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. bibleverse1

    Libya is a tragedy. Those responsible need to be found and brought to justice. We need to find out exactly what happened. So far there is nothing that I have heard that could have been done to help these men in time. Real life is not like Call of Duty or 24. We need ALL the info and I am not convinced that we have it but I am convince Obama will get it.

    November 2, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Jose Jemanes

    Why doesn't he just crawl back under the rock that he's been hiding under for the last eight years!

    November 2, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. Lukey in Cambridge

    If McCain were president, the Benghazi massacre would have never happened? How's that for some "what if" history.

    The gifts that got Mayor Giulian so far in 2008 in the presidential race are on full display in his attack work as a surrogate.

    November 2, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. Creative thinking

    So if Giuliani and the GOP are asking for Obama to resign for 4 American deaths caused by terrorism in Bengazi, why didn't Giuliani and the GOP demand Bush's resignation for the 3000 American deaths caused by terrorism in New York City??

    November 2, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. Niko_in_Richmond

    Another pathetic excuse for a human being. Without being able to throw out his "leadership" during 9/11, he's just left to flounder in his own ignorance. He's desperately looking for a purpose in life, and it does not look good.

    November 2, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Shanahan

    How much was Guiliani paid to endorse Romney the day after Bloomberg endorsed Obama?

    November 2, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. todd

    Giuliani should have been swept out to sea with Sandy.

    November 2, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. NauticalMan

    Maybe if we had a President who paid attention to the warnings about Bin Laden we would not have lost 3000 people on 9/11. Enjoy your bull slinging while you can Rudy. The days of the Grand Old Party are numbered regardless of the results of this election. Move to the middle of the political spectrum or fade into history.

    November 2, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Af

    Giuliany ! shame on you . you was candidat too when Obama was running. people did not trust they did not vote for but vote you out. go look for toothpaste

    November 2, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Aces Full

    Obama the Marxist or Romney the Capitalist – pretty easy decision to make actually.

    November 2, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. agathokles

    Gee.... Is a Giuliani endorsement better or worse than a Trump endorsement? Romney's got 'em both! Unfortunately for him, Obama now seems to have a Chris Christie endorsement. LMAO!

    November 2, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  12. Michael

    Whatever respect this man earned on 9/11 he just lost on this rant.

    November 2, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Rudy Giulani,has de face to talk about LIE!!!,Comon, The is he biggest lier on town,thats why nobody remembers him

    November 2, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Ali Eshghi

    I just don't know what it takes for Giuliani to realize that he is irrelevant. He did not even qualify to beat John Maccainwho lost to Obama in a landslide 4 years ago. Now he is trying to stay relevant.

    November 2, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Sebastian Bliffeld

    Mr. Giuliani,
    I am saddened to hear your rhetoric regarding our President. You were a great mayor and had my vote even though I am a registered Democrat. I think that you need to look at why Bloomberg is endorsing Obama. Romney lacks the character that I expect from my President. He has changed all of his positions and the press barely calls him out on his lies. I hope that on election day all of this bickering comes to an end. I expect my president to get reelected and to complete the job that he was elected to do. I respectfully wish you all the best and sincerely hope that you come to see the correct side of this election.

    November 2, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. mike stacy

    Wow... I used to respect Giuliani. Not so much after these comments.

    November 2, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. M

    Thanks, Rudy, for supporting a FEMA-cutting climate change denialist!

    November 2, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  18. Bill FFX

    There was a time when Rudy spoke rationally and garnered support from free thinking individuals, but that was over 10 years ago. He's become a rambling idiot. Maybe after the election, there's an opportunity for a Rudy/Clint standup act. They should stay away from political topics and focus more on real issues that affect real free thinking people.

    November 2, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. Telluride for Romney

    "Giuliani, however, did not mention that 171,000 jobs were added last month–more than economists were expecting." CNN just can't help but interject their liberal views. Of course, CNN fails to report that we LOST 170,000 jobs last month as well. A net job increase of 1000 jobs NATIONALLY is nothing to brag about. Doesn't even keep up with the population increase. Da Bro's Gotta GO!

    November 2, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. Robert in Los Angeles

    I wish Mayor Giuliani could explain how Gov. Romney will create 12 million jobs, when the GOP nominee hasn't been willing to tell us the details of his five-point plan. All we know about his plan is that it has five points. It isn't enough for Gov. Romney to endlessly repeat "I have a plan." I also hope the former New York mayor will demand an explanation from House Republicans about why they cut the State Department's budget for security at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, forcing the department to stretch what forces Congress would fund very thin.

    November 2, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. squoose

    So, after 9/11, the Anthrax attacks, the quagmire of Afghanistan, the failure to find Bin Laden, and the non-existence of WMD or cooperative links to Al Queda to justify the invasion of Iraq as well as initiating the policies that have made Libya, Syria, Egypt, etc.. so unstable in addition to his failures over Katrina where he lied about not being told the levees could fail, a new record deficit, and destroying the economy... why did Giuliani never say Bush should have resigned?

    November 3, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  22. chan


    November 3, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. sam

    Giuliani is a nobody in NYC. He got lots of press with G. Bush on 9/11 and has been a pain in the ass since. 9/11 is all he is know for. Take away his mic. Republicans are the greatest LIER, with Romney at the top. Too bad Sandy didn't blow him out to the ocean.

    November 3, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  24. WhereIsPalin

    Out of touch, angry old man

    November 3, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  25. bigboxes

    Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Tell us more, Gomer.

    November 3, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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