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BLITZER'S BLOG: Romney & Perry go after Obama on national security
August 30th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Romney & Perry go after Obama on national security

BY CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - The economy will be issue No. 1 in the presidential contest. But national security will be important, as well, and we just got a preview of the political debate that will unfold between President Obama and his Republican challenger – whoever that will be.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the front-runner for the GOP nomination according to our latest CNN-ORC International poll, didn’t mention Obama by name, but his target was clear when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention Monday in San Antonio, Texas.

“We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies,” Perry said in an apparent reference to Obama’s efforts to win U.N. Security Council support for NATO-led military action against Moammar Gadhafi in Libya. “And when our interests are threatened, American soldiers should be led by American commanders.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney went one step further, mincing no words in directly blasting the president Tuesday before the same audience.

“Have we ever had a president who was so eager to address the world with an apology on his lips and doubt in his heart,” Romney asked. “He seems truly confused not only about America’s past but our future.”

Obama skipped the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention to address the American Legion national convention in Minneapolis.

He took the high road in avoiding any reference to his possible Republican challengers, clearly avoiding any political shots. But he did have one response that he will certainly use often on the campaign trail.

“A few months ago,” he said, “our troops achieved our greatest victory yet in the fight against those who attacked us on 9/11, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden, in one of the greatest intelligence and military operations in American history.”

And if long-time U.S. nemesis Gadhafi is captured or killed on his watch, the president will certainly have another response to his Republican opponents.

The national security debate is just getting started.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama • Mitt Romney • National security • Rick Perry • Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. hobert

    so many people have a problem with america,i think america is a great country,remember the old saying,love it or leave it.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  2. hobert

    what some forget president obama is only trying finish what bush and cheney sarted,the wars ,the stimulus,the falling economy,you cant blame him.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Lodwing

      Donna,You'll probably see my quote that talks about evil and not vonitg for it. Just for the record I am not calling Romney evil, just some of his ideas differ from how I understand the scriptures and so I cannot vote for him because his ideas aren't in accordance with freedom and liberty. I think we are all on a journey to become better and understand the world and the scriptures. I just don't think Romney understands what freedom and liberty truly are. He can be really good in other aspects of his life, just not in his political views.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  3. hobert

    i watched the tea party dbate,when did the republican party become the tea party.all i heard was obama!!!!! if you have to put another man down to lift up yourself your only trying to cover your own short far as national security who got bin laden not chaney or bush or any so called republican or tea party member.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  4. Terry Nation

    Please pose the following question: In view of the fact that the Bush tax cuts have cost the treasury two to three trillion dollars in lost revenue and have created few if any jobs, would you extend them?

    September 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  5. Brandy

    Perry, Romney all say they have plans to save the economy. I just listened to Romneys and for the life of me I can't figure out how he thinks he will save the economy. There still will be the same Congress that each will have to deal with. Everything the President has requested has been denied by Congress so what makes Perry and Romney any different. Its all talk and Congressional Leader had stated from day one president would only be a one term president thats because they block everything he wants to do for the people. Dont forget TARP was Bush's and the stimulus had to be done.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  6. Trudy Harteg

    Tea Party we need to get rid of them .the they ones .who said in 2010 we will get the Job s if you vote us in ,in the Midterm
    Election .you see now how the lie .the think we stupid not knowing what the have Plan from Day one .to make a one time President .that the have said no to everything the President ask for .if those Dictators run this Country .we will see a Riot here in the USA .People do not make the same mistake again .there is nothing but hate from the Tea Party ,against our President .

    September 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
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