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. Malbs

    "This is a man without a core, a man without substance, a man that will say anything to become president of the United States."

    Republican Rudy Giuliani on Romney

    November 3, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  2. Mike Joseph

    Obama said he'd resign... He said a lot of things and he's failed to deliver on just about all of them.

    November 3, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  3. middle-of-the-road

    It is really sad to see how content free the election debate has gotten. What Mr. Giuliani said is of course nonsense and he knows that. I am not even pointing out that if he asks Obama to resign over Lybia then why did he not ask George Bush to step down after September 11th? What this country desperately needs are some centrist politicians who try to find solutions for the many problems we are facing instead of engaging in childish mudslinging.

    November 3, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  4. DH

    Guilani comments sure make the Repulican Party sound desperate.

    November 3, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  5. Bill

    Dear Rudy,
    You had your 15 mins ...time is up!

    November 3, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  6. Chris

    Let me see if I have this straight, Rudy. You had absolutely nothing to say when your party's president fought a $2 trillion war on bogus grounds - you never demanded Bush to resign. But when one office gets bombed by a terrorist, you demand Obama to resign? This is outrageous, hypocritical rhetoric.

    November 3, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  7. Name gmbhadiza

    Yes. Ohio will stand against Obama. United States of America should stand against Obama and send him out of the White House even before Nov 6 2012. I wept when the ambassador got killed. I pictured his wife and children being informed. He died because of negligence. The then USA admin, i.e. Obama admin should be charged for his murder and the murder of the other 3 gentlemen. What a loss due to negligence! The USA economy has stagnated and is hanging on debt and fiscal cliffs. Its the campaign activities that gave a false job figure. 7.8% in 2009 will give a different figure today. And its 7.9% today I hear. Vote Progress USA! VOTE MITT ROMNEY to fix your economy!!!

    November 3, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  8. Shawn Thompson

    Guliani is drinking to much haterade. To endorse MITT ROMNEY is a disgrace.

    November 3, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  9. Bill

    Does he look like Danny Devito or is it me?

    November 3, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  10. chip whitley

    Oh, so you call on Obama to resign over Benghazi, yet declared "thank god George Bush is our president" after 9/11?
    Giuliani, you are the worst.

    November 3, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  11. Mark

    He didn't mention 9/11... shocking.

    November 3, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  12. SugarKube

    Damn right he should.

    November 3, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  13. jaysthename

    For Giuliani to say that Obama was "the worst president for our economy in our lifetime" clearly reveals him to be too mentally challenged for his opinions to merit any serious consideration.

    November 3, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  14. Jairat

    Desperate republicans

    November 3, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  15. robpell

    I wonder if Giuliani has an agenda with these latest comments? If he were truly a leader, and not a political hack, he would not be making comments that are so transparently partisan. Asking Obama to resign? Really? Perhaps Rudy is seeking to make inflammatory statements to turn up the heat on Romney's stagnant campaign? Where was the Mayor's outrage when George Bush sent America's sons and daughters were sent to war in Iraq under false pretenses? Where was his indignation then when his fellow Republicans were approving the torture of prisoners of the war on terror? Where was Rudy's fury when Bush sent his Secretary of Defense to the UN to make claims that Saddam had WMD when Bush knew that the facts that were being presented were proven false long before the UN presentations? Americans should not be confused by Rudy's extremist claims, and in fact should actively tune him out in much the same way that Donald Trump's "game changer" was seem in the harsh light of day as political opportunism.
    Let's hope that in the coming years more balanced, intelligent and reasonable leaders will emerge to help get this country on the right track. Obama, in my view, is only a start. The change that is needed to improve government will require less extreme political views and more reasoned debate and compromise. Let's start by tuning out Giuliani.

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

    You're on to something, Bill. I'll bet Giuliani leaves his microphones damp with spittle.

    November 3, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  17. Rick

    I thought this old man had already died. Does anyone care what this "HAS BEEN" is really thinking of saying ? He had his chance in 2008 and screwed it up...............!

    November 3, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  18. Bayousara

    Rudy, you should have resigned way back when you were having a marital affair. You should have resigned after 9-11. And on and on. You are irrelevant, Rudy.

    November 3, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  19. worldcares

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the east coast.
    Mr.Giuliani, you speak with your heart on your shoulder.
    I understand.

    November 3, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  20. TJC

    Giuliani is a sideshow... At best.

    November 3, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  21. randomcnn

    I wonder if this idiot was anti-Bush when Bush was similarly held accountable for 9/11, except, it wasn't Obama's fault for Libya, but it was Bush's fault for 9/11. Idiot get off the podium.

    November 3, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  22. ratinacage78

    if obama is at fault for the attack on libya, then giuliani is at fault for the attacks on 9/11.

    November 3, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  23. mary

    I saw this guy on tv having a cow about Obama not staying in New Jersey..
    How ungrateful.. Obama came , and was there. Looked it all over, assured everyone they would get help.. Talked to everyone who was dealing with this . Talked to the people who are suffering from this...
    Then he left...
    Yes he left.~!! He is the president, there ARE other things to take care of..He left the work in competent hands.. Is available to take calls and deal with problems..
    And after doing all that, Giuliani is complaining that he didn't stay~! ?
    Well my mother used say "can't win for loosing".. Thats how it is for Obama..
    The republicans rip him a new one on anything he does .~!
    If he had of stayed they would be critical of that~!

    November 3, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  24. David F

    If Obama should "resign" for the Libya consulate attacks, why didn't Giuliani call for President George W. Bush's resignation after the 911 attacks, the fake weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the huge debt, the recession....should I go on?

    November 3, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  25. driveby

    Pathetic I don't like rudy but i still felt sad for him

    November 3, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
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