April 18th, 2013
07:25 PM ET
5 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. ryan

    Love Mitt Romney! The other guy is an idiot.

    April 19, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  2. Project Manager

    At this point... who cares? I mean really. We obviously have terrorists roaming our streets. This validates the Senate's action at the beginning of the week. My hat is off to those who spoke for the people and not the polls. Thank you DC.

    April 19, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  3. Marry

    The President was as always feeling with the ones hurt. And he is capable and willing to express it. I am very grateful for it and Boston is experiencing a tragic time!
    However, there was also an exploding fertilizer plant in Texas leveling a whole community. And just like the oil-spill in the Gulf (and many more examples) – could it be that GREED and neglecting (costly) safety measures killed and injured the people? Are we going to look into that type of "withe collar crime" too? Where is the FBI and national security there? "This is a learning opportunity," Romney said. Well, we will never learn what he and his friends are up to harming the country! One thing is sure; they will not be shot by a swat-team when they run....

    April 19, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  4. nemo0037

    Saw the headline. All I needed. My only thought on the subject is "Romney lost his right to have an opinion on any political happenings worthy of its own headline when he lost the election last November. Stop listening to him. He'll go away to console himself with his stolen, tax-exempt money eventually.

    April 19, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  5. cheygavara

    Why is this man still relevant?

    April 19, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Who cares what that two-time loser has to say.

    April 19, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  7. David

    Who cares what Romney said, didn't even bother reading the article, the man is a nobody.

    April 19, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  8. cm

    Does it matter what Romney thinks? Who cares!

    April 19, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  9. Standwithrand

    Glad this fool wont run in 16

    April 19, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  10. Standwithrand

    He would have been better than obama though

    April 19, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  11. Pat H.

    Obama gave a superb speech???? I credit his speech to the many, many WH WRITERS. What would the WH do without them?

    April 19, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  12. BubblesB

    It won't be long before the Republican Party denounces Mitt Romney for praising President Obama. How dare he not continue the hatred party line?

    April 19, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  13. Mike

    Thank you Mr. Romney. Our Country as a One Nation, need leadership like yours and our Presidents.

    April 19, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  14. kenstanek

    who.......in the world cares.....about what Mitt Romney has to say about any of this. I mean jeez, FOX NEWS didn't even have this as a headline anywhere on their site.

    April 19, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  15. soumaila mahamane

    President Obama speech gave to whole american people a great hope in the future and it shows how his administration is care about the security of all americans and the world one, world peace goes with security. RIP to those who died, we go one by one may God easy us the way of paradis.

    April 19, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  16. king

    surprised folks, their are a lot of people around the world, that would love to kill us, and its not only subjected to Muslim countries either. a lot of these countries blame their ill on America, because we were hand feeding them for decades, and now America is pulling back a little, and a lot of these folks doesn't like that.

    April 19, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  17. JoeMoe

    Who cares what Mitt thinks? I swear, CNN has to give "equal time" to everything. Stupid CNN

    April 19, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  18. kashbmaryd

    I think Romney was very gracious in his response to Obama. He didn't seem sore like he did after his loss last year and it was just a good thing to see.

    April 19, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  19. deadwrestler

    Call your Government Officials and demand a vote on immigration now!

    April 19, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  20. Anonymous

    It's so sad it takes a tragedy to unify Americans. Evens sadder that we'll soon forget and get back to divisive partisan bickering.

    April 19, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  21. gdouglaso

    Class. Through and through. Thanks Mitt.

    April 19, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  22. Terry

    I'm so glad that Mr. Romney was positive about the Mayor, Governor, and especially the President about the speeches given at the interfaith. I too, believe all three did and fantastic job. It was right with his ties to Massachusetts that he attended. Reading this late, and have just heard about the one dead terrorist and the second on the lamb. So good the people of Boston will be able to breath a little bit easier.

    April 19, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. Freelance

    When you can't beat someone, you suck up to that one ..

    April 19, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  24. ralph Petrillo

    Key question is, does anyone remember Romney?

    April 19, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  25. securemycloud

    I actually thought he was going to say it blew chunks..

    April 19, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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