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Olesia Plokhii

Olesia Plokhii

Posted: September 24, 2010 09:01 AM

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani blasted President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for having a "vision" of "social democracy" as opposed to a "private economy" in upstate New York Wednesday and accused the Democrats of wanting to "crush" small businesses.

Giuliani, speaking from a swank Cooperstown, NY hotel, took center stage during an endorsement event for Republican nominee Richard Hanna, a businessman running to unseat Democrat Michael Arcuri in New York's 24th Congressional district.

The former mayor's remarks were as laced with anti-Democratic sentiment as they were with support for Hanna, who stuck to free-market and small business incentive talking points.

Giuliani took a more sweeping approach and lashed out against Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The former mayor said the "leftward avalanche" has to be stopped.

More than Obama or Reid, Giuliani jabbed at Pelosi, going so far as to say that in addition to his endorsing Hanna because he is a fiscal conservative, he also supports him because he's sick of seeing Pelosi dominate the Sunday morning tube.

"And then there's another reason I'm supporting him," Giuliani said as he turned to grin at Hanna. "I don't want to see Nancy Pelosi on television on Sunday mornings anymore."

"I'm getting tired of listening to her, I'm getting tired of the very, very severe leftward swing of our government."

Giuliani called this the "worst anti-business" and "anti-small business" climate the country has ever seen and accused the administration of wanting to crush small business with the healthcare bill.

"One party rule is always bad, " he said.

Hanna said he has not spoken to Carl Paladino, the controversial Republican nominee for governor in New York, and said he doesn't usually seek endorsements.

He was quick to point out that he was "thrilled" to have the former mayor's endorsement.

See video of the event below: