Romney hammers Obama on 'bumps in the road'
September 24th, 2012
03:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney hammers Obama on 'bumps in the road'

Pueblo, Colorado (CNN) – President Barack Obama's suggestion that chaos in the Middle East merely represents "bumps in the road" to democracy was met with scathing criticism from his Republican rival Monday at a campaign stop in Colorado.

Speaking on a runway at a Pueblo airport, Mitt Romney said Obama's comments belittled the gravity of the situation unfolding overseas, including the death of America's ambassador to Libya two weeks ago.

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"These are not bumps in the road, these are human lives," Romney said. "These are developments we do not want to see."

In a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday, Obama said recent unrest in Libya would not prevent the country from developing a functioning government that adequately represents the Libyan people.

"I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights, a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance," Obama said in the interview. "But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam."

Romney said Sunday those comments were "surprising to people" given the unrest developing in a list of international hotspots.

"Bumps in the road?" Romney asked. "We had an ambassador assassinated. We had a Muslim Brotherhood member elected to the presidency of Egypt. Twenty thousand people have been killed in Syria. We have tumult in Pakistan and of course Iran is that much closer to having the capacity to build a nuclear weapon."

Romney's comments came the same day Obama traveled to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Unlike years past, Obama has no bilateral meetings scheduled with foreign leaders, a decision that has been met with sharp criticism from the president's rivals.

At the White House briefing Monday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama regularly meets with foreign leaders, and that his duty as commander-in-chief "never ends."

"You are constantly engaged in matters of foreign affairs and national security. And that's what this president is doing," Carney said.

In Colorado, Romney echoed his criticism of the president's handling of foreign events that began two weeks ago following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as an attack on the American Embassy in Cairo.

"This is time for a president who will shape events in the Middle East, not just be merciful or be at mercy of the events of the Middle East," Romney said. "I will get America on track to have the kind of leadership we need so we can shape the future of this part of the world and keep America strong."

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for Obama's campaign, said the GOP nominee was "purposely misinterpreting the President's words and making reckless statements about the death of four Americans in Libya, apparently for the sole purpose of his own political gain."

"Using this incident to launch political attacks should be beneath someone seeking to be our nation's Commander-in-Chief," Smith said.

CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. George Cook

    YEAH MR O...has had a LOT OF BUMPS IN THE ROAD...called "BROKEN PROMISES" from the 2008 Campaign Election Speech......The REAL advertising and campaigning from the GOP is COMING so MR O...get out your Telepromter cause you gonna need all the RHETORIC he can muster.....the Debates will be your downfall THIS TIME

    September 24, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. TY

    A Desperate Situation

    @myviewis: you are losing it, becoming more unbalanced with every ignorant post.
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    You guys don't know if Obama is wrestling with the reality that his family members are Islam and the fact that he did talk about his friends he visited in Pakistan and stayed with them for 3 weeks. You guys don't know Obama personally so you don't know what the man is dealing with, wrestling with. Give me a break, for all you know he is getting phone calls from his aunts, grandmother, brothers and friends. You guys don't know.

    September 24, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
    You sound like a FOOL.........

    September 24, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Desperate speech. What else is Romney going to say?

    Obama Forward – 2012

    September 24, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Do Neo-Cons really believe that America can micro manage the Middle East to get their desired result ?"

    Yes. They 100% relgiously believe it. As far as they are concerned, brown people countries need to be parented by white people countries in all things AND the US is the "white people country" with divine authority to do so above all others. This fact explains part of the underlying psychopathology that has them freaking out so thoroughlyl over the demographic shifts in this country that are going to make white people a minority in a few short decades. From whom did you think they meant when they said they needed to take the country back?

    September 24, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Len

    All you Romney fans.......Please be responsible and enlist your child, grandchildren, and maybe yourself into the military. Because Mr. Romney will start a war with Iran. So you need to step up and make sure you have skin in the game instead of leaving it up to 1% of our population! Step up!

    September 24, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. BigTBone

    Can we play this game? Someone find out exactly when Obama said these things about the middle east turmoil:

    "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating."

    "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

    "Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."

    "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties."

    "My answer is bring them on."

    September 24, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Willard plans on "shaping" the middle east by starting WWIII. Send our sons and daughters off to war while his trust fund babies hide in a bunker somewhere.

    September 24, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls: "The American government belongs in your bedrooms, not our boardrooms...and should be attempting to control the governments of all brown people countries, not attempting to run the government of this country."

