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. mojokids

    So, Giuliani fills his speech's with lies just like Romney

    November 3, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  2. Jim Trotter

    Obama is a snake oil salesman! In the Western states in the late 1800's, Men would travel an area in a covered wagon, selling bottled Cures for what ails You! Generally it was bottled booze with a little flavoring, but no real cure. This is Obama. He's just selling his own brand of Snake Oil, but without a real cure! How sad that so many enjoy the taste of his Snake Oil!

    November 3, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  3. Name

    What about the 3,000 people that died when he and bush were in charge and on American soil none the less? Quit acting like one can prevent every tragedy.

    November 3, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  4. Mark in Omaha

    Rudy, you've joined the ranks of the insignificant...go away

    November 3, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  5. DONNA

    To this day I am amazed at how the Republicans can point fingers at a Democrate in office who was handed a country that was driven to the ground by decades of mostly Republican rule. It will take years for us to recover no matter who is the president.

    November 3, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  6. Right on

    Speak the truth rudy.

    November 3, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  7. whleshak

    Ok – so now that Guliani has gotten his wads of money for 911, he's right back to his true hateful self.

    November 3, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  8. joe the real

    When did Giuliani learn how to say something else, beside a subject a verb and 9/11...
    Giuliani, go to sleep...
    Giuliani walked off Pierce Morgan Show like he was a badass while debating a well respected General.. Real American who has made sacrifices for this Country by wearing the Uniforms.. while these Rich MF bla blaaaaa

    November 3, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. penni lee

    I am sorry, but how is he relevant, again? The main has been out of politics for years. Besides his family, does anyone listen to him? No and you know why? Because they can change the channel. Go AWAY!

    November 3, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  10. Johntheman

    That's it Julie boy blame this president for all the evils of the world. Like there has been any president before Obama that has stopped an embassy attack. And to tell folks that Roment would turn the econmy around, well sure he would because not a single middle income person in the U.S. would have a job because Romeny would bankrupt all the fortune five hindred companies and we would all be serving up hash to him and his millionare cronies !!!

    November 3, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  11. newstime202

    Unbelievable! I guess I used to think of Giuliani as more of a moderate. But after reading this article, he's definitely moved all the way to the far right. This means he's dangerous to the future of this country. Does he really think Obama has done a bad job with the economy? Obama's first term has been a fix-it-job, not a growth job. If Obama hadn't done what he did, we would have 15% to 20% national unemployment. The rationale is that major companies, like AIG & GM, etc., would have gone out of business causing major losses in jobs. Then the ripple effects on mid-sized business like parts suppliers for GM, which would cause their sales to suffer and force them to lay off employees. Then the ripple effects on other businesses (and small business) like lower disposable income causing small business income to drop, resulting in more layoffs.

    The right-wing conservatives with their dedication to deregulate business are always at fault. They didn't regulate the stock market in the 1920s (which resulted in the Great Depression) and they didn't regulate mortgage lenders in the George W. Bush era.

    Someone should please remind Giuliani that when Reagan was inaugurated in January of 1981, unemployment was 7.5%. Nearly 2 years later in December of 1982, unemployment reached 10.8%. This is still the highest level of unemployment since the Great Depression! Where was the republicans outrage then? Why didn't they call for Reagan's resignation?

    Giuliani has gone from a repected mayor to a political hack. His comments in this article are idiotic and I believe he knows it. Hopefully everyone will read it and not vote for Romney!

    November 3, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  12. alanjay1

    Wow. And now I've just lost a huge amount of respect for Mr. Giuliani. I thought in the past that he was the sort of person who put practicality in front of partisanship. I guess I was wrong. Disappointing.

    If Obama and the Democrats are responsible for Benghazi and the sluggish recovery, then I suppose we should be holding the Republicans responsible for 9/11 and the economic collapse. My choice on Tuesday is pretty easy...

    November 3, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  13. aalan

    Remember this guy who raised a daughtet who stole, why should we waste our time listening to a failurer? Should we blame the president for the global recession as well? We will be going to dark age if we let these opportunists to lead the nation. We won't have health care, don't care about eduction, rich will be even richer. You think Mitt wants to be president because he cares for this country, you and me? Wake up people..

    November 3, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  14. these2lanes

    Meanwhile Obama ignores this pathetic old man and is now overseeing the purchase of $22m of fuel to bring into the areas affected.....

    What is Romney doing to help again?

    November 3, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  15. varmint

    “I ran against him in ’07 and ’08, I’ve never seen a guy change his position so many times, so fast, on a dime,”

    same guy?

    November 3, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  16. newstime202

    Also, Giuliani is calling for Obama's removal based on the Libyian embassy attack? Yet, he supported George W. Bush after he ignored the National Security info about bid laden wanting to attack the U.S. domestically.

    November 3, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  17. Stan

    Sounds desperate.

    November 3, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  18. Daniel

    Crazy old coot. I don't want any of these people running the country. Democrat or Republican, both sides have brought this country down in the past 20 years. By the way, Teabaggers are lame.

    November 3, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  19. ronjayaz

    I like what Joe Biden sed abt Guiliani. The only thing he knows is a noun and a verb and 9/11. Sure sign the Dems are winning when he talks abt resigning now. Didnt Benghazi happen weeks ago? And isnt the latest revelations that the two dead civilians were CIA agents? A certain target for "terorrists"?

    November 3, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  20. BeverlyNC

    President Obama handlled Libya as he should have. The Republicans are so desperate they are looking for lies and conspiracy theories to do anything to stop President Obama from winning. If Obama should have somehow guessed the secondary consulate would be attacked then Rudy should have guessed 9/11 was going to happen. Both are equally ridiiculous scenarios. Presdent Obama is an outstanding foreign policy leader. He can be trusted to be honest and do what is best for ALL Americans and that is much more than anyone can say about Mitt Romney.

    November 3, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  21. JJ

    Looks like he is on drugs

    November 3, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  22. ldjimbo

    I file sorry for the people in new york, but I live in the south. i went thrugh two heracans,and I did note wine. i was without elictrick for 8 day's. and I did not cry. It was 110dre but I did make do and did not cry for the goverment to hehp me. I am a gronup and I will servive.

    November 3, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  23. Wyatt

    But President Bush should have stayed in office after 9-11? The idea that one man is responsible for everything that goes wrong in our nation, no our planet, is just insane. You know who is at fault for the death of our ambassador, the terrorists who killed him. This is not an issue, no presidential administration has ever stopped one hundred percent of attacks on the American people, and no President has ever stopped a single one. You think the President should not be re-elected because of his failure to fix the economy in four years? Fine that is a valid complaint, I don't agree with it but it isn't racist or even unreasonable. But if you think he shouldn't be re-elected because he is a socialist, got our ambassador killed, is a Muslim, or what ever other nonsense then please sit down with the experts, any real experts, like bureaucrats (not to be confused with politicians or pundits who need only appear to be qualified) who work for the government and advise both candidates, so they can explain to you how those ideas are wrong.

    November 3, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  24. ron

    "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.) Jesus what has happenned to Rudy...he use to stand for something...backing someone who indeed made millions/billions, by putting joe average out of work and not paying any tax on those millions is such a come down by someone who I thought couldn't be bought.

    November 3, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  25. SulcataHenry

    Wasn't Giuliani someone important once upon a time? I hope he is taking the fact that he is now a nobody ok, and isn't too bitter.

    November 3, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
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