July 22nd, 2009
04:58 PM ET
14 years ago

Giuliani: Obama presidency 'much worse than I thought'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that President Obama's presidency so far has been "much worse" and "much further to the left" than he had initially expected.

Specifically going after the stimulus plan, the former New York City mayor said most of the money "has been spent for political priorities." He also criticized Obama for bailing out General Motors, saying that in his "worst fears of the Obama administration," he never thought the president would "nationalize" the auto industry.

"It was a massive, unprecedented kind of Christmas tree of Democratic programs that were being supported," Giuliani said in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "It was a spending at a level at which I've never seen before. I think what he has added to the debt is catastrophic. I think it will create enormous burdens for our children. And I think it creates the real risk of inflation."

Giuliani also said that Obama's health care plan could have a "destructive impact on the American system as we know it." In a speech to the American Enterprise Institute earlier on Wednesday, Giuliani reportedly suggested that Republicans back down and let the Democrats figure out the specifics.

"I think we should allow the Democrats to battle it out without getting too involved in their battle, because then when we get involved, the media realizes, or at least a big portion of the media realizes, they hate us more and then we become the target," Giuliani said, according to HuffingtonPost.com. "So, if we let them battle it must be something really wrong if Democrats are disagreeing."

Filed under: President Obama • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Thomas/NM

    Lets be honest if you claim this recession is Bushes fault, then by the same logic then 9/11 was Clintons fault.

    July 22, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Rafael VA

    Rudy 2012

    July 22, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Eric Jack

    Why does this political hack get a form to spew his baseless ideology. He is a disgrace to himself, his party, his ethics, his morals ... please you are not relevant to ANY of the millions of Americans and their day to day lives! Please exit. You've never been correct on any topic nor can you speak on any topic... Rudi you are pathetic!

    July 22, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Bigmama

    this is what I dont get?? EVERYONE IS stepping up to say SOMETHIN bad about President OBAMA But BUSH was wayyyyyyyyyy WORST and did more WRONG stuff then our current president has done and yet I STILL DONT here any GREAT IDEALS from the REPUBLICANS and RUDY is a JOKE! does anyone really listen to what he has to say... GIVE ME A BREAK!

    July 22, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Steve

    So how is your world doing under the rug Rudy? We are all out here paying for what probably started in NY and our children are effected only because you did not warn us of this! The biggest stuff was happening on your watch knowing it all along and did nothing! How much did you profit from it all?

    July 22, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. mark

    Rudy is one of the BIGGEST hypocrites in the REPUB party. He is so full of gas I can smell it in California. GO AWAY RUDY. You are a CLOWN.

    July 22, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Nat

    We, New Yorkers, know what Giuliani did for us. He was perfect for his job during a very difficult time. If after 6 months in the office our President forgot about his promises about accountability and transparency, we, the people, were lied to. What about his pushing for voting on bills without reading it first. Who in the world can read 1000 pages of legal documents in two days?

    July 22, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Kat

    I love Rudy!

    July 23, 2009 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
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