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. jon Sun

    he dose not help new Yorker, come here for what.

    November 3, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  2. AgrippaMT

    If we're all lucky, Rudy Guiliani will commit suicide within a couple of days after next week's election when it has been confirmed that Romney and the Republicans have lost bigtime. Stay tuned.

    November 3, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  3. john

    The former mayor himself is a failure and needs to look at what he himself didn't do before he points fingers.

    November 3, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  4. De

    Yawn!!!!! Goodnight guys

    November 3, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  5. alex s

    its funny if Jon macain were elected Benghazi would never have happened. does that mean if gore were elected would 911 never have happened???

    November 3, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  6. i_know_everything

    shame on Republicans for politicizing coffins of our heroes

    November 3, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  7. skarphace

    I can just imagine the reaction of partisans such as Rudy if something like 9/11 had happened on Obama's watch. There would have been no coming together as a country, no working towards a common goal, no cooperation just blame. Obama is going to get 4 more years and it is partisans such as Rudy that need to go home if we are going to keep moving this country in the right direction.

    It is cooperation that we require from our Congress, not obstruction. Not any more.

    November 3, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  8. AJ

    Rudy Giuliani & Co somehow imagine the worldwide audience are gullible to their political antics. His "rant" on Piers Morgan today ( didnt have the decency to wait for a reply – is an example of the sheer arrogance and reflective of a long shadow cast worldwide by poor American Leadership image in the Bush era (Without Hesitation by General Hugh Shelton is validation). Didnt see Pres Bush stand up to any accountability for security intelligence lapses for 9/11. Rudy please "stop preaching water and drinking wine".U did well during 9/11 peroid. Now u are losing the plot.Society respects you for what u have done in the past and your character of how u behave in the present. Let wisdom prevail Rudy!!
    Bush era created "fear & seize mentality' in my American brothers & sisters and clocked up the deficits – 66% of today's deficit contributed by all the "Bush fires". Another year of Bush & America would have been in recession & financial meltdown. Democrats have been honourable – they didnt play the partisan card during 9/11. Successful response to that was because you stood as Americans.
    Pres BO's crime seems to be – he didnt have a large enough 'waste disposal' mechanism to clean up 8 years of inept management in 4 years & create the 'desired' growth.Not surprising given the RP's version of 'justice & intergrity'. Because RP had an agenda -" make BO a 1 term Pres- caused the stale mate in Congress. A willingness to ditch the American public; (willingness to cut your nose to spite your face). Is this the "Change" that Mitt is talking about?
    Pres BO has proved his qualities as C in C during "Sandy". Still not good enough. Now paint Gov. Christie as an underground "Democrat" or is it ploy to find a 'victim' to blame when Mitt loses.Let Monday be the judge.
    Remember friends what made American great was "American values" not "Dreams". Simply put one man's dream can be another man's nightmare – isnt that the message worldwide to all extremists in our society. Mutual respect is the order of the day in the global village. For all her positive contribution I pray mother America will make the right choice on Monday.
    Meanwhile our hearts and prayers to victims of "Sandy".

    November 3, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  9. Bruce

    I am so glad that not all of us a stupid as Giuliani. What I think he should have said was for Governor Matt Romney to quit for all the lies he has told durning this election.

    November 3, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  10. MrJaz

    Where was he to tell Bush to resign over Iraq?

    November 3, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. Alice Dahl

    I don't think there is anything President Obama could do that would please some people. Guiliana is one of those people. He looked ridiculous making that speech. If the answer was given to him, he would jump right into something else to prove Obama is incompetent. I for one am tired of this. Benghazi has been politicized way too long now.

    November 3, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  12. Practical American

    On September 10, 2001, Rudy Giuliani was the most disliked man in the City of New York. If he thinks Obama should resign over Libya, then Mr. Giuliani should go to jail for 9/11.

    November 3, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. 3daunderdog

    Dear Rudy, You really are a "has been." Your envy for something that was never in your grasp is evident. You are a sad man Rudy. Please stiffle. You embarass me man.

    November 3, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  14. Romney

    Finally! Liar and pathetic president! Go back to Kenya, I mean Chicago!

    November 3, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  15. Nodack

    'He has been a disaster. The worst president for our economy in our lifetime.'

    It was the Republicans and a Republican President that destroyed the economy, not Obama. You guys were the worst of all time Guliani. Obama failed to clean up your mess fast enough for you? Maybe if you guys tried helping him instead of trying tatio him from turning around he economy things might be different you POS.

    November 3, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  16. adinfinitum7

    Poor old Giuliani. He sounds like he really is losing it. You know breaking a promise is when you say "I promise to drive you to school son" and then you don't show up. But if the son says "Dad, I'll get A's this year" and then gets a couple of B's from a teacher who can't teach, that's unfortunate but it is not a lie. That bad teacher is the obstructionist Republican House. You cannot judge Obama's record as if he had free reign and failed – he did not. The only lie was the promise of the elected members who put defeating Obama ahead of the people's needs.

    November 3, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  17. Erick

    Rudy will hurt Romney vote that will help Obama advantage to win the election. Rudy is shameful.

    November 3, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  18. connieb

    I lost all respect for this man in 2008 at the Republican convention. Your 15 minutes is over rudy

    November 3, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  19. Dan

    What a crock. Rudy, you used to be one of the normal Republicans... but now you drank the Tea Party cool aid and make one outrageous comment after another. How anyone can suggest Obama resign, but not demand that Cheney and Bush Jr. not be held accountable for WAR CRIMES is not only being silly but obviously partisan. Rudy, you had your fame, now go and retire quietly and with some still small shred of decency.

    November 3, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  20. Bob

    Giuliani is just demonstrating that he is a total clown.

    November 3, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. YWalk

    Rudy, you were a smart man before you ran for the highest office – but something happened

    November 3, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  22. Walter Champion

    It's amazing the things people say about our President! Now Bush was a straight bum, yet no one went to the extremes that these politicians have!
    I know alot of this is racially motivated. If our President was white, most of the negative information that has been put out there, wouldn't have never been said. Lets face it

    November 3, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  23. BobbT

    Giuliani is a disgrace. When Obama misleads us into a war and kills hundreds of thousands of people, then we'll talk about resigning.

    November 3, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  24. LeeAT

    These guys have no shame. I can't wait until this election is over. I am so fed up with all of the negative campaigning from both sides. It's just rediculous.

    November 3, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  25. nelson origa

    yeah, mention 7.9 unemployment but conveniently leave 171000 jobs added. much higher than economists expected. talk of double talk. With this kind of lies, Obama will win this thing hands down!

    November 3, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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