Romney: Why I'd be better for Israel than Obama
December 7th, 2011
08:36 AM ET
8 years ago

Romney: Why I'd be better for Israel than Obama

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reaffirmed his commitment to Israel as America's partner in the Middle East while accusing President Barack Obama of hindering peace in the region, during his speech Wednesday before the Republican Jewish Coalition.

The former Massachusetts governor took the president to task for criticizing Israel, not saying enough about the thousands of Hamas rockets fired into the country and his support for Israel to adopt "indefensible borders."

"These actions have emboldened Palestinian hard-liners who now are posed to form a unity government with terrorist Hamas and feel they can bypass Israel at the bargaining table," Romney said at the forum in Washington, D.C. "President Obama has immeasurably set back the prospect of peace in the Middle East."

Romney said that as president he will warn other countries in the region that aggressive action against Israel will be "futile and that continuing it will cost them dearly."

Romney, who is making his second bid for the White House, is one of six potential GOP nominees to speak at the event Wednesday.

He also bashed Obama's support of an "entitlement society," where he said earnings are redistributed and disproportionately enjoyed by the government.

"President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He has embraced an entitlement society. He has put America on a path toward decline," Romney said. "At stake is the prosperity we've worked so hard to achieve, and the future of great allies, like Israel."

Despite what Romney sees as Obama's failed first term in office, Romney said the 2012 election will be tough.

"Many think that because of his staggering failures, President Obama will be easily defeated," Romney said. "But an incumbent is rarely turned out of the White House, and class warfare and demagoguery can be powerful explanations in uncertain times."

The president's reelection team responded to Romney's speech, accusing Romney of "stacking the decks" against the middle class by adopting the same policies supported by Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Sarah Palin.

"Instead of believing that Americans are greater together, he believes the middle class and those fighting to enter it are on their own," Ben LaBolt, press secretary for Obama for America, said in a statement. "Mitt Romney has made abundantly clear that he's willing to outsource American jobs to enrich himself and his partners regardless of the consequences for middle class families."

Rival GOP presidential contenders Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are also scheduled to speak to the group Wednesday. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was not invited to the event because of his views on Israel that the organization said are "extreme."

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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens is so concerned about Israel, he should be running for office there, and not in America.

    December 7, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Indy

    How about jobs Mitt ? Jobs Jobs Jobs !!! You were a horrible job creator, so what are you going to do to change that, we want to hear what Republicans are going to do for ALL Americans, we dont need to hear anymore about how much better you think you are then the sitting President. All of the candidates need to expalin in full detail what they would do to improve the economy and create jobs

    December 7, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Russ

    Right now you had better worry about why you'd be better for Israel than Newt.

    December 7, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    But, but, but, you're not running for President of Israel! The only concern of the President of the US is the US, not some lot of religious fanatics squatting on stolen land.

    December 7, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. DC2003

    Maybe Mitt should run for President of Israel then!

    December 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Debbie

    LOL! The reason that Romney says he would be better for Israel is that he is parroting his masters words: Cheney, Rove, Daniels, Jeb Bush, and all the GW Bush advisors he hired. Using the OT and the land God gave to the Jews for political gain is immoral. God gave land to the Jews but not the State of Israel. The State of Israel and pro-war and oil is tied to war. It's a backdoor promotion of war for oil and Cheney and Rove have tons to gain. A vote for Romney is a vote to return to G.W. Bush policies. Romney would be better for Israel because War is better for Cheney and Rove his new puppet masters.

    December 7, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Hey Mitt......if you want to be our president tell me why you would be better for USA then Obama. I don't care about Israel....or Canada or Mexico. We need to fix some things her first. Your really blowing it dude.

    December 7, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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