Romney swipes at Paul in Iowa
December 28th, 2011
10:01 AM ET
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Romney swipes at Paul in Iowa

Muscatine, Iowa (CNN) - Speaking in front of a standing-room-only audience on the first stop of his Iowa bus tour, a seemingly confident Mitt Romney took a swipe at fellow Iowa front-runner Texas Rep. Ron Paul on Wednesday.

"One of the people running for president thinks it's OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon," Romney told the audience at Ella's Tea and Coffee House in Muscatine. "I don't."

Paul, who topped Romney by one point in a recent American Research Group poll of likely Republican caucus-goers, has advocated for a non-interventionist policy toward Iran. The two GOP rivals' standings are within the sampling error of the poll.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Paul's policy on Iran was one reason the former House speaker would not support Paul if he were the Republican nominee.

Romney will spend three days on a bus tour through Iowa, with campaign surrogates fanning out across the state as well. Rep. Aaron Schock introduced Romney in Muscatine, and Senators Norm Coleman, Jim Talent and John Thune planned to meet with voters in Sioux City.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
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  1. 2EEs

    I agree–Ron Paul's foreign policy, or the thinking that we should take a hands-off approach in regards to our foreign policy with Iran, is scary. Look at who Iran supports. Look at the corruption surrounding their current leader. They need a babysitter, as they can't be trusted with their toys. Yes our country is struggling with finances, but that doesn't necessarily mean we should back out of defense measures.

    December 28, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Larry L

    @Keith in Austin

    "It is rare to see similar repulsive comments coming from Conservatives about Michelle Obama."
    You continue to live in a world where you create your own reality. Do you recall a recent NASCAR event where Mrs. Obama was booed by the fans. Would you believe those fans to be "liberals"? She even got hate mail from the right-wingers regarding her efforts to counter childhood obesity. We see negative comments about her appearance on most every article. Last week when the Obama family went to church the right-wingers provided negative words about that event. Right-wingers continue to talk about the President's birthplace, his religion, and constantly employ racial undertones – Obammy? To believe the conservatives are inherrently "kinder" is delusional. They call it hate radio for a reason. Go to a gun show in Texas and you'll see t-shirts and signs for sale that show the "kindness" in clear detail.

    December 28, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    I'm no fan of Romney, and here's another reason why. He says about Ron Paul, ""One of the people running for president thinks it's OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon."

    If what Ron Paul says is on the record, why not just name him, Mittens?

    You are such a wuss...

    December 28, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. westward

    A vote for Romney is a guaranteed vote for another major war. Remember, the other two Bush wars (trillions) were never paid for because we couldn't afford them either. They are still sitting in our deficit pool.

    December 28, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Romney rightly claims he is a success as a businessman. He goes on to say that this experience makes him qualified to lead our country.

    Pesky little problem, though: He neglects to mention that he made his millions breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and shipping American jobs overseas.

    While the heart of capitalism is make a buck any way you can, I believe our country needs a leader who wants to invest HERE, in OUR country and OUR people, not some hack who sells us all down the river to boost the bottom line for a bunch of multinational corporations.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 28, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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