The Citadel backdrop for Romney foreign policy speech
October 3rd, 2011
08:02 PM ET
2 years ago

The Citadel backdrop for Romney foreign policy speech

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - White House hopeful Mitt Romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech in Charleston, South Carolina at The Citadel Friday, where he'll discuss changes that he believes will "keep America the leader of the world."

The Republican presidential candidate made the announcement about the upcoming speech on talk radio host Sean Hannity's program Monday afternoon.

"I think our president has pursued a series of strategies that have lead to our decline economically and militarily, and so in that context I'm going to be talking about a very different vision," said Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor did not offer specifics, other than to say he'll talk about the need for America to be strong, not just militarily but economically, a dominant theme of his book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."

On The Sean Hannity Show, Romney discussed peace negotiations with Israel and Palestine, and delivered a hard-line stance on Iran's move toward nuclearization.

"Of course you have to have a military option that's available to us and I don't think this president has communicated to the world that that's an option we would consider," said Romney. "I think you have to let them know that a military option is something that is very much on the table for us and that it is unacceptable for the world and to America for Iran to become a nuclear nation."

Officials at The Military College of South Carolina said Romney will speak at Buyer Auditorium, located inside Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus.

President George W. Bush addressed the Corps of Cadets, as The Citadel's student body is known, as a presidential candidate in 1999, and three months after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Romney said he intends to meet with "a number of folks who are well-versed in foreign policy issues and military issues" when he makes his Friday visit.

"It was a lot simpler when it was just the Soviet Union versus the United States," Romney told Hannity, "but now it's much broader and the threats are more varied levels so it will take a little longer to get through this."


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. maf

    The military option!!! Well, he wouldn't be a true conservative Republican without throwing in the threat of WAR! What better way to bankrupt the nation than to put boots on the ground at every opportunity. Funded or not, war is part of the core values for the GOP. Can't wait to hear the rest of the speech! HA!

    October 3, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. nshee

    A real candidate offering solutions and not party bantering. My vote is with Romney.

    October 3, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. tnwoman1948

    Mitt the Cipher has zero credibility in the "foreign policy" arena unless you count his sending thousands of American jobs overseas to "foreign" countries as foreign policy experience. He has NO vision. He just wants to BE PRESIDENT!

    October 3, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Oh, really... I don't think that he is in the position to do much. He never served in any foreign policy role. Romney hasn't really done enough to understand what drives things.

    October 3, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. WHOOSH

    A superb Job MitFit.

    October 4, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. morpunkt

    He will be a brilliant president.
    Mitt in 2012.

    October 4, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  7. AlaskaPalin

    Romney is obama in republican clothing.

    October 4, 2011 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"I think our president has pursued a series of strategies that have lead to our decline economically and militarily, and so in that context I'm going to be talking about a very different vision," said Romney.◄

    And then he turns around and say "Israel!!!!" Why is it that Israel is always the ONLY talking point of the RIGHT??

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 4, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Taking out Saddam Hussein is *the major reason* why we have a nuclear Iran today. Saddam wanted to be not the strongest power in the region, but the only power in the region. He routinely made raids into Iran against suspected military strongholds, and would have struck against suspected nuclear sites with impunity. He made a couple of such raids during the Clinton administration.

    Then along came the GWB and his Iraq War that upset the check and balance of power on Iran at the worst possible moment; just when Iran was getting their program off the ground with some foreign help. Iran has proceeded without fear of military reprisal against the research sites for a decade. Now what do you do? Who is going to carry through on the threats that Romney appears to be making? Saddam would have gladly done it, again.

    October 4, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Mittens has no foreign policy or military experience, so of course he has to go to a military academy to establish his neocon death cult "legitimacy."

    October 4, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. AntiFringe

    I believe Romney is saying that when you don't have a clue, use the "military card". That doesn't necessarily earn respect, but it sure will get their attention.

    October 4, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It was a lot simpler when it was just the Soviet Union versus the United States," Romney told Hannity, "but now it's much broader and the threats are more varied levels so it will take a little longer to get through this."

    Get through what...? Get through how...? Why is it that every time Romney opens his mouth, comprehension disappears? Well, at least we won't have to listen to Mitts tell us he knows where Bin Laden is, and if only we'd vote him in as President, he'll get him (like McCain kept pleading). Same premise though, if Romney thinks to best Obama on foreign policy.

    October 4, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Sandy

    Republicans criticizing the President on foreign policy is laughable. Obama eats Republicans lunch on foreign policy!

    October 4, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |