November 2nd, 2012
08:51 PM ET
10 years ago

In fiery speech, Giuliani calls on Obama to resign, faults him for Libya

(CNN) - Not long after taking a few seconds of silence for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, Rudy Giuliani began ripping into President Barack Obama on Friday while speaking at major campaign event for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Ohio.

The former New York City mayor delivered a series of blistering zingers against the president, rallying the massive crowd with line after line of reasons why Obama should "resign" and faulting him for "incompetence" over the Libya consulate attacks.

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With new numbers showing the unemployment rate had ticked up to 7.9%, Giuliani said the Obama administration should be "ashamed of themselves" for framing the figure as a positive sign. Giuliani, however, did not mention that 171,000 jobs were added last month–more than economists were expecting.

"He should resign! He told us he would resign if he did this poorly," Giuliani said, referring to a 2009 interview in which Obama vowed to turn the economy around in three years, otherwise there would be a "one-term proposition."

Giuliani continued to fire off: "He lied. He has been a disaster. The worst president for our economy in our lifetime. He doesn't want a second term. He wants a second chance, because he screwed it up the first time."

The former mayor, who also ran for president in 2008, pivoted to Romney's business experience, saying it should be considered a strength and blasted Democrats for making it a target on the campaign trail.

"They tried to humiliate him because of that. You know something, if Governor Romney can have the success for America that he had for Bain Capital, Thank God! Our people would be working again," Giuliani said, referencing Romney's former private equity firm.

Giuliani received perhaps his biggest applause of the night when he focused on the Benghazi consulate attacks, which killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in September. The administration is now investigating why the diplomatic post was not robustly staffed prior to and during the attacks.

The former mayor, a top surrogate for Romney's campaign, argued the violence would not have happened if Sen. John McCain had won the presidential election in 2008.

"Maybe if we had a president who was paying attention, we wouldn't be going through all this investigation of what's being covered up about Libya," he said.

He told the audience they have a chance to "right that wrong" by removing the president from office.

"You know that what happened in Libya is the result, at least, of incompetence," he said.

Giuliani placed the responsibility squarely on the Ohio audience to make the change in the Oval Office.

"You know what stands in his way? You know what's going to stop him? Ohio! You're going to do it," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. heather

    making the deaths poliiical....shame on you repbilcans shame on you

    November 2, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Romney is not gonna win Ohio whoever campaigns for him at this moment. Giuliani, you can return back to New York and start helping New Yorkers who are suffering from Sandy.

    November 2, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. Scott

    The entire Bush Administration should have resign along with all the Republican Leadership around the USA for killing 1000's US Soldiers in a war that they Manufactured. Let's not talk about the way they treated the pele of New Orleans. The Republicans must understand that President Obama has a heart and cares about all people. So, you should have resigned and ask the previous administration to resign. Get a life Guli and know that God got this.

    November 2, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. Gary

    Giuliani still thinks he's relevant? Really? Isn't that a hoot. Call Sarah Rudy. You two can start the "Footnotes of history" chapter in your area.

    November 2, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Expat American

    What a laughable, pathetic display.
    Giuliani is only embarrassing himself.
    It's hard to watch and even harder to stomach.
    You want to look away, but you just can't.

    November 2, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Sharon

    How exactly did Romney create jobs at Bain? Most companies went bankrupt after Bain got thru with them.

    November 2, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Debbie

    LOL I don't know who is more obnoxius: Gingrich, Trump or Giuliani.

    November 2, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Kathy Mills

    Washed up political candidate. Who cares what he says. Hey guys Romney would not even care about you if he was not running for his prize office. Same old Republican bull crap! They always try to find a distracter to see if the voters will take the bait. Don"t take the bait. Vote OBAMA 2012.

    November 2, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. jinx88

    LMAO!! I think you should stay out of the lime light. Did Bush resign after the debacle of WMD werent found? Repukes have a very short memory take Mittens for example. Repukes love to forget their screwups!!

    November 2, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Martha in CF

    Come on Gulianni...You are the last one to spew venom on anyone!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Mittisajoke

    As I have said it before I will say it again. 90% of republicans (maybe thats 2 low) do not care about what happened in Libya. Their mission as it has been shown is that they want a way to get at president Obama. Of course, if they really cared they would be going after Bush and his administration about Iraq, the 3 thousand dead US service members who died FOR the lie of WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. Mr. Giuliani where where you then? Where are you now?

    You jump on something that has not even been investigated. Yet, you are quiet on the thousands of lives that were wasted in IRAQ when there were no WEAPONS.

    As the days pass though, and we learn through about Libya (like we are now from the CIA) we will shut you up and you will go away, hiding and waiting for the next moment so you can jump all over the president who has brought this country back from what you republicans destroyed.

    Obama 2012. Mr. Former governor, quite simply. YOU FAIL. Never again will we fall for it again.

    November 2, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    rudy rudy rudy talk about blame werent u the majyor of N.Y. on 9/11 didnt u get reports of threats on N.Y that u neglected?

    November 2, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Katie

    This is an obvious Hail Mary move by Guiliani that will accomplish nothing to help Romney. Americans are sick and tired of hearing Republicans struggle to create an issue of this non-issue. It's like saying Bush was responsible for 911. It's stupid and irresponsible. It simply further solidifies the current perception that today's Republican party will desperately (abortion fiasco, rape fiasco, storm fiasco) and readily sell their souls to win this, or pretty much any election. Now their arrogance will cost them both the White House AND the majority in the Congress. Nice try Rudy, but your 15 minutes of 911 fame is long over.