    September 24, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    I think we have made up our minds. Mitt wants a plane with windows that roll down. ha ha ha ha ha ha Maybe a screen door would be nice too. ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha

    September 24, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    karl rove 101 -- didn't you all learn in 2000 and 2004?

    September 24, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    This Mitten is worst than 3 year old–please do not degrade our kids, they are 10000000000 times better than this Mittler the Bain-Capital. This idiot is a total nonsense and embarrassment to USA and world-understand my fellow 47% of Americans!

    September 24, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Len

    CNN did you report the the GOP Senators fillibustered the Veterans Job Act which would have trained veterans to become police officers, firefighters etc. The vote was 58 to 40. GOP did not want to help our veterans. They needed 60 votes to pass........And yes, this bill was paid completely paid for......Report the news!!!!

    September 24, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    rosco
    I dont see how a dead ambassador is a bump.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Easy. He was assassinated by Al Qaeda during a campaign year when Obama/ Biden 2012's campaign is handing out bumper stickers saying Obama is Dead. Obama would prefer not to have to deal with this when he is more concerned about Mitt Romney's taxes.

    September 24, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    You guys don't know if Mittens is wrestling with the reality that his family members are Mormon and the fact that he did talk about his friends he visited in Kolob and stayed with them for 3 weeks. You guys don't know Mittens personally so you don't know what the man is dealing with, wrestling with. Give me a break, for all you know he is getting phone calls from his aunts, grandmother, brothers and friends and the occasional alien. You guys don't know.

    September 24, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Marto

    If POTUS is being influenced by the Islam then he should the first person taking troops to Middle East to stop the killings of his "brothers" as you might suggest but to the contrary he has not. Romney is a whiner and he will no good CIC if elected due to his pandering nature. Remember he is GWB on steroids.

    September 24, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Romney said. "I will get America on track to have the kind of leadership we need so we can shape the future of this part of the world and keep America strong."

    I have my doubts, Mitt Romney. Beyond that, there is very little confidence left for me to believe you can shape the future of anything ... let alone your campaign.

    September 24, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    rosco
    I dont see how a dead ambassador is a bump.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Easy. He was assassinated by Al Qaeda during a campaign year when Obama/ Biden 2012's campaign is handing out bumper stickers saying Bin Laden is Dead. Obama would prefer not to have to deal with this when he is more concerned about Mitt Romney's taxes.

    September 24, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. ghostriter

    Maybe we need not be involved in the Middle East at all.

    September 24, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "You guys don't know if Obama is wrestling with the reality that his family members are Islam and the fact that he did talk about his friends he visited in Pakistan and stayed with them for 3 weeks. You guys don't know Obama personally so you don't know what the man is dealing with, wrestling with. Give me a break, for all you know he is getting phone calls from his aunts, grandmother, brothers and friends. You guys don't know."
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    You guys don't know if Mittens is wrestling with the reality that his family members are Mormon and the fact that he did talk about his friends he visited in Kolob and stayed with them for 3 weeks. You guys don't know Mittens personally so you don't know what the man is dealing with, wrestling with. Give me a break, for all you know he is getting phone calls from his aunts, grandmother, brothers, friends and the occassional alien. You guys don't know."

    FIFY

    September 24, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Marco

    Can someone please explain romney why you can't roll down airplane windows.Lmao I guess Sarah pain did make it to presidential nominee after all !!

    September 24, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    myview – Stop with the Fox foreign owned media talking points, we do not want to return to the unfunded unnecessary wars, unemployment that reached double digits before the president got it turned around, and a national debt that reached $12 trillion. You should have been in the US when the Bush republicans gave everything to the wealthy, big oil, big banks, and defense contractors at the expense of American workers. I am getting tired of your foreign European socialist perspective.

    September 24, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Bob

    I see all the mealy-mouthed little Reich Wing trolls are out supporting Etch-A-Sketch – how much does he pay "you people" anyway? Minimum wage, eh?

    September 24, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Jeanette, Toronto

    Score card: Romney/Ryan = ZERO

    Obama/Biden = 100%

    September 24, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    ""Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
    and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." -Hermann Goerring

    So, who's next, GOPers? Iran? Syria? Kolob?

    September 24, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. MQ

    Romney is the less qualified person to give advice to President Obama in foreign policy.
    Romney is done. He has better odds of becoming president of the Cayman Islands than president of the US.

    September 24, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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