Romney and Santorum hit Obama over Syria
August 18th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney and Santorum hit Obama over Syria

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lambasted President Barack Obama's leadership Thursday saying his call for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down comes after too much blood has been shed in the country.

In a statement the former Massachusetts governor said the president took "far too long to speak out forcefully against Assad."

Read what Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said here.

Read what Texas Gov. Rick Perry said here.

"America must show leadership on the world stage and work to move these developing nations toward modernity," Romney said. "This means using the bullhorn of the presidency and not remaining silent for too long while voices of freedom and dissent are under attack."

U.S. authorities resisted calling explicitly for Assad to step down from power until Thursday. The public statements from Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were closely coordinated with European, Turkish and Arab allies, significantly ratcheting up international pressure against a regime that has been criticized for its harsh crackdown against anti-government protesters in recent months.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said it is "shocking that it has taken President Obama this long to realize that Syria is a threat to not just the region, but to its own people."

"It is about time that the Obama Administration stepped to the plate and called for the long-awaited resignation of President Assad," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a statement.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Santorum • Syria
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Matthew

    Yo Mit, you are yesterdays news. You will be lucky to be in Ricks Cabinet, SAY GOODNIGHT LITTLE MORMAN!

    August 18, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. a6102658

    Romney never took a position with Syria, he just waited for Obama to take the lead, so he come behind as he just did and find a talking point.
    We all know how Obama has been criticized for getting involved by the Republicans, it is the same scenario, Obama can never do right, he is always too early, too late, or sometimes he should have waited, or he should have been proactive.
    He will never win this arguments with Republicans, they will always support the opposite view even at the expense of the American people as we saw during the Debt Ceiling debate.
    For whatever is worth, Romney does stand a chance against Obama, he has too many skeletons in the closet.

    August 18, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Oh don't worry, next week Mittens will be on Obama for getting involved in the politics of another country. The one thing you can always rely on with Mitt is that he can talk out of both sides of his mouth.

    August 18, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. maf

    @Sniffit So true, you can always count on the naysayers to come up with opposition regardless of the position the President takes. It is so easy for them to cherry pick, they will soon find that they flip flopped themselves into NO platform to run on for the 2012 election other than cutting spending. I doubt if that will take them very far. . . maybe to the unemployment line. One that they are truly instrumental in keeping at such high levels!

    August 18, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Marginalize the Presidency

    Mitt has the luxury of the arm chair QB, has he, or any other teapublican, ever taken a position (w/o flip flop) on anything BEFORE the President announces a course of action (.e. Debt Ceiling, Syria, Afghanistan)?

    The entire Republican and TeaBagger agenda found it's birth in Uncle Joe's " You LIE!!!!" rant. Never in history has a political agenda shown so much disdain for the Offoce of the Presidency, a sitting President, or the American economy!!!!

    Noe that is 'Treasonous'!!!

    August 18, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Me

    I guess Romney didn't get the memo. the yee-haw approach to foreign affairs was determined to be a boneheaded policy and was done away with. Working with our allies has been determined to be the correct thing to do.

    Obama 2012

    August 18, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Obama has been waiting for George Soros's call, telling him what he should do.

    August 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Matthew

    Mitten is poutin caus Rick is saying nighty night to him. Sorry, Salt Lake cant help you here. Maybe Romney can eat Perrys dogfood & get a Cabinet position in 2012!!

    August 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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