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Mitt Romney, losing to Rudy Giuliani, thinks Obama is 'one of the most ineffective presidents'

May 31, 2011 |  4:37 pm


Mitt Romney gives the Barack Obama presidency an F. Failure.

"He's been one of the most ineffective presidents, at the job at hand, that I've ever seen," Romney said on the "Today" show on Tuesday.

"The number one issue he faced walking in the door was an economy in fast decline," the former governor continued. "He didn't cause that, but he made things worse."

Romney, 64, said that Obama doesn't have a foreign policy, and worse than that, he "goes around apologizing for America."

"I don't apologize for America," Romney said in the interview. "I'm proud of America."

The former Massachusetts governor can't be proud of his showing in a recent poll that has him being beaten by Rudy Giuliani.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday revealed that of Republicans and independents who lean to the right, the former New York mayor would be their candidate. Of those polled, 16%  said they would vote for Giuliani if he was running, a percentage point higher than those who said they'd support Romney.

Although Romney is expected to throw his hat into the ring on Thursday, Giuliani has yet to do much but make his way around New Hampshire, testing the waters, as it were.

"Giuliani has the top spot in a 12-candidate field, but he doesn't generate a lot of enthusiasm. Only about a quarter of Republicans nationwide said that they would be enthusiastic if Giuliani won the nomination," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland told CNN's politics blog. "But he's not alone -- only a quarter would be enthusiastic if Palin got the party's nod, and only one in five would feel the same way if Romney became the GOP's standard-bearer in 2012."

Who got an F in the CNN poll? Probably Newt Gingrich. As Wonkette points out the former speaker of the House was the unfortunate soul in the rear of the pack.

"Gingrich came in with 8% of the vote, only slightly ahead of 'No One,' who got 5%," the blog noted.


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Photo:  Mitt Romney, left, and Rudy Giuliani speak simultaneously while discussing immigration during the CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Fla., in November 2007. Credit:  Chris O'Meara / Associated Press