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BLITZER'S BLOG: Romney slams Obama on foreign policy
October 7th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Romney slams Obama on foreign policy

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – In delivering his first major foreign policy speech of the campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney really went off on President Obama’s record.

“I will not surrender America’s role in the world,” he said Friday in a carefully crafted speech at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, an early primary state. “This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president. You have that president today.”

There was more. “I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world,” he added. “In Barack Obama’s profoundly mistaken view, there is nothing unique about the United States.

“Let me make this very clear,” he went on to say. “As president of the United States, I will devote myself to an American century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.

“As president, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. I will reverse President Obama’s massive defense cuts. Time and again, we have seen that attempts to balance the budget by weakening our military only lead to a far higher price, not only in treasure, but in blood.”

You get the drift. According to Romney, Obama’s foreign policy has been a disaster across the board.

In some recent interviews, Romney has praised Obama’s successful strikes against Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, but there was no mention of either in his Citadel speech.

Romney has assembled a team of experienced foreign policy and defense advisers, including several who served during the Bush administration. They have helped him with the drafting of the speech as well as for his preparation for the presidential debates.

Some critics are wasting no time in fighting back, arguing that if you liked the Bush foreign policy adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, you will love the Romney foreign policy adventures.

RELATED: Romney's vision for 'an American century'

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  1. manny oliver

    Is this the best the GOP can put against s President Obama, Mitt Romney or Rick Perry?

    October 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  2. john

    Hurray manifest destiny. Cleary he has no plan and only trying to excite the base. Also, letting the defense industry know he will keep the tax payer money flowing. The Obama/Clinton policy has clearly made a positive impact in cooperation and longterm peace.

    October 9, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  3. Bong

    Slams Obama. Wow blitzer, it sounds like wwe wrestling match,

    October 9, 2011 at 5:26 am |
  4. Dave in Arizona

    Bin Laden and other terrorists dead, working with the international community and NATO to encourage democracy in instead of giving ultimatums to them... Obama has done very well with foreign policy.

    Is the US as much of a world leader as it use to be? No. And frankly I don't see why we need to be. To be a democracy within then demand to be a dictator on the global scale is ludicrous. This country was built on cooperation and that's the ideal we should carry onto the world stage. We don't need to be the best and we don't have to wave our **** in the air to show our strength. And we shouldn't need to be able to destroy the world many times over to have national pride.

    Our country was fine as it was for 200 years. It's been downhill ever since WW2, when all of the sudden we needed more and more power to feel secure. Well guess what: the more you stand out, the more you also become a target.

    October 9, 2011 at 3:44 am |
  5. novine

    I found the hottest little book of the 2012 election season. Simply put, the book; "Mr. President, Mr. President, Mr. President," expresses the problems and the solutions to the country's economic woes. Although the book will not be on the shelves for a few weeks, it can be accessed at mrpmrpmrp.com

    October 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  6. sara

    Although the President was handed a broke down foreign policy and 2 unjust Wars and a World angry at us. He appears to be very strong on his foreign policies with an outstanding Sec. of State. You have lost 20 Million or more voters for choosing the "misfits" that caused all this havoc to our troops, our economy, our country and the world.

    I trust President Obama and will vote for him in 2012

    October 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  7. sara

    How does it feel Willard? You didn't stand up and declare the Extremist of your party crackpots when they insisted that the current President was something other than he said he was. You stood along side the idiots screaming MUSLIM. Mormonism is Strange.

    October 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  8. JWR

    It doesn't make any difference what religion Romney, Perry or any other Republican is. The fact is they are all involved in idolatry. They idolize money and wealth. Their religion is idol worship. That's my opinion. They don't defend God or fight for His desire and will for human beings. Money, money, money, wealth, wealth and more wealth is their god. They say nothing about the common good for all people, just concerned about what it will cost. That's idolatry! What they don't seem to understand is that ALL belongs to God anyway. Use the money and wealth to glorify God by caring for all of His people.

