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. Norm

    Mitt you are such a good and noble guy.
    It's a shame the fanatic far right wing mob lost the election for you.
    Instead of the 48%....you should have been more worried about a large percentage of your ignorant and arrogant voter base.
    But there's no way to control the mouth on that crowd so you were doomed from the start.

    April 19, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. hillplus

    This country lost when Mitt Romney lost!

    April 19, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Libdumb

    I would just love to compare all those that say negative things about Romney to his success and family. Money alone does not create a good and loving family. Check out Hollywood. He is a good person like probably Obama is also. We are talking about politics and policy not the person filling a political position.

    April 19, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. v_mag

    We now know the bombers were from Chechnya. If George Warcriminal Bush were president, we would be invading Belarus this morning.

    April 19, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Ancient Texan

    This is the man with the answers that could have put our country back on the right track. A man with no agendas but with a true love of America, but we chose to continue the plunge off the fiscal cliff with the four year failure.

    April 19, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Proud father

    I disagree with the message from Romney campaign, but I commend him for his kind words on this.
    During the campaign, there was a constant negative message. I didn't hear that here at all.
    I understand thoughtful and constructive criticism, but sound-bite punches do not help progress or offer solutions.

    Thank you Mitt for showing the better way today.

    April 19, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. ghostriter

    Good deal for Romney saying nice things. Too bad he didn't have this decorum in the campaign.

    Can't hear the new immigration rhetoric.

    April 19, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Joe C

    Wow, a man who displayed nothing but class in the election, and after losing the elction, comes out in SUPPORT of the president's speech, and all the liberal haters come out of the woodwork. Stay classy, Dems.....

    April 19, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    Even in times of tragedy, right-wingers can't put aside their blind hatred and racism toward the President. It's no wonder increasing numbers of true American patriots despise the right-wing.

    April 19, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Reg

    "Hey Mitt how did you like Obama's speech?" "Well I really liked the way........ IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK"
    Beat it Mitty.

    April 19, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Katie

    Anyone with a brain who listened to the president speak felt it was an excellent speech and exactly what needed to be said at the time. Good for Romney for agreeing. It's time for people to come together, not drag their personal political peeves into the debate. Perhaps if we actually commented on the times when politicians do the right thing instead of jeering at them they and their parties would get the message that being positive means more to the American public than all the negativity, finger-pointing, and blaming. Good for Obama. Good for Romney.

    April 19, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Yanni

    Why our president needs Mitts approval anyway? What a west of time.

    April 19, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thanks for saying so Mittens.
    He also gave a great speech at the inauguration to which you were invited but declined to attend claiming other committments, meanwhile you and your wife were seen shopping around town prior to attending a Republican event around the same time period.
    But you'r a classy guy.
    How's your wife doing by the way? Has she recuperated from your loss yet?

    April 19, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm all for Mitt Romney trying to unite his party (and America) together after this tragedy.

    April 19, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Too little - Too late....

    Unfortunately, that is all he can do – give great speeches. The Emperor has no clothes......

    April 19, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota


    And good for you and your excellent post ... ! ! !

    April 19, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    I see the that Etch-a-Sketch finally got fixed! Too bad it'll probably tell him to say something different tomorrow.

    April 19, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Tony

    @too little- too late....
    What a name what does it mean no what i will go a head and guest it means that you brains are too little, and it's reaction time is too late.

    April 19, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. P G Williams

    He has an honest mind. Tell him to try to obey St.Paul 's Galatians 1: 6-9; Moses Deuteronomy 13: 3-5 and be qualified like the rest of the Church for the Street of Gold (Revelation 21: 21)

    April 19, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Emma

    Okkkkk...the election is over! We had a winner and we had a loser...let's move onnnnn! WE just lost a child, a brother, uncle, sister, aunt, mother, father...in a horriffic event=someone has attacked US again! It's not they or them it's US. Despite soooo many differences there is one thing that we ALL are = Americans=US! None of these people are my biological family members but they are my American family and I shed a tear for them as well. We can't stop all the bickering to come together to protect US from those that want to hurt for no doggone reason. We live in such a forgiving country but yet we are consistenly being attacked...when does it end and do you hate that much?

    April 19, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. M-W-T

    Mitt Romney is still,....."THE WORST REPUBLICAN ON THE PLANET FOR POTUS".......PERIOD!

    April 19, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. 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.

    April 19, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    This country won when Mitt Romney lost!

    FIFY hillplus.

    April 19, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Politics Above The Law - BAD

    No amnesty for illegals! Do not change the law for votes. Do not cater to people who do not repsect the law – that is the quickest way to become another banana republic.

    April 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |

    I may have considered a vote for MR if he wasn't so negative doing the campaign. That really didn't set straight with me. I knew the POTUS record. Mitt never offer any details as to what he would do differently. I couldn't trust that with the loud chorus of hate in the background from the war right; I needed to know who he was if he had to stand alone. It was just that simple.

    April 19, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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