Rudy Giuliani: Election between ‘Mr. Cool’ and ‘Mr. Competent’

TAMPA—Voters should consider "competence" over "cool" when deciding who to support for president in November, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday.

Giuliani stopped by the media filing center near the Republican National Convention site, where he told reporters that voters "made a big mistake" by electing President Barack Obama in 2008.

"If I had to select somebody to straighten out my business, I wouldn't necessarily select the cool guy, I'd select the competent guy," Giuliani said in response to a question about Mitt Romney's personal appeal to voters. "And I think maybe we made a big mistake last time. We selected Mr. Cool and we've had the worst unemployment that we've had since the Great Depression. Maybe this time if we select Mr. Competent, we'll be a lot better off."

Another reporter asked Giuliani, who launched his own bid for the presidency in 2008, if he was concerned about the possible optics of holding a celebratory convention while a hurricane is hitting the Gulf Coast.

"I think they are showing sensitivity," he said. "If there was somebody who needed a triple bypass operation you wouldn't not do it because there's a hurricane going on someplace else. The fact is, this country needs reform, it needs change. This is the time that's been assigned for this convention. What is happening here is not interfering in any way in what's going on there."