April 18th, 2013
07:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Obama gave a 'superb' speech

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney praised President Barack Obama's remarks on Thursday at an interfaith service remembering victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Romney also stressed the importance of learning from such terror attacks and opened up about how his faith plays a role in times of crisis.

"I thought the president gave a superb address to the people of this city and the state and the nation," the former Massachusetts governor said. "It was an inspiring day."

Romney has deep ties to Boston. He ran his presidential campaign from the city and now serves as a chairman of a committee for the Boston-based Solamere Capital, the investment firm founded by his eldest son, Tagg.

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick invited Romney to attend the church ceremony, along with other current and former Bay State politicos. Romney and the president did not speak at the event, the former GOP nominee said.

In the interview, Romney repeatedly emphasized a need to learn everything possible from Monday's bombings, which killed three people and injured 180 others.

The FBI released video footage of two suspects on Thursday and asked the public for help in identifying them.

"This is a learning opportunity," Romney said. "We should learn the lessons that come from this and apply them to the extent that we possibly can."

Asked if he would consider working on a security commission to study the terror attack and design steps to avert future attacks, Romney said he wouldn't turn away from a call to prevent violence.

He pointed to his experience leading the 2002 Winter Olympics and the security measures installed in Salt Lake City.

He also referenced his time serving on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, a panel comprised of a range of leaders from both the private and public sector who advise the secretary of homeland security, under the George W. Bush administration.

"In my heart of hearts, what I understand is, it is intelligence work. And by intelligence, it's not just meaning the CIA and the FBI and wire taps. It is also people who are watching what's going on, reporting what's going on, combing that information such that we can prevent the worse things that are occurring," he said.

Romney, who belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also gave a rare glimpse into his faith and how he sees the role of God and free will

Asked why he thinks bad things happen to good people, he said the only answer he knows for that type of question is to "get on one's own knees and to pray for understanding and for comfort."

"I believe very deeply that we have a creator and that he loves us and cares for us. But when he actually intervenes in the affairs of the people on this earth - it's something that happens only rarely - and when that happens and why that happens and who that happens to is something that we don't understand," he said.

Romney said he also gains strength from seeing the community come together during tragedy and talked about his visits with injured victims in Boston hospitals on Thursday.

"This is a time when your faith in God is enhanced by seeing the goodness of the men and women He's created," he said.

Referring to the interfaith service, Romney said it was an "inspiring" and lauded the singing of "America the Beautiful," a song he was known to sometimes sing on the campaign trail.

"It was a hearty rendition."

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soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Mitt the reason I vote democratic.

    April 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Maybe if Wolf would stop jumping to conclusions like blaming the Tea Party there would be less divisiveness. He feeds the hate through his hate and should be fired from CNN. Using his extrapolation methods, anybody going to Cambridge should be considered dangerous. What a joke.

    April 19, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -tykl

    I love it – read between the lines. Obama gives great teleprompter speeches and has nothing else going for him. The Left gets all lathered up about every four years when he gives a speech (Dem convention 04, pres. race 08, pres. race 12). Once the speech is done, O's slogan of "I Hope things Change for the better" is all that is left.
    *******************
    You left out the Freemasons, the signs on the back of the Declaration, and the black UN helicopters. He has governed from the middle: its the GOP that insists on squeezing itself into the clown car in the right lane, and go veering off the road. He won, get over it.

    April 19, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Thank you for being a Man about this Mitt.
    We need more of this in this country. After all it's always about the people and the country.
    Not about anyone persons political ambitions.
    Hopefully some of this servility spills over into other areas of our government.
    We need to return to our government working for the people not there own political ambitions trumping common sense and the will of the people.
    I agree with Mitt that was a great speech!

    April 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Judith

    Romney, for once was right. President Obama's words were wonderful and powerful. He's a great President and it reaffirms why I worked hard for his election twice. God spare us from Republican rule.

    April 19, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. discus disco

    Mitt was onto something when he singled out russians. Wait these are Chechens. Ok 53% correct. Or is it 47%?

