Romney Blasts Obama's Foreign Policy as 'Monumental Bust'

Saturday, 14 Jun 2014 01:16 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave a stirring campaign-style foreign policy speech Friday – fanning speculation he may have his eye on the White House despite repeated denials of wanting to take another run at it.

Opening his annual conference of donors, supporters, and former campaign aides at Park City, Utah, Romney told 300 attendees it's "the failing of the White House leadership that concerns me, and that's got to change," NBC News reported.

"I lost the election, we lost an election, but I and we will continue to fight," he vowed.
Romney has been trying to re-emerge as a force in Republican politics to help win back the White House in 2016.

But as his public profile has increased, so have whispers he could launch another presidential run. Advisers insist Romney's sole focus is helping other Republicans and introducing his top donors to new GOP leaders.

Many of that new generation — some of them with their own presidential aspirations —  were also set to address the conference, including Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate in the failed 2012 race; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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Romney's rousing 15-minute speech was the only one open to the media — and he took full advantage, blasting the foreign policy agenda of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a "monumental bust."

"Tragically, all we've fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing," Romney said.

He also pointed to crises that have flared under Obama's watch, including the civil war in Syria, North Korea's testing of nuclear missiles, and Russia's capture of Crimea.

He needled Clinton for once presenting Russia's top diplomat, Sergey Lavrov, with a red button labeled "reset" to symbolize the thawing of U.S.-Russian relations, and then recently declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin might not like her new book.

"Please," Romney said. "This was from the woman who was gushing with smiles when she presented the minion of Vladimir Putin with that reset button."

"It's time to stop and reflect, and reshape American foreign policy," he said. "And that's part of the discussion that we're going to have over the next couple of days."

NBC News reported Romney also talked in more detail about the White House meeting with Obama after he'd captured the 2012 vote.

"At one point, I said, 'Mr. President, would you mind if I offered my suggestions,'" Romney said, going off his prepared speech. "And so I said, 'Look, if I had the chance to be president, I would ask myself what is it that has led America to become the most powerful nation … what is it that's led America to lead the world?'"

Then slipping into the present tense about the 2012 campaign, he said, "Now I've come away from this campaign, more optimistic about America."

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