    October 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  9. willard

    Kick out of presdient obama for 2012 presdient alright

    October 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  10. willard

    I'm belived that presdient obama are not strongest with his job for 3 years so he is still weak on encomony

    October 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  11. Laverne Hayes

    Why does the media continue to talk about nonsense issues such as religion. Let's talk about voter suppression; jobs; healthcare; jobs; poverty;jobs;jobs,jobs. Mitt's foreign policy is just more contracts for the military. Who is going to serve in this military when we won't give jobs to our returning vets?

    October 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  12. midleclssfan

    Let get this straight, under the last Republican President this country was literally hated around the world. Under President Obama we are clearly doing a better job. The only thing believable about Romney is, he a huge liar.

    October 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  13. Rob

    Where is Mitt Romney's flag pin??! He must not love America, despite what he says. :P Ahh, politics.

    October 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  14. Norman

    Well Mr. Romney. You're gonna need to start a war!

    October 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  15. XWngLady

    As a US Army Veteran, I am convinced now that Mitt Romney does NOT have the character to be President, nevermind Commander-in-Chief. I am utterly offended that he, a man who did not himself serve, would go to a military academy an address cadets, some of whom will be joining the active duty ranks THIS YEAR, and defame the current Commander-in-Chief! Rule #1 of leadership, is that you can't be a leader, if you don't know how to follow. If you aren't capable of giving respect where it is due (especially to the current Commander-in-Chief at a military academy), then you are not fit to be commander-in-Chief yourself. As a Veteran, after hearing his comments, I would NEVER vote for Mitt Romney.

    October 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  16. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    Sartre slams Blitzer on his constant Obama bashing articles... there is other news than reporting about a sparrow in Bangladesh that does not like Obama...

    October 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  17. biglot

    We’ve learned that our troops shouldn’t go off and try and fight a war of independence for another nation. Only the Afghanis can win Afghanistan’s independence from the Taliban. Mitt Romney said this, June 14, 2011. Forbid the thought, but should Romney become president, he should take this McChrystal and his *10 more years* to one side and give him a good, sharp smack upside the head. As for not knowing enough about Afghanistan, General, and probably Romney, and Obama, too, Eric Margolis pens yet another succinct article on that country. Search, Afghanistan: Ten Years of Aimless War.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  18. Marry

    Romney apparently cannot think anything through (flip-flop)! If that is all he can come up with (carefully crafted) – he moved to the top of the GOP/TP loonies and – unelectable! How they can come up with so much Bull S in a few sentences is unbelievable! Perry, Romney, Cain (Bachmann/out) economy = Bush – foreign policy = Bush. Hey, Cheney back on board? And that is supposed to be “the future”? Never mind the “fiscally conservatives” (Amy Kremer) –they like everything that hurts the country! If this is not enough and you vote in the GOP/TP direction – you will not be able to say later that you did not know what was coming! Strait blue 2012!

    October 8, 2011 at 5:00 am |
  19. Not fooled

    President Obama has done more to protect America in 2 1/2 years then Bush did in eight. Romney you have no clue what you are talking about. This President has good strategies and gets the job done. He is getting us out of these wars and you sound like you want us to stay forever. No thanks. We need the money for America.

    October 8, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  20. steve buck

    really? he is criticizing Presient Obama's foreign policy. he is either stupid or desperate or both. More money for military?? You have to be kidding. what in the hell is wrong with these looney right wing politicians?

    October 8, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  21. Nash

    Nice try robot. Good luck getting past the GOP primary process! The process has begun in earnest now that the gloves are off with Perry's crowd calling your religion a cult.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  22. Dan in Albuquerque

    R0mney knows more than a president who is making good on promises to draw down in both wars and get our troops home, had Usama Bin Laden and many Al Queda and Taliban leaders killed, and who helped dethrone Ghadaffi by not committing troops and giving endless unfunded money to another war? What has Romney done to prove any foreign policy skills? But, I will agree he's more Christian than that Baptist bigot.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:56 am |
  23. Rogers

    Wolf, We are tired of only negative reporting about president Obama, the Man is trying his best to do right, and bring this country around after the Republicans(Bush) tanked our Economy but the media these days unfortunately report only the negative news about him while forgetting the that it is the republicans who drove the US economy into this mess. By the way CNN, not only negative reporting makes news, actually it is a turn off. Please also talk about the good things President Obama is doing. Lets be honest president Obama is a good man who cares about this country, that is why i am going to vote for him in 2012

    October 8, 2011 at 12:53 am |
  24. jam

    I was so offended by Romney's speech today to the service men. He tore down everything president Obama has accomplished, belittled it and said he ,Romney, would be the one that saved our country. He wants to keep us in war for the rest of our lives, I wonder if any of his sons have fought and put their lived at risk. He is such a creep and it should be treason for him to put down our president as he did. What a stupid jerk. He just looks sneaky...This guy is not good enough to shine president Obama's shoes.

