BY WESLEY P. HESTER
Ahead of President Barack Obama’s campaign stop in Glen Allen tomorrow, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling offered a cold reception Friday morning in Henrico County on behalf of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
In the cramped, sweaty and overflowing Romney campaign office, Giuliani spent more than 20 minutes assailing the president’s record, his policies and his background.
Giuliani told the crowd that Obama had promised to unite the American people, but had resorted to class warfare as president.
“Now we’ve got a president who’s trying to define us right down the middle. Rich people are bad, rich people are awful, businesses are terrible,” he said. “Doesn’t the president of the United States understand where jobs come from?”
Giuliani also criticized the president’s foreign policy and accused him of blaming former President George W. Bush for the nation’s problems instead of accepting responsibility for them.
“Barack Obama has had his chance. Whatever you think of George Bush, it is no longer George Bush’s fault,” he said.
The former mayor praised Romney’s private sector experience, which has been under attack from Obama, commenting that Romney’s job at Bain Capital “was to create returns for his investors, to make his investors money…nothing else.”
Giuliani said Obama “hates American capitalism,” and accused him of pushing “Democratic programs that make poor people dependent.”
He added: “They want to keep them in poverty so they’ll keep voting Democratic.”
Bolling offered a similar message, blasting the president and touting Romney’s qualifications to replace him.
“His policies have been an assault on liberty, they’ve been an assault on freedom,” he said of Obama, calling Romney “the right person at the right time with the right experience to get America back on the right track.”