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. Thinking Texan

    Giuliani take Murdoch's money and do a fair and balanced show with Palin. And take Trump with you, fox needs that mop head.

    November 2, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |

    So does the majority of this country but as we know ademcorat can be impeached and stil have the gall to stay.

    November 2, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Slightly Left of Center

    Romney's experience with the olympics would have prevented our loss of 4 Americans in Libya? Wow. That's a very BIG stretch, Rudy. I can't believe my state of Ohio let this clown in to spew his verbal diarrhea.

    Careful, Rudy. All that ranting and raving is bad for your health.

    November 2, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. Justin Time, Canada

    On Piers Morgan's show, I watched as Guillani did his rant and then, in an unbelievably rude manner he insulted General Clarke by shoving his microphone at the tv camera and undoing his earplug because he didn't have the guts to listen to what General Clarke had to say in reply.

    Now General Clarke is a gentleman in every sense of the word, most people would say – but more to the point he is a retired general in your U.S. Armed Forces and having put his life on the line for this lout Guillani, he deserved some respect.

    But Guillani doesn't seem to respect anyone, including your President. You do remember his mocking and derogatory speech to the Republican National Convention in 2008? This is a very sad commentary on someone who is supposed to have represented the great city of New York, home of some of the most welcoming people in the world. I am sure the United States - and especially the people of New York -should be ashamed of him.

    November 2, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Bill in Florida

    If it weren't for the worst terrorist attack of American soil occurring mostly in Governor Guiliani's city, nobody would have ever heard of the guy.

    November 2, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. Randy Johnson

    Is this the real Rudy??? Is this the same guy that strangely didn't criticize George Bush for reading to a classroom of school kids for 7 minutes after hearing about 9-11?? He must be getting bitter in his old age. Either that or my guess is correct in that respect for the Presidency has reached a pathetic low in the USA.

    November 2, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. debbie L.

    The ex-mayor and pres. wanna be is getting political and he was challenged, successfully, by Gen. Clark on Anderson Coopers show. Show boating and politicizing with no proof. And then being WRONG about the Presidents response to the Hurricane Sandy tragedy. Check the facts. The Pres., major staff members and FEMA go in the job of helping early. A President only has to be giving the orders, and yet he was there the first couple days. The Mayor of NY said it was too hard on them to host him and his security and not to stay. Period. I just hope the media doesn't sensationalize people like the Ex mayor and give the facts. God Bless all the people affected by Sandy. Help is coming and good to see you are helping each other.

    November 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Howard

    Obama was given a chance ... and, in the past 4 years, he has nearly destroyed America. NOW, it's time for Barack and Michelle to abdicate their throne, so Mitt Romney can begin repairing the excessive damage caused by Obama's terrible policies. Good bye Barack, Michelle, Nancy, Harry, Jarret, and Axelrod, and all the unelected czars ... and, GOOD RIDDANCE TO YOU ALL ... I'm sure you all will find another way to pick the pockets of hard working Americans !!!

    November 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Joe

    Rudy is a has been, what happen when he tryed to run for potus, he looked like the stupidest fool running. Rudy why aren,t you talking about the men and women dieing right now in Afganistan. The Republican Party Should be hung for that If you think Obama should be thrown out because of Benghazi. War has terrible consequences but the Republican Party didn't worry about that when sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Guiliani you're no more then a hypocritical fool

    November 2, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. Jay

    Giuliani should be ashamed of himself for talking this way.An old guy like himself who is not going nowhere in politics should be telling the truth and not making a clown of himself. This is the way the republicans want to get back in power, lying.

    November 2, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. independent

    Asking him to resign suggests that Mr. G believes the President will win four more years. Thank you Mr. G.

    November 2, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. bb

    Mitt Romney's campaign is beyond ridiculous. Romney has become like the Ty-D-Bowl man is his little speedboat accompanied by Rudy Giuliani circuling around in the toilet who is about to be flushed down the sewer!

    November 2, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. BK

    Are they still harping on this? Where were these same people when Bush invaded Iraq on false pretenses?

    November 2, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. jack

    Giuliani should realize that Obama has the same amount of regard for his opinion as he does for Trump.

    November 2, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. patrick

    OH thats right! Giuliani ran for president and ....LOST!! Be quiet!

    November 2, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. patrick

    Accusing somebody of murder is a serious charge! I hope its one that Giuliani is READY to take on!

    November 2, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Steve

    Why are you reporting on what this hysterical fool says? This is just stirring the pot and is not useful to the country or the voters.

    November 2, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. Scott

    "Worst president for the economy"? Obviously Giuliani has forgotten about Bush. Going from losing 800,000 jobs/month to gaining 200,000 without any help from the "loyal opposition" is a pretty good start.

    November 2, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. seeingitself

    Voting for Romney is just a vote for the wealthy to keep them wealthy & a vote declaring their total disregard for the poor & middle class. It's just a vote to keep the rich rich, so the fat cat republicans can continue lining their pockets & to attempt to continue their raping of the United States for their own gain. Vote OBAMA in November for real change in this country, not the Fascist regime that the repugnants want to establish! VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!!!

    November 2, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. Sam P

    Wow, Giuliani spoke this much and not a single utterance of 9-11? That's a record in itself!

    November 2, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  21. Scott

    Just more republican hate inspired speech. Used to be republican and am embarrased to say that now.

    November 2, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. FunnyBird

    Early signs of dementia I think, Rudy used to have his head on straight.

    November 2, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |

    I meant to say right wing, ignorant, racist piece of dreck.

    November 2, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Jared

    who cares what this windbag says...please go away and stay away

    November 2, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. Atasha

    THANK you Rudy Giuliani!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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