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

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
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Sean

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    Sounds like it's going to be a win for Ron Paul? Hmmmm...

    December 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |

    I don't agree with Ron Paul on much, but his foreign policy stance is one I'm in favor of, to an extent. I'm sick of being the world's police. As far as you go Willard, you'll change your mind next week and will be having brunch with Ahmadinejad.

    December 28, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. diridi

    "Corporations are also People, My friend". He may be front-runner, but will not win the election. I am very confident. His policies are for Outsourcing Jobs overseas. Run this nation into deeper trouble than ever before. Obama2012.
    PS: Ron Paul is sounding like the guy GOP should elect, At least he pours money on American soil, like Obama, than Wars with Iran.

    December 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Vet4RonPaul

    Romney, Obama and Gingrich are Chicken Hawk neocon war-mongers. Too chicken to serve but too hawkish to send others to do the fighting. Ron Paul is the only candidate that is pro-peace, pro-freedom, pro-right-to-bear-arms, pro-life and anti-NYC-bankster bailouts. I'm a veteran and the troops and vets cannot stand these Chicken Hawk Commander In Chiefs you keep sending us! (eg. Clinton, Obama, Romney, Gingrich)

    December 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. larry

    So how would Mr. Romney stop Iran from getting a Nuke? Oh wait, he can't. Maybe our current policies is what is encouraging them to get a nuke. Plus who here really believes that Iran would actually use a nuke? I highly doubt that they would be going through all of this just to nuke Israel and therefore be destroyed by the U.S. Especially since nuking Israel would destroy countless muslim holy sites and muslims on top of that. Can we use some common sense here please.

    December 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. cigarman

    Wouldn`t it be funny if any of the Republican wannabees actually got elected President of the United States. We Republicans could laugh at everyone who is not rich. Remember, we Republicans want to abolish Medicare, Medicare, Unions, and healthcare. Remember, Ron Paul says LETUM DIE, Perry wants the AMERICAN TAXPAYER to pay for college educations for ILLEGALS but not AMERICANS. Romney is against his own Healthcare bill, it is only good for Massachusetts. Gingrich,well he wants More women to divorce while they are fighting cancer. Bachman wants to PRAY AWAY the GAY. Santorum is just out there in another UNIVERSE. Vote Republican, PLEASE.

    December 28, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |

    If the people of Iowa fall for Romney's spew, then we can honestly say that the Iowa Caucus has been destroyed and should not be taken seriously in the future.

    December 28, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Larry L

    Pauls non-interventionist policy sounds good when it's first discussed. However, in an interconnected world with co-dependent, oil-based economies, those who aren't at the table to defend their interests will get left behind. Paul talks about non-intervention but the result is isolationism – regardless what his followers preach. America needs to remain a first tier power to defend it's economic, military, environmental, and homeland security interests. Paul is the Ralph Nader of the Republican Party. His ideology is too simplistic to allow America to function in the imperfect world of today.

    December 28, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |

    What is it about the GOP and fear mongering? This crap is old, man.

    December 28, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. anagram_kid

    Why does the right have such an overwhelming need to live in fear? Did they learn nothing from the Cold War?

    December 28, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Keith in Austin

    To Liberals visiting the CNN Political Ticker: I urge you to read the appalling blogs from left-wing idiots posted on the Callista Gingrich story last night. A clear and representative example of Liberals reminiscent of the rancorous and vile diatribes said about our previous President as well. Conversely, it is rare to see similar repulsive comments coming from Conservatives about Michelle Obama. Herein is just another not-so-subtle example how we differ as people!

    December 28, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. SoSad

    He's just not a Christian! Them mormans are strange, wearing magic pants and all that stuff, no way am I going to vote for a non-christain.

    December 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Standing room only - in a small church is quite different from standing room only in a football stadium.

    Try a phone booth next time Mitt - then it will say "Long lines waiting..........."

    December 28, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Independent Voters

    Romney is the biggest flip flop running for offices. Romney you know that president Obama have the same agenda that you agree with in the past. Romney you will never be president just give up and conversatives dont like flip flopper

    December 28, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    from an earlier article:

    .... But Gingrich cried foul Tuesday, saying the organization, Restore Our Future super PAC, is run by former Romney staff and funded by his "millionaire friends."
    That'a funny. I don't Ron Paul whining about being attacked. Paul punches back. Hard. So does, Mitt. Perry throws jabs. Bachmann has thrown a few jabs. Santorum is swinging, too. { LOL } But, Newt is demonstrating that he is a soft skinned whiner. Ron Paul will take these remarks and blast back hard. Paul supporters gotta love it.

    December 28, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ron Paul is one of those people that believes that all of our ideas will go all over and be loved. He is misguided and uniformed. He hasn't been paying attention in committee hearing I think. This isn't to say that I think I would want Romney any better.

    December 28, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    Hypothetically speaking, if Romney becomes President, when he get's sworn in, is he going to say "I, Willard Milton Romney" or will he say "I, Mitt Romney?"

    December 28, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. george of the jungle

    oh keith you must be talking about the home wrecker bimbo.

    December 28, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. george of the jungle

    Oh keith wasent that a repo senator that had to apologise for making remarks about the first lady's back side.>? Gee repos are so noble can't even stand each other as shown by the current campaignyou num nut

    December 28, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Con

    Ron Paul is the one. We don't need wars, we need to cut spending. RON PAUL 2012

    December 28, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. BringTheToopsHomeNOW

    Romney crawl back to your cave. We will NOT support you just as we did not support McLaim. YOU can not win with out us.

    December 28, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Keith in Austin

    Conversely, it is rare to see similar repulsive comments coming from Conservatives about Michelle Obama. Herein is just another not-so-subtle example how we differ as people!

    you don't do much reading do you? Every time a story comes out about Mrs Obama doing something the vile comments come out like flies to a pile of it. Try again. You lose. As for the Stepford wife Callista, she reminds me of plastic Cindy McCain

    December 28, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    So it would sure be interesting to hear Ron Paul's view of a nuclear armed closing the Straits of Hormuz. I guess we would just ignore them while oil spiked to $200 a barrel and the world went into a depression? Or would Ron Paul goive into their demands and be extorted? His wacky world view has problems when it bumps up against the wacky reality of the real world, especially the middle east.

    December 28, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Son Of Man

    "What if Christianity teaches peace, and not preemptive wars of aggression?" – Ron Paul

    December 28, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. pete4808 in Philladelphia

    God Bless Ron Paul and the American Patriots who stand beside him.

    December 28, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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