Romney: Lockerbie Bomber Needs to Face Justice
2012 candidate on his push to bring al-Megrahi to U.S., Obama's handling of Libya
- Duration 12:09
- Date Aug 22, 2011
2012 candidate on his push to bring al-Megrahi to U.S., Obama's handling of Libya
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Moammar Gadhafi gave him a hero's welcome but -- -- -- on his way out of Mitt Romney wants money at out of Al-Megrahi back.
The Republican front runner -- on the do Libyan government to arrest and extradite alleged mastermind behind the pan am one -- three bombing.
So as governor Romney put it justice could finally be done with me now Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts governor.
Mitt Romney governor good to have you.
Thanks -- good to be with you on the cool.
We don't know the state of Moammar -- let alone the alleged mastermind of of the pan am flight one of three disaster.
But any if indeed -- goes down you think the new government should handover.
The robbery took -- What the United States of America would be my first choice what we would try him here and see the justice is done.
That this is a person responsible for the lives hundreds of people.
This is an individual who was convicted in Scotland but that set free and humanitarian basis and now.
Two years later he's still alive He received a hero's welcome in Tripoli it's unacceptable in my view that this person does not face justice.
So wanted to see him face justice as one of the first acts of a new government hopefully -- -- more democratic.
Our representative form of government a modern government let's let's get -- -- -- back to a court and and and seeking -- the real justice He deserves.
Do you think this whole backing the rebels during a live -- governor.
Was and is a wise idea.
Well we're gonna see the results of of what's occurred where I think the world does celebrates the idea of getting rid of Qaddafi.
That this guy -- what was one of the worst actors on the world stage responsible for terror around the world.
I think we're we're very pleased that that he's apparently about to to lose his a position of authority and we hope that the that the new government.
Is a more representative form of government that that -- human rights and does not as abusive and an associated with the terror.
As the prior as a prior regime we.
Surprised moving -- to the economy announcer of that.
Oil prices moved up they didn't go down you would think to -- -- I think it's very difficult to predict what's -- -- had to prices.
From time to time.
The dynamics around the world about what's happening with the world economy tends to bring up prices down because people are concerned about an economic slowdown.
At the same time if they think that oil fields might be affected -- supply but me it might be affected what the prices go up but.
I have long since given up trying to predict the ups and the -- Of oil prices stock prices -- the like -- you invest.
As a nation and as an individual.
In the long term bet you bet on America -- -- Would you -- starts right now fewer new.
Just to go into the -- right now.
Well I I don't give -- stock advice how to should be out of step and in my investments are held in a blind trust and so I don't.
Direct people as to what to do with but my investments but -- look I believe -- America.
I fundamentally believe that the American people are about to say the -- -- experiment has failed.
And they recognize that the president's gonna come out with a new economic plan but look we've seen the results of -- last economic plan it's been an abject failure.
They're gonna reject President Obama we're gonna get back on track restore the greatness that is America.
And yeah I'd be investigate America I think -- say a wise decision and of course prices are relatively low right now so may well represent a buying opportunity -- Don't don't bring an action against me for a four.
Financial advice but I'm a believer in America.
On another believe in America Warren -- -- and we're told the president had a phone conversation with -- Martha's Vineyard today governor.
Has advocated that He sees some -- of this market but He gave more publicity.
For his comments that the rich of people like him my guess by extension people like you should pay more in taxes and He almost felt guilty not paying more taxes patty field.
Well -- you know like I can't to speak to Warren Buffett's sense of guilt.
I can't speak -- this.
The right now we need job creators.
To use their capital to start new businesses to put people to work.
And the last thing I wanna do is to take money away from ought to -- doors and innovators small business people.
When I go across the country I sit down with various small business folks they tell me.
This -- bit about the most anti business.
Anti growth administration they have ever seen they have pulled back small businesses reticent to invest and to grow we need jobs right now.
And the president and and and -- and and other people are are saying -- just give us some money from rich people look people don't wanna check they want a job.
-- and what I want to do is get Americans back to work.
So when you made that comment last week -- and Ireland that corporations are people.
You your critics particularly on the left seized on that to say you're -- -- -- touch elitists what did you really mean by that.
Well like I said if there which is look it if you talk about raising taxes on corporations.
Recognize that your raising taxes on people.
That the concrete in the steel on the corporate headquarters they don't pay taxes its people to pay taxes either the employees.
Or the shareholders and by the way look at your 401K.
A lot of people are shareholders.
And -- of course you can also have customers -- so so people pay taxes.
Corporations are like people -- filled with people and I want jobs looked at.
I -- my life in the private sector I'm a conservative businessman.
I understand how business works to create jobs to put people to work and America.
