September 8th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney: Bin Laden 'deluded'

Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa on Saturday

CHEROKEE, Iowa (CNN) - Adding to his comments on the release of a new Osama bin Laden tape, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday that the Al Qaeda leader is "almost incomprehensible for people of this country to understand, how someone can be so deluded."

At an event in rural Iowa, Romney told reporters, "I think when he makes tapes like this it hurts his effort, doesn't help it."

The former Massachusetts governor also said the United States is facing "unusual times" and undergoing "challenges."

"They're so significant, these challenges, that I'm convinced America is going to have to change course in some respect," Romney said.

He cited the U.S. Revolutionary War and Civil War as other examples of times when the nation has changed it's path.

"There have been some changes in Americas history. One of those I think is occurring now, because of the forces that are going to be upon us. One of those forces is the radical Jihadist movement around the world, trying to bring down civilization and us in particular."

Romney also touched on the subject of Iran.

"I want to indict [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad for incitation to genocide. There is a genocide convention that calls what he has been saying as a violation of that convention."

Romney said he wants to make it clear to the people of Iran that nuclear proliferation is the wrong answer, and he said this message should be delivered to a specific group of the population.

"I think they have 75,000 bloggers in Iran, people who are on the internet.
I want to communicate to them that becoming a nuclear nation is not a source of pride, it's a source of peril."

He continued, "It's a very dangerous thing to become a nuclear nation. They need to understand these things. I hope that will convince them that they need to pull back their nuclear ambition."

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney • Race to '08
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Arlington, VA

    again romney is right!!! don'e count this guy out – he has got somthing good that for sure!

    September 9, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Ron Nebraska

    Tom, please explain how we are going to kill all the terrorists. Do we kill all their babies also because it is likely they will grow up to hate America also and want to use terrorism as their means of warfare. Oh and what about those Germans, weren't Democrats ridiculed by suggesting fighting terrorism can have a law enforcement component? By Bush and the boys reasoning the Germans should have went a few miles down the road and blown up a Flipino community.

    September 9, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Right wingers who are guided by backward religious faith, whether they be American or Muslim, and not by reason, science or the rational ideas that arose in modern times (like the last 500 years) are both "deluded".
    Mitt, of course, is not totally stupid, but he will pretend to be so in order to win over the brain-dead republican primary voter. His kind of cynical fraud just in the service of power and ambition represents the worst of modern American politics. At least Huckabee and Brownbeck believe most of the nonsense they spew.

    September 10, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  4. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    You expect a positive response to a national threat to our sovereignty?That's pretty sad.I suggest you read more about how your mental disability has given you the ability to blissfully suspend your disbelief and engage in bigotry,which religion is.Soon,you people (the true believers)will no longer hold the same rights as the rest of us,as you will be re-classified as mentally unfit.A new article out on that this morning,you'll probably choose to ignore it like reality.I say lots of positive things,just not about traitors to our country!

    September 10, 2007 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  5. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Iran is not the country we'd hope to get support from by having moral high ground.You people need to think faster.

    September 10, 2007 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  6. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Michael, Gallatin, TN, thank you for your post. I'm with you in your fight to preserve this Republic and all of its freedoms.

    If we give up even one freedom, the radical Muslems will have won.

    Protect our Constitution, and especially the Second Amendment. If, God forbid, we actually ever DO have to "fight terrorists in the streets," we want our well-armed citizenry to blast them out of their boots.

    September 10, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    One at a time, Ron, one at a time, no matter how long it takes, wherever, whenever. I didn't say wipe out a whole race of people, but the muslim extremist dirtbags that are hell bent on killing you, myself and that god hating Ed from Ellenville.

    By any means necessary and if that includes cameras, checking out overseas communications, barking dogs a little loud music and YES, YES, YES, help from other foreign governments (Thank you Germany).

    The previous administration treated such "acts" as criminal instead of terroristic which changes the whole parameter of how to combat and fight the issue.

    I would not care one bit if the Germans beat the living snot out of somebody if it meant getting the information that was used to CAPTURE and STOP these muslim extremist dirtbags from killing any AMERICAN, any AMERICAN.

    Would you so progressive thinkers be angry if it was found that they used certain tactics to STOP this planned attack or would you rather have seen people die?

    September 11, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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