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Romney Contrasts Self With Obama

Slams failed engagement, pledges visit to Jerusalem

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Mitt Romney yesterday.(Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images))

I believed all the candidates were going on at 9:30, but when I got here by that time, I had missed Sen. Rick Santorum, who arrived in person. My apologies to the senator, who apprently pledged to give the Iranian leaders an ultimatum regarding inspections. But all past record indicates that what he said was not very different from what I just saw Mitt Romney say. And it turns out that what Romney says is not as far from what President Obama says as Romney (and Santorum) would like for you to believe. In an indispensable report this morning, Helene Cooper notes, “Though advisers to Mr. Romney say they see significant differences between his Iran policy and Mr. Obama’s, other Iran experts and former officials in Republican and Democratic administrations say they do not see how the Iran policies being espoused on the Republican presidential campaign trail would do much more to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear weapon. In the case of Mr. Romney, they said, his Iran policy is essentially Mr. Obama’s Iran policy.”

With that in mind, let’s go to the tape. Romney appeared on the screen, apparently a two-way satellite feed, but he did not respond to the crowd (for example, did not pause for the copious applause he received). It felt a little like a video that comes before a Disney ride. “While I can’t be with you, I stand with you,” he said.

He slammed the Obama administration for publicly warning Israel against attacking Iran. “Israel doesn’t need public lectures about how to wage war and peace,” he said. “It needs our support.” He mentioned that the two countries would have a closer relationship under a President Romney, and that the two leaders would: he worked with Prime Minister Netanyahu at Boston Consulting Group three decades ago.

His best line, and the one that got the most applause? “My first foreign trip will not be to Cairo or Riyadh or Accra. It’ll be to Jerusalem.” Standing ovation.

Candidates Hammer Obama Over Iran, But Approaches Differ Little [NYT]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

For a different take on the Romney talk, see Jennifer Rubin’s post which (not surprisingly) highlights the differences with Obama’s Iran policy.

She also includes a summary of Santorum’s brief remarks.

One thing that Romney noted (which MT should have mentioned) is that Netanyahu is not just a friend but an old friend, their having worked together at the Boston Consulting Group more than 30 years ago.

So if nothing else, one thing that a Romney presidency would erase is the blatant and obvious personal antagonism that the Obamanoid-in-chief has for Bibi. That would make relations and cooperation between the USA and Israel a lot smoother.


J’lem / Efrata

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

My sincere apologies to MT, he most certainly DID mention the fact that Bibi & Romney worked together at the BCG and could be expected to work well together if Romney is nominated and elected. Somehow I missed the refence.

Facts are facts and I am wrong on this one and have no compunctions in admitting it.


J’lem / Efrata

Ellis Jayus says:

30 years ago…I went to high school with some guys 30 years ago…haven’t talked to them since. What has MR’s relationship been with BN in the past 30 years? Just because they worked at the same firm (not necessarily together) doesn’t mean much unless there was actually a relationship.

I listened to several generally moderate middle-of-the-road commentators offer assessments of Romney’s AIPAC speech. I heard two consistent reports: As noted above, the Iran policy was much the same as the current administation. More notable as it came from virtually everyone except FOX, was the comment that Romney’s speech was blatant pandering. I think the guy is a milktoast tool who has no idea what he would be facing as president. Can someone clone the the top 4 GOPers with a dose of Hunstsman’s intelligence? Otherwise, none of these guys has a chance in November,


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