Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” Thursday night that he’s angry with congressional Republicans for their “lame” performance in negotiating with Democrats and the Obama administration over the debt ceiling.
“I've been bringing up the last couple of days my anger at the Republicans,” Giuliani says. “I think, frankly, their negotiating tactics have been lame….”
But Giuliani says Republicans are hamstrung in their efforts to set the nation on a better financial footing because “you don’t have a leader” in the White House.
“Look at what he put us through with this whole debt thing,” Giuliani says. “I mean, this is because a president doesn't lead. I mean, Republicans, Democrats, fighting with each other in the House ….
“The president has never outlined how he would do [it] -- this is outrageous!” he says. “No plan -- this would be like if when I was the mayor of New York, if I said, ‘I'm not going to do a budget. I'll let the City Council [do it].’ …he's done everything this way…. Nobody knows what the heck he's doing.”
In an interview airing 9 p.m. Eastern on Giuliani calls the House Republican “cut, cap, and balance” proposal a “very solid plan,” one that he says would address both the nation’s short-term and long-term budget problems.
“It’s actually the only way out of it,” he tells host Sean Hannity.
Giuliani says President Barack Obama simply doesn’t understand the budgeting process, telling Hannity “… you've made this point over and over, but just think about this -- he's never done a budget before.
“We take a guy who's never done a budget and we give him the biggest budget in the world to run. Of course, he's going to screw it up,” Giuliani says.
Giuliani also discusses in depth whether he’s likely to toss his hat in the ring for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, saying he’ll decide by “end of August, end of September.”
In the interview with Hannity, Giuliani mentions that he recently paid a visit to the key primary state of New Hampshire, and received a lot of advice.
“But I’ve got to think about the rest of the country,” he tells Fox News.
“What kind of a chance do I really have? How are the candidates doing? Does anybody really -- look like they can win?...My objective is we cannot have President Obama after, you know, next year.”
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