Romney calls Obama weak on nuclear Iran
June 17th, 2012
06:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney calls Obama weak on nuclear Iran

(CNN) – For the second day in a row, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney labeled his rival weak on combating a nuclear Iran, saying President Barack Obama is more worried about Israel, an American ally, taking preventative military action than about Iran itself.

"This president has communicated in some respects that he might even be more worried about Israel taking direct military action than he is about Iran becoming nuclear," Romney said Sunday on CBS. "That's the opinion of some who watch this."

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Romney made similar remarks Saturday, speaking via satellite to a conference of evangelical Christians in Washington.

Asked by a member of the audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference how he would handle relations with Israel as president, Romney said, "I think by and large you can just look at the things the president's done and do the opposite."

He also used his line hitting Obama, saying: "He's almost sounded like he's more frightened that Israel might take military action than he's concerned that Iran might become nuclear."

The tough rhetoric from Romney drew a response from Obama's re-election team, which issued a statement listing important steps taken by the Obama administration to bolster relations with Israel while slamming the Republican candidate for attempting to "score cheap political points by distorting President Obama's record of support for Israel."

"Our relationship with Israel is too important for Gov. Romney to play politics with it," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt wrote.

In an interview with the Atlantic Monthly in March, Obama maintained that a nuclear Iran was "unacceptable," and said Iran and Israel understand that he isn't bluffing about his opposition to an Iranian nuclear weapon.

"I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff," he said.

"I also don't, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are," Obama continued. "But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that, when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say."

Iranian officials have insisted their nuclear program is intended solely for peaceful purposes, though their statements have not persuaded officials in Washington and Jerusalem.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Marry

    Mr. Romney shows again and again his total lack of understanding what the job of a President is. His absolute goal of defeating the President, just to become the puppet of his rich friends that finance this is disturbing if not outright frightening! Romney does this, notwithstanding any unimaginable cost to the country, ruining international relations, to provoke even a (nuclear) war, his and the GOP’s simplistic thinking and greed… What a candidate! What a plan he presents for the future!

    June 18, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  2. thetruth

    Put this guy in office and off to war we go again, he said Obama was weak on Syria as well. Probably would be at war again with two countries, back to the Bush days.

    June 18, 2012 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  3. SafeJourney

    So, Romney said on Meet the Nation Radio show that he would go to war with Iran if they do not stop enriching uranium. There you have it folks. Another war from the Repubs

    June 18, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  4. Orwell Sees it

    Go nuke 'em Bishop Romney. They are far more dangerous than the USSR.
    PREEMPTIVE STRIKE, be tough, scare the Jesus out of them.

    June 18, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  5. Chris

    Here we go again. During the 2008 election, the refrain coming from the Republicans was that Obama was completely soft of terrorism and that he was ever elected whithin months – if not weeks – of him taking office there would be another 9/11 level attack on America. And we would never ever get Bin Laden while Obama was President.

    One moment the GOP is condemning Obama as an ineffectual milquetoast, the next they're ranting he's an iron-fisted tyrant.

    June 18, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  6. Ahmed Asgher

    Why does every presidential candidate has to suck up to Israel? What happened to focusing on US interests and please don't equate the two as the same. Do some real thinking and honestly see IF the US and Israeli interests are one and the same.

    June 18, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  7. Dave

    Oh really? So tell us, Mr. Chickenhwak, what you would do.

    June 18, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  8. Out Of Touch with reality

    obama is not only weak he is a waste.

    June 18, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
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