Romney: War almost 'out of sight, out of mind'
November 11th, 2011
04:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney: War almost 'out of sight, out of mind'

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Claiming war is "almost out of sight, out of mind" for most Americans, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney invoked FDR's fireside chats as a way to explain how he would be a better wartime communicator than President Barack Obama.

"One of the things that I think has been sorely lacking in our nation as we have been at war these last many years is a constant reminder to the American people that we are at war and people are making huge sacrifice," the former Massachusetts governor said Friday in Mauldin.

Romney and fellow White House contenders Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent Veterans Day in South Carolina, home of the nation's first southern primary as well as thousands of veterans, active duty military and their family members.

While Bachmann and Perry walked separately in a Veterans Day parade in downtown Columbia, GOP frontrunner Romney met with a group of military veterans in the upstate.

Romney said he would clearly explain the mission and exit strategy of military conflicts if he were to become commander-in-chief, a criticism that's been leveled at both the current Democratic and last Republican administrations.

"I will regularly update the American people on what's occurring, the nature of the sacrifices and the involvement that the American people should have in supporting those who are in harms way and whose families are sacrificing," he said.

On Saturday, the candidates will convene in Spartanburg at Wofford College for a debate that is expected to focus on national security and foreign policy issues.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    For Romney it maybe the wars are out of his mind, and that is what the fox/GOP propaganda machine wants.
    But for those of us with family serving in our military it's never out of our mind.
    For those of us who are mindful of the cost to our economy that these unfunded, “no-bid contract”, never ending wars cause all of us to sacrifice and ad to our economic demise – it's not out of OUR minds!

    November 11, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. G!G!

    I guess that is why your 5 strapping sons never served!

    November 11, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. NC

    How many of Romney's sons volunteered for the military?

    November 11, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Goptfascists Nationalists Party - radical "regressive" bigotted intolerant pussees screwing the USA

    Don't forget who left us in Afghanistan to invade & occupy Iraq without due diligence, preparation or a freakin' exit plan!
    Do remember who surgically got Bin Laden and with our NATO allies toppled Ghadaffy – all without one American life lost.
    We won’t let you forget!

    November 11, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    "One of the things that I think has been sorely lacking in our nation as we have been at war these last many years is a constant reminder to the American people that we are at war and people are making huge sacrifice," the former Massachusetts governor said Friday in Mauldin.

    And just where do your FIVE (5) son's fit in to these sacrifices? Are they doing anything besides campaigning for your "magic" make believe presidential run? You sir are disgusting and should NEVER be allowed to come anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    November 11, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. jack

    What a buffoon. Let's get OUT of the darn wars, not plot how we'll keep them in everyone's grill.

    November 11, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    In plain terms this just means that Romney and his GOP hacks are gearing up for the return to opportunistic chest thumping of war mongering from the party of not my kids in military service.
    Basically the GOP using (abusing) our military for their sleazy political campaign ads.

    November 11, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Fred Phred

    Yeah watch out for Newt – ladies.

    He might just be on the prowl again, he's been married to wife number 3 for a few years now and is due for a change. Just the kind of man the conservatives need, a man of honor. It's not enough that he was cheating on his dying first wife, or that he stole from his campaign fund and took the money for personal use. That's all water under the bridge.

    So what if his entire campaign staff quit earlier this year when they could no longer put up with him.

    But yes, watch Newt, he's due for another scandal any moment now.

    November 11, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult!

    Translation: "If I'm president I'll attack Iran you'll be aware of the war each and every day as the price of gas skyrockets, the deficit soars and the world economy tanks. And I'll keep talking to you about how it's a good and just war even when it's not."

    November 11, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Today we are honoring our veterans, therefore, I will save my opinion of Mitt Romney (and his own "personal" sacrifice on behalf of the United States of America) for the voting booth.

    November 11, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Busted

    Out of site out of mind is easy for Romney, the one thing our country and our military is missing for this NIMBY patriot is someone w/the last name of Romney wearing a military uniform.

    November 11, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Paul1st

    Comments like this reveal the Romney is totally clueless about what is and is not appropriate for the commander in chief to reveal during a war.

    November 11, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Jariv

    Mitt 2012!!! Every comment that's here are from people that are not very good critical thinkers. They see and hear what they want to hear and want to focus only on the negative. This is how you guys think when you come to CNN.com: " Okay, what is there here that I can attack, what comments can I manipulate to make it sound like a bad idea and steer others to think like me".

    November 11, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Rowdy

    I often wonder if Republicans ever think of what it must be like to go to war and fight for what is right, and if they are lucky enough to come home they see a Republican party that only works for the wealthy and 1% of the population. I cant imagine how these heros feel when they see a congress that is not willing to compromise for the good of the people and what it must feel like to know Republicans will stop at nothing to destroy the middle class.God bless all the brave that serve.

    November 11, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. whatssup

    Anything would be better than the worthless current occupant of the White House. At least Romney is a man of action – Obama is man of words. His only real world experience is running a campaign and running a country into the ground. Mitt, Newt...whoever – will better 50x better than Obama.

    November 11, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. kayla

    another clueless buffoon

    November 11, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. teena

    Thank you to all of the veterans and their families who have served this counrty proudly and with honor–performing their duty when called. (of which my family is one)
    But, of course Mitt and his millionaire sons have NO CONCEPT of serving in the military and serving their country when durty calls them to war–shame on you Mr. Romney

    November 11, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Taylor

    whattsup why are you so bitter? What has President Obama done to you personally that you spew such venom.

    November 11, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult

    Jariv, other than a successful Olympics and Romneycare, there is really nothing left about Romney that isn't negative. That's is not the fault of the people who notice this and comment on it. Surely, as a "critical thinker" you can acknowledge this.

    November 11, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. mary

    Hey Mitt shut the hell up!!! the president is doing fine, you can't touch him on national security. Peole remember it was a republicans president who lied us into Iraq . And now you want to strike Iran!!!

    November 11, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Blinded by the republican lie

    Why the hell do you care Mitt???? You had nothing to do to end it...Self serving jerk!

    November 11, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. rr

    hey whatssup. where did you come up with that? Republican talking point class, offered up by Rupert Murdoch. Back up your bull with a little empirical backed evidence.TOOL

    November 11, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. BK

    Comparing these worlds to WW2 just doesn't cut it, Romney. These are NOTHING like that. This time we're seen as the monstrous global empire by most of the world.

    November 11, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. ted

    Mitt, everytime George W Bush said 'we are a country at war', I nearly threw up. GWB started that war in Iraq based on lies and invaded a sovereign country. GWB started the war in Afghanistan because of 9/11, but after a while even HE backburnered it so he could go after Saddam. Having said that, I totally support the troops, but not the wars. I know the republicans on this list will say that is disingenuos, but I don't really care. The Repukelicans all concentrate on starting wars they cannot stop – GWB war doctrine. Obama is doing the right thing in pulling the plug on these stupid wars and bringing our soldiers home and getting them jobs. If McCAin had been president, we would be in both wars for tyears.

    November 11, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. MEB

    whatssup

    Anything would be better than the worthless current occupant of the White House. At least Romney is a man of action – Obama is man of words. His only real world experience is running a campaign and running a country into the ground. Mitt, Newt...whoever – will better 50x better than Obama.
    ------------------------–
    What world have you been living in? It is obvious that you are not an objective in your assessment. The only Repub candidate that has an ounce of understanding on foreign affairs would be Ron Paul. Mitt and the others are blowing smoke. Put the pipe down and go to rehab.

    November 11, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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