BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani hammered at the ideology and policies of President Barack Obama during a visit to South Florida on Friday, saying "it doesn't fit America."
Giuliani, who attended a private fundraiser for the Mitt Romney campaign in Boca Raton, said what he characterized as dramatic anti-business and anti-job policies had kept the unemployment rate in the United States at highs not seen in decades.
"People have seen what Barack Obama has done to them for the last four years. They've made up their mind about it," he said. "Some people obviously like him. Other people say he has been the worst president in their lifetime. And, if you look at the economy, I think they're right."
The president, Giuliani said, had made Washington more partisan than it had ever been.
He said the president was not able to run a re-election campaign the way Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton did.
"If Barack Obama were to say to the American people, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago," they'd throw him out of office in a heartbeat," he said.
"He can't run on his record. If Mitt Romney could have the same success as president of the United States that he's had for Bain we'd be in great shape. I'd take that in a minute."
Giuliani said the Romney campaign had to stay focused on the economy and would revive it with pro-business and pro-jobs approaches.
In a statement, Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said Romney surrogates had set out to erase aspects of his record.
"The reality is that Mitt Romney's never been able to substantiate his debunked job creation claims from his tenure as a corporate buyout specialist because his work wasn't about creating jobs, it was about maximizing profits for his investors no matter the cost to workers, families, and communities," Woodhouse said. "As Governor, he outsourced jobs and cut taxes for millionaires while raising taxes and fees on the middle class and small business – driving the state down to 47th out of 50 in job creation and leaving Massachusetts first in the nation in per capita debt. Now, he's promising to bring the same economic philosophy to the White House, but Americans just can't afford it – it didn't work then and it won't work now. "