Romney and Santorum hit Obama over Syria
August 18th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney and Santorum hit Obama over Syria

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lambasted President Barack Obama's leadership Thursday saying his call for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down comes after too much blood has been shed in the country.

In a statement the former Massachusetts governor said the president took "far too long to speak out forcefully against Assad."

Read what Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said here.

Read what Texas Gov. Rick Perry said here.


"America must show leadership on the world stage and work to move these developing nations toward modernity," Romney said. "This means using the bullhorn of the presidency and not remaining silent for too long while voices of freedom and dissent are under attack."

U.S. authorities resisted calling explicitly for Assad to step down from power until Thursday. The public statements from Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were closely coordinated with European, Turkish and Arab allies, significantly ratcheting up international pressure against a regime that has been criticized for its harsh crackdown against anti-government protesters in recent months.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said it is "shocking that it has taken President Obama this long to realize that Syria is a threat to not just the region, but to its own people."

"It is about time that the Obama Administration stepped to the plate and called for the long-awaited resignation of President Assad," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a statement.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Santorum • Syria
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. RINO Bil

    Any idiot Republican can do this.

    I'm still waiting for Mitt to tell me why I should vote for HIM and not one of the other GOPers in the herd of presidential wannabees.

    August 18, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Publius Novus

    Mr. Mittens is an expert on foreign policy. He knows exactly when to ask a foreign leader to step down based on his extensive experience in the private economy. Yeah. Right.

    August 18, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. GL

    The public statements from Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were closely coordinated with European, Turkish and Arab allies, significantly ratcheting up international pressure against a regime that has been criticized for its harsh crackdown against anti-government protesters in recent months.

    This is somthing the Republicans and their followers never do is coordinated before shooting at the mouth.

    August 18, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    How come Romney has not taken a stance on Somalia, Yemen, N. Korea, Iran and his own Republican Party, which has declared war on America's middle class.

    August 18, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Tony

    Romney sat on the sidelines during the debt ceiling crisis, and did not make a sound until it was settled. He is like an armchair quarterback.

    August 18, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Kwesoe

    This man is a re-actionary. He only waits to react to what Obama says or does. Why did he not speak up about the Syrian situation before Obama did? So here is my poem for him:
    Some people,
    Some stand and look,
    At what others do,
    Then they come and say,
    How it ought to be.
    To them, the world is never right.

    August 18, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    I wonder why the great and almighty UN hasn't called a big meeting together to condemn Syria for the massacre of its own citizens? Why hasn't Assad been branded a murderous criminal and a international posse formed to hang him from the highest tree? When will the USA and NATO start bombing Syria now that the Great One has issued his edict?

    It is amusing to read all the left wing war mongers on this blog. They want to start bombing and killing others in order to save people from being bombed and killed. We should in no way be involved in Libya OR Syria. These are purely internal matters for these people to sort out however they diecide to do it. We have no responsibility to save everyone of this planet.

    August 18, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Romney is a professional down-sizer. Do we want him to down-size America's middle class?

    August 18, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. janedoe

    He can't own up to his own health care policies. He wants to tear down America but fix elsewhere. Typical of all Repubs. I am soo glad Obama has made them all show there true colors. Although I see it everyday on the job. SSDD

    August 18, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. terry,va

    Oh Please, please, please Mr. al-Assad please leave. I told Kaddafi to leave months ago and he hasn't. I NEED someone to listen to me PLEEEEEAAAASSSE. The American people are being to see me as the spineless ignorant idiot that I am and I will have to work at a Herman Cain's pizza joint if you won't go. He won't let me run it though. He said something about my business ignorance. Pretty PLEASE. Yours Truly, Obummie

    August 18, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Georgia Joe

    It always really easy to be the heckler sitting in the cheap seats. Romney sits on the sidelines, complains about anything the President does, but never offers an alternative or idea of his own.

    August 18, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Leading from the sideline is not very presidential Mitt. You're playing Monday morning quarterback. Why aren't you ahead of the issue?

    August 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. JustMe

    No matter what Obama does it'll never be good enough. I mean, I can just imagine Romney and Company sitting around the table on May 1st when it was announced we had caught and killed OBL and saying, "He should've gotten him a year ago" (no matter that during his entire 8 years in office Bush didn't get him and the GOP never once said anything).