And America's business sector has been crushed by policies that -- this White House that are so wrong headed most people in the business world to shake their head.
And many of them take their money go elsewhere.
I want to come back to America.
To create jobs here is I want kids coming out of college to have jobs.
I want people in their fifties -- can't find a job to once again find that people are competing to hire them look we we need to get America on the road to economic prosperity.
-- attacking business like the Democrats want to do.
And class warfare.
Well like well like some members administration -- to do is -- for the Ron what do you know.
You know our governor of a more attention is being paid this week of may -- the side of our times -- -- what the president saying.
But what on Friday Ben Bernanke the Federal Reserve term will be sent.
And and one of your opponents in the race for the presidency Texas governor Rick -- Has said that the Fed's behavior more specifically buying back these securities and all of this -- to printing money so to speak is treasonous behavior He didn't take that back.
What do you think of -- Well my my -- view -- -- -- -- the Fed is that Ben Bernanke and others are are are trying to see if they can't restore economic growth and the failure of the president's policies.
Has been so abject.
That they're trying through through a monetary stimulation to -- get the economy going again I don't.
Attack their motives.
But I do believe that they -- another round of quantitative easing.
Money -- to -- you will it's not the right course for the economy and suggests a a -- growth and inflation down the road.
That may well be very very difficult to stop so I I think QE2 was less than successful.
About a but I.
I want to focus my attention.
On the place where the failure has been most pronounced and that's -- they -- -- Obama administration look at the president would have adopted the policies -- Ronald Reagan adopted.
When Ronald Reagan -- Unemployment about 10% we'd be back having millions of jobs.
Created what would you -- -- what little thing on sizable deficit of jobs what he's advocating at least for now an extension of the payroll.
I'm all in favor of keeping taxes down and keeping burdens -- an American businesses and and employers I want employers and and ought to -- doors to have every incentive to open businesses and the start creating jobs.
Okay -- you mentioned a governor repair I did and ask you about it and it He.
It -- because you're the leader in this race it's not surprising that He zeroed in on your comment about your.
Business experience and I think you it's -- and Herman Cain and the only one of the people running out.
Who has that He said I think it's oranges and apples referring be running a state is different from running a business.
What I would say is go take a look at his.
Referring to your record governors.
When He was governor my record when I'm governor.
Then you've got some apples to apples and his he's saying is better what's it.
Well you know we have a lot of time over the coming months to talk about distinctions between the various candidates but really.
The place I think I want to focus my time and attention.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm also in Nevada.
The September 6.
And and I will be coming out with my jobs plan and it's going to be very different than his and if we follow my jobs plan we're gonna get America working again.
That the the the focus of my effort right now is to make sure that people understand the President Obama and I could not be more different He spent his life and politics.
I spent my life as a business person I know what it takes to get jobs again this country.
No one doubts that you of the smarts governor.
I think what comes up a lot of these polls this latest one from this -- would chose.
You have to -- governor Perry leading you and these things I know we're just quick snapshots.
But that you don't appear to have the fire or motion.
-- I'm just wondering whether that troubles you on whether it's going to be something it's gonna dog you the people just don't think you've got.
Does that it's -- needs to be president.
Well what you go back and pull up the tape from the Iowa state fair that may convince you Neil.
We had an -- that protest.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You don't decide to run for president of the United States -- you've got -- the -- -- let me play -- the lot of incoming shots that come day in and day out.
I care very deeply about this country for myself.
For my family for my grandkids.
For the for the betterment of the world America's -- greatest nation in the history the earth it's an exceptional nation.
The president has gone around the world apologizing for America.
I happen to believe in the principles what made America the leader in the world and I'll play I'm in this race because I care about this country and I happen to have the background.
Having lived in the private sector for 25 years been a businessman a successful businessman ball away.
I'm not I'm not embarrassed about that.
The fact that Bain capital's one of the leading enterprises of its nature in the world is something our products.
I understand how the economy works and I want to use that skill to get Americans back to work and to get America once again -- -- wrapped.
To remain as it's always been the most powerful economic engine in the world.
Finally -- on this Iowa straw poll you were not an active participant it'd.
Former senator John Sununu -- have to governor's well blasted the polls meaningless.
Do you think it was meaningless.
You know I think it was a great show of strength for Michelle Bachmann.
And actually for Ron Paul as well I think both were able to show a great deal of support on the part of of people Iowa.
And I think in the case of of Tim Pawlenty He made a strong effort there but I I think it pretty well suggested to him that that that just wasn't gonna work for him.
And so I think it had significance for the people who who participated in that in that poll like I would -- You know -- I'd acknowledged the the success of someone like Michelle Bachmann and and Ron Paul and the the efforts -- -- made there or governor it's always a pleasure.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Thanks dale --