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Romney Vow: "If the Situation Arises, I'll Take Advantage of It"
There's a lot being said about Romney's disdain for the "47%" - not so much about his promise to capitalize on any misfortune which might befall our troops.
I don't know about you, but that somehow seems equally, if not more, important.
Romney was questioned if there was a way he could emulate Reagan regarding the way Reagan handled the hostage situation during the Reagan/Carter race. It was suggested that he could find something to say that would make the Iranians understand that their pursuit of a bomb is something that he would predict - saying that something like that would resonate well with the American public.
Romney responded by rambling on about the hostages in Iran, the helicopters crashing in the desert and Reagan making "all the difference."
And then he promised that if anything of that nature "presented itself" to him he'd "work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity."
Nice, huh? It's a wonderful world when Americans getting killed in a foreign country is regarded as an "opportunity" by a presidential candidate - one that he can "take advantage of."
It certainly explains why he was wetting his pants so bad that he was unable to keep his promise to hold a moratorium on political commentary until after Sept. 11th or to wait until all the fact were in before responding to the riots in Libya and Egypt, though, doesn't it?
MALE VOICE: I think that that's due to the fact that-- the Iranians perceived Reagan would do something to really get them out. In other words, that he had strength and that's why I'm (UNINTEL) on your (UNINTEL) about strength. And that's why I'm suggesting that some-- something that you say over the next few months gets the Iranians to understand that their pursuit of a bomb is something that-- that you would predict (?). And I think that's something that-- that could possibly resonate very well with the American public and voters.
ROMNEY: I appreciate the idea. I-- I-- I can't-- one of the things that's frustrating me is that-- on a typical day like this when I do three or four events like this, the number of foreign policy questions I get are between zero and one. And the American people (LAUGHTER) are not-- (FEMALE VOICE: UNINTEL) are not concentrated at all upon China, on Russia, Iran, Iraq. This president's failure to put in place a Status of Forces agreement, allowing 10,000 to 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq? Unthinkable. And-- and yet in-- in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the-- the fact that we had hostages in-- in-- in Iran, I mean that was all we talked about.
And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert. I mean that's-- that was-- that was the focus. And so him solving that made all the difference in the world. I'm afraid today if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down on their nuclear weapon they'd go-- you know, hold on. It's really-- you know, but-- but, by the way, if something of that nature-- presents itself, I-- I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity. Please. Yes?
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