Romney: Clinton won't be able to distance herself from Obama
August 22nd, 2014
10:25 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Romney: Clinton won't be able to distance herself from Obama

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney feels vindicated by Hillary Clinton.

At a book event for Rep. Paul Ryan, his former running mate, Romney said that Hillary Clinton distancing herself from some of President Barack Obama's foreign policy was reminiscent of the campaign he ran against the President.

"She was very critical of the president’s foreign policy, and basically said ’he doesn’t have one,’" said Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. "I used to say that during the campaign."

Romney was referring to Clinton's interview with the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, where the former secretary of state appeared to create space with the President on foreign policy and knock some of his guiding principles.

"Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Clinton said, referring to a view Obama has expressed to aides and reporters.

Clinton's split with Obama and the subsequent beltway kerfuffle – where Clinton was knocked by former Obama aides and forced to backtrack – was evidence of how difficult it would be for her to create any distance with the President.

"Hillary Clinton tries to distance herself from the foreign policy of the President," Romney said with a laugh in Chicago. "That would work better were she not his secretary of state for four years."

Bloomberg was the first to report on the Romney-Ryan event.

Romney later added that if Clinton were to win in 2016 – she is the favorite for the Democratic nomination and is admittedly thinking about a run – she would just "keep these things going" like they have been under Obama.

Romney made similar statement in a Thursday night appearance with Ryan on Fox News.

"I can't begin to explain the President's foreign policy. I think Hillary Clinton tried to explain it by saying there wasn't a foreign policy, in effect," Romney said. "Rarely did I agree with what Hillary Clinton had to say but on that topic, I think we agreed. I think it's interesting that she tries to distance herself from the President's foreign policy, given the fact that she was his secretary of state for four years."

The former Massachusetts governor's critique echoes what Ryan and other Republicans have said: Clinton won't be able to shake the Obama record.

"I don't think people are going to want to have an Obama third term and no matter how she tries to shake that label, she won't be able to," Ryan said in an interview with USA Today earlier this week.

This line of questioning by Romney and Ryan has worried some Democrats.

Some Clinton associates have quietly expressed concern that one of the most effective critiques could be that her presidency, should she run and be elected, would be nothing more than Obama's third term.

"She was in his government, she was at his side," a Clinton friend and former aide told CNN. "That is, the way to go after her is four more years of the same old thing. The question they should ask her is 'Tell me 10 things that you disagree with him on.'"

Not all Democrats, especially those tasked with defending Clinton, agree that the former secretary of state will need to distance herself from Obama.

"Hillary Clinton is one of the most admired and trusted public figures in America and should she run for President, she will run on her own record and implement her own vision for moving our country forward," said Adrienne Elrod, spokeswoman of Correct the Record, a pro-Clinton communications group, in response to Ryan's critique.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
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  1. Sniffit

    And if anyone knows all about how to make accurate predictions for POTUS elections, it's President Mittens.

    August 22, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    So says the three-time loser who made his millions breaking up American companies, out-sourcing Americans jobs, was born on third and thinks he hit a triple, wants to turn our nation and her resources over to "investors," and functioned as nothing more than 10 working digits to sign legislation put forward by the Koch brothers and their ilk.

    The ONLY reason Mittens is out and about is because he's the warm-up act for the gop nominee, Jeb Bush. Instead of having the crazies spend a couple years riling up the ignorant, hateful base and then anointing the "moderate," the gop has decided to try getting their base used to the bland puppet while they're foaming at the mouth.

    It all boils down to this FACT: The gop/tea bags have NOTHING to offer our country except anger, fear, hatred, division and economic, military and foreign policies that are all PROVEN FAILURES.

    August 22, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Marty

    If Hillary is elected the world will suffer under Barack 3.0.

    August 22, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Captain Landslide McAlsoran hath spoken!

    "I don't think people are going to want to have an Obama third term and no matter how she tries to shake that label, she won't be able to,"

    They said pretty much the same thing in 2012....and the MSM ran with it for them then too. Yawn.

    August 22, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    You know, it's really too bad Paul Ryan didn't live in the world he proposes of no social safety net and no "hand-outs" like Social Security when his dad died.

    He'd probably still be a heartless s.o.b. but at least he wouldn't have the media focus.

    August 22, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "If Hillary is elected the world will suffer under Barack 3.0."

    You can do better than that. How about maybe threatening everyone with Mexican ISIS members bringing ebola over the southern border and then shooting white babies with Fast and Furious guns while passing out joints to grade schoolers? And come on, you guys are clearly slacking on the Benghazi rants.

    August 22, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.
    So says the three-time loser
    -----------

    I know, right? Ah, well. CNN has a fascination with "never, ever going be" Mr. Mittens that is becoming embarrassing for CNN to continue to promote as SomeBody worth covering.

    Who knows. Maybe Mitt is dotting his i's and crossing his t's in hopes of becoming SOS or VP material. I get the impression that he's not endorsing folks because he's a nice guy doing favors. Those favors of his are going to come back and haunt the GOP for years.

    August 22, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    -let me be loud, and clear here, there is absolutely "nothing wrong" with Obama. Is passing ACA Law wrong? Is pulling troops from Iraq wrong? Is stocks up above 17k wrong? Is bailing Auto, saving American Auto wrong? Nonsense. These idiots are twining uneducated ones? Nonsense. If Obama runs for third term–my vote for him only. Do they know ACA is saving millions? Be educated. God bless!!! Yes, on Hillary16.

