With Friends like this, who needs enemies?
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on TV yesterday as a surrogate for presidential contender Mitt Romney — that part is expected, but Giuliani wasn’t drinking the Kool Aid. Giuliani seemed to pump himself up more than the presumed GOP nominee.
Giuliani, who ran for president in 2008, called Romney the best presidential candidate yesterday, but when shown a 2008 clip of him criticizing Romney, he went on to say why he was better.
“I was comparing what I thought was my far superior record to his otherwise-decent record, but the numbers weren’t as great,” Giuliani, who endorsed Romney in April, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Ok. Everyone can get off Message, but Giuliani continued.
Giuliani went on to point out how the Big Apple created 500,000 jobs while he was mayor to Romney’s 40,000 as governor of Massachusetts and how York’s unemployment rate dropped 50 percent to Romney’s 15 percent.
“I had massive reduction in unemployment,” Giuliani said.
The ex-mayor said that Romney had “almost a perfect record for someone running right now” before he jabbed him for his often wooden style.
He called Romney a “somewhat formal person,” while defending his ability to connect with voters.
“There’s some kind of a personal connection that doesn’t get made that the other candidates probably do a better job at,” said the man dubbed “America’s Mayor” following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “My advice to him would be: Be yourself,” Giuliani said. “If, in fact, you are a somewhat formal person, that’s OK. Be a formal person.”
Giuliani even went on to take credit for helping Romney turn around the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City following a bribery scandal and the 9/11 nightmare.
“I worked with him when he took the Olympics out of chaos,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani admitted during the interview, that he blamed his ego.
Don’t think Romney will have Rudy on the stump much.