September 8th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney: Bin Laden 'deluded'

Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa on Saturday

CHEROKEE, Iowa (CNN) - Adding to his comments on the release of a new Osama bin Laden tape, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday that the Al Qaeda leader is "almost incomprehensible for people of this country to understand, how someone can be so deluded."

At an event in rural Iowa, Romney told reporters, "I think when he makes tapes like this it hurts his effort, doesn't help it."

The former Massachusetts governor also said the United States is facing "unusual times" and undergoing "challenges."

"They're so significant, these challenges, that I'm convinced America is going to have to change course in some respect," Romney said.

He cited the U.S. Revolutionary War and Civil War as other examples of times when the nation has changed it's path.

"There have been some changes in Americas history. One of those I think is occurring now, because of the forces that are going to be upon us. One of those forces is the radical Jihadist movement around the world, trying to bring down civilization and us in particular."

Romney also touched on the subject of Iran.

"I want to indict [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad for incitation to genocide. There is a genocide convention that calls what he has been saying as a violation of that convention."

Romney said he wants to make it clear to the people of Iran that nuclear proliferation is the wrong answer, and he said this message should be delivered to a specific group of the population.

"I think they have 75,000 bloggers in Iran, people who are on the internet.
I want to communicate to them that becoming a nuclear nation is not a source of pride, it's a source of peril."

He continued, "It's a very dangerous thing to become a nuclear nation. They need to understand these things. I hope that will convince them that they need to pull back their nuclear ambition."

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney • Race to '08
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Romney isn't so well grounded himself,maybe he should refrain from calling others "deluded",it might lend itself to some hypocrisy.Does'nt Mitt practice a delusional superstition about a supernatural being in the sky?

    September 8, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Politics is no place for religious ridicule or derision. Everyone holds their faith dear to them. And every faith has beliefs that look ridiculous when held up to the secular light.

    That disrespectful post is more telling about you than Romney.

    Romney is successful, focused, dedicated, loves America and its ideals. He has broad understanding and possesses the leadership skills necessary to steer this country.

    September 8, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Well, it would help that if all of the quotes saying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the destruction of Israel weren't actually misquotes. He never said that... look it up yourself if you don't believe me. However, don't you find that misquote convenient?

    September 8, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Michael, Gallatin, TN

    Yes, the United States is indeed in a period of historic conflict and crisis. Romney says that because of external threats he is "convinced America is going to have to change course in some respect." Well, Romney and others like him have been hard at work changing America's course alright, by putting aside the principles embodied in our constitution and by doing everything in their power to undermine the freedoms and rights guaranteed by it. No thank you Mr. Romney. I'd rather fight terrorists in the streets here than surrender even one freedom in the name of "Homeland" security. Even the term Homeland reeks. If this is the Homeland, what's the rest of the world, the outlands of our empire?

    September 8, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Politics is the official place for the ridicule of theology,thanks to the theocratic republican party.It has been nine years since the discovery that a biological brain defect is responsible for religious indoctrination being so successful and the fact that one party is laying claim to these defective thinkers is a travesty.Since the current republican party cannot stand without the crutch of so many of you with this mental issue,ridicule and disrespect is now the moral and ethical duty of every american.This will continue until you religious freaks all retreat from politics and allow our government(our secular democracy)to function intelligently.This wall of separation that you seek to destroy will only bring you a state run theocracy that I don't think any religious leader or victim would enjoy very much.So get your god crap off our money and out of our courtrooms or face a lifetime of the cruelist ridicule you can stand to hear(or read)for your attempted subversion of our government.You deserve it.

    September 8, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Eric, Washington DC

    Me: Romney's deluded

    September 8, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Patrick Tempe, AZ

    Did anyone bother to notice that Romeny cited the Revolution as a time America had to change it's course? America didn't exist as a sovereign nation, so how could the country have changed it's course. Second, for someone running for President to blatantly challenge Iran and charge their president with Genocide is what is really dangerous, and who mare we as Americans to tell any nation they cannot have nuclear weapons? Romney and all the other like minded candidates and citizen must realize that America does not in fact police the world. Romney is, for lack of a better term, a moron.

