attack them,'' Giuliani said of Iran. "Mitt Romney can create that feeling.''
After his speech, Giuliani elaborated on his comments about Cuomo.
"I think we had over the first two years of Cuomo's administration a pretty good relationship, given what you see in Washington and other places,'' he said. "I obviously would prefer a governor that was more in favor of the private sector. Not as dominated by some of the Democratic special interests.''
Giuliani said Cuomo compares favorably to Democratic Govs. Martin O'Malley of Maryland and Daniel Malloy of Connecticut, whom he described as "falling-off-the-charts left wing.''
"I think there has been a pretty good balance,'' he said. "I think we want to keep that balance. I think a Republican Senate in essence keeps a Democratic majority honest rather than (letting it) do anything it wants to do.''