Romney gives Obama some credit for Gadhafi death
October 20th, 2011
07:12 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney gives Obama some credit for Gadhafi death

Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) – On Thursday, Mitt Romney said President Obama deserves some praise for Moammar Gadhafi's death.

At an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate was asked about the Libyan leader who was killed as transitional government troops clashed with the ex-ruler's loyalists.

"Does President Obama deserve some credit for Gadhafi's death," a reporter asked the former Massachusetts governor.

"Yes. Yes. Absolutely," Romney responded.

The praise for the president goes further than Romney's reaction to the Libya situation at an earlier campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa.

There, Romney did not talk about the U.S. role in Gadhafi's demise, instead only saying: "I think it's about time Gadhafi, a terrible tyrant that killed his own people and murdered Americans and others in the tragedy in Lockerbie."

Romney added, "The world is a better place with Gadhafi gone."

Filed under: 2012 • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    well you've done it again Mittens. Having the nerve to say anything even remotely pleasent about Obama will not curry favor with the Tealiban nutjobs and religious zealots. You are at least being civil about it but the abuse is about to get worse. How dare you give Obama any credit.

    October 20, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Aaron

    This is unbelievable. Where are the normal Repubs that will scream that Gadhafi should have been hanged instead of shot, and it's all Obama's fault? We're in the twilight zone. There's still hope that Bachmann will scream that Obama should have stayed out of Libya...and Africa.

    October 20, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. annie s

    Noooo! A Republican giving President Obama some credit! Did hell finally freeze over?

    October 20, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Melvin Harrison

    What Right do America has to say that the world would be better off becuase he kills his own people,when america is notourist for killing it people through hunger, people dieding of starvation,homeless and not to say the least the death penalty,

    October 20, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Enuff

    How nice. I bet that's a bitter pill to swallow.

    October 20, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Obama had no part in killing Gadhafi. He does not deserve praise. The rebels killed him and Obama does not deserve praise unless he was leading them or orchestrated the attack. He deserved credit for the killing of Bin Laden but not Gadhafi!

    October 20, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Daniel

    Bin Laden – Check. Gahdafi – Check. Next up: Ahmadinejad and Chavez.

    October 20, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Jaynicia

    He'll flip flop soon enough...

    October 20, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. California Lady

    Mitt Romney showed class and common sense by acknowleging President Obama's decision to intervene in Libya and to assist in a collective effort to overthrow Gadhafi. For too many years Gadhafi has been a thorn in America's side and yet he remained in power. Have no doubt, Cuba is next on the freedom list.

    October 20, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    Right. "Some" of the credit.

    And if Herr Bush was still illegally in office, Romney would have given him the entire credit.

    October 20, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. FukTheRepubs

    Wow, a Republican who gets it. Mitt, I'm an independent and watching the GOP primary circus very closely. Romney is the ONLY candidate i would even consider voting for. Otherwise, I'll deal with 4 more years of Obama. The other republitard candidates are just that dumb. Perry especially.

    October 20, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    this will surely lose Mitt some votes from the nut case loony tunes running the party. I wonder if I'm immoral to accept Soc. Security since calls it "immoral?" I think the republican party has gone to – – – l!

    October 20, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Rambling Parry

    Thank you Mr. President for keeping us safe.

    October 20, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Paul Price

    Gov. Romney and Sen. John McCain, are the only 2 Republicans who have had the decency to recognize that the Obama
    administration should receive credit for this tyrants death. Being realistic, Bin Ladn, Gahdafi, 2 top Al Qaeda leaders,
    not to mention Mubarek, have all fallen during President Obama's watch.

    Thank you, Mr President for having the courage to take decisive, even though unpopular, action and ridding the
    world of these people. We are better off today because of you.

    October 20, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. AlaskaPalin

    Obamas doctrine- a fine line between internationalist and isolationist. To be cynical- our national interest were wmd (gadhafi may have used them on his own people) and oil. War is good for the economy it creates huge contracts for our cronies. Never mind if the people hate us; the countless number of young lives lost( theirs and ours) and the billions spent which we cannot afford. We will still have the oil and we would have imposed democracy on them. That was the old way of thinking. Obamas military doctrine is something new but isn't it most suitable for the times (economics) and the enemies we face. When there's a need for escalation it can be taken for granted that the commander in chief will do all that is necessary to keep america safe. It really is good news when we see persons, who were once suspicious of us, now thanking us. No burning of american flags but wrapping themselves in it as the ensign of hope and freedom. No chanting of down with america or burning in effigy. But most of all no lost of american lives. We were in a war, the people were made free and we lost no lives!

    October 20, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. To tell the truth

    u can keep your praise, mitty-the-flip-flopper. u have no credibility regarding the issue. had something gone wrong, you and your Buffon colleagues would be the 1st to say "I told you so".. so stfu and do what you do best, criticize him for being a thoughtful leader

    October 20, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    knowing Romney he may flip flop on this also the next time he's asked. He just broke the GOP golden rule for 2012 though, NO CREDIT FOR OBAMA no matter WHAT he does. Can't make this guy look good. Come on Mitt don't you watch FoxNews at all?

    October 20, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    This operation took a long time but the results to this point are very good. I hope the Libyan people get some freedom out of this and prosper as they should. They deserve nothing less.

    October 20, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. ingrid

    Good. He should give Obama credit. I think it reflects very badly on the other candidates that they cannot give credit when it is due. In fact, I am sure that they will find fault with Obama because of this death.

    October 20, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Who's looking presidential? His last name starts with O. Meanwhile, most Republicans want to change that conversation FAST. Bin Laden, Gaddafi, the hits keep coming. And no invasion necessary!!!

    October 20, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. r smith

    at least romney is capable of being fair minded

    October 20, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Clint, Wa.

    On Thursday, Mitt Romney said President Obama deserves some praise for Moammar Gadhafi's death. No Mitt, Obama is not going to vote for you, nice try.

    October 20, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Bill in Florida

    If Romney wants to be President some day, he needs to act presidential. Thanking the Commander in Chief for a job well done is a small step toward that direction.

    October 20, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Wanderer

    Although president Obama may not have my vote in 2012 but I am wondering if all the GOP is brave enough to give President Obama credit for Gadhafi death and all what the president has done for the Americans in the last three years.

    October 20, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. GOP = Greed Over People


    A member of the GOP praising President Obama??? Did anyone else feel the earth tilt on it's axis?

    The end of days is drawing nigh!

    October 20, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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