Giuliani attacks Obama over Sandy as Romney goes for broke
Former New York mayor says Obama failed in aftermath of superstorm, but is it too late?
DAYS after New York mayor Michael Bloomberg unexpectedly gave his backing to Barack Obama in the race for the White House, his predecessor in the Big Apple, Rudolf Giuliani, has emerged as Mitt Romney's attack dog, putting the boot into the president and calling on him to resign.
Giuliani, who won worldwide praise for the way he handled the 9/11 terror attacks when he was city mayor, criticised Obama for his actions after New York was hit by Hurricane Sandy last week. He also attacked him over the economy and the way he dealt with the death of the US ambassador to Libya.
Appearing at a rally in Ohio on Friday night with other senior Republican figures, Giuliani went for the jugular. "He lied," he said. "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 followed that with an appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN where he laid into Obama over his handling of Hurricane Sandy.
Most observers have praised the president for the way he dealt with the aftermath of the storm, but Giuliani had other ideas.
"I don't know what the heck he was doing in Nevada while people were still being discovered dead in New York. I sure wouldn't be flitting around the Midwest," said Giuliani.
"Maybe the first couple of days he was keeping his eye on the ball," he continued. "But we've got gas lines that are a mile long, we've got bodies still being discovered and we've got a president playing campaigner-in-chief."
The New York Daily News noted that Giuliani had cut a relatively low profile so far this election year but had now "positioned himself as an authority on leadership amid crisis".
Webite Gawker said it was shrewd of Romney to have Giuliani attack Obama's handling of the storm. "It's a smart move by the Romney campaign: the 9/11 crisis manager attacking the President on his abilities to manage a crisis," explained Gawker. "Most importantly, it keeps the pretty distasteful words out of Romney's mouth."
But is it all too late for Romney? The New York Times' polling guru Nate Silver put the chances of an Obama victory on Tuesday at just over 85 per cent on Sunday, reported Salon.