Romney: 'Can't imagine saying no' to Netanyahu meeting
September 12th, 2012
01:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney: 'Can't imagine saying no' to Netanyahu meeting

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney focused campaign efforts Wednesday on putting a dent in President Barack Obama's foreign policy, including invoking reports that the administration refused a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Romney said at a campaign event that as president, he "can't imagine ever saying no" to a meeting with the Israeli leader.

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Romney's remarks on Israel came after the GOP candidate's continued hammering of the administration's response to attacks on two United States' diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya, killing four in the U.S. offices in Benghazi.

Romney's team altered a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida, Wednesday to deliver remarks on the attacks, offering condolences to the affected families and, notably, handing more pointed criticism to Obama for what the Republican candidate said was sympathy for the attackers.

While greeting supporters after the scheduled event, Romney was also asked about his views on Israel.

Romney reiterated both his support for the U.S. ally and his attacks on the president's foreign policy, saying, "I can't ever imagine if the prime minister of Israel asked to meet with me, I can't imagine ever saying no. They're our friends. They're our closest allies in the Middle East."

The Obama administration has pushed back on reports that the White House turned down requests for a meeting from Netanyahu to discuss, in person, threats to Israel by Iran's nuclear program, releasing a statement Tuesday saying there was no such request and no meeting was denied.

Netanyahu is scheduled to be in New York later this month. The White House statement did not say whether a request to meet in New York was either made or denied.

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Izza Rollin

    I can't believe Romney thinks it appropriate for Netanyahu to dictate American foriegn policy. They are the receipients of our good graces, not the other way around. We send them billions, they send us nothing but headaches. I would not be surprised if there is a Romney/Netanyahu connection with Israel trying to control our politics as well. Remember Reagan and the Iranians. Repubs have lost sight of country.

    September 12, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. the Situation

    Romney has no backbone. No one, not Jewish people in America or many people in Israel wants to go to war. Netanyahu, just like Sharon are Neocons, they believe that the only way to solve conflict is by way of force and we all know that Israel can't do. Why should the President of the United States bow down to anyone beside his people that voted him/her in office.

    BTW: Romney and Netanyahu are good friend from the 70's. I would be surprise when Mitts went to Israel in July that he and his funder cut a deal that gave them money to go to war with Iran, once he gets into office he will get his full support. Wouldn't be a surprise since Reagan and Bush 41 cut a deal with Iran to old the hostage until Reagan was sworn in office on January 20, 1981.

    September 12, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. chris

    Wow you obama supporters are clueless! Barry won't even help his own brother. Changed his name to some guy who abandoned him for his whole life and has racked up more debt than bush in 3 years. oh ya bush ruined the economy with his poor people affording expensive homes policy that's what he ran on to get elected right? Jk liberal fools

    September 12, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    A HUGE reason why Romney is a bad choice for the USA, he thinks it's more important to bow to Israel then to promote his agenda, putting America 2nd. OBAMA 2012

    September 12, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Yet another lie from Mittens. Regarding the meeting, "no such request and no meeting was denied."

    Aren't you right wingers getting sick of being lied to all the time? Sheesh!

    September 12, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Was this soundbite recorded while Mittens was under Adelson's desk?

    September 12, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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