W ILKES-BARRE -- After a campaign nearly devoid of candidates and surrogates in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the region became a political hotbed one day before polls open.
On the Republican side, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led a contingent of GOP headliners to Wilkes-Barre to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith, state attorney general candidate David Freed and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Former President Bill Clinton spent the entire day in the Keystone State ‚?? including a stop in Scranton on Monday night -- on behalf of President Barack Obama and Sen. Bob Casey.
Giuliani was joined at the Wilkes-Barre GOP headquarters on South Main Street by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, actor Jon Voight, former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.
Giuliani was clear in his message: ‚??Barack Obama is a failed leader who has proven his incompetency time and again.
‚??President Obama wears the jacket that says ‚??Commander in Chief,‚?? but he‚??s nothing more than the Campaigner in Chief.‚?Ě
Giuliani, 68, who was mayor during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, said the handling of the Hurricane Sandy recovery was ‚??worse than Katrina.‚?Ě He said New York City has been without power, water and gasoline for a week.
‚??FEMA is a disaster,‚?Ě he said. ‚??Obama came to New Jersey for a photo-op with Gov. (Chris) Christie, then he left for Vegas and we haven‚??t seen him since. You mean to tell me that the president of the United States can‚??t tell his FEMA director to get water to New York City?‚?Ě
Giuliani also criticized Obama for his handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four people were killed, including the U.S. ambassador. He said the consulate was attacked in April and June, yet Obama did nothing to increase security there.
‚??What does it take?‚?Ě Giuliani asked. ‚??If proper security was there, four people would not have been killed.‚?Ě
Giuliani said Obama ‚??fooled us four years ago,‚?Ě but it won‚??t happen again.
‚??I don‚??t care if America is well liked around the world,‚?Ě he said. ‚??I do care that America is respected around the world.‚?Ě
Toomey assumed the role of master of ceremonies. He got the crowd of mostly GOP volunteers to cheer and clap as he predicted a strong Republican victory today.
‚??We are coming to the end of this serial failure, and the people of Pennsylvania and across the U.S. have had enough,‚?Ě he said. ‚??President Obama wants four more years ‚?? I say let‚??s give him one more day.‚?Ě
Toomey said the GOP needs to gain the majority in the Senate.
‚??Harry Reid (Democratic leader) is far better suited to be the minority leader,‚?Ě he said.
Smith said his race with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, is a ‚??dead heat.‚?Ě