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. Voice of Reason

    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...

    October 20, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. normajean @ verizon ,com

    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.

    October 20, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Leroy

    I can see by the reactions of many GOPee'rs, politics comes first and American patriotism comes second. What a shame!

    October 20, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Chae

    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.

    October 20, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. marty in MA

    Good question- good answer.

    October 20, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. BlackDynamite

    I don't see the connection between President Obama and Ghadafi
    If someone would connect those dots for me........

    October 20, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. max

    he deserves the credit. a bunch of people in congress slammed him on the strategy

    October 20, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Meka

    AND, President Obama did not send TROOPS!!!

    October 20, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Charlie from the North

    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.

    October 20, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Larry L

    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.

    October 20, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. The Unsub

    what? he gave President Obama credit for something?.........I am shocked........what will the republican base and Limp-baw say abouth this!

    October 20, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. RINO Bil

    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.

    October 20, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. ranger9782

    It's a miracle! He was honest!

    October 20, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |

    It's time for the GOP to be humbled......2012 can't come fast enough! Bring on the fight you bloody conservatives! Obama 2012!!!

    October 20, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Jed

    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.

    October 20, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    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.

    October 20, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. teejaym

    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.

    October 20, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Yanni

    What credibility he has to comment on this matter thanks but no thanks

    October 20, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Squigman

    Mighty big hearted. Still with he'd go back to the Archie Comic he escaped from, and leave the rest of us alone.

    October 20, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. midwestmoderate

    Im sure that statement will keep him in good standing with the GOP...

    October 20, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Oldie in TampaBay

    For a change Obama didn't get bashed by a GOPer! Thanks Mitt for being honest!

    October 20, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  22. Mad at Romney

    OMG Romney! Shut it!

    October 20, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. normajean @ verizon ,com

    My long gone mother wpuld have said of the whole candidate lineup...."LOW CLASS AND NO CLASS!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. FIELD1stSGT

    Same can be said for America with Obama gone and you behind him Romney.

    October 21, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  25. Mv

    At least he gives Obama some credit... As he much deserves.

    October 21, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
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