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. Leftcoastrocky

    I wonder what kind of fraud was in those tax returns you refused to make public, Mitt.

    June 15, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. TC

    Romney, the typical rich snob in life who looks down on the poor and middle class. It IS the very reason he was defeated last time.

    June 15, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. morenodvrs

    I guess no record is better then ???? Anyway why do we even listen to this man?

    June 15, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. MaryM

    And the loser Romney just wont go away. Its like the male Palin show. Just go away Romeny, you lost. No one cares about you just like Palin

    June 15, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    please neither run..

    June 15, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Anthony

    Come on Republicans, nominate Romney again. It would be fun to beat him again. This time we promise to finish him off.

    June 15, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    IF for some unfortunate tragic reason the democrats get the W.H. in 2016 . Never happen . The 47 percent will only climb instead of dropping . Americans want to work and not be dependent or have to have help from outside sources if possible . A good start would be to close our borders and watch our wages rise and maybe offset the mideast oil debacle ? There is no one going to be upset but the illegals ? ummm.

    June 15, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Yes, by all means hit that record. After this happens the lids off. The record of the republican party is fair game, and when the record gets placed into the mix, lets watch as the entire republican party goes on the defensive. The way we'll know the truth has come out will be by judging how defensive they get. Go Ahead. Serve yourselves up as bait.

    June 15, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Don

    Even though Romney appears right on most things that he warned us about and the Left criticized and Obama mocked him about such as Iraq and Russia etc.., Romney is wrong about one thing. Romney believes there are other people better positioned to beat Hillary to fix her poor foreign policy mess she created and future mess she will undoubtedly create from her lack of understanding of the world stage. Romney is the most qualified and would be the best person to lead. I understand why Romney and family don't want to run again after the media and Left ridiculed, harassed, and attacked Romney for simply warning us about the things we are seeing today on the world stage.

    June 15, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. BigDaDe

    Seriously haven't you made a fool out of yourself enough already Mit?

    June 15, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Name. willard

    Obama loved blame to roomney that romney should beat obama right so romney will face against hillary clinton 2016 cause obama and hillary clinton was fault without nation security at benghizina

    June 15, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Samantha Smith

    Ye gads, I hope not. A phony to be sure.
    He makes my skin crawl.

    June 15, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. sportsfan8888


    Wrong on all the issues in 2012
    Wrong on all the issues in 2016.

    Vulture Capitalist with the bully boy attitude is not the right person to lead this country.

    June 15, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. AlienHawk

    I do not think The Republicans need to do anything. Hilary is going to get challenged. Whoever it is, is going to remind all the Democratic voters who vote in Democratic primaries, that Hilary joined the neo-cons and Bush in support the Iraq war. They will question her decisions (or lack thereof) as Secretary of State. That, along with the Obama playbook to win primaries, is likely to stop Hilary from getting the nomination. And there are a variety of tragedies which could occur involving the middle east (hopefully not) that, whether fairly or not she is given responsibility for, would derail her. She isn't the shoe-in that the media would have you believe.

    June 15, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    The country also understands why Romney and his family don't want to run again. That would be because he got handed his butt.

    June 15, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Ant123

    I guess the Republicans realize they are in trouble. This guy can't win because now he can't pull the middle you went tot he right of nut case and that is where he will remain for the middle.

    Have a nice day

    June 15, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. BErnard

    monica and bill clinton mess who want to be bother clinton been in the white house once again people livin cheap like back in the 90 time change but clinton democrat have not.

    June 15, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. thomasthomasthomasthomasthomas

    is romney still working off the 400 million he owes the republican party for the last election?



    thomas 🙂

    June 15, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. john redmond

    If he runs, he needs to expose the criminal global elite controlled media and the Communist organization Priorities USA for what they are which he didn't do in 2012

    June 15, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. J Anthony

    Not wanting Hillary for prez is one thing. I don't want to see that either. But pretending this smug, entitled plutocrat is some kind of Republican prophet/kingmaker is politically pathetic. He is funding, that's all. Our government (if/when it's OUR government again) is not a private corporation,and should not be run like one. When are we going to learn? No more corporate-centrists, no matter what party they're from.

    June 15, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Chipster

    Clinton said: "We do have a tradition and I ascribe to it."
    Clinton said. "We try not to leave any of our soldiers on the field.
    Clinton said, "We try to make sure, insofar as possible, you know, we bring them home."
    Clinton said, "This young man, whatever the circumstances, is an American citizens and was serving in our military."
    I truly don't understand how anyone could possibly say that her position was not clear.
    As for all the accusations of desertion, that's what they are: accusations. There is a process for examining evidence to determine the validity of those accusations or the lack thereof.

    June 15, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "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,"

    Because, um, well, I had, umm, well, experience above and beyond hers when I ran for President and, umm, well, also too will those from my party who will be running against her have much more experience.

    Who does he think he's fooling? He's starting to sound like Sarah Palin. Not ONE of the GOP candidates has ANY experience beyond their very brief stints in a Congress now voted as the most useless Congress in history. And if we include Chris Christie into the mix, no experience whatsoever as a gifted state-person best fitted to represent the best of America.

    June 15, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. stupid liberals

    If you want corruption, crime and debt, vote democrat. I'm sure the parasite base is demanding more taxpayer funded handouts and Hillary is just the person to give it to them by robbing those who still have jobs and are forced to pay for the taxpayer funded liberal plantation.

    June 15, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Ralph Bowers

    To use Romney logic, one would look at the meteorological events of the last year and then blame the head meteorologist for the events, as if she/he had some causative hand in their happening. Ms. Clinton has at least as much of a clue as anyone who has the information at hand that politicians do. It is the overall agenda of the party and leader that counts for Americans. We were attacked under a Republican Bush, so I guess again, to use Romney logic, we should never again vote for a Republican, because they don't have a clue. En masse, we must be held to be pretty stupid, if we fall for Romney rhetoric, or perhaps he is that stupid?

    June 15, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. ja

    Don't count on it

    June 15, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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