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. matt jorgen

    Funny how he blasts Obama for incompetence while 9/11 happened on his watch and he stood by as tons of evidence from Ground Zero was hauled away without an investigation for the citizens of his city.

    November 3, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. ***

    sounds like we should be blaming the british.

    November 3, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  3. Anthony Evans

    Yeah and Bush should have resigned after they didn't find WMD's in Iraq!

    November 3, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  4. MrMcGibblets

    Love it!

    November 3, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  5. matsci2

    What a pompous pinhead Giuliani is. Ever since the Republicans decided he wasn't (and still clearly isn't) worthy of being their presidential nominee, he has been Mr. Bombast just seeking attention for himself. He needs to crawl back into the hole he came out of. Rudy, your 2001 glory is all gone and faded away. Goodbye, and don't let the door hit you on the way out

    November 3, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  6. these2lanes

    What a senile old fool......

    He honestly thinks the world would be sunshine and rainbows if MCCAIN was Pres?? What planet it this m0r0n living on?

    November 3, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  7. ***

    how do we know they aren't just trying to get us into more wars?

    November 3, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  8. Evangelist HR

    Yes it is very sad what happen in Libya, but what about bush and the Republican wacth during 911 on our home turf was you screeming for Bush to quit? no , so stop!

    November 3, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  9. Jasmine

    Sounds like this failed presidential hopeful is awfully bitter. I feel like the only reason he's against Obama is because Bloomberg is for Obama.

    November 3, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  10. seanpnicholas

    The Icon formally known as "Rudy" has now officially devolved into an irrelevant collection of hyperbolic knee-jerks.

    November 3, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  11. JayT

    "Covered up in Libya"? Four ppl dead... seems like we had a LOT more Americans dead during the watch of Guiliani and Bush... IF we want to start blaming elected officials for the actions of crazy extremists...

    November 3, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. Tom

    Do he mention 911? Maybe Bush should of resigned; where is George W anyway? From the people who brought us George W, brings us Rudy & George.

    November 3, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  13. jonathen k

    Bla Bla Bla Libya

    I wonder if this wonderous man ever mentioned to the Ohio residents that Romney plans on placing more troops in the middle east, thus putting them in danger, thus causing more to lose their life...

    Did he mention that I wonder.. if not, perhaps Giuliani should strap a boulder to himself and jump off a bridge considering he's about as useless a human being as one could get.

    November 3, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  14. OA

    this mans an idiot, why didn't anyone tell bush to resign when he staged 9/11 to invade Iraq?

    November 3, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  15. sickened

    you should have resigned from public life years ago rudy

    November 3, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  16. Daniel Lopez

    II wonder who was incompetent when the September 11, 2001 attack killed 3,000 people in NYC.

    November 3, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  17. dave

    mitt romney needs to release his tax returns, whats he got to hide? why would i trust mitt romney with the oval office, when he wont release his tax returns and show transparency to the American people? i dont trust mitt and he will never win!

    November 3, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. George Nana Sarp

    This so called Giuliani, what is he talikng about, please just the trugh and stop critizing Mr Obama he has done bountifully while don"t you talk about the mess George Bush did? You all all bias simply because he is ....and continuid Upon what ever you people will say does not Put mr Romney into Oval Office you talking about.

    November 3, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  19. Joe

    Giulani. Used to respect you. Now you're a tool.

    November 3, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  20. MC

    This sad little clown Giuliani needs to realize his 15 minutes are up. Even Republicans can't stand him.

    November 3, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  21. Derek

    I once greatly respected this man, and that is gone following his comments today.

    November 3, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  22. sarah

    Really Giuliani 🙁 Obama is the worst president ?? I think you forgot the math, because I recall this number 25%, it the approval rating for Bush when he left office..I think that's enough comment from me tonight 🙁

    November 3, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  23. Javi

    Romney all the way. He is offering new ideas, a new vision, a strong economic recovery, and wants to bring coal back in Ohio. Romney all the way!

    November 3, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  24. Courtenay

    Giuliani, stop one likes you, and this late in the game, you're not changing anybody's mind.

    November 3, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  25. jim crow

    shrill and desperation

    November 3, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
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