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."
I think its interesting that he mentioned the Lockerbie thing. Invariably, people who only know about Gaddhafi what they have heard on TV go back to that. The facts are that this guy was way worse than that. He was an active supporter of such murderous tyrants as Idi Amin, Charles Taylor and Slobodon Milosovic. He was buddy-buddy with Saddam Hussein, Huga Chavez, and others. He actively sold arms to bloodthirsty regimes, and even sent troops to help them out.
When Romney only mentions the handful of people who died over Lockerbie, Scotland – he is showing that he's not really in touch with foreign affairs, it's just more points on a card that his staff handed him just before another canned stump speech. But I'm sure that wont stop him from criticizing the president's actions that brought Gaddhafi down...
I do not like Republicans because they are willing to sell the American people down the river in order to blindly follow Mitch McConnells dictum regarding making our president a "one term president"!!! I have lived through the terms of 14 presidents and have NEVER seen such viciousness. I do , however have some respect for Mitt Romney. While I would not vote for him, I think he is at least a gentleman and has shown some personal dignity which is sadly missing in the other candidates.
I can see by the reactions of many GOPee'rs, politics comes first and American patriotism comes second. What a shame!
Some credit, absolutely. Not a lot of credit since the structure of the NATO coalition was not US-centric. And therein lies the real accomplishment. These multi-national coalitions should not be too dependent on one nation. US has borne the brunt of responsibility previously and that's now over. The bulk of the efforts should rest on the truly affected party – in this case the Libyan opposition – with assistance by a coalition of nations. Call it the Obama Doctrine: clean up your own mess.
Good question- good answer.
I don't see the connection between President Obama and Ghadafi
If someone would connect those dots for me........
he deserves the credit. a bunch of people in congress slammed him on the strategy
AND, President Obama did not send TROOPS!!!
Gee thanks Mitt. It is also smart of you to not complain about a monumental success for our foreign policy. The other candidates look mighty puny for complaining about our role in supporting this guy's demise.
Romney is showing some political smarts. Anybody with a brain can see the wisdom in President Obama's approach to the Libya situation. We supported NATO's effort and in doing so suffered no loses of US Soldier's lives and did not give the Arab World another reason to hate America. Still, the bad guy went down – like so many other bad guys since President Obama assumed office. Romney knows the radical right-wing can never give the President credit for anything – the hatred is too strong for rational thought. But with these comments he can show the few Republicans who seem to still be capable of reasonable decisions in the face of obvious facts. Careful Mitt... if you're not crazy enough they'll think you're a Democrat.
what? he gave President Obama credit for something?.........I am shocked........what will the republican base and Limp-baw say abouth this!
At least there is one GOP candidate who is not insecure and anal.
Kudos to the Mittster for having the guts to give credit to Obama, even thought the GOP-Tea Party zombies are going to crucify him for it.
It's a miracle! He was honest!
It's time for the GOP to be humbled......2012 can't come fast enough! Bring on the fight you bloody conservatives! Obama 2012!!!
Romney is looking for a friend since he has none within the GOP running mates. Maybe Romney should go for vice-president running with President Obama.
As a Floridian, I am embarrassed by freshman senator Marco Rubio's inane comments about the mission to remove Khaddafy. He is in over his head, lacks understanding of foreign policy, and I feel we owe Americans an apology for sending him to Washington DC.
Wrong, Gadhafi's demise was set in motion by Bush's response to the terrorist attacks on America. Obama just happens to be in office, but he assuredly doesn't get credit for this.
What credibility he has to comment on this matter thanks but no thanks
Mighty big hearted. Still with he'd go back to the Archie Comic he escaped from, and leave the rest of us alone.
Im sure that statement will keep him in good standing with the GOP...
For a change Obama didn't get bashed by a GOPer! Thanks Mitt for being honest!
OMG Romney! Shut it!
My long gone mother wpuld have said of the whole candidate lineup...."LOW CLASS AND NO CLASS!!!!!!!!
Same can be said for America with Obama gone and you behind him Romney.
At least he gives Obama some credit... As he much deserves.