    April 19, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. The REAL Truth...

    @Joe C – Wow, a man who displayed nothing but class in the election,
    ----------------------------–
    Which election were you following last year?? He was totally CLASS-LESS during the election, which is what cost him a win. His debates were a joke as were his campaign positions and his running mate. The man who have been a danger to the country.

    That said, I congratulate him for stepping up and supporting the POTUS on this one.

    April 19, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Independent Voter

    For once I agree with Mitt. The President's speech was superb. As an independent voter, I have to agree with Judith. He is a great President and history will also prove confirm that.

    April 19, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. hecep

    Romney: "I believe very deeply that we have a creator and that he loves us and cares for us." Amazing how there are so few politicians who are professed atheists. Any chance that has anything to do with improving one's "electivity"?

    April 19, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. a disgrace

    by not electing romney a near failing america has sealed its fate...

    April 19, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. dragonfire77

    Mitt Who?

    April 19, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    sounds like this was the first time robme has ever listened to one of obama's speeches. I guess he pretty much had to – because he was in the same room (church) with Obama. LOL – Just about all of Obama's speeches are great.

    April 19, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Californian

    Wow such ignorance on this comment board!! Hecep – you think Romney's faith is a ploy?? Others – Obama a great President?

    April 19, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Me

    It was a great speech because no one stole his teleprompter.

    April 19, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Runymede

    I am surprise that McCain has not criticize Obama's speech. He must be mellowing.

    April 19, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Runymede

    I am surprised that McCain has not criticize Obama's speech. He must be mellowing.

    April 19, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. tucker47

    Of course he gave a great speech, he is still in campaign mode. Duh!

    April 19, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. tucker47

    The Real Truth,, you must be an Obama supporter, because you people think that moron walks on water.

    April 19, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Nik without a C

    I disagree, I saw the whole thing from Last night. MIT is a great tech school. By the way you are stomping on the first Amendment the right to free speech. Obama was right. A sense of Community was needed. Just look at the way Unions in CA work together. They just don't like Wal-Mart. San Diego has more murders than Boston. Help CA out too we are in dire need of more protecting. Find the Guy, make him pay, tie him to a pressure cooker and let him sweat it out in Jail.

    April 19, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Indyrunner

    I think it is sad that the press has not mentioned the winner of the Boston Marathon! I think they should have a picture of the winner of the Boston Marathon, both male and female, on the TV screen, just like they have the picture of the dead suspect! Why continually show his picture??? He is dead! No one is looking for him, for Pete's sake!!! So why not have a little positive to report? The Boston Marathon is the event, so show the WINNER(S), keep their pictures in front of us as well! At least CNN and the other news agencies who continue to report the negative information, often in error, would get something correct, and the winners would get due consideration they soooo deserve.

    April 19, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    "This is a learning opportunity," Romney said. "We should learn the lessons that come from this and apply them to the extent that we possibly can."

    No duh!

    That aside, Mittens has just ruined his chances with the GOP for anything in the future, since he is on tape praising President Obama.

    April 19, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @tucker47: "Of course he gave a great speech, he is still in campaign mode. Duh!"

    Wow, you can listen to the radio and then transcribe talking points ...

    April 19, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. M-W-T

    This guy flip-flopped on EVERY issue
    Why do some of you people believe in him???? you can't TRUST him, you can't believe a single word this jerk says,
    so what's so good about him??
    You do know what he says about you when just his rich friends are around,.....you're all IDIOTS!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. v_mag

    tucker47 said: "The Real Truth,, you must be an Obama supporter, because you people think that moron walks on water."
    -------
    I think George Warcriminal Bush has a copyright on the term 'moron', so you'll have to find some other slander.

    April 19, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @Californian: "Wow such ignorance on this comment board!! Hecep – you think Romney's faith is a ploy?? Others – Obama a great President?"

    I think Mittens thoroughly believes the LDS teachings – which I think are silly and misogynistic. And yes, President Obama is a great president – you just can't handle that truth.

    April 19, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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