He should resign! He told us he would resign if he did this poorly. Do you remember that? Do you remember that he told us that if he couldn’t get employment above 6 percent, he wouldn’t run for a second term? He lied! 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.Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani • Fulfilling to a T the role of campaign “attack dog” surrogate, while stumping for the Romney/Ryan ticket in Ohio today. It’s worth noting that we can’t find any indication that President Obama ever said he wouldn’t run for a second term if unemployment was above 6%. Indeed, this at any point since the 2007 financial collapse would’ve been a rather mad pledge for him to make. It’s likely Giuliani was speaking of Obama’s comments in 2009, that if he didn’t turn the economy around by 2012 his presidency would be a “one-term proposition,” but that’s not a pledge to resign, or not run, so much as a frank assessment of the public’s voting inclinations. In addition to the above denunciations, Giuliani cast attacks at the American consulate in Benghazi as being a result of “incompetence,” and said that with a president who was paying attention, we wouldn’t have to investigate what was “covered up” there. source
» Just a reminder of how difficult it is to predict the outcomes of presidential primaries six months before Iowa. It’s also instructive to recall another Southern Republican who, four years ago, was seen as a savior by the GOP establishment. He announced his candidacy late in the game, and immediately vaulted to the top of the polls. That candidate was Fred Thompson.
» But take this with a grain of salt: Encouraging as these results may be to Giuliani, he still finished thirty (30) points behind Romney, which is an awfully steep deficit to overcome. And New Hampshire’s not exactly a deep red state, so it’s expected that they’d favor a moderate like Giuliani over someone like Mike Huckabee (who tied with Tim Pawlenty for third)). Still, just about nobody in the media has been taking a potential Giuliani candidacy seriously, so this second place showing is, if nothing else, a surprise.