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article imageRudy Giuliani: Due to 'incompetence' Obama 'should resign'

By Yukio Strachan     Nov 4, 2012 in Politics
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a suggestion for President Barack Obama. Instead of having an election on Tuesday: "He should resign!”
With new numbers showing the unemployment rate had ticked up to 7.9%, Giuliani told an Ohio crowd at a GOP rally on Friday that the Obama administration should be "ashamed of themselves" for framing the figure as a positive sign.
Giuliani, a top surrogate for Romney's campaign, however, did not mention that 171,000 jobs were added last month–more than economists were expecting, CNN said.
"He should resign! He told us he would resign if he did this poorly," Giuliani barked, 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."
There's more: "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."
Giuliani also slammed the Obama administration’s response to the attack by Islamic militants on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, according to the N Y Daily News.
“We’ve got the chance to elect a commander in chief who will not leave Americans behind,” he said. “I believe some Americans who might not have had to die may have died because we had incompetence in the White House.”
Last week, the administration struck back at accusations it failed to respond quickly to the attack, even detailing for the first time a broad CIA rescue effort.
Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday that CIA security officers went to the aid of State Department staff less than 25 minutes after they got the first call for help from the consulate, less than a mile from a CIA annex.
Bain Capital
Giuliani, known for his varied cross-dressing appearances and hot temper when he was mayor, then 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.
Giuliani has rarely stood up on behalf of Romney, the Hill reported. Giuliani bashed Romney during the GOP primaries for being a flip-flopper, calling him “a man without a core,” “a man without substance” and “a man that will say anything to become president of the United States.”
But earlier this year, Giuliani surprisingly came to the former Massachusetts governor’s defense when Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry spent the days leading up to the New Hampshire primary assailing Romney for his time as an executive at Bain Capital, framing the firm as an unethical institution that exploited companies and fired workers in a quest to make millions.
Superstorm Sandy
And appearing that same evening on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Giuliani accused of putting his own campaign ahead of handling the fallout from Superstorm Sandy.
"If I were the president of the United States, I sure wouldn't be flitting around the Midwest and the West," said Giuliani, who lost his own bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
"My job would be making sure this thing was followed through to the very end. Maybe the first couple of days he was keeping his eye on the ball, but we got gas lines now that are a mile long. We got bodies still being discovered, and we got a president who is playing campaigner in chief."
Obama stayed off the campaign trail for four days to monitor and respond to the storm, before returning to the stump on Thursday. Since then, he has attempted to strike a balance between politicking and storm response.
On a conference call with reporters Saturday evening, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt dismissed Giuliani's calls for Obama's resignation as another "desperate" last-minute maneuver by the Romney campaign, Business Insider said.
"That’s something you do in a banana republic four days before an election."
"America's mayor"
Giuliani, who rose to national fame as "America's mayor" in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, has positioned himself as an authority on leadership amid crisis, Reuters reported.
Critics say that while Giuliani was a reassuring presence on Sept. 11, he made mistakes preparing the city for an emergency prior to the attacks. And as a result, police and fire commanders could not coordinate search and rescue efforts. The National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded in a 2005 report that emergency responder lives likely were lost at the trade center because of the lack of communication.
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