    October 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Looking Glass

    Unreal and unbelievable . . . this circus, this election, these repub. clowns!

    October 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  26. josephgordon

    I submit you don't get if you inforce tarrifs. Tarrifs, tax the rich, and protracted unemployment compensation are all Band-Aids for the real problem, "declining American production". We no longer have a balanced economy. American industrial production has fallen off a cliff. What we have left is a low paying service industry. We have exported technology and jobs for decades. It is no wonder you look around and see the wealthy and everybody else at the other end of the spectrum: the American middle-class is disappearing. I say turn this ship around. Lower taxes on domestic production over 5-years, while raising taxes on foreign goods targeted to this market over 5-years. The fed. gov. can get with states to offer declining incentives to produce and invest here over 5-years. We will have a jobs renaissance and heal the economy permanently.

    October 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  27. CAWinMD

    Same Republican crap - America is only strong if we can destoy it thousands of times over. If the American military was so almighty, how come we're still in Afghanistan? Shouldn't we have won that already? Why isn't Iraq the model of Jeffersonian democracy in the Middle East?

    Republicans just don't get that it's not whether you have a strong military, it's whether you know when and how to use that strong military. It's whether people believe in you enough to follow you into battle. America doesn't need to "dominate" the world, it just needs to understand how to lead the world (and sometimes how to follow the world).

    October 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  28. midnitejax

    Interesting enough...CNN fails to mention Romney also said he would cut taxes and increase military spending in the same speech. Does that sound like a sane and rationally thinking person? I say Romney can put on his magic underwear, and take a flying leap. oh...But not before grabbing Palin and Bachmann under each arm and taking them too.

    October 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  29. Military MIght

    Why would the Citadel allow someone to speak on stage that questions the very person to whom they will take an oath to follow. Does "Command and Chief" sounds familiar? How can someone, that is not a sitting government official, talk to a military group about a sitting President? Just wandering...

    October 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  30. noteaforme

    Romney has a lot of nerve saying anything bad about Obama. The man is certifiable; he believes his underpants are magical. (Mormons are the most insane branch of the christians next to fundamentalists and their snake-kissers, poison-drinkers and speaking in tonguers.)

    October 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  31. SPQR

    Romney should learn from Mike Tyson.

    Everyone has advice when they are outside the ring.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  32. clarke

    Who doesn't slam Obama. No one gives idea or plans on how to make thing better, they just slam Obama at least the President tries. The President may think, Oh what is one more slam.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  33. Brian

    Yeah. just what we need. Bush's foreign policy team back in the white house.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  34. Jeff

    The idea of American exceptionalism is one of our biggest problems as a country. We need to learn that we have a place in the world and that place does not necessarily HAVE to be at the top of the pile. There are many countries that sit in the top 10 or 20 among the world's nations that have happy and productive citizens and don't feel the need to play policeman to the rest of the world. Maybe we should give that a shot for a while and see how it feels instead of assuming that we deserve more than everyone else or that we have some kind of "manifest destiny".

    October 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  35. Mark

    Right Mitt. Now how will you pay for all this new defense spending? Will you borrow the money like your predecessors over the last 30 years or will you raise taxes?

    October 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  36. Shawn

    Borrow and spend on defence and go bust like soviets!! oops , there is no soviet union now!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  37. Marge

    What's new about that, all the tea bags and republicans especially those running to be THE candidate for president are doing nothing to tell the country what they would do to create jobs or improve the economy. All they do is pan, slur, lie and complain about Obama and folks get this it isn't going to do any good. You are all week old bread.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  38. UNCLE SAM

    without a doubt OBAMA will get Re-Elected. No ONE has trust in Republicans. Not even at the local level.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  39. Huh?

