Giuliani: ‘Nothing progressive’ about de Blasio’s ideas

Rudy Giuliani. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said neither the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, nor President Obama, should be considered progressives.

“I’m beginning to really bristle at this progressive label for de Blasio’s programs and Obama’s programs,” Giuliani said during an interview this morning with radio host Geraldo Rivera.

“There is nothing progressive about anything they are recommending," Giuliani said. "It’s all retrogressive. Every idea is 130 years old. ... To tax the rich, to set up class warfare, to try to bring people out of poverty through entitlements is a terrible mistake. That is what Bill Clinton declared in the mid-1990s, you know, ‘Welfare will end as we know it.’ It was ruining people, it was making them dependent. You got to break that cycle.”

Giuliani went on to say, “If I take ideas that are 130 years old, that began with Karl Marx, and I start rekindling them, you can’t call me a progressive.”

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Giuliani was also asked his reaction to the speeches at de Blasio’s Jan. 1 inauguration, which critics said was overly harshly and failed to recognize accomplishments of prior mayors.

Giuliani, who didn't attend the ceremony, laughed and said, “I was glad my name wasn’t mentioned.”