    August 22, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. it must be said

    Well Bill & Hillary Clinton tried to warn the country about Obama when they ran against him in 2008. They should have known the guy was a disaster waiting to happen and kept their distance but their lust for power wouldn't allow them to do that.

    So now Hillary Clinton has the Obama dog poop foreign policy mess stuck to her shoes, and halfway up her leg. Like they say, when you lie with dogs, you end up with fleas and Hillary Clinton has a very, very bad case of Obama fleas. She has nobody to blame but herself.

    I still maintain that when the Democrats are slaughtered at the polls this November, Hillary Clinton will decide NOT to run. Obama is the toxic president is so, so many ways. Nice move Democrats!

    August 22, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. S.B. Stein

    The question is about when she stated her differences in policy... At this point, she did it after she left the post stating that there were some disagreements with the policies but there was always that sense.

    August 22, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. excuse my rant

    Sniffit
    "If Hillary is elected the world will suffer under Barack 3.0."

    You can do better than that. How about maybe threatening everyone with Mexican ISIS members bringing ebola over the southern border and then shooting white babies with Fast and Furious guns while passing out joints to grade schoolers? And come on, you guys are clearly slacking on the Benghazi rants.
    ______________________________________
    You left out the parts where they will carry out the orders of the Obamacare Death Panels and assist the IRS in denying tax exempt status to Conservative groups.

    August 22, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. rick

    The president has a extreemly hard job to begin with. Jusl look at the time spaced pictures from first to now. Grey hair. And its not just because of 6 years. Things that would give nightmares to everyone he has to keep to himself. And no it wouldnt be Obama 3.0.. It would be much worse.

    August 22, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I can't begin to explain the President's foreign policy. I think Hillary Clinton tried to explain it by saying there wasn't a foreign policy, in effect,"
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Well if you can't begin to explain the President's foreign policy them maybe you should stfu and let somebody else talk.
    I think that you may have gotten Hillary's word all twisted seeing how she served as THIS President's (the one that mopped the floor with your bouffant hairdo in the last election) SOS.
    Additionally, I also think you should pick yourself up out of the manhole you've fallen into along with the rest of your decimated going-no-where Party and mind your own business.....unless you and Eddie Munster are thinking of running again.
    Democrats BEWARE and stop falling for the okey-doke.
    and Hillary, I'll say it again, you distance yourself, or speak ill of THIS President and you can kiss my vote and millions of other voters vote buh-bye.
    Heed us on this.

    August 22, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. James Andrews

    Marty is correct. It is sad that so many Americans know about nothing of history or real world economics. Hilary is a dangerous One World order, UN loving leftist. She is even more anti-American than President Owebama, and that's saying a lot!!

    August 22, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Geronimo Smith

    Well, here we have TWO of the most sneaky candidates for ANYTHING.. Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin, and he is in FAVOR of these TAX cuts for the RICH... and Rommney is a RICH guy so what does that tell you? Ryan is protecting the RICH just like Scott Walker, because those are their CONTRIBUTORS for their campaigns. Rommney isn't tough enough to be our next president. Now, we will NEED someone who is more HARD CORE when it comes to the way we get treated when we off assistance to other countries, and get NOTHING in return. We NEED to SEAL OFF/CLOSE our borders, and not let these other countries use KIDS as their crutch. They figure we will let kids in and shortly after that their parents will come... We NEED someone who will take care of this country, and our HOMELESS/and our soldiers, and those that don't have jobs, and have LOST everything. We NEED to take care of our OWN first, because we have been known for years as the place to come for advancement, and NOW this country DOESN'T even take care of their own...

    August 22, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let me say it because it's Friday and it needs to be said:
    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT, AND STAND PROUDLY BY HIM.
    Screw the Republicons that have tried so very, very hard these past so many years to screw him and my country.

    August 22, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Geronimo Smith

    Forgot to mention that Paul Ryan is always talking BUDGET cuts.. Well, all of his cuts are ALWAYS in the form of KILLING those programs that deal with the POOR.... that is how he works, and so does Scott Walker, his co-hort. Both of them look out for those that contribute BIG BUCKS to their campaigns. They do the old addage, ROB the poor and GIVE to the RICH... the opposite of what ROBIN HOOD did.. remember him?

    August 22, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "I can't begin to explain the President's foreign policy."

    Unsurprising. Mittens couldn't even explain his own.

    August 22, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. RomneyWho

    Why would she want to distance herself from the president? You actually think "We the intelligent people" listen to the rightwing propaganda about the so called bad job that this president is doing. In spite of the obstruction perpetrated by the republican leadership . . . Let the record and his many accomplishments speak for itself. She will need the power of his campaign genius called the "Obama Machine" It would be best for her to draw closer to him.

    August 22, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    This comes from the guy who tried to distance himself from RomneyCare.

    August 22, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "One World order, UN loving leftist. "

    I suppose that's one way of announcing your fondness for tinfoil hats. How many hours per day do you spend on World Net Daily?

    August 22, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "and Hillary, I'll say it again, you distance yourself, or speak ill of THIS President and you can kiss my vote and millions of other voters vote buh-bye."

    Oh, but my friend. This is EXACTLY what GOPerville is praying for. Mr. Mittens is simply flaming the fire.

    August 22, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Hector Slagg

    Eh,
    More like democrats trying to separate themselves from themselves. Kinda like trying to strain water thru water. Dems in red states walking a tight rope. Have fun!

    August 22, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Chris..E.Al

    The whole world cant distance its self far enough away from 0bama Even our astronauts in outer space are in jeopardy .

    August 22, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Dan

    If anyone can give advice on losing it is Romney

    August 22, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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