    Did I miss something here? I read and reread the article, can't find any mention of Mormonism, Mr. Romney's or anyone's religion for that matter. Unless I have a problem with reading comprehension, this article is about Mr. Romney's foreign policy speech at the Citadel...

    October 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  40. L.S.D.

    They all talk BIG till they get elected and have to face the reality of the whole world. It doesn't matter what party they are from. It is just a reality of the position.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  41. Garyd2

    You can't go wrong by voting for the democrats in the next election, romny and the rest of the republican clowns will tell you anything to get elected and finish ruining the USA.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  42. Daniel

    Fred – A Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ and accepts him as their Savior. We do. We are Christians. We do believe in the Trinity as well – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, except we believe that they are three separate beings, which make up one God. The concept of the trinity that you likely believe in was actually invented and voted on a long time after Christ died. However, if you want to go on believing your Preacher who only cares about the money that you put in his bank account, feel free.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  43. azguy64

    Assembling a foreign policy team of Bush advisors is like assembling a ship crew of those who were heading up the Titantic

    October 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  44. Ron

    Well we can look at it this way, "Having Jesus Christ in the title of your religion no more makes you a Christian than standing in the garage makes you a Cadillac" I'm just saying

    October 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  45. Burt

    Obama was not apologizing for America, he was apologizing for Bush who had the majority of the world at our side after 911only to turn them away with disgust.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  46. Clayton Petersen

    Those people that are saying that Mormons are not Christians believe that Pastor Pat Robertson is a true Christian, you know the one that said that is ok divorce your husband or wife if they get sick with Alzheimers (Very Christian!!) they also call Christians churches those that have gay ministers or perform gay marriage, even though it goes against bible teachings.
    My friends being Christian has to do with your actions not with your big religious shows and the millions of dollars those "Pastors" make.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  47. california99

    Neither Romney or no other Republican will be elected president in 2012...Obama will be President again! it was Obama that finally had Bin Ladin killed... something that Bush could not for 8 years. The financial mess we are in is because of the Republicans, check your history. the GOP is always creating havoc in this country. Clinton gave Bush a Surplus country to Bush. Bush ruined it. His father, the other Bush, gave Clinton a finantial ruined country and Clinton fixed it. Nixon an corrupt man...well everybody knows what happen to him ....So, look at all the Republicans (GOP) in the last 50 years nothing but bad news THE GOP IS NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY...WHICH IS A SHAME I wish it would be different, but is not. Abraham Lincoln must be turning in his grave to see his party go so low, vicious and selfish...GO OBAMA..2012..!!

    October 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  48. ron

    Willard is a fool. His so-called foreign policy folks are throwbacks for W's cabinet. Want torture – vote Willard. Want lies – vote Willard. What spying on US CITIZENS – vote Willard. Want lies leading to war – vote Willard. Want you job shipped overseas – you guessed it, vote Willard!

    October 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  49. Paul

    Mr. Romney hasn't understood yet, that you can't argue against success. Obama has the best foreign policy successes in decades, at a fraction of the cost typically charged by a GOP President(see $1.5T by Bush in Iraq for a failure).

    SO, we already know Romney will lose the WH ...

    October 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  50. stevetall

    OK, Mitt. How are you going to pay for "The American Century"? The past two "American Centuries" have cost us plenty as we try to police the world while depleting the resources to the point of human extinction. It'd be great if you really had a plan, but you seem to be all dreams and hot air. Good luck with that.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  51. mapu

    Romney believes in the american exceptionalism "entitlement". We need to earn it, all the time, like manufacturing, innovation, opportunity, etc. Everybody wants to be exceptional, and just believing, and complaining its not going to make it happen.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  52. mrh

    I'm no fan of Romney, but all this anti-Mormon stuff is just beyond the pale (nor am I Mormon). Why do you insist they're not Christian? They believe in the "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." How can you get off judging someone's religion when you obviously know very little about it? Please try to contribute something of worth to the conversation.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  53. Mormons are Christians

