Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani hasÂ blasted President Obama for ‘incompetence’ over the attack on the U.S consulateÂ in Benghazi.
Speaking in Ohio at a rally for RepublicanÂ presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Giuliani said Obama should resign over hisÂ handling of the economy.
Giuliani told a 30,000-strong crowd at TheÂ Square at Union Centre, West Chester, that the Obama administration should be ‘ashamed of themselves’ for claiming that the latest job figures were a positiveÂ sign.
The figures, announced on Friday, showed thatÂ the unemployment rate had increased by a point to 7.9 per cent duringÂ October.
In an impassioned speech, Giuliani referredÂ to a 2009 interview in which Obama vowedÂ to turn the economy around in three years, otherwise he would be a ‘one-termÂ proposition’.
He said: ‘He should resign. He told us heÂ would resign if he did this poorly.
‘He lied. He has been a disaster. The worstÂ president for our economy in our lifetime.
‘He doesn’t want a second term. He wants aÂ second chance, because he screwed it up the first time.’
The majority of polls show President ObamaÂ holds a narrow lead in Ohio, a vital swing state, and across the nation.
But the margins in seven key swing states – including Obama’s lead in Ohio, and Romney’s leads in Florida and Virginia – areÂ less than three per cent, or within the polls’ margins of error.
Guiliani, who failed to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, also slammed Democrats for making Romney’s business experience with private equity firm Bain Capital a target on the campaign trail.
He said: ‘They tried to humiliate him becauseÂ of that. You know something, if Governor Romney can have theÂ success forÂ America that he had for Bain Capital, thank God! Our peopleÂ would be workingÂ again.’
The biggest applause during Giuliani’s speechÂ came when he argued that theÂ attack on the Benghazi consulate would not haveÂ happened if Senator John McCain had won the 2008 election.
He said: ‘They tried to humiliate him becauseÂ of that. You know something, if Governor Romney can have the success for AmericaÂ that he had for Bain Capital, thank God! Our people would be workingÂ again.’
The biggest applause during Giuliani’s speechÂ came when he argued that the attack on the Benghazi consulate would not haveÂ happened if Senator John McCain had won the 2008 election.
The attack, which killed four Americans,Â including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, took place on September 11 thisÂ year.
He said: ‘You know that what happened inÂ Libya is the result, at least, of incompetence.
‘Maybe if we had a president who was payingÂ attention, we wouldn’t be going through all this investigation of what’s beingÂ covered up about Libya.’
Giuliani claimed the attack on the U.S consulate inÂ Benghazi on September 11 this year would not have happened if Senator JohnÂ McCain had beaten Obama to the White House in 2008
Giuliani ended with a plea to the OhioÂ audience to vote for Romney on Tuesday.
He said: ‘You know what stands in his way?Â You know what’s going to stop him? Ohio! You’re going to do it.’
Guiliani spoke at the rally along side 2008Â presidential nominee SenatorÂ John McCain, Ohio Governor John Kasich, OhioÂ Senator Rob Portman andÂ Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Prior to the speakers, thousands of RomneyÂ supporters jammed the area around the stage, chanting ‘four more days’ inÂ reference to the time remaining on this presidential term for Obama.
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