Giuliani hits the airwaves to defend Trump

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani drew the short straw Sunday, hitting a string of news shows to defend embattled Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

No easy task, given the fact that dozens of Republicans are calling on Trump to exit the race after release of a tape in which the New York businessman can be heard making crude remarks about groping women.

"He's ashamed of himself and he's embarrassed," Giuliani told ABC's This Week; the former New York City mayor himself called the tape "horrible" and "reprehensible."

Giuliani also stressed that Trump made these and other comments years ago, before he became a candidate for president, and that the Republican nominee wants to get back to the issues of the election, starting with Sunday's debate against Hillary Clinton.

"That election is going to determine whether we have higher taxes or lower taxes," Giuliani told ABC. "It's going to determine how we deal with this rising crime."

A number of Republicans, however, are trying to cut ties with their presidential nominee.

"If anyone spoke to my wife or my daughter or my mother or any of my five sisters the way Mr. Trump has spoken to women, I wouldn't hire that person," said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Giuliani said he understands why party colleagues are shocked, but added that Republicans should stick together in a common bid to defeat Clinton: "So he said some very bad things 10 or 12 years ago. He's apologized for it. And it seems to me ... we should move on."

Giuliani also found himself explaining why he had to replace Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who pulled the plug on Sunday show appearances amid the political crisis.

Conway is just as willing to defend Trump at this point, Giuliani said on NBC's Meet The Press: "I was with Kellyanne all day yesterday, she could just as easily have been on as me."



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