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. Genice

    Juliani is irresponsible! In the wake of Sandy, he said he refused to criticize Mayor Bloomberg but let loose on President Obama claiming the latter had "taken his eye off the ball." The President does not need to be in New York or at the Whtie House to do what he needs to do to ensure that people receive help. Secretary Napolitano and others have been dispatched as well as the National Guard and the Red Cross. Rudy's desperation and irrationality shows. Translation: the Republicans are losing!

    November 3, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  2. johnny b

    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."

    Did Giuliani forget George W Bush? or even Jimmy Carter? What about Ford... he didnt go a lot of good for the economy either. I dont know anything about Nixon but I'm pretty sure his presidency wasnt a remarkable one for the economy. Bush SR had a philosphy of do nothing for the economy and its what Perot ran on and why Clinton one. Anyway my point is the George W Bush, Jimmy Carter, Ford are all ahead in the worst economic president in our lifetimes with Obama tied with Bush SR.

    In order, for best economic president since 1970 would be Clinton, Reagan, Obama-Bush SR(tied), Nixon, Ford, Carter, George W Bush at last place.

    November 3, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  3. daisy

    bah hah haaaa! Rudy Guiliani, the most self-promoting me-me-me person who never created jobs, never turned around an economy from the brink of disaster – HE is telling people the President should resign? BEST LAUGH I'VE HAD IN MONTHS! god bless him, in this crazy election season I am pleasantly surprised that there is a lower level of idiocy than even i suspected, and it at least brings a good bellylaugh! Thx for the article!

    November 3, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  4. SPQR

    Guiliani the Jerry Springer of the Republicans.

    No wonder he didn't get far when he tried in 2008.


    November 3, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  5. Benjamin

    If Bush didn't resign for 9/11 why should Obama resign for "Benghazi"? If Republicans and Fox News had raised this much hell about Bush and all his hesitancy to answer questions and lack of transparency on 9/11, we might have seen his resignation. Seriously, where was the outrage 11 years ago? Bush stalled the creation of the 9/11 commission for 2 years and then testified in private with no recordings, no record, and with Cheney by his side. But that wasn't a problem for Fox, now I have to hear about Benghazi 20,000 times a day. For the record, I'm not even n Obama supporter, I'm just paying attention and this hypocrisy is laughable.

    November 3, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  6. Patchygroundfog

    Looks like Rudy, long a man of honor respected in America, has now joined the ranks of those trading their souls to knowingly back Romney's serial lies and bright future as a felon for financial crimes that include tax evasion and insider trading. Hey, Rudy, just ask Mitt for a quick look at his tax records and investment portfolio. You're going to be sooooo embarrassed ... and to think, you used to love to take on jerkholes like this guy!! Don't forget - the truth will out.

    November 3, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. Phyllis Crosby

    If Obama can't save four great men, four great patriots in Libya, he can't save millions of great patriots in America. Any of our Veterans will tell you that !!

    November 3, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  8. Alfredo

    He sounds like he has a mouth full of pennies. Oh, he's also a joke.

    November 3, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  9. SPQR

    Does this guy Gilligan know.

    Mitt W. Romney invested heavily in manufacturing plants in Communist China ?

    Mitt W. Romney has offshore Bank accounts probably where the Communist pay him for his investment ?

    November 3, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  10. CHUCK

    3,000 Americans died in his city on his watch. What does he say about that?

    November 3, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  11. martin from ohio

    wow censorship at its finest

    November 3, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  12. L. Cupo

    Or impeached.

    November 3, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  13. PoliticalJack78

    Strange how Romnesia tends to pervade the Republican Party these days. 9/11 was a huge intelligence failure, yet the Democratic Party did not ask for a Presidential resignation, nor portray such failings as a reason against then President Bush. It took us 10 years to get 1 man, Bin Laden. It is going to take longer to fix the gross errors in the economy. The job creators, the ultra-wealthy have had a decade of Bush taxes, but rather than invest in American jobs as so fondly portray such as doing. It has not been the case. A tax increase is needed on the wealthy, so the money stays in the US and redistributed to the middle class so they can spend it and it recuperates our system. Enough greed, let's make real progress.

    November 3, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  14. JAE

    America's mayor reduced to...what a shame

    November 3, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. Neil A.

    Rudy Giuliani hit the peak of his credibility in his response to the September 11 attacks; since then he's been in freefall. The Republicans deserve some credit for never seriously considering nominating him for the Presidency. In a way, it's good to have him around, because we know which issues to ignore based on which ones he blusters the most embarrassingly about.

    November 3, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  16. albert

    he must have forgotten that 9/11 happened on his watch.

    November 3, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. Dudeassist

    If this is his philosophy, he and Bush should have resigned after 911!!!

    November 3, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  18. Mark

    Why, oh why, does anyone in the national press take Rudy G seriously?

    November 3, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  19. SNAPPA

    Gee, I don't remember Guliani asking Bush to resign after the worst terrorist attack on his city? Why didn't he ask Bush to resign after failing to stop 9/11? Bush had many, many warnings it was coming yet failed to increase security at the nations airports or ports yet Guliani didn't mention anything about Bush resigning.

    November 3, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  20. Robert

    Giuliani vigorously and unwittingly argues to prove that he has now become a political laughing stock. His incoherent rantings make me distrust his words, while his incoherent and illogical rantings make me trust that he’s lost his mind.

    It seem’s there is an expiration date on spoils of unabashed political exploitation. Those around Giuliani smell it, we all smell it as it continues to fester and rot within the unexplored corners of his long unexplored nationalistic and fascist rhetoric.

    November 3, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  21. ben

    go cheat on your wife again you good catholic. what a has-been

    November 3, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  22. t3chn0ph0b3

    He seems to have forgotten what the Bush presidency did to the economy. Odd.

    November 3, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  23. Work our plan

    Won't be posted I assume

    November 3, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  24. CaliforniaBC

    This guy has fallen a LONG WAY from his great leadership during 9/11.

    November 3, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  25. Daniel

    Where was Rudy Giuliani when Bush F.. up the economy and 911 happend under the republican watch?

    November 3, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
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