    November 2, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Stumping for Mujahedin and Mitt

    Anything for money, right Rudy G.?

    Giuliani recently traveled to Paris to stump for Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). Formerly a militia for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war and later part of Hussein’s awful slaughter of the Kurds in 1991 (the group also murdered six Americans in Iran during the 1970s), MEK claims to have reformed itself (though it seems to retain plenty of cultish qualities such as mandated divorce and celibacy), renounced terrorism, and is opposing the Ahmadinejad regime in Iran. Apparently this is enough for Giuliani, who is accepting payments to assist MEK in being removed from the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization list.

    Rudy is taking money from the known terrorist MEK and trying to buy him an upgrade in the eyes of our nation. He's doing the same thing for Mitt Romney even though he knows that Romney has zero foreign policy experience and will rely on the same inept team of George W. Bush's that sent thousands of Americans to die in Iraq.

    Rudy and Romney: They'll say anything for money, and taking both sides of any and every issue is just not a problem where money is involved.

    November 2, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Yonni

    Here is the glims of Romeny administration
    Paul Ryan: eddie the monster, the architect of the extinction of senior Medicare and Medicaid, the supposedly the brain child of the republican party but his math never add up to a true value
    Dick Cheney: Dick is sorry because he didn’t get a chance to go to war with Iran before now he will have the chance again
    John Bolton Bush united state Ambassador the architect and the defender of Iraq war
    John Sununu The crazy old man
    Rudy Giuliani: No explanation is needed
    Donald Trump:No explanation is needed
    Grover Norquist: the tax master of the Republican Party
    Rush Limbaugh: he will torch Mitt until Mitt bend to his will
    And the Romney himself: He will be happy because he saved himself from taxation but couldn’t make a decision by himself in a given day he will rely with one of the above or any available wing nut at his proximity
    Are ready to go over again with the 8 years of Bush presidency? here is your chance vote Romney.

    November 2, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. John

    Giuliani trying his best to close that 3 point gap in Ohio. The president had 3 stops in Ohio today. And will campaign hard to the end and will still do his job and make sure the East coast recovery is looked after. Giuliani is getting ready for a run in 2016?.Time to get knee deep in the mud with 4 days to go. And the GOP will play dirty.

    November 2, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Reini brannvoll

    I have just. seen Giuliani attacking Obama on CNN. I always believed Giuliani to be a good and clever politician -seen from my place in Europe.Tonight he sounded like a frustrated housewife desperately trying to catch the attention. Geez – I hope he is not representative for how American politicians behave.

    November 2, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. Pondude

    Republicans have long ago stopped istening to Rudy's rants. Democrats simply laugh at him.

    November 2, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Vicki

    Giuliana is a fool. Republicans can act like right wing morons when terrorists attacked and killed four Americans if they want to. The attack did not happen because of President Obama. It is more likely it occurred because of republicans cutting millions from the security of our embassies. That is all the GOP wants to do make cuts, but we have to have reasonable people like President Obama in office to keep republicans from ruining the country with their no taxes for the rich, cut everything else agenda.

    November 2, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. elizabeth

    I wish everyone would stop blaming Mr. Obama, for what happened in Libya. And the Republican's are beating a dead horse, to make it to the finish line. Why, don't you bring out the letter's sent by the Koch Brother's, telling their employee's that if Obama is elected they will be laid off. Or, Mitt Romney writing off half of American People as a waste of his time. His refusal to show his tax record's. Romney, talking about his factory in China, with such deplorable working condition's-but the employee's wouldn't complain, because they need their job's. Hey, we all need our job's. But, I am afraid if Romney is elected, we will all be working for minimum wage. He's heavily into restructuring. Having companies go bankrupt, and then buying those companies for pennies on the dollar. A lot of people don't realize, with your job, you usually have benefit's. If you lose that job you lose your benefits, too. You surely don't want to be working for minimum wage, trying to pay for insurance expenses.

    November 2, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. J Flannigan

    Former city mayor Rudy Giuliani is hypocrite.....I guess he only believes in Americans pulling together when he is not personally involved.....he believes that 100% of the presidents attention should be on helping in New York....but it is Ok for him to go to Ohio to campaign for Romney.....he obviously has nothing to offer New York except hot tainted air

    November 2, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Pat Santos

    I have lost all respect for Rudy Giuliani . He is not the person I thought he was. He should be ashamed of himself. I am sorry for the people that died but I believe President Obama will handle it in the proper way. I don't believe sending military force and another war is the answer. This would finish our economy. What are him and the Romney camp thinking. Do they have any son's we can send over there? Maybe they should get on the front line. I am voting for Obama at least he is not so hot headed.

    November 2, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. ann schmidt

    All Giuliani has done is profit since 9/11. Shame on him. He is a disgrace.

    November 2, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    How sad to see a man who was once thought so highly of, roll in the mud and completely ruin his legacy. He should know better, than almost anyone could, what a fine job our President is doing and that during this time national emergency we deserve better than to have political games played while there are people who are truly in need. I hope that wednesday morning Rudy will find himself without a microphone or an audience; maybe he can use his free time to think about his glory days. It is clear his time of having an idea that is worthwhile are behind him.

    November 2, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. Steve

    Guiliani's only claim to fame is that he was the mayor of NYC when 911 happened. He had a lot of federal help in getting things back in order in that great city after the tragedy, but any other mayor would have done just a good of a job. He is merely trying to neutralize mayor Bloomberg's endorsement of Obama.

    November 2, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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