    September 8, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I did notice that and it raised my ire that these theocrats would allude to the revolution to promote their attempt to overthrow our government.Thank you for pointing that out though.

    September 8, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Fear of: the loss of a resource required for a stable modern life. Who is setting this policy of not truly embracing and helping these ‘forever’ second world nations: keeping those who would cause a resource to be used up faster: depressed, only creates the required threat for holding them back so disrupting their growth rates and stability.

    An Iran with a nuclear program will generate electricity from uranium and allow that precious resource: oil, to be traded for transportation and construction purposes in greater quantities and so support a greater first world base for invention and innovation.

    Nuclear programs demand a higher and more respected seat in the United Nations, but that is all it grants towards world order. Those who chose to make weapons of Mass destruction threaten that order only to create an expensively maintained 'stability of tension'.

    September 8, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. CM

    Romney was a pitiful governor of Massachusetts – he never missed a chance to ridicule the state he was elected to govern, and only wanted the job as a stepping-stone to the White House. He accepted no salary, and was worth every penny of it – (0).

    The faster he fizzles, the better. He is an empty suit, beside being delusional.

    September 8, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. New Bern, North Carolina

    The republicns will for the first time be stupid if the did not chose mitt only his clean past can beat Hilliary its just plain and simple – Rudy is no different than hilliary he is moraly bankrupt so who do you pick well in this kind of silly match up the dems always win:

    Romney is successful, focused, dedicated, loves America and its ideals. He has broad understanding and possesses the leadership skills necessary to steer this country.


    September 8, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    Saying you are going to indict the Iranian President for incitation to genocide is not likely to prove a useful negotiation ploy in disarmament talks.

    Romney is clearly naive and inexperienced in international politics.

    September 8, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Justin, Ada OK

    Whoa... Mr Ed,
    This great nation was founded and its constitution written by men of faith. They also must have suffered from your so called "biological brain defect. What arrogant blather. Your comments are un-american. Mr Ed, why don't you just move to Europe where you can worship your narcissistic atheism with people like yourself?

    September 8, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. kenny, nc

    watch the republican debate, god is involved in their platform so its perfectly fair to ask if they say know believe a guy read some gold tablets from a top hat and no one else saw it about 200 years ago, and that magicial pjs protect you under your clothes.

    September 8, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Wow Romney is so misinformed. Didn't someone tell him that the call for genocide against Israel was a translation mistake?

    And yes the country is in need of a change....we can either continue pissing billions of dollars away fighting other people's battles all over the world and watching our economy crumble.

    Pretty much all republicans except Ron Paul here. And all democrats(don't fool yourself they may want us out of Iraq...just to put them back in Darfur or other 3rd world country we shouldn't be involved with)

    September 9, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  16. Ryan, Provo, UT

    "ridicule and disrespect is now the moral and ethical duty of every american.This will continue until you religious freaks all retreat from politics and allow our government(our secular democracy)to function intelligently."

    Wow, whose the evangelical theocrat here ed? Whose the one militantly cramming their beliefs down other's throats? And to take the whole of spirituality, which has inspired many of the world's greatest philosophers and scientists for centuries, and reduce it to a brain defect is not only naive, its intellectually dishonest. Or more clearly, its false. I say this as a liberal, agnostic, graduate student in biology.

    I don't like the republicans' attempts to blur the line between church and state any more than the next democrat, but you, my friend, seem like the wild-eyed zealot to me.

