October 25th, 2007
03:25 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney open to Iran 'bombardment'

Watch Romney explain his approach to Iran.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Campaigning in the critical primary state of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Thursday that he would take “military action” against Iran if “strict economic and diplomatic sanctions” did not curtail that country’s nuclear buildup.

“Let their country know that they are a pariah,” Romney said firmly during a visit to a local hospital.

“If for some reason they continue down their course of folly toward nuclear ambition, then I would take military action if that's available to us. That's an option that's on the table.”

“I really can't lay out exactly how that would be done, but we have a number of options, from blockade to bombardment of some kind….[F]rankly, I think it's unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons."

Romney reiterated that he also supported strict sanctions and other forms of international pressure to prevent Iran’s nuclear buildup. He also said he would seek to indict Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad under the U.N.’s Genocide Convention.

– CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla


Filed under: Iran • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Sue, Michigan

    Well, at least the Romney fans know what they're voting for-MORE money down the tubes...and probably the start of WW111, just what Bushites want. Stop the madness! For a Christian country, we sure skip over the part that says "Love You Enemy," "treat others as you would be treated'" and turn the other cheek." As one of my Brethren bumper stickers reads "When Jesus said 'Love your Enemy, I don't think he meant to kill them."

    October 25, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Todd, SLC, UTAH

    Why do comments disappear from CNN blogs? I have notice on more than one occasion (however ironically on Mitt Romney blogs) that comments are there. Then within a few hours they are gone – this is strange

    October 25, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Jeff, Roy, UT

    Mitt Romney has no experience in geopolitical issues. He "really can't lay it out exactly", not because he isn't trying, it is because he simply does not know what to do. It is called a lack of experience geopolitically and militarily! May be he should ask his bishop for advice, or the Prophet of his church?

    October 25, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Jeff, ROY UT

    New post so maybe CNN will post it?

    Mitt Romney has no experience in geopolitical issues. He "really can't lay it out exactly", not because he isn't trying, it is because he simply does not know what to do. It is called a lack of experience geopolitically and militarily! May be he should ask his bishop for advice, or the Prophet of his church?

    October 25, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. John, Syracuse

    Mitt Romney has no experience in geopolitical issues. He "really can't lay it out exactly", not because he isn't trying, it is because he simply does not know what to do. It is called a lack of experience geopolitically and militarily! May be he should ask his bishop for advice, or the Prophet of his church?

    October 25, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    I wonder how gung ho Mitt Romney would be to take military action if his five sons were in the military. Mitt Romney said his sons are serving the country by helping him run for the Presidency.

    October 26, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. ThirstyJon, Adelaide, SA, Australia (from U.S.A.)

    Pixie (and others):

    If you don't mind Iran having Nuclear Weapons you are missing something. Do you know what a Nuclear Weapon is or what it does?

    You haven't heard Ahmadinejad's railing against the U.S.?

    Who are we to tell Iran they cannot have Nukes? We are a people intent on protecting our families and children from Madmen with Nukes.

    Any candidate who is not willing to consider stopping Iran from getting Nukes, including a military option if necessary must not be President.

    October 26, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  8. ThirstyJon, Adelaide, SA, Australia (from U.S.A.)

    Pixie (and others):

    If you don't mind Iran having Nuclear Weapons you are missing something. Do you know what a Nuclear Weapon is or what it does?

    You haven't heard Ahmadinejad's railing against the U.S.?

    Who are we to tell Iran they cannot have Nukes? We are a people intent on protecting our families and children from Madmen with Nukes.

    Any candidate who is not willing to consider stopping Iran from getting Nukes, including a military option if necessary must not be President.

    ThirstyJon

    October 26, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  9. summus

    dear republicans,

    Please choose Romney as your nominee.

    October 26, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Peter, Wausau, WI

    Hmmm... I'm currently a supporter of Fred Thompson... but perhaps I need to consider giving Gov. Romney a chance, since it seems he would be willing to do what needs to be done to protect America from Iran.

    October 26, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Henry
    The left will not research the truth...afterall – they saw the Michael Moore and Al Gore movies....and they were all "accurate" – one side of the story is all thats ever needed...liberals...please use this as an example to research for yourself....

    October 26, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Henry Tucker, GA

    To all yall fired up liberals mad at Romney... Here are a few quotes for you:

    HILLARY CLINTON – October 16, 2007

    "Clinton said she would use unspecified incentives to encourage Iran to renounce sponsorship of terrorism and its desire for nuclear weapons, and to play a constructive role in stabilizing Iraq.

    But she made clear she would use military action as a last resort to prevent Iran from obtaining atomic weapons."

    BARACK OBAMA – October 13, 2007

    "I think Iran understands what military threats we pose. You know, they're not surprised that we could strike them, and strike them hard," Obama said. "What we haven't suggested in any way is what advantages they would have in acting more responsibly in the region. That's been the missing ingredient."

    Hell – we could quote every candidate (except for Kucinich and Rob Paul) with the SAME CNN headline. Yall libs just want to pile on Romney.

    It's one of them fancy words... hypocrisy.

    October 26, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Tom Dedham, Mass

    You losers are taking one word as if he said "lets start the bombardment of Iran today".

    It is an option that should be used as a last resort, last resort, last resort, there, that feels better.

    But it should be put out there, so that they understand there will be conseqeunces to any dumb-ass actions by them.

    Nothing "off the table" said out loud even with NO intent on actually doing it, acts as more of a deterrent than holding hands and singing Kumbya and sticking your heads in the sand (pun intended).

    October 26, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
1 2 3 4