Romney: 'Can't imagine saying no' to Netanyahu meeting
September 12th, 2012
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: 'Can't imagine saying no' to Netanyahu meeting

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney focused campaign efforts Wednesday on putting a dent in President Barack Obama's foreign policy, including invoking reports that the administration refused a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Romney said at a campaign event that as president, he "can't imagine ever saying no" to a meeting with the Israeli leader.

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Romney's remarks on Israel came after the GOP candidate's continued hammering of the administration's response to attacks on two United States' diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya, killing four in the U.S. offices in Benghazi.

Romney's team altered a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida, Wednesday to deliver remarks on the attacks, offering condolences to the affected families and, notably, handing more pointed criticism to Obama for what the Republican candidate said was sympathy for the attackers.

While greeting supporters after the scheduled event, Romney was also asked about his views on Israel.

Romney reiterated both his support for the U.S. ally and his attacks on the president's foreign policy, saying, "I can't ever imagine if the prime minister of Israel asked to meet with me, I can't imagine ever saying no. They're our friends. They're our closest allies in the Middle East."

The Obama administration has pushed back on reports that the White House turned down requests for a meeting from Netanyahu to discuss, in person, threats to Israel by Iran's nuclear program, releasing a statement Tuesday saying there was no such request and no meeting was denied.

Netanyahu is scheduled to be in New York later this month. The White House statement did not say whether a request to meet in New York was either made or denied.


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. NameChi

    Wow, this man is such a Fraud, yes to netanyahu but No to the american people
    Where are your Taxes,???

    September 12, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Really

    Can't imagine sayng no to my boss?

    September 12, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Fang

    Romney can't imagine saying no to Netanyahu? Romney will say anything. When he is president, when Israel says jump is he going to say how high? When did we become Israels's pet. Israel would not be in existence without the US protecting it. Makes you wonder where Romney's priorities lie.

    September 12, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. alicia

    This is exactly what's wrong with U.S Policy in the middle east and why we are so hated. How can you blindly support one group over all others just b/c. It's craziness... democrats and republican alike...

    September 12, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Robert

    What a clown Romney is! Of course Romney wouldn't say no to meeting with Netanyahu since he is Israel's "chosen one" for giving Israel the US lead for a war with Iran and support for all of Bibi's racist policies. Romney Is getting millions upon millions from Zionist billionaires, like Sheldon Adelson who is Bibi's best friend and owns an Israeli newspaper that supports all of Bibi's crazed polices. Thank God Obama is standing up to Netanyahu's bullying and his attempts to blackmail the world. Romney has already promised Bibi a war with Iran and his advisors are the same Zionist neo-cons that fabricated the lies to justify the war in Iraq at Israel and AIPAC's urging. Google "aipac iraq war" for more info and then google "aipac iran war" to see the similarities. Netanyahu is truly an evil man.

    September 12, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. LegalizeReason

    This story is more like "Romey can't imagine passing up any opportunity, no matter how bizarre or ill conceived, to try to create a non-issue so that he keeps his face in the news.' Keep talking Mitt, and your sidkick, the Untrustworthy Kid, you are dragging the GOP downs towards a landlslide in November.

    September 12, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Laverne

    Bet you can't imagine, because you will be Netanyahu's puppet and get us into another unnecessary war! America is not going to do his dirty work, if Israel decides to attack then that is their right and America will only act if totally necessary. This is one of the main reasons YOU won't be elected, you can't imagine standing up to anybody or standing for anything. You Sir are more of a disgrace than any candidate who has ran for president in modern history and you will lose terribly!

    September 12, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. rsm6912

    In other words, Netanyahu would preside as president of the U.S.A. What a weak-minded, careless, treasonous statement by a person running for the highest office in the land.

    September 12, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Kel(former Marine)

    O'Bama has never been a friend to Israel. He spends more time apologizing for America than standing tall beside our only ally in the mid east. Wake up America. Semper Fi

    September 12, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. JWalker

    "I'm Your Puppet" by Marvin Gaye, as sung by Mitt to Bibi

    Pull the string and I'll wink at you, I'm your puppet
    I'll do funny things if you want me to, I'm your puppet

    I'll be yours to have and to hold
    Darling you've got full control, of your puppet

    Pull another string and I'll kiss your lips, I'm your puppet
    Snap your finger and I'll turn you some flips, I'm your puppet

    Your every wish is my command
    All you gotta do is wiggle your little hand
    I'm your puppet, I'm your puppet

    I'm just a toy, just a funny boy
    That makes you laugh when you're blue
    I'll be wonderful, do just what I'm told
    I'll do anything for you
    I'm your puppet, I'm your puppet

    Pull them little strings and I'll sing you a song, I'm your puppet
    Make me do right or make me do wrong, I'm your puppet

    September 12, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Romney: 'Can't imagine saying no' to Netanyahu meeting"

    Actually, since nobody actually did say "no" to a Netanyahu meeting, Mittens truly is imagining it.

