Surrogate Giuliani fires up crowd for Romney in Boca Ratonby George Bennett | July 27th, 2012
BOCA RATON — Rudy Giuliani guaranteed a 2013 economic boom if Mitt Romney is elected president while saying President Obama should apologize to the American people for the latest bit of sluggish economic news.
Appearing before more than 200 Romney supporters at a sweltering storefront Romney campaign headquarters this afternoon, the former New York mayor and unsuccessful 2008 White House aspirant blasted Obama’s handling of the economy and the fact that he hasn’t made a presidential visit to Israel.
“This morning’s numbers on the growth of our economy were so horrible, so anemic, 1.5 percent, that Barack Obama should have walked outside the White House and apologized to the American people,” Giuliani said.
The Commerce Department today said the economy grew at a 1.5 percent rate during the second quarter.
“I guarantee you that if we elect Mitt Romney, our economy next year will boom,” said Giuliani, who hailed the former Massachusetts governor as a successful businessman.
Giuliani accused the president of “whining” about the Romney campaign’s recent attacks on Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remarks about businesses. Obama said Republicans have taken the words out of context to make it sound like he was denigrating hard work and entrepreneurship.
“Like hell he was taken out of context,” Giuliani said. He’s been saying the same thing for five years…It’s no different from what he said to Joe the Plumber four years ago.”
During the 2008 campaign, Republicans slammed Obama for telling Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher that “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
In an appeal to South Florida’s Jewish vote, Giuliani noted the Romney is scheduled to visit Israel soon and Obama has not been to the Jewish state as president.
“He had time to go to Egypt. He had time to kiss the hand and bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia……He’s had time to do thousands of fundraisers and hundreds of rounds of golf and he hasn’t had time to go to the state of Israel,” Giuliani said. “This president is better to our enemies than he is to our friends.”
Rabbi Bruce Warshal, a founding director of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and former publisher of The Jewish Journal, scoffed at Giuliani’s comments.
“George Bush the second went to Israel in the last year of an 8-year term…..It’s an irrelevant fact. It’s a non-issue. And for Giuliani to bring that issue up, he’s underestimating the intelligence of the Jewish community,” Warshal said.
Warshal appeared with two other rabbis and state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Boca Raton, at an Obama campaign event earlier today to praise the president’s stance on Israel. Warshal said Obama has been a steadfast ally to the Jewish state.
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