Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani paid a visit to a Romney campaign office in Conshohocken Monday, and used the opportunity to rip President Barack Obama on his handling of the Hurricane Sandy aftermath and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Guiliani told a crowd of about 80 supporters and campaign workers that upon hearing of the attack on the consulate, Obama decided to send in CIA operatives, who were then delayed at an airport for three hours.
"What do you think a President McCain, or a President Romney, or a President Reagan would have done?" Giuliani asked. "Sent in the Marines immediately. I don't care if it embarrasses the Libyan government, all I care about is saving American lives."
According to the Wall Street Journal, a CIA team tasked with supplying additional security to a separate CIA facility in Benghazi was delayed at a Tripoli airport due to logistical disagreements between the two countries. However, the article reported that an original CIA team had evacuated all American officials from the consulate within about 50 minutes, but did criticize that response time.
Giuliani also blasted Obama for his handling of Hurricane Sandy, saying that the president has done little to ensure proper supplies are reaching heavily-damaged areas in New Jersey and New York after meeting with N.J. Governor Chris Christie.
"Barack Obama, our excuse for a leader, a campaigner-in-chief, comes in, gets all this praise, Chris Christie pats him on the back," Giuliani said. "Then he goes off to Las Vegas and puts his commander-in-chief jacket on and struts around. Meanwhile, people don't have any water, don't have any heat, electricity, or gasoline."
Giuliani said the problem should be solved by flying in water and trucking in gasoline to the area, and said FEMA was failing in those responsibilities.
"I understand he has every right to go campaign…but he can't leave behind a FEMA that abandons New York. He can't leave behind an effort that's worse than Katrina," Giuliani said.
However, Governor Christie praised FEMA for its efforts last week, saying that "cooperation has been great with FEMA here on the ground," CNN reported.
More recently, in a piece titled "FEMA Fuel AWOL for Sandy Survivors," Huffington Post reporter David Wood said that fuel supplies were scarce in parts of New York and New Jersey, despite FEMA arranging for 24 million gallons of fuel for the recovery effort and sending in 230 fuel trucks as of Sunday.
Giuliani was joined at the get-out-the-vote event by actor Jon Voight, former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich, former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, and former Eagles tight-end Chad Lewis.
Voight drew applause for a closing monologue from the play Camelot, praising the memories of a once great city, which he compared to Reagan's Shining City on a Hill speech.
"It reminds me of what's going on now," Voight said, referring to his opinion that the country is declining. "Unless we do something about it."
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