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. v_mag

    How long can Israel use the Holocaust as a reason to oppress Palestinians? It has been 65 years since WWII ended, and Israel still uses that horror to legitimize its horrible treatment of non-Jewish residents. Many American Jews recognize this, but the Repugnant Party, which is so adamant in blaming Obama for Bush's economic disaster, cannot admit Israel's continuing crime spree against the Palestinians.

    To a Repugnant, Israel and the 1%ers can never be wrong.

    December 7, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. diridi

    This is why you are losing in Polls, Obama will win with Landslide victory. Newt is out of question. All know that Israel played biggest drama for the last forty years of inexorable rule of GOP idiots without any foresight. True, true, and true...Obama2012.

    December 7, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. James

    Still no word on why he would be better for America though.

    December 7, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Obama has consistently shown his luke-warm sentiments and disdain toward Israel. For example, Benjamin Nehenyatu was forced to wait 1.5 hours at a past visit to the WH while Obama had dinner with his family. Recently he made off-color remarks about him to the President of France over a live microphone. Repeatedly, he has shown favoritism to Arab Nations while Hamas was launching missiles on Israeli soil. Although Jewish people here in the United States historically vote Democrat, Obama is in for a BIG surprise because he has seriously alienated Jews across America. Florida is a major battleground State and Obama will likely lose it due to his pompous attitude regarding our single-most important ally in the Middle East!

    December 7, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Publius Novus

    The Republican candidates better take another look at the presidential oath of office. The president must swear to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The oath says nothing about preserving, protecting, and defending Israel. It says nothing about never raising taxes. It says nothing about fealty to corporations. Check it if you don't believe me.

    December 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Laverne

    You need to worry about beating Newt before Obama. It's too bad you can't find it in your spineless character to attack Newt for the nomination in order to go up against Obama. Mitt Romney you are not RIGHT for America!

    December 7, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. GaGal

    Romney needs to back off momentarily about why he would be better than Obama and tell us why he would be better than Gingrich. He needs to deal with Obama once he has the nomination and right now he just needs to concentrate on getting the nomination, because if Romney wins there is a good chance I could vote for him. If Gingrich wins then I would absoulutely vote for Obama.

    December 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Sandy

    Sorry Romney, but you will NOT be better. Poor Romney, the only reason he is not a career politician is because he could not get elected. He's been running for office for how many years now, with no success after his governorship?

    December 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Sometimes it's really hard to decide: did he just talk a whole bunch and yet manage to say nothing OR did he just just spew an impressive string of insubstantial fabrications and lies? Hmmmm...

    December 7, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Tony

    Would he be better for America's middle class and the poor? Do they count in Romney's world?

    December 7, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |

    What? Does he think his magical underwear somehow makes him more capable than all US Presidents who've had to deal with Israel and all her drama? Oh, by the way, Mitt: establishment Republicans don't like you. Get a clue, would you?

    December 7, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Pat

    Mr 20% is now 15%. So he has to say the most insane things to get the attention of the GOP base.

    December 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. rs

    Mr. Romney- How much "better" for Israel can we or do we need to be, as a nation? Unless you want to make it the 51st state, it is hard to imagine what "more" would look like. We pour more money into Israel than almost any other nation. We support its questionable practices against it's neighbors. One has to wonder whether Israel would have a different foreign policy if it weren't for the United States backing its every move. One that would work with its neighbors rather than contesting them. Israel has grown to be a very expensive and uncooperative ally in the Middle East, and one we support more likely because of American Christian Fundamentalists than for what Israel actually is and represents to the world. That money, Mr. Romney, would be far better spent on Americans.

    December 7, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was not invited to the event because of his views on Israel that the organization said are "extreme."
    His view probably runs a little too close to the truth. I think Paul advocates cutting off all foreign aid, including Israel. Dr. Paul declares these aid arrangements is a waste of money, which only get the US involved in wars where it does not really belong.

    December 7, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. WB

    I love it how candidates crawl down to please Israel.... have some balls for Pete's sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I cannot remember when a candidate has been more out of touch with reality, than Mittens.

    December 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The only staggering failure that Obama has had to endure is the elected republicans who caused the biggest mess in foreign policy and the economy. Mittens is part of the problem, not the solution.

    December 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Aaron

    Aren't you running to be the president of America? Shouldn't it be about why you'll be better for America??

    December 7, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Cherilynn

    But who is better for the United States of America?

    December 7, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Arnie

    Dude, you better focus your attention on the front runner, Newt. You have to get to the general election before you can challenge the President.

    December 7, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My Daddy always said, "Don't try to reason with republicans, as they won't accept facts. Plants always respond better to voice communication than republicans."

    December 7, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |

    Anybody would be better for Irsael than Obama. Especially Ginrich. The Man I will vote for.

    December 7, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. NVa Native

    Israel has been sold out by world leaders before so Romney being a devote "flip-flopper" who has no real stand on anything does not give them (or any other country) the least bit of comfort.

    December 7, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Canuck

    Why would the average American give a rats behind about America's relationship with Israel??? Romney is getting desperate.

    December 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Gmartine

    The Republican Jewish Coalition didn't invite Dr. Paul because he didn't want to give Israel foreign aid. The RJC is probably profitting from that aid and now they are blackmailing American presidential candidates who might cut off that aid. Ironically Dr. Paul bases his economic policies on the teachings of the jewish economist Ludwig Von Mises who escaped Austria from the Nazis. Irony is when jews support nazi style policies.

    December 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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