Romney: If Clinton runs in 2016, GOP should hit record at State
June 15th, 2014
12:29 PM ET
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Romney: If Clinton runs in 2016, GOP should hit record at State

(CNN) - Mitt Romney said Sunday the way to pull down a potential Hillary Clinton campaign is to attack her record as secretary of state.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate called Clinton’s tenure as American's top diplomat a "monumental bust" and narrowed in on Clinton's recent comments on the Taliban prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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"I think her clueless comments about the Bergdahl exchange, as well as her record as the secretary of state, are really going to be the foundation of how a Republican candidate is able to take back the White House," Romney said in an interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press."

"I think you have to consider what's happened around the world during the years that she was secretary of state - and you have to say it's been a monumental bust," he said.

Clinton, the former first lady and senator from New York who’s considering a White House bid in 2016, has been busy trekking around the country as a part of her book tour for "Hard Choices," which chronicles her time leading the State Department.

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At a Denver event on her book tour, Clinton discussed the Obama administration's exchange of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Bergdahl - the last U.S. service member remaining in captivity from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Clinton offered a defense of the trade but didn't answer when asked directly if, as secretary of state, she would have approved.

Romney called her comments "clueless."

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The former Massachusetts governor's hypothetical strategy for an anti-Clinton campaign is in line with many on the right who have slammed Clinton's tenure as America's top diplomat as riddled with error - especially the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans.

Romney on Cantor, Graham primaries

Romney also weighed in on the latest drama on Capitol Hill - Rep. Eric Cantor's shocking Virginia primary loss last week to a little-known, tea party-backed economics professor, Dave Brat.

Romney warned that drawing any overarching themes from the majority leader's loss would be a mistake, pointing to Sen. Lindsey Graham's easy victory that same night over a series of conservative challengers in South Carolina.

"I know it's our inclination to look at races and suggest that somehow a national movement is causing what occurs. But you know, if that were the case, you'd have to look at Lindsey Graham's race," he said.

Romney 2016? No way

Asked if he would consider a third run for the White House, Romney laughed and said what he's been saying since he jumped back into the spotlight after his 2012 defeat - no way.

Romney spoke to NBC from Park City, Utah, where he hosted a high-profile summit attended by some 2016 hopefuls to meet with key Romney fund-raisers.

"Had I been running, I wouldn't be doing that," Romney said, responding to the White House question.

"I'm convinced that the field of Republican candidates that I'm seeing is a lot better positioned to do that than I am, so I'm not running."

Filed under: 2016 • Eric Cantor • Hillary Clinton • Lindsey Graham • Mitt Romney • Republican Party
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. rs

    Mr. Romney- Given the GOP's rather disastrous foreign policies during the decade of 2000-2010, why in the world should anyone listen to the Right? Your own hysterical trip during your last Presidential run shows that you are no paragon of brilliance either.
    You're an old man (older than Ms. Clinton). Neither you or your seemingly capable sons ever donned a military uniform. Mr. Obama appears to have things well in hand compared to the Neocon disasters we are just now getting out from under.

    June 15, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Anthony

    All Romney knows how to do is to criticize. Romney was a monumental bust as a presidential candidate.

    June 15, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. drake mallard

    There was a man call mitt romney who did too little too late with tax havens and offshore accounts. He was a rich man he was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan/ Rich from birth, raised in prep schools, no early exposure to minorities outside of maids, a powerful daddy to clean up his misstepss . timely exemptions from military service What a dope this trust fund baby was. His tax-cut math just doesn't add up. He never had to earn anything he talk smack about 47% not paying taxes and responsibility to care for them, Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing you-name-it. He said saved business with “creative destruction." It's the age-old theory that the new must constantly attack the old to bring efficiency to the economy, even if some are destroyed along the way, mitt was born-insecure, he understand the hardships facing ordinary Americans. For example, one of his cars was out of gas so he have to pump his own gas he know hardship. born-insecure, jock-jawed ! His Tax policy are made up of small mystical creatures and health problems are already solved through the miracle of .emergency rooms! He loves being able to fire people who provide services to him. mitt the twit is not concerned about the very poor because We have a safety net there. He lost to a man with unemployment at 8% /Now look at him shiver. Beg for mercy, rich man.