    I would say what defines one as a Christian is a belief in Christ that compels them to do as Christ would do. You'll notice Romney turned the other cheek and the Pastor hates his neighbor. Romney is more a Christian than the Pastor.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  54. Fred

    Mormons are not Trinitarian Christians, but are Christians. Christians are those who believe Jesus is God's son, the savior of the world and the their personal savior. Mormons do believe this, and are therefore Christians. Mormonism's beliefs and practices are not hidden or secret, which means they are not a cult. Their beliefs are widely available at our fingertips on the web at their own websites: lds.org and mormon.org. That said, it has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Romney's ability to serve as commander in chief. Only idiots base voting decisions on on anything other than candidates' positions on the issues.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  55. Dave

    Romney will never be President. If he is nominated the Tebaggers will go 3rd party. Obama is a very skilled at Foreign policy. If a Republican were President we would have invaded Libya and lost a lot of soldiers. Obama created change without boots on the ground or Service fatalities. He killed Bin Laden which the Republicans happily let dance around free, knowing he would create more havok and they could start another war. Romney, go home.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  56. disgusted

    So his foreign policy advisers are Bush administration people? That is reason enough NOT to vote for him.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  57. Jason

    So how long will Wolf Blitzer continue to deny Obama's failures?

    October 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  58. Mac

    How did the "mormon" issue creep into these comments? Sheesh, folks, do you vote based on someone's abilities and principles, or on some label? And as to the people saying Mormons have a different view of Christ than evangelical denominations – mormons believe that Christ is the divine son of God, and the only perfect being to walk the earth. He is the savior of the world. Where are these so called fundamental differences? Sounds to me like the commentors are simply parroting the meritless claims propagated by paid evangelical pastors worried about losing their flock to the non-paid ministry mormons...

    October 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  59. gomspal

    Fred,
    If by your definition of Christian is believing in the Trinity, then you disqualify the early Christians in Jesus' time. Trinitarian creed was never invented until the Council in Nicea. Mormons are Christians, but not Trinitarian Christians.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  60. CitizenJP

    Yeah, right Mr. Romney. What you could not do to Al Qaeda in 8 years of your futile wars that ran Nation's debt by a trillion dollars, Mr. Obama showed within 3 years – brought back troops from the war based on lies from Iraq and brought Osama Bin Laden and other top Al Qaeda leaders to justice! Now will you shut up and follow Mr. Obama's foreign policy? Or are you going to support the new Europe and Old Europe type of divisive policy?

    October 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  61. Jason

    "You get the drift. According to Romney, Obama’s foreign policy has been a disaster across the board."

    LOL...so here we have Wolf's bias, front and center. Clearly he disagrees with Gov. Romney. Obama has spent more time apologizing than he has not-leading us.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  62. David D.

    Pretty much everything Republicans say can be ignored as counter-factual nonsense. We know that tax cuts increase deficits, regulations and taxes do not kill jobs, Fannie and Freddie were not the major cause of the 2008 financial crisis, we have both a revenue problem and a spending problem, etc. A strong democrat can point this out and put the far-right crazy Republicans into the dustbin of history where they belong. We need a center right party again; this space is presently taken by none other than President Obama, who has raised defense spending, cut taxes, etc. along the lines of none other than Ronald Reagan.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  63. Jim Thomas

    He is only about 1/4 right.He still has a long way to go with experience and savey.He is not the answer.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  64. barb

    Some are from the Bush administration?............in looking at the list, I'd say 90% are from the Bush admin. This is nothing more than Bush 2.0.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  65. Thomas

    Wolf ,
    you still haven't asked Mitt Romney why none of his five sons didn't volunteered for military service !

    If you don't , a younger more objective journalist will !

    I for one will not vote for a Commander in Chief who sends others into harms way , yet will not send his own !

    Thanks

    October 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  66. Scott Stodden

    Mitt Romney Is Wrong When He Says Were The Strongest Country In The World Cuz The United States Is Still The Strongest And Most Vibrant Country Of All In The World Despite The Economy And How Things Are Going! President Obama And Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Have Stood Up To Foreign Leaders And Made Massive Differences Around The World! I Will Be Voting In 2012 For President Obama For 4 More Years!

