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. Penny Wright

    "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 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  2. nolapearl

    If McCain had been elected, the economy would totally be in shambles. And I didn't hear him calling for Bush to resign when New York was attacked. He is a hack.

    November 3, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  3. Haha

    Haha, no responses? That's kind of funny.

    November 3, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  4. Andrew

    That old fool has been watching too much Fox Propaganda.

    November 3, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  5. NoKidding

    Such a grand-stander!! Why didn't he ask GW Bush to resign when several consulates got attacked under GW Bush? Why didn't he ask Romney to resign when the job growth in MA was 0.9% under Romney?

    November 3, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. Yash

    Same Giuliani who said this about Romney – "I have never seen a guy - and I've run a lot of elections, supported a lot of people - I've never seen a guy change his positions on so many things, so fast, on a dime. Everything."

    This guy is the most shameless politician – probably worse than even Romney.

    November 3, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. sayer

    Wasn't he the mayor of NYC during 9/11? He's got a lot of nerve holding Obama personally responsible for the security of those people. Why must Obama be perfect? That is what they are comparing him to– perfection. No one could have faced the monumental problems Obama has faced and done any better. I voted for the guy who has faced a Great Depression, collapse of the US auto industry, stock market crash, bank failures, gulf oil spill, obstructionist congress and two wars on his plate simultaneously and has us in good shape. Managing an Olympics and 2 yrs governing MA is small potatoes.

    November 3, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  8. Anonymous

    What a tool. Clearly he is still bitter that he proved himself to be utterly incompetent during his failed 2008 run for president.

    November 3, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  9. Marc Florida

    With Giuliani – one must consider the source.

    November 3, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  10. John Masuo

    You know I figured once the brits got a foothold on the American networks they will try to toss a wrench in the gears to confuse with a crock of stuf the already stymied and ignorant American population....they don't realize the redcoats lost!!!!

    November 3, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  11. RamboJohnJ

    Pointing the finger at the president for not doing more to protect Americans overseas, where was his outrage when warnings were ignored before 9/11? Don't remember Rudy telling Bush to retire..

    November 3, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. Billsf

    Wow! Republicans are unbelievable! Absolutely no class!
    Look at what eight years of Bush did to our country.

    November 3, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. Captain Tom

    Your 15 minutes are also up. Move to Florida and go away quietly.

    November 3, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  14. Roy

    Giuliani should resign, oh, I forgot he does not hold any office that would allow him to make any decsions. Giuliani is such a two faced clown...

    November 3, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  15. Bill from GA

    Yeah, I remember, he did the same about Bush after the attack in New York City and Our Country on 9-11.


    republicans are such TOTAL hypocrites

    (And no matter how many times I write about republicans, I STILL have to spell-check the word hypocrite. )

    November 3, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  16. Craig

    I suppose fact checkers have just thrown up their arms at this point in the race. Giuliani, in all his angry shouting, has just stated that the President "lied". However, the president never said he would resign or not run for a second term if unemployment was still above 6% by 2012. He said if he didn't have it done in 3 years, "then there's going to be a one term proposition." Of course, the Republicans have supplied this "proposition" for the past 3.5 years as they've committed all of their energy to ensuring his political destruction. In his speech, it was Giuliani who flat-out lied. How do they keep getting away with this?

    November 3, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  17. fastrack1

    blah-blah-blah. "He lied. He has been a disaster. The worst president for our economy in our lifetime" Surely, Rudy, you're not so old that you've already forgotten Dubya, the president who put our economy into free-fall?

    November 3, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  18. Russell's Teapot

    What a blowhard, plenty of presidents have presided over significantly worse economic times... Bush II and Hoover certainly come to mind.

    November 3, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  19. optimistica

    Giuliani should just shut up and then disappear, forever. He's had his day – bye bye now

    November 3, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  20. rjrock

    Guilliani is still alive? Who knew?

    November 3, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  21. Joe

    Republicans are panicking and it was a panic speech.

    November 3, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  22. Jarrod

    Giuliani is the one who should resign. Oh thats right he's not really employed anymore–he is just an opinionated mouthpiece who is no longer relevant.

    November 3, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  23. rjrock

    Guilliani's still alive? Who knew?

    November 3, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  24. Becca

    I can not believe anyone thinks Pres. Obama should be Impeached.We do not want Mutt Robme at all we four sure will be headed for dooms day!

    November 3, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. Jrose

    What a hypocrite! Ranting and raving about the 4 Americans killed in Benghazi under the current Democrat administration, like it was the worst thing that ever happened on a president's watch, while meanwhile acting like 9/11 didn't happen during a Republican administration. "Maybe if we had a president who was paying attention," indeed.

    November 3, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
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