    August 18, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Malty

    Obama is the current president, Mitt Romney is not. Only a government official has any clout in telling another government official to step down (or stop killing your own people). Mitt Romney is right, it took WAY TOO LONG. Liberals always give Obama a free pass and criticize anyone that disagrees. Read the posts above... you'll see how blinded liberals are.

    Mitt Romney needs to be our next President. Obama can then go the route of Clinton and Gore and become the next 100+ millionaire.

    August 18, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Robert

    I love it!!! So, the GOP:
    Was against him speaking out about Egypt, except for right before he did it when they wanted him to.
    In Lybia, he sent support, and the GOP has been against him since. However, they were for it, until he did it, and then that changed.
    In Syria, they've been wanting him to speak out.. now it's been to long...

    It doesn't matter what our current president does, the people on the road to the WH are going to just slam every action he makes. Good gravy, he could cancel abortion, and these guys would stand up and say "What, people shouldn't have personal freedom anymore???"

    August 18, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Hector

    This man is more of a follower. Can he come up with a solution for the problem we are facing or is he going to keep on running behind Obama. We need solutions not a sideline politician!!!

    August 18, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Malty

    Note: Trying to paint Romney as incompetent isn't working. He has accomplished more than anyone that posted on this blog - or the CNN writer that hacked this together.

    August 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Shirley In California

    These maggots are unbelievable. They sat IDLE and said NOTHING when W was killing – all in the name of patriotism and oil and now they want to pretend war suddenly matters. Romney has zero experience in foreign affairs and unlike our current president – he is "mentally challenged" and incapable of learning. Why doesn't he go get a real job and stop pretending to be presidential? I for one and not fooled.

    August 18, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. don

    Romney hasn't flip flopped on this issue. He just found out something was going on in Syria today and is against it.

    August 18, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Really?

    Ok, so, this guy is giving Obama flak about not stepping in on Syria soon enough, when everyone was just giving him flak about Libya and how he should not have stuck his nose in. Anyone else seeing the trend here? Can't win for losing, I guess Obama just because he is the POTUS can just make everybody hire people, make all bad leaders into good leaders, and while he is at it, walk on water! What Americans need to do is back the man, not beat the man, he is there, in that position and needs support not resistance. If every move he makes is blocked, scrutinized, demonized, and shot down, what can he do? Because people have been programmed to HATE him they have been effctively made into stumbling blocks against any progress that could possibly be made. Basically, instead of the American way of bandind and standing together to defeat a common enemy, we choose to fight amognst each other and against our LEADER, becoming part of the problem instaed of the solution. Watch who you listen to, see if they have or can do what they say any different than the one the speak out against, I doubt it. The GLOBAL ECONOMY is bad, not just ours. The Middle East is going through a rebirth and just like a natuarl birth it is delicate and should be treated as such, considering we are HATED by so many. God tells us to pray for those in authority over us, binding their hands to GOD'S will instead of their own. The problems we face today are just as much our fault as anyone else, we elect and the neglect, hoping that this person single handedly can save us all. If we don't pu our hands to the plow we can not expect to eat the crop from the field.

    August 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Atlanta Independent

    Why all the Republicans talking down on Prez Obama that all they have to say is what prez obama say or do tell me how you going tax the rich and brings jobs back to our country. It like Obama this Obama that it sad how these republicans came up with these jokers to run for office.

    August 18, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. midleclssfan

    These Republicons, so called I'm God loving freaks are nothing more than a bunch of liars. Bachmann is now saying President Obama is responsible for high gas prices and shes going to lower them to 2 dollars a gallon. Is there any limit to what these liars will say. Most pathetic is there are people who believe this crap and vote for them. Telling the truth doesn't seem to matter with this crowd.

    August 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    You people are stupid, one minute it is stay out of other Countries business and the next is get involved!! Make Up your MIND!! The minute President would have called for troops to do something in Syria, folk would have scream to the high hog!! So GSTFD!! Meaning Go Shut The ? Up!!!

    August 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Jess Sayin

    Anyone else thinking of how the Mittster stayed out of the debt ceiling debate until his thoughts on it were meaningless? The irony of him complaining about President Obama's delay on Syria is priceless.

    August 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. seriously???

    This is the reason why I will never vote for a slimeball, two faced republican again. And I was a registered republican not so long ago.

    August 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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