President Barack Obama is trying to minimize Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's role on the world stage because he doesn't want him interfering in the Iran nuclear talks, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Tuesday.
"What first comes to mind is that hell hath no fury like Obama scorned," Romney said on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."
Obama and Netanyahu have always had a more chilly relationship than the prime minister has had with Republicans, but that came to a head when Netanyahu was invited by GOP House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress on the Iran talks earlier this month. Obama refused to meet with him, citing possible interference with the upcoming Israeli elections.
Romney said he and Obama didn't agree about much during the 2012 campaign, but did agree that the greatest threat to America was a nuclear Iran.
He said he is disheartened by the fact that Obama now is trying to push an agreement through without involving allies in the region such as Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as well as leaving Congress out of the loop.
"The concern is the political upside for him is so great and for Hillary Clinton is so great that he'll agree to anything," Romney said. "I think that's why Israel and Saudi Arabia and even [former Democratic Sen.] Joe Lieberman are all coming together and saying this is important, this is for the security of the world and existence of other nations."
Romney said if he had been elected president he wouldn't have let sanctions be lifted and would have demanded Iran dismantle its enrichment capacity before signing any deal.
Romney would not criticize the 47 senators who wrote an open letter to the leaders of Iran saying the deal will have no effect without congressional approval, but he did say he prefers the way the House handled it by writing a bipartisan letter to Obama.
Still, he said, he wouldn't have been annoyed if a group of senators or representatives had written such a letter if he were president.
"Presidents on both sides of the aisle during the Cold War took nuclear agreements between ourselves and Russia to Congress and said this is important, this is the security of the United States of America, we want both parties opine on it," Romney said. "The president doesn't like to have the input of the opposition party, or even the input of his own party."
Romney also discussed the expected GOP presidential field.
"I'm going to be very, very aggressively neutral in this process," he said when pressed by Cavuto on whom he prefers.
He admitted things will be difficult for voters at first with an expected crowded field, but said candidates will be whittled down once the primary process begins.
"The fun thing is we'll have a lively debate with very different views being expressed by different candidates," Romney said. "And then compare that with the Democrats. You look at them now, Hillary and a couple of other people vying to be her vice president. It won't be very exciting."
Romney said he opted not to run again after toying with the idea because he thinks someone with fresher ideas would be better able to "catch lightning in a bottle" and beat Clinton, the presumed nominee for the Democrats.
He said he wife, Ann, was the most vocal encouraging him to run.
But he said he is out of the race for 2016, and wouldn't even consider accepting the nomination if Republicans end up with a brokered convention.
"If that were to occur, my guess is that the people who got those delegates would come together and choose one of themselves and not look outside," he said.
As for his upcoming charity fight with boxer Evander Holyfield, Romney said he's hoping the whole thing is scripted out and that Holyfield takes it easy on him.
He invoked a controversy from one of his debates with Obama in which a CNN moderator challenged him.
"I can fight anybody, so long as Candy Crowley isn't the referee," he said.
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