    June 15, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. rs

    Sure, criticize Ms. Clinton's time at State. What about your personal finances, Sir? What about your taxes, and the money you stashed abroad from your years of "creative corporate destruction"?
    You are an old Man Mr. Romney- go home any of the 8 should suffice.

    June 15, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Dallas

    Gov. Romney: Your 15 minutes have come and gone. With your record, you have no room to criticize anyone. Go home and count your money!

    June 15, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    He needs to rephrase is the LACK of a record, that we need to hit. She has nothing positive at all. Only negatives.

    June 15, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. brownbuttonglutton

    Democrats are history no matter who they run. After trading 5 terrorist generals for a traitor and killing our veterans, it'll be a decade before they win any more national elections.

    June 15, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Peace

    Mr. Romney, they should hit Hillary's record! Is what you say? What attractive records do GOP candidates to be have? No wonder you fixed your dog on top of a car roof rack, whole long way to Ted Cruz's birth place.

    June 15, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Gary

    This coming from a guy whose only foreign affairs experience is with Swiss bank accounts.

    June 15, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Mitt Romney , A corporate elitist who has five sons , None of whom did any military service .

    It's easy for a guy like Romney to criticize Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's freedom ,

    Meet the new world leader of the 4% cast system , Mitt Romney ".

    June 15, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Thomas

    If men such as Mitt Romney had to send there own children into combat , there would be no war .

    June 15, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Steven Daniel

    Really Governor? Ingrained as the defacto representative of the 1% is throwing darts. You lost, move on

    June 15, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Lizzie

    rs, as you recall those where accusations thrown out by Harry Reid to destract from his stash of ill gotten money in the Caymans.

    June 15, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    The republicans have nothing to run on. Romney never ran a successful business, he bankrupted them all. He never served in nor his cowardly son`s our armed forces. He was and is a loser.

    June 15, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Gunderson

    Hillary is just another example of Liberal Politics/Policies over the last 100 plus years. A Glaring Failure. Go ahead, stick your head in the sand. Look at where we are at. At the Top of the List, 18 Trillion in debt. Oh, sorry. The people voted for it. Romney speaks the Cold Hard Facts, of which nobody wants to hear.

    June 15, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    He needs to rephrase is the LACK of a record, that we need to hit. She has nothing positive at all. Only negatives.
    And Mr. Romney, Rick? Anything decent he did- he flip-flopped on.

    June 15, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Bring it on Mr. Mitt ,
    You didn’t learn from your own experience

    Virginia 7th district primary results shows GOP in still “self deportation” that is enough Hillary to win the White house

    radio talk shows host are GOP leaders now , SO GOOD LUCK in 2016

    June 15, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. king

    ahh mitten mitten mitten. i hope like hell that Clinton beat you guys because i would hate to see the financial devastation and soldiers lives you guys would have put in jeopardy. you guys don't gives a dam about america's interest, all you guys wants is world dominance and to hell with the american economy. i see you Mr mitten suck money out of our economy and hide it n small islands to invest in china. i don't care how much money a person has, but if they are not investing here in our economy to help Americans, puts a bitter taste in my mouth. if you want to give your rich buddy tax breaks, and on the other hand rob middle class and working class folks to fight wars to put more money in small islands around the world, i am against. Clinton is a dem who will focus on our infrastructure rather than china's. i will take a dem over a trickle sideway to china republican any day.

    June 15, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Guy G.

    Msn users in general are lefty moon bats, and can't see the forest through the trees. Romney is a highly qualified individual who would of made a far better president than our present "community leader' . Had he been a bit more agressive in his campaign i believe he could of won...

    June 15, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. nancy

    wrong msg so sorry bill clinton and hillary pls forgive me

    June 15, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Mojo09

    Gov.Romney you lied enough while you were running time for you to take McCain and Graham to going on fishing retirement party you are no leader and your time is up.

    June 15, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Name Uche Agonsi

    If someone should be labelled clueless, i think it should be the two-time presidential election loser. He is a coward too as he is afraid to go for a third run. He should give his bitterness a rest.

    June 15, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. don in albuquerque

    Poor couldn't buy the presidency, and I bet it can't buy brains either.

    June 15, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    All any of us want to know from MittWitt is which state has the best trees?

    June 15, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Smitty

    Killery= Leech , Reset button anyone?? for petes sake even Sarah Palin saw this coming.!!! so if the left thinks Ms. Palin an idiot, how can have anything to do with HillY ?? Ben Ghazi anyone ???

    June 15, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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