    October 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Grumpy

      Scott!!!!! You are my kind of people!!!!!!!!!!! President Obama has been getting a bumb rap from the GOP and the Nat Sayers for too long!!!!! It was the Tea Party puppets in Congress who embarrassed the USA by holding out on the debt ceiling approval resulting in our nation's credit being downgraded. Funny how Romney and his ilk forget abou that little item. Funny, also, how Romney and Herman Cain, who has NO experience in elected office, are the only two "viable" candidates the Conservatives have at the moment. Don'tcha just love it?!!

      October 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • JCQueipo

      I wish Michelle would run in 2016 !! and 2020 !!!

      October 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Dog Mom

      4 more years of Obama will mean 25 percent unemployment.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  67. Fred Kessler

    Here in the West where Mormonism is rampant we are outraged at the Southern Baptist Convention's rejection of Mitt Romney's candidacy for President based solely upon his Mormon religion which they view as a cult.

    By contrast we reject Mitt Romney for President because he is a "one-wife Mormon" who refuses to practice polygamy which is a fundamental tenant of the Mormon faith as revealed by Joseph Smith and practiced by Brigham Young. The reason for our rejection is that you just can't trust those one-wife Mormons who don't follow the teachings of their own church. The same holds true for one-wife Muslims.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Sue

      You know nothing of the mormon religion. The true name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Secondly we haven't practice polygamy in over 100 years. The people of my faith who practice it our actually discommunicated. That means they are no longer members of the church. Before you make a commit about another religion please get your facts straight.

      October 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Grumpy

      The Southern Baptist preacher who introduced Perry recently said that Mormonism is a cult. Ouch! So much for respecting another person's belief system. Here's an idea for Romney's new campaign slogan: Better a Mormon than a moron!!!

      October 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • skarphace

      What about those one-husband Mormons. Are those women sinners as well? Maybe everybody should just marry everybody. Then nobody would be sinners.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Dan in Albuquerque

      And I can't agree with lawbreakers who use religion as an excuse, just as I agree that the Baptist preacher is hardly a true Christian himself.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  68. C. Sammis

    Wolf, Please do not focus on Romney's religion. We need the main stream media to focus on jobs, the economy, education, national security, foreign policy, trade issues and so on. You are wasting valuable air time on the religion of the candidate. That doesn't shed light on the candidate's actual position on the previous listed areas that are important for our voting citizens to know. Please switch your focus to the issues that really matter. The sooner the better.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • noteaforme

      It is extremely important to focus attention on the beliefs of the candidates. I, for one, want to know if the candidate believes his underpants are magical and can protect him from harm or not. (Romney and Huntsman believe this.) It is imperative to know the mental health of the candidate and whether or not he depends on voices in his head or in the sky to make important decisions. Bush said God told him to invade Iraq, remember? Whoopsie.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Gail from Louisiana

      Perhaps we should talk about how Perry spend $100K on illegal immigrants college education when Americans have to take out loans and work two jobs to pay for school. Maybe we should be talking about Mitt Romney imitating Obama. Last time I checked that is the highest form of flattery. Perhaps we should start a discussion about how the Republicans are more concern with taking over the White house than with the economy. Let's talk, we can talk all day about these things.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  69. beevee

    When it comes to foreign policy, Romney is an idiot. Just by assembling some guys who worked for a president who was responsible for all our domestic and international problems he does not become an expert overnight to criticize Obama.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Dylan

      Agreed! He wants to go back to the BUsh war machine. Build bombs not schools.

      October 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Bob

      It's good to be a "Never Apologize" President...but how about apologizing for the "deleted" line in the new version of your book ..Mr Flip Flop.....?...If this is is what we hear from the Candidate..we know what to expect when he becomes President....

      October 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • talshar

      RE: Including several who served during the Bush administration.

      ^ Another reason you will never be President, Mitty.

      October 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  70. gogoman

    you don't steer a car by staring into the rear-view mirror.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  71. Patchw3rk

    Mmmmhmmmm, and how does he propose to pay for this I wonder?

