Giuliani: Cruz owes New York an apology
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Rudy Giuliani on Friday said Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE should apologize to New York City for attacking its "values" in the presidential race.

"After all we have been through as a city and as one undivided nation, to have a United States senator running for President paint New York as a city consumed with greed, sin and media obsession is shocking," Giuiani, who has not made an endorsement in the 2016 race, wrote in the New York Daily News.

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"Sen. Ted Cruz should apologize to the people of New York for his remarks and to the people of the United States for his crass attempt to divide us.” 

Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City who made an unsuccessful run for the White House in 2008, joins a growing list of figures pushing back against the Texas senator. 

Cruz this week said Republican voters should reject Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE and the “New York values” he embodies, such as support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Even Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPaltry wage gains, rising deficits two key tax reform concerns Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference MORE backed Trump on Friday, tweeting that “New Yorkers value hard work, diversity, tolerance, resilience, and building better lives for our families.”

A spokeswoman for the senator defended the statement on Friday, saying the country must not become like liberal Manhattan. 

Trump rebuked Cruz for the attack during the GOP debate on Thursday while recalling how his home city responded to the 9/11 attacks.

"When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York," Trump said.

Giuliani, who was mayor at the time of the attacks, said New York should be proud of Trump, who delivered a “strong, truthful and eloquent defense of our great city and nation.”