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. IalreadyvotedforObama

    Did Bush resign after getting 4500 Americans killed and over 40,000 wounded in his war in Iraq based on lies or how about his intelligence failures that led to 9/11?

    November 3, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Jersey George

    Giuliani should have told Bush to resign for incompetence when he ignored actionable intelligence in July 2001 enabling terrorists to attack Americans on "U.S. soil" on 9/11.

    November 3, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. Sergio

    By Guiliani's logic President Bush should have resigned for incompetence after the September 11th attacks as well as for screwing up the economy throughout both of his terms.

    November 3, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. Gary

    Rudy, just go away. Should we blame you for what happened while you were mayor of New York? I'll bet you don't think we should.

    November 3, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  5. Norm

    There you have it, words from the most irrelevant man in the country.

    November 3, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  6. ep

    This is the guy that said that Romney had “no core”. Giuliani has “no core”, he is just like any politician looking to take personal advantage of any situation. Giuliani symbolizes what is wrong with the American political system.

    November 3, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. georgiegirl10

    He has the audacity to criticize President Obama for not paying attention to Libya....Let's go back to 2001 when the Bush Administration couldn't be bothered to follow up on information given to them by the Clinton Administration. Oh, and the outcome of that incompetence was over 3,000 deaths in the United States, and war in the wrong county so thousands of our military died or were injured.
    I know that the Republicans think if they keep telling the 'wrong story', someone might forget what the truth was/is.
    I don't want a President who doesn't care about his fellow human beings, instead only caring about the millions he can make off of them.
    The GOP would love everyone to believe that President Obama hasn't been a good President...and to that I say bull! History will say differently, especially after he has another term to accomplish even more than he has already.
    And once again I have to point out, that even if I was a Republican, I could never vote for Romney after the dog on the car roof incident. It's quite the deal breaker for me.

    November 3, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. William

    Giulliani, should close his pie hole, because he NEVER stated that Bush should resign for his WMD fiasco! DID HE!

    November 3, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. rickdday

    Bad attack dog!

    No biscuit!

    November 3, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  10. SensibleCentrist

    Who the hell is Guliani to question and why is the media giving importance to him. Just because he happened to be there in the wake of a terrible disaster (9/11) he thinks he has a right to talk sensibly about US politics?? He does not know the 101 of govt. He is blaming the president for campaigning after the president suspended his campaign and was there in person in the affected areas to ensure that the governors had what they wanted to tackle the situation in the wake of hurricane Sandy. He being one of them on the ground at one time does not behoove of him to talk such rubbish partisan trash. The Mayor, the Governor and the whole city and state administration is there. For him to blame Obama to not be there in NY for all the days in the wake of Sandy is seeming of a guy who has lost his brains (I doubt if he has any in the first place). Terribly disappointed in yet another piece of trash from Republicans.

    November 3, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  11. tallulah13

    I wonder where Guiliani's outrage was when Bush deliberately lied to start a war in Iraq? I wonder where his outrage was when thousands of Americans were killed in that unnecessary war. The death of four American's in Libya is sad, but since a republican President is the one that helped create this hatred for Americans in the Middle East, it is is disgusting and hypocritical that his fellow republicans should try to use it as a political tool. Frankly, Guiliani should just shut up and return to his spiral to well-deserved obscurity.

    November 3, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  12. Neal

    Libya is described as a fiasco at best. After election tie rolls by, this will only pick up steam...

    November 3, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  13. TR should be ashamed of yourself for not mentioning that 171, 000 people are back at work. All good guys dont even stand a chance.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  14. jak

    I wouldn't EVER take Rudy Guiliani's advise for anything.

    November 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  15. Steven Colo

    Um, no. Bush drove the economy into the ditch, Obama merely didn't get us out fast enough. Saying that Obama is worse for the economy than Bush is ridiculous.

    Bain Capital simply took over companies, and forced them to pay a chunk of money to Bain (and let people go). Romeny has no experience running a viable outfit – Rolling Stone showed hos Bain needed government handouts to survive Romney's leadership. The SLC Olympics needed a $1 billion plus handout, Romney's expert at getting rescued, and that's about it. Even his primary campaign was based on spending more than everyone else. Saying he knows how to make something viable without government help is preposterous.

    November 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  16. Nancy Studer

    Oh please, Rudy, get a grip and do some homework. Consumer confidence is up, manufacturing is up, more jobs are available, the list goes on. The country is recovering in spite of Republicans blockading every chance they get. We're moving forward and Tuesday's going to be a great day for this country when the President is re-elected and we continue on our path to recovery.

    November 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. cahoosier

    Guiliani – What has the CIA said about whether they were called by the embassy? And, did you call on Bush to resign after 9/11? If not, then your bias is showing.

    November 3, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Bases on Giuliani logic, former President Bush should have been held responsible for the 9/11 attacks and didn't the attacks also happen on his watch! It's amazing how he seems to forget that he allowed the largest attack on America in our history.

    November 3, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  19. NameAmaltie

    Really Rudy .....that's all you got.....give it a've had your chance ...

    November 3, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  20. Registered Independent Voter

    Ok, I can't believe this has garnered no responses except mine. Hmnn. Anyway, what can you argue with here? Nothing. The administration's handling of Beghazi, the economy, fast and furious, and many other serious national issues have been disgusting. Irreguardless of my political leanings, I held out hope that this president would suceed for the sake of this country and the legitimacy of America on the world stage. President Obama has let me down, he has let America down.

    The liberals defense for President Obama that Bush did it, the Republicans filibustered, the racist naysayers plotted against him in congress, or any other thing is to blame, is total BULL, and its a tired lame argument that the majority sees right through.

    Just admit it finally, he FAILED. End of story.

    November 3, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. TheZogNJ

    Guiliani's judgement goes to the highest bidder. Giuliani is pandering to Romney because he needs work after embarassing President Bush for his recommendation of Bernard Kerik, Giuliani's former NYC Police Commissioner. If you recall, in December 2004, at the highest recommendation of Rudy Giuliani, President George W. Bush nominated Kerik as United States Secretary of Homeland Security. A week later, Kerik withdrew his nomination,and pleaded guilty to two ethics violations after an investigation by the Office of the Bronx District Attorney and was ordered to pay $221,000.

    There is no redeeming Rudy Guiliani. He is simply another political hack.

    November 3, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  22. John Masuo

    Anybody with any brains out there? I mean unbrainwashed brains!!!!

    November 3, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  23. RomneyIsAMoron

    Rudy hath lost his mind.

    November 3, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  24. Dan

    I think Rudy should have never run for office in the first place. Where do the republicans find these nutjobs to represent their party?

    November 3, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  25. Anthony Seta

    Not this Ohioan. Sorry Rudy, but on the 6th we'll be out in force to deliver Ohio to Obama. I'm in OH-001. I doubt that we can take the House district from Chabot, but in Hamilton County we'll be the crucial factor to deliver the State for Obama and the Senate seat to Brown. Bank on it!

    November 3, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
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