    October 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  72. Elaine Bessette

    Concerning Mormonism as a 'cult' ... The definition, according to most religious denominations, is a religious group that keeps its teachings hidden, not making its precepts available for the world to see. According to this standard, Mormonism and Jehovah Witness are both 'cults'. This is not to say that this is good reason to not vote for a candidate from one of these groups because we have the separation of church and state.

    As to religious choices, one who want to know the precepts of the group before becoming a follower, not have to find out after the fact that there may be precepts with which one cannot agree. But, that's a personal choice.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Braden

      I won't speak to Mormonism, but I have a few Jehovah's Witness as relatives. By your own definition they are NOT a cult as they make no attempt to hide their teachings from the public - quite the contrary. You either need to do some more research, or invite a Jehovah's Witness over for a talk.

      October 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Dog Mom

      Nothings hidden read the Book of Mormon. It's available to the entire world for free.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  73. Lou Ann`

    Re. Romney and Mormonism. Keep in mind that Mormons give NO STATUS to women. They hold no offices in the church except auxilliary positions. No leadership positions. How can Romney be a practicing Mormon and give any status or leadership positions to any women???? That alone should disqualify him from any government leadership role.

    October 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • skarphace

      Well, your point about Mormons not giving equal rights to women is a valid point and one which Romney will have to answer for during his run for POTUS, but as for this inhibiting his ability to be POTUS, it is not valid because the Mormon Church forbids women to have leadership roles in the Church, not in Government.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Erick

      Lou Ann:

      My sister became a Mormon in 1994. I used to think like you and thought that women were seing as inferior and servile and only men could become leaders. I was wrong. My sister has been the main leader and president of the Relief Society of the Church and had a lot of influence to do good.
      If you mean women can't become pastors or ministers, that is correct. Im a minister in a local christian church, and a lot of pastors in the area have the same practice, so this is not uncommon. I guess the difference is that the mormon church has other organizations for women.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • obie

      Keep in mind that you have no idea what you are talking about.

      October 9, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  74. Hernandez

    I heard Wolf say Mormons consider themselves Christian, and James Carville state that they are Christians by definition simply because they have in their name "Jesus Christ". Their views of Christ as a being and his relationship to God are though quite different than what most Protestants and Catholics believe. They are absolutely heretical to Christianity. Carville especially should realize that just bearing a name should convey no sense of what someone is or pretends to be, except in relation to what they think they are or claim to be.

    To the greater point of voting for Mormons, I agree with the pastor and Carville. Mormons are not by definition bad people, however religion can and in some cases should be used as a basis for how a person votes, if they consider it an important issue in terms of the values they want their leaders to possess.

    October 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Braden

      Disagreeing with Protestants or Catholics over bible interpretations does not make you heretical to all of Christianity, only to those two religions.

      October 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  75. Clwyd

    How does Mitt know that Obama has this image of America. More republican lies about made up conclusions!

    October 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  76. s.positive

    Mr. Romney, by God's grace, you will not be president of the US. You cannot deliver and I will be happy for the GOP to set up for failure. Keep talking and spending the money in vain...

    October 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  77. David Cline

    Wolf,

    How odd that CNN would show ALL of Perry's speech to the value convention folks but when Cain spoke CNN only showed a clip at best. This must be discrimination given that Cain is growing in popularity and in fact is ahead of Perry in recent polls. I am a democrat...voted for Obama....but was floored when I lost the opportunity to hear BOTH of those speeches. How about reporting on yourself regarding this BIAS?

    Sincerely,

    David

    October 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  78. Fred

    Wolf, A Cristian is defined as one who believes in the holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although they claim to be Christian, by definition Mormons are not

    October 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Braden

      Please check facts before posting. A Christian is someone who has either received a Christian baptism or simply believes in Jesus Christ and their interpretation of his bible teachings. There are several Christian branches that do not believe in a "holy trinity".

      October 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Christopher Drucker

      I thought a Christian is a person who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. Therefore, as the teachings are centered in the LDS faith, I believe members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints are Christians.

      Just thought you might want to know this piece of information.

      October 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • A Mormon

      By your definiton, then Mormons most certainly are Christians. Google "The Articles of Faith" and read what the first one is.

      October 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm |

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