    September 9, 2007 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  17. Pace, Buffalo, NY

    To Ed (NY) and Patrick (AZ),

    Thank you for raising very serious points. Romney is an idiot who says he isn't running on a religious platform, yet wants to appeal to the psycophantic christian crowd that has become the Republican party, by calling others deluded on the basis of their faith. So it's ok toridicule others on their faithbut his own Mormon delusions are off limits?! get a life Romney, and while you're at it, get offf that American high horse youcame riding on, who are you to dictate nuclear terms to the people of a sovereign nation while you're ass is sitting on the largest such arsenal in the world?? Where do you get off telling Iranians how dangerous it was to acquire such technology while you wouldn't dream of giving up yours?? It seems to me that what's really dangerous is the fact that you actually believe that it is in your place to lecture Iran and the rest of the world on how to run their affairs, such dangerous notions got us into the current mess we're in in Iraq, the last thing we need is another incompetent brain running this country.

    September 9, 2007 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  18. John, Seattle

    America! Watch out for the Mormon Moron. It will drag our beautiful country down the drain if he becomes president...God forbid..

    September 9, 2007 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    With Mitt stating "I want to communicate to them that becoming a nuclear nation is not a source of pride, it's a source of peril."

    But the USA is proud to be a nuclear nation aren't we? And we are "the deciders."

    John McCain jokes/sings about "bomb Iran", Bush calls them one of the Axis of Evil and Faux News is starting to beat the drums for war with Iran, so no wonder they are feeling a bit threatened. When you back any dangerous being into a corner, threaten it – you best be prepared to be bitten.

    September 9, 2007 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  20. Tom Dedham, Mass

    The war on terror is just a bumper sticker anyway, right "guys"?

    Oh wait, German authorities just nabbed 3 converted muslim extremist dirtbags (and are looking for 11 or so more) that had weapons and plans to blow up some US installations in honor of 9-11 and in Florida (also this week) 2 muslim extremists (a pattern here???) were nabbed with pipe bombs near the Navy base.

    While the MSM was choosing to give wall to wall coverage on that idiot Craig sticking his piggies where they don't belong, these more important stories either get glossed over (Germany) or not reported at all (Florida).

    Yeah , I know and agree Bush sucks, but guess what, we should be united on killing these bastards and you kumbya singers just want to ignore it, kiss their asses and only sit down and find out what "we did wrong" so we can understand why they want to kill us and the Jews.

    Why do you think the MSM downplays this stuff?

    I for one applaud these folks and YES, other countries that are DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO PROTECT PEOPLE.

    Will you all be so upset if it turns out that these were thwarted using cameras or heaven forbid, wiretapping of overseas phone calls, or oh double no, some barking dogs were used to get information?

    Ignoring the threat or believing old mindsets won't make it go away.

    As for blaming Bush because nobody supposedly hated us until January, 2000, how do you account for the 6-8 US installation bombings or the first WTC bombing while Billy boy was in office?

    As for you sheep who also only believe people that served can discuss these matters, I did VOLUNTEER proudly, 1981-1987.

    Big fuzzy Hugs.

    September 9, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    What ignorance,there is a war it's called the war on democracy by theocrats like bush and bin laden.Neither side can win, it's a fools game.If you expect to beat them at their game by playing along,you're an idiot.We need to restore our constitution so that we have the moral high ground to oppose threats like Iran.Only then can we eradicate this threat of fundamentalist theocrats.The republican view is too much like the pot calling the kettle black.

    September 9, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Justin, Ada OK

    CNN, why did you remove my first comment? It was perfectly appropriate. Do you have some kind of favoritism or agenda?

    September 9, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Carol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    I'm sorry, but does anyone really think that, in Iran's administration's eyes, we could ever claim a "moral high ground"? We are, after all, the nation of Wal-Mart and McDonald's, of openly gay couples and Disney...I for one am proud to be here but I don't think we'll be convincing them anytime soon that they should follow in our steed because we are somehow morally superior.

    September 9, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Do you ever say anything positive? So far you put down anyone stupid enough to believe in God, which is most of us, every post is sardonic and spited. You strike me as an unhappy person. Doesn't lend you a lot of credibility!

    September 9, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Mr. Romney when one of your five sons joins the military then and only then should you talk about committing other parents children to fight in a war.

    September 9, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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