- ‘Gay Jeans’ that fade into rainbow-colored denim created
- Divided court strikes down big porn award
- Jimmy Carter: Don’t hurt Russian people with sanctions
- Oldest ex-MLB player dies in Cuba, 2 days shy of 103rd birthday
- ‘Top Gun’ for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy’s approval
- Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election
- Pfc. Bradley Manning is now Pfc. Chelsea Manning: Court says so
- Secret base U.S. special forces used to train Libyans now under terrorist control: report
- 9th suspect in N.C. kidnapping turns self in to FBI
- L.A. sheriff admits to testing flyover spy program without notifying residents
Giuliani touts Romney’s readiness over Obama’s
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Mitt Romney’s record as a businessman makes the former Massachusetts governor a much more qualified candidate to repair the country’s economy than President Obama, whom he derided as community organizer who “never really had a payroll to meet.”
Mr. Obama’s economic experience, when he ran for the White House, was “theoretical,” Mr. Giuliani said in an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while Mr. Romney started and led one of the country’s most successful companies, Bain Capital, and salvaged the Salt Lake City Olympics.
“He’s the perfect choice,” Mr. Giuliani said.
The former New York mayor, who criticized Mr. Romney when both men were rivals for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, said the former Massachusetts governor’s record of job creation is far superior to Mr. Obama’s — though not, as Mr. Giuliani pointedly noted, as good as his own.
“Well, I mean, there’s a certain amount of personal ego in that. At that point, I was probably comparing his record to my record, and maybe it was circumstances or whatever, but I had a massive reduction in unemployment. He had a reduction in unemployment of about 8 percent, 10 percent — I think it was 15 percent. I had a reduction in unemployment of 50 percent. I was comparing what I thought was my far-superior record to his otherwise decent record.”
Mr. Obama, according to Mr. Giuliani, is the one who should be worried about his record.
“No matter how much President Obama tries to make it about Romney … it’s going to be Obama’s record,” he told host Candy Crowley.
The former mayor, who has campaigned alongside Mr. Romney in recent weeks, pushed back against the Obama campaign’s strategy of questioning whether Mr. Romney’s Bain Capital experience qualifies him for the presidency.
“What does qualify you to be president? Does being a community activist for a Saul Alinsky group, and then a member of a state legislature for a few years and kind of arriving in the Senate and running for president on Day One, does that qualify you to be president?” Mr. Giuliani said.
“I would take Romney’s background for an America that has to turn around its economy way over Obama’s background which has basically been a theoretical kind of background … virtually no success before, just community organizer, state Senate, never really had a payroll to meet or any responsibilities.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, appearing on the same program, defended the Obama administration and hailed his record on job creation.
“Let me also just quickly take issue with what Mayor Giuliani is saying. We are running on President Obama’s incredible record of job growth. We’ve got a long way to go, but 26 straight months of job growth in the private sector, a resurgence in the manufacturing sector, an opportunity to rescue and thankfully rescue the American automobile industry when Mitt Romney would have let them go bankrupt,” the Florida Democrat said. “So we have a record that we’re proud to run on.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper’s coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper’s website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...
- Silver: GOP has 60% chance to retake Senate
- Country Times: As all-timers go, Cash remains The Man (In Black)
- COUNTRY TIMES: Is Taylor's relationship with Nashville coming to a Swift end?
- COUNTRY TIMES: Nashville's collaboration with Doobie Brothers a natural partnership
- COUNTRY TIMES: Dierks Bentley is here to save country music
Latest Blog Entries
- Mainers would rather move to Canada than down South
- McCain: 'Stand your ground' laws may need review
- Sen. Tom Coburn: Holder investigating himself is a 'total conflict of interest'
- CNN poll: IRS, AP and Benghazi haven't dinged Obama's approval rating
- Slain diplomat's mom on Obama's Benghazi comments: 'Bullfeathers'
TWT Video Picks
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
- Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with 'full-time' robots
- 'Top Gun' for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy's approval
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- Kansas will nullify local regulation of guns
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- Obama avoids 'red line' for China; prepared to impose tougher sanctions on Russia
- Brain surgery victim struggles with Obamacare: 'It's scary'
- 2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city
- Twitter blocks accounts critical of Turkish government
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Celebrity deaths in 2014