Romney calls for strong U.S. role in world affairs
October 8th, 2012
01:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney calls for strong U.S. role in world affairs

(CNN) – Mitt Romney promised Monday to restore the traditional U.S. foreign policy dating to the end of World War II, based on exerting influence through military and economic power, in a major speech two weeks before he debates President Barack Obama on international issues.

In the address at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney argued that Obama is failing to provide the global leadership needed and expected by the rest of the world, especially key allies like Israel.

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  1. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Willard is a war mongerer and has a bunch of Bush degenerates advising him on foreign policy. He'll be on stage lying as he usually does. He'll say something along the lines that the President is throwing Israel under the bus, which I frankly don't care if he does, but he hasn't. Ehud Barak said it himself that President Obama has been tougher than any of his predecessors when it comes to Israel's security.

    October 8, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. scarf

    Cowboy diplomacy is alive and well and living in the Romney Administration-wannabe. If you liked Iraq under Bush, you'll love Syria and Iran under Romney.

    October 8, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Borderless

    To counter Romney's tough stance on world affairs, Obama is going to give Syria one more chance to stop massacring people. He's serious. He's going to start counting to 10. If he gets to 10, there may be consequences. Obama is really, really disappointed with Syria...

    October 8, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. tee1227

    Romney want`s the to go back into Iraq wow ! this guy is not fit to take office.

    October 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Cathy

    Listening to Romney's foreign policy scares the hell out of me. I'm Canadian,but WHEN he sends you into war we will be dragged along to support the idiot. This man has no clue! Just like Rove and his cronies, he's a war monger waiting to give the order. God help the U.S.A.. Wake up people, this man wants WAR! It's good for the economy.That is his plan for putting 12 million back to work. How many will survive? Anything he says that is good is a direct copy of your president. Diplomacy and peaceful negotiations will win out.War will kill. By the way, Isn't Canada one of your CLOSEST allies?

    October 8, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Nathan James

    Mr. Romney, you have the right to change your positions each week, to target each audience with focus group tested remarks about domestic policy, but when you speak about foreign policy, something of which you know nothing about, it is downright dangerous.

    October 8, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. pkrbkr

    The Republican party never had a war they didn't love to send other people's kids to fight! Obama/Biden 2012

    October 8, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Nathan James

    Note that Mr. Romney was carrying signs during the Vietnam War, signs denouncing the demonstrators, he wanted the Vietnam War to continue, yet he was in France trying to convert Christians to Mormons, instead of joining the fight. Please don't vote for a guy like this.

    October 8, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. there is profit in fear aka payback

    ..I just hope, if gets us into another conflict. One or all of his five sons are on the front lines. Just sayin'

    October 8, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. AZDem

    All Romney did in the debate was "yell" to get his point across. At times he seemed to be very "panicked". Will he behave this way when addressing leaders of other nations? Romney did win the debate based on this approach. However he is still an empty suit. He has nothing in common with me!

    Planet Romeny..this is Houston...comin in!

    October 8, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't let this man Romney send your sons and daughters to war, our military men and women need to come home to their families just like Romney's five(5) sons live in the comfort of their families. I don't understand how Senator John McCain supports this Vietnam draft dodger or anyone who has family that serves.

    October 8, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. LegalizeReason

    The day that Romney and his class of elitists send their children and granddchildren to foreign wars is the day that I give any credence to the sabre rattling of a chicken hawks. It's always up to the poor to go and fight for the right of venture capitalists and hedge fund managers to lobby for tax breaks and loopholes and for the right of their children to stay at home and party at pretigeous univerites and colleges. America has to ask itself whether it will tolerate being dragged down the same path as 2003 thorugh 2008. Didn't we learn anything from the years 2001 though 2008?

    October 8, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Borderless

    Never mind that Syria is a mess and Iran is thumbing it's nose at Obama and terrorism continues to target the US in spite of Obama's olive branch approach. Never mind that Obama continues to operate GITMO to the disgrace of the US. Obama is pinning all of his hopes on one simple act.

    After years of efforts by countless brave individuals and with virtually no input from Obama, Bin Laden was located. Obama's is basing his entire foreign policy "strength" on the fact that when they asked if they could go get Bin Laden, he did what any sane president would do and said yes.

    Biden said he would not have done that, which speaks volumes about his level of crazy.

    October 8, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    When Repubs. start sending their own kids, Grand Kids & their Gated Communities neighbors kids to fight in the wars that they love & stop complaining about paying their taxes to pay for these wars, then I'll listen up. Especially when they themselves were Draft-Dodgers !

    October 8, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    His five sons need to be in Iran war....

    October 8, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    As Willard stands on the podium speaking to veterans (clearly out of his place), I want someone to ask him where was his "leadership" during Viet Nam" and why haven't HIS sons "lead" in the wars in Iraq and Afghanstan? Willard is no leader and has no clue whatsover about foreign affairs unless of course, it's shipping jobs overseas, sending his U.S. money overseas or living laviously in France. He can TRY all he wants, to paint himself as tough and the best protector of the American people, but I all see is a low-life laying on a beach, living it up and writing love letters from the safety of his wealth, while others were dodging bullets and laying in cold graves. He will NEVER get my vote or those who know exactly what he is, and nothing about his past or present actions say he's invested in the American people. Get lost Willard and take your NON serving military brats with you.

    October 8, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Linda Waytenick

    The Mitt wants to be "King" of the world-how's he going to pay for all this? Ohyeah: WAR IS Big Business go Republicians let's kill some more US boys protecting countries that gladly take aide and refuse to conform to human treatment of their citizens. This country needs to focus on US and our citizens not the world.

    October 8, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Name Derek

    Here we go again. War is the answer to all our problems. Lets make up some lies, go overseas, kill a bunch of our kids and thousands of civilians so that Halliburton, General Dynamics(or its latest iteration), Koch Bros et al can provide jobs while they steal resources and bleed the treasury just like the last bunch. What a strategy. Oh well, it worked last time. We are so screwed if this pos gets elected.

    October 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. PaulCat

    We are NOT the world police !

    October 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Marty, FL

    Romney has at least 17 Bush neo-con advisers on his foreign policy, which is indicative of more wars and miring in foreign national building. No thanks.

    October 8, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Once Syria's regime changes , so will Iran's . Turkey must leed in this matter.

    If we act alone , we create more animosity in the region . We are already working with the freedom fighters in Syria , more weapons in the wrong hands won't make it easier when it's clean up time.

    Romney makes complicated problems look dangerously simple .

    October 8, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Kr55

    Hope our military are prepared to fight in iran so mitt and his buddies can buy more houses paid for by the defense budget.

    October 8, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. rs

    For foreign affairs, Mr. Romney is literally a G.W. Bush retread- all of his advisors worked for Bush. Those eight years (with two wars we had to borrow money from China to finance) really didn't go too well. It appears Mr. Romney is just anther GOP chickenhawk..

    October 8, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. chemrt

    How are we going to pay for all this Mitt? You send your sons first...then we will send ours! You and your family has already dodged service for a few wars. Why the jab at Russia?

    October 8, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Obama alltheway

    No thanks Mr hide money overseas. Not voting for a criminal master tax evader.

    October 8, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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