November 24th, 2007
10:10 AM ET
7 years ago

Romney attacks Giuliani's fiscal record

Romney criticized Giuliani's fiscal record as New York mayor

AMHERST, New Hampshire (CNN)–With rival Rudy Giuliani also spending the weekend in the Granite State, Mitt Romney called the former New York mayor a "friend," but said he said he "left a bit of a problem" in New York City by leaving a three billion dollar deficit.

"Mayor Giuliani is a friend of mine, I think he is a good man, the former Massachusetts governor said. "And I know he did a good job as mayor of New York City, but on spending and fiscal matters, they left a bit of a problem there, because when he came in, there was a budget gap, but when he left, he left a budget gap twice as big as the one he inherited – over three billion dollars."

He also threw a compliment to current New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Mayor Bloomberg has said he's not going to leave a deficit like that to the person who follows him, and by the way, that three billion dollars does not include the cost of 9/11. And so we need to have in my view someone in Washington that will reign in spending and say enough is enough."

Campaigning alongside Romney, were New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, and Romney's son, Craig.

This is the first of five stops Romney will make Saturday. He continues on to Derry, Bow, Goffstown, and Nashua.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Race to '08 • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. scott,manchester NH

    wow...its not everyday you see your own hometown on the news...i'm from Amherst,NH and its never been more clear to me that someone has to be out of their mind to want to put another republican in the white house (or ANY house).
    i am wondering something though (since i cant stomach listening to them)..do ANY of today's republican candid's EVER mention Bush, at all, when talking any good/great accomplishments?
    tell me if thats a stumper.

    November 24, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Walt, Belton, TX

    Romney's like Obama - Unelectable.

    November 24, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. blahblahblah,blah,blah

    they dont tend to mention bush because they are running for president and he isnt. It would be nice if the dems figured that out.

    November 24, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. LR,Phila.,PA

    Romney, Giuliani, good friends. Great! They can take a hike together!

    November 24, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Tim, Minneapolis, MN

    I can't tell the difference between Romney and Rudy anyway. They both have an aura of dishonesty about themselves. The only republican or candidate for that matter, that I trust is Ron Paul.

    November 24, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Giuliani was the one who murdered the line-item veto, the one tool the President had to cut out pork barrel, and why did he do it, because he wanted to raise taxes for social programs in NYC. He needs to be called on his fiscal record, and for the large deficit he left Bloomberg with.

    November 24, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. JD Rugby ND

    "Mayor Giuliani is a friend of mine, I think he is a good man," the former Massachusetts governor said.
    OK, Romney's race is over. Birds of a feather flock together.

    November 24, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Matt, Paris, Illinois

    Well, Walt, you don't seem to know very much (given you're from Texas, that's not surprising). Most of the polls demonstrate that Obama is the most electable Democrat in the field, as he beats every Republican given a general election scenario.

    I guess the 'Pubs must be "super-unelectable" then, right?

    November 24, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  9. Liberal Chic

    That's so funny Romney gave a nod to Bloomberg. I like both men, but I do bet that they know each other very well, both being self-made RICH men from the same industries. I suppose there's nothing wrong with that.

    November 25, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. Pink Elephant, Boston, MA

    Well I can tell you that as a Massachusetts Republican, I would vote for almost any other candidate, Democrat or Republican, over Mitt Romney. I am against him because of:
    (a) his unconstitutional health care reform
    (b) his severe mishandling of the disasterous "Big Dig"
    (c) his poor judgement on almost all of his appointments
    (d) the insane amount of fees he forced upon MA citizens
    (e) the insane amount of state taxes I had to pay
    (f) his corrupt corporate campaign
    (g) he will say anything to get elected, even if he contradicts himself a million times over...the only reason he could win a governorship in MA is if he claimed to be proabortion, progaymarriage, antigun...now the only way he can get the Repub nomination for the presidency is if he says the opposite
    (h) he only ran for Governor so that he could run for the White House
    (i) he brings nothing to the table. America needs change and reform, hope and unity. How will Mitt Romney bring that to America? He won't!

    November 26, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Tom Dedham, Mass

    (a) his unconstitutional health care reform – Why is it unconstitutional?

    (b) his severe mishandling of the disasterous "Big Dig" – are you serious? He tried getting more money BACK from the contractors, tried to merge the agencies to cut FAT, and when the ceiling collapsed (DUE TO FAULTY WORKMANSHIP AND PRODUCT) he learned the design overnight and while all of the ribbon cutting glory hound Democrats were nowhere to be found, he took charge RIGHT AWAY. The Democratic governor is finding out right now how even as a Democrat, how things DON'T get done in Mass.

    (c) his poor judgement on almost all of his appointments – One judge who was voted in by an independent panel 7-0 and won awards for being strong for VICTIMS screws up and it's his fault?

    (d) the insane amount of fees he forced upon MA citizens – most of the fees were against businesses that for too long have been getting a pass, some were user fees for regular folks.

    (e) the insane amount of state taxes I had to pay – Have your property taxes gone down as the Democratic Governor promised........

    (f) his corrupt corporate campaign – do tell?

    (g) he will say anything to get elected, even if he contradicts himself a million times over…the only reason he could win a governorship in MA is if he claimed to be proabortion, progaymarriage, antigun…now the only way he can get the Repub nomination for the presidency is if he says the opposite – All of the current candidates can be found saying one thing at one time or another. The ones you need to watch out for are the ones who change poll to poll, or debate to debate (see Hillary), if someone changes over a period of years, I am ok with that.

    (h) he only ran for Governor so that he could run for the White House – Gee, nobody ever has done that in my state – see Kerry (who missed vote after vote), Kennedy, Dukakis (as Governor we NEVER heard bleep about him doing the same thing, NEVER), Tsongas (see Kerry) and we never heard bleep about these oh, so progressives missing votes or shirking their duties.

    (i) he brings nothing to the table. America needs change and reform, hope and unity. How will Mitt Romney bring that to America? He won't!

    Nothing to the table?, saved the Olympics, successfully has run many a business, married to one woman faithfully, served as Governor while getting some reforms done and he at least tried to break the patronage laden grip these hacks have on this state.

    Unity, let me see, he reached across the aisle to get HEALTHCARE passed.

    How is that Democrat Deval Patrick (that I just know you voted for) that PROMISED everything and even with fellow Democrats on his side DOING? He has done NOTHING.

    He would bring fresh ideas as he is NOT an insider, as for you claiming to be a Republican.........

    November 26, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |

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