Rudy Giuliani Concedes ‘Obama Is Ahead,’ But He Better Be ‘Nervous As Heck’ About Romney


Appearing on CNN’s Starting Point this morning, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani conceded that President Barack Obama is certainly ahead of Mitt Romney at the current point, but warned that the administration better be nervous given the upcoming debates and the unfolding events in the Middle East.

“I believe that Obama is ahead,” said the two-term Republican mayor after emphasizing that recent poll data showing Obama ahead in key swing states will not mean anything come Election Day. “If I were the Obama campaign, I’d feel a little better than the Romney campaign. I feel like we’re ahead. Things are working. But, boy, I’d be nervous as heck that we’ve got four debates, three presidential debates, and we’ve got a Mideast, that who knows what’s going to happen next.”

He added that, given recent events in the Mideast, the Obama campaign has extra reason to be nervous about a Romney surge: “The simple fact is, the Obama approach to the Mideast is not working. Iran, now, has three times more enriched uranium since the day that President Obama came into office. His whole approach to Iran is not working. Egypt is trying to put Sharia law into the constitution. Three guys walked out of the Parliament yesterday because they’re worried that Egypt’s going to become a Sharia state. An American ambassador is killed for the first time since Jimmy Carter. We’ve had thirty, forty demonstrations against America.”

He continued on to rip the president’s decisions during the Arab Spring: “He made a lot of the wrong bets. Get rid of Mubarak, get rid of Gadhafi.”

Asked by John Berman to clarify what he meant, Giuliani answered that “I probably agree with Hillary Clinton. That Mubarak should’ve been moved out much more carefully, with much more emphasis on what comes after Mubarak.” Contributor Ryan Lizza took issue with the mayor’s belief that the United States could have wielded any more influence over Egypt during its uprising and elections.

Giuliani also scolded Obama for his treatment of Israel, “probably our greatest ally over the last 30-40 years.” He added that “I don’t care if you like Netanyahu or you don’t. […] I would sit down with Netanyahu, and I would have an eye to eye conversation with him. This man has to make a critical decision. […] I would let him know the red line if there is a red line.”

Despite Romney’s hard-line stance on joining Israel in defining a red line for Iran, Giuliani said he doesn’t think the president should publicly declare what exactly the line is.

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