CLEVELAND – While the Illinois delegation was struggling to unify over bacon and eggs this morning, just one floor away in the same hotel former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was feeding the Arkansas delegation some political red meat.
He’s a leader in the Republican Party. He spoke at this year's convention, delivering a fist-pounding speech. He ran for president himself in 2008. When Rudy Giuliani speaks - especially in a room full of republicans - people listen.
"We're going to get to reform government. Do you know how exciting that is?” Giuliani told the Arkansas delegation, encouraging them to get behind trump.
As he exited the room of supporters, Giuliani offered his own take on last night's "boo's" for ted Cruz that echoed throughout the convention.
"He promised to endorse the winner of the primary and he didn't. I would consider that a major character flaw and one that would disqualify him from ever running for president,” Giuliani said. But he didn't stop there.
"What this demonstrated to the American public is that this man will never be a candidate in the Republican Party because he cannot be trusted," Giuliani said.
Before the mayor slipped off to speak to the New York delegation, he addressed Chicago’s problems of guns, cops and violence in the streets, referring to Chicago as a “shooting gallery.”
"Chicago has three-and-a-half times the murder rate of New York and we both have the same gun control laws, which is the single biggest thing people can learn about gun control: gun control does not control crime,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani claims he and Michael Bloomberg, his successor, brought crime down by 85%.
“It’s about motivating your police and having their back. And letting them know that if you are proactive and get in trouble, you're not going to be the first person to get on the train to throw them under the bus,” Giuliani said.
When asked whether he would have invited Ted Cruz to speak if he were the Republican nominee this year, Giuliani only chuckled and walked away.