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. Anna

    Good it's about time. Where are the stories on Benghazi and all the lies, Fast and Furiou and all the lies, no budget and all the lies lies lies. This man doesn't deserve to be dog catcher nonetheless a president.

    November 3, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  2. cutty

    i feel sorry for this guy! did he forget the biggest security breach under George Bush?

    November 3, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  3. clayll

    Guiliani went on Piers Morgan to regurgitate his Pseudo-factual talking points after General Wesley Clark had spoken. Fortunately, the general stayed around to hear them. Morgan allowed General Clark to speak to Guiliani's comments. When Guiliani realized he was not getting away with his drivel, he ran like the coward he has always been.

    November 3, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  4. mike

    How many times did Rudy mention "terror" or "terrorist?"

    November 3, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. ArtDirForHire

    Giuliani belongs in a padded cell. Either that or he should, in his honest shame, throw himself under a bus. Unfortunately, with all the nut jobs running around these days in the Republican party, neither is likely to happen.

    November 3, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  6. frank feinberg

    America's mayor is a piece of work, can I say that? Is it courteous enough?

    November 3, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. azmat

    I would only say to Giuliani, shame on you, you are far away from facts and just speaking the FIRE to win presidency for such a Liar, whose only credential is for running a liquidation company, which worked for wealthy, my neighbor i has plumbi9ng company and he has also business experience, is that he can be good president and fix the whole in the ECONOMY, grow up and mature like sensible person.

    November 3, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  8. Wanderer

    Rudy Giuliani is the by product of Romney’s lies. The Ohioans will not fall into their lies.

    November 3, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. MS

    Giuliani needs a reality check. War is War and people die in war. Is it sad to loose anyone in war, yes. What is really a tragedy is the loss from Hurricane Sandy. Life happens Mr. Giuliani. Our president has brought us from the brink of another GREAT DEPRESSION, there has been steady increase in job creation, housing market increasing, new home starts increasing, illuminated Osama bin Laden and other top leaders of al-Qaeda. I stand behind my president because he has done a great job given the hand he was felt. Your president (Bush) created the economic collapse and my president (Obama) has done as good a job as anyone can really expect. Anyone who thought there would be a fast fix on this mess was not aware of how deep this recession ran. I repeat, Giuliani you need a reality check.

    November 3, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. Sanel B

    Desperate... GOP taking their last breaths

    November 3, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. redhawk95

    Wow, jumped the shark, eh Rudy?

    November 3, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. judi cornfoot

    Who woke up Giuliani? is he not paying attention? Bloomberg told President Obama to stay away from NYC that it would only be worse for traffic. It's not like Bush was with Katrina. Obama had Fema, the national guard, and red cross ready to act. The reason State island was overlooked they had no phone capabilities from Staten island.
    Giuliani should crawl back under his rock. what the hell Giuliani is the one who said the air was safe after 911.. and that's why all the firemen and rescue people are getting sick and dying ...

    November 3, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  13. Ms.Mrs

    Why didn't Rudy call on G. W. Bush to resign after 9/11 if he gets so worked over incompetence and cover-ups?

    November 3, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. myway

    Since his admirable performance following 9/11 and subsequent retirement, Giuliani found nothing better to do than gambling away his otherwise meager legacy. A man of his experience should know better than jump on the brainless tea party wagon.

    November 3, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  15. PhilG

    Funny how none of the Republicans are mentioning that they ,in the House,held up every recovery program for the last four years holding hostage every Americans economic future for their own selfish reasons.

    Last time I checked ,Obama was not a Republican.

    And Rudy,you need to move your head backwards,Romney looks like he needs to fart.

    November 3, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. tlanham

    Why is he not in New York?

    November 3, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. lizzytalorburton

    I have loved Rudy Giuliani since September 11, 2001. He was the greatest then and still is. His speech today was so great and exciting. He is right about Obama, Obama only cares about campaigning and winning, thats the only thing he likes to do, thus the murders of the Ambassador and the three others. He really should be impeached for dereliction of duties. I can't stand Obama and I hope he loses. Too bad Giuliani won't be our President, he's got the right stuff, common sense and a very strong person with a strong and fantastic personality. Romney is great and will be a great President if he wins, I enjoy listening to Romney, he has so much clarity and brilliance. Not for nothing, when Obama speaks, I turn the sound off, he is so boring and sounds almost stupid. Good luck Romney and thank you Giuliani.

    November 3, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. Sue

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!!! Guess what? Our President is NOT at fault for the tragedy in Benghazi. Some America-hating terrorists are! It was a republican who got us over there and we can't just walk away and hope to have ANY kind future influence over the situation. You don't walk away and leave a job that can end up with terrorists in charge. So rant all you want, The President is going to keep doing his job, cleaning up dubya's screw-ups. If mittens and mutt were running things they's probably get us bombed. According to overseas polls, NOBODY wants r& r, they don't trust them.

    November 3, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Penny Boppie

    Terrorists bombed our barracks in Beirut killing 241 Marines and Ronald Reagan's response was to turn tail and run, but I don't see it knocking Ronnie off his pedestal with right wingers who remember "the good old days that never were".

    George Bush was warned about planes being used as missiles but was reading about goats when 3000 Americans were slaughtered in New York City and I still had to listen to 7 more years of right wingers babbling, "Bush has kept us safe on American soil and we're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here".

    NOBODY has died on American soil as a result of terrorism under Obama so I guess he has made us more secure than Reagan or Bush. On the other hand, the middle east is a dangerous place. You don't take a mission there without knowing the risk. Even in Benghazi !!! If anyone thinks America can create a totally safe zone anywhere on the planet they are delusional. Period!

    November 3, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  20. Billy

    Jiuliani is so blind and hallow that he did not realize what Obama has done for our country out of recession. He is the one to resign.

    November 3, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. Mike

    And who did you lose to during the 2008 election? Sounds to me your some kind of bitter giuliani...

    November 3, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  22. Dubhly

    Good night Rudy, you should be with your former city helping out after the disaster, instead your off denouncing the man that has been hailed for helping them. Good show, jolly good the world the stuff your made of....
    btw we do not need or want a businessman in charge of the government, its not a business. Its job is to help people not ship jobs over seas to make money for investors. Romney is about money, and big business not helping the common man that he doesnt even know what its like to be.

    November 3, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. lcleejr

    its gotten to the point nobody cares what giuliani says or does. his party put him out years ago.

    November 3, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  24. Andy H.

    So inappropriate.

    November 3, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  25. pcalif

    I think the Americn people have come to the conclusion that Trump, Guillani, Gingrich, and Sununu have been smoking something that is obviously really strong and habit forming. They ought to let everyone else in on what it is.

    November 3, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
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