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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–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla