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September 11th, 2012
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Fmr. NYC Mayor Giuliani 'upset' 9/11 memorial isn't finished, says Romney in 'good shape' despite convention bounce for Obama

This morning on "Starting Point," fmr. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani reflects on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and weighs in on whether marking the anniversary has changed in significance over the years. .

"It's only natural that as time goes by, it might not be as long or it might not be as intense, I mean people have to move on with their lives and they do," Giuliani says. "But I think there always has to be a remembrance of what happened on this day forever and certainly now, because it's not over yet. I mean, this is not a memorial, really. Pearl Harbor is a memorial. This is an ongoing war against us by Islamic extremist terrorists who want to come here this very day and do exactly the same thing they did 11 years ago and what they did in 1993. We're fortunate that we've stopped about 40 of these attacks. Meaning the government stopped 40 of these attacks, most of it by really good work, and every once in awhile by just dumb luck like the attack in Detroit at Christmas Day two years ago."

Giuliani also weighs in on the delay of the completion of the memorial. “I'm upset that the memorial isn't done yet...I hope it gets done. Somebody's got to feel a sense of urgency about this. I do. I was here. I saw it happen. I have a sense of urgency about it. I wish everybody else that's involved in this would have that same sense.”

On the teacher strike in Chicago, Giuliani adds, “[Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s] bargaining for exactly the right things. He's asking to be able to evaluate, if there's a difference between good teachers and bad teachers. That seems almost common sense in 21st Century America. Why teachers should be worried about having their managers evaluate them. Every worker in America has their managers evaluate them. Every professional does. So I think he's - what he's trying to do is to try to get that whole union turned around to worrying about the children. Not worrying about themselves and how they're going to be evaluated…. I hope he wins.”

Giuliani also weighed in on the latest CNN-ORC poll numbers, showing President Obama received a slight 'bounce' after the political conventions.

"I think Mitt Romney is in good shape. I mean, the fact is, most important thing that happened last week, not all the speeches, it was the fact that our unemployment rate is still over 8 percent. The number of people off the rolls is catastrophic, 368,000 people and this is the 43rd month that President Obama has given us eight-plus percent unemployment. He wants a second chance. I don't think they're going to give him a second chance to screw up our economy as badly as he did the first time," he says.

Filed under: 2012 Race • 9/11 anniversary
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