    September 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. John Mann

    romney quote: "can't imagine ever saying no to a meeting with the Israeli leader."

    Ya, you can't imagine anything since you are a dummy. So I'll help you out romney. When a non-U.S. citizen attempts to interfere with a U.S. election, we tell them to take a hike.

    September 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    WOW, CNN. Just wow. (Sorry for the duplication, Sniffit)

    September 12, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "What's with this guy putting the cart in front of the horse?"

    It's the same irrational logic fail they're engaged in when it comes to the economy: jobs are created by demand, not by handing out tax cuts to millionaires that they simply consider to be free addditional profits that didn't require demand or expansion to meet it in the first place. Millionaire "job creators" will get their increased millions AFTER demand increases....it doesnt' come first.

    September 12, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Dantheman

    Mitt would have the United States act as a puppet to Israels interests, regardless of their merit or the benefit to the US. He is such a pandering coward.

    September 12, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. TAK

    So, all Netanyahu has to do is snap his fingers and President Mitt Romney will jump while asking, "How high?"

    How degrading.

    September 12, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    LOL! From the man who can't say no to his handlers or changes his mind more times than a clock strikes twelve on any given day.
    It doesn't matter what you say you are a private citizen pretending to already be the president you will NEVER be. Waterloo for the twit anyone? Yiu just can stop being s bully. This isn't a lone gay student being attack by you and a posse this is a country in the real world!!
    Even your boy toy is running door rep in WI knowing he will need his job after November 6th. Too bad he will still be the one obstructing anything good for the country.

    September 12, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Netanyahu to Willard: "Fetch!"
    That absolutely clears up who is weak on foreign policy. Obama is able to represent AMERICA's best interests, after all he is President of the United States. If Willard wants to kowtow to Israel, he should take himself, his horse (and Rafalca too), his boys, all his grandchildren, any other horses/wives that we don't know about, and move to Jerusalem.

    September 12, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Netanyahu : " President Romney we're going to war with Iran will you join us ? "

    Romney : " Sure ! We're 15 trillion in debt ( 10 thanks to W, 2-3 on wars we started and didn't finish ) but what the heck. There is no reason to think of anything. You're an ally sure,but no reason to worry about any domino effect or fallout. "

    Conservatives....first to whine about the debt, and the first to run to war and help run the debt up with not second thought.

    Brillant !

    September 12, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. ghostriter

    We don't bow down to foreign leaders......we just ask how high when they say jump.....

    September 12, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Mor Man NO!

    Romney no one person or country tells us what to do. You want another WAR, to hell with you and Netanyahu your old work buddy! No another solider life!

    September 12, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Thomas

    @myviewis
    I think that the fact that the Democrats had already taken steps to remove Jerusalem from the Democratic platform and they had to take a vote 3 times to reinstate Jerusalem because they regretted how bad it looked, others say Obama wanted it reinstated, is a sign that the Obama administration is not so keen on Israel and neither is the Democratic Party.

    More then half of all Israelis would disagree with you . Your comment is bassless .
    What Lobby firm do you work for ?

    September 12, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Squigman

    Major malfunction. The (would be), president seems to forget that he's not yet, and more than likely wont be elected. Also, he seems to believe that he would no longer work for the well being of the people here, as opposed to other countries. Major malfunction, and it's not at the junction.

    September 12, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. chris

    Why do you obama lovers think he cares about this country or the poor and needy when his blood brother lives in real poverty in africa? and has received 0 help from barry. Brothers keeper my bum!!

    September 12, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Conservatives are you REALLY worried about your children and grandchildren ? I know you like to hide behind that when blaming the debt on the President.

    Well if Romney is elected you BETTER be worried.

    We'll be fighting China,Iran, Russia and anyone else the neo-con conservatives can find.

    That should make you scared because if there is one thing a Republican president can do well,it is go to war and run up ASTRONOMICAL deficits.

    September 12, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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