Mitt Romney blasts Obama's energy, foreign policies
Republican presidential candidate on 'America's Newsroom'
- Duration 6:49
- Date Mar 15, 2012
Republican presidential candidate on 'America's Newsroom'
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The only other shows Romney leading the pack of Republican candidates so if he can keep it going.
Eventually becoming the nominee what will he do with it.
-- -- talk about the issues of the day former Massachusetts governor Republican.
Presidential candidate Mitt -- how were you more terrific -- so relaxed.
I feel relaxed I'm here with you this is how well -- I'm glad I can make you at home but let's -- -- from this reporter's perspective there's a lot of back and forth between.
The personalities with you -- senators and torment.
And and Newt Gingrich and -- the perspective here is that the issues are getting lost.
So I wanna take time today to find out what America would be like under president wrong.
Well -- So gas prices the ridiculous as you know Dow up more than thirty cents in the past month and every day.
Americans are paying a price for this -- you -- President Obama responsible.
He has stopped pursued policies that convince the world that America is going to become energy secure energy independent.
He held up drilling in the gulf he shelled out filling out an -- war.
He said no to the Keystone Pipeline from Canada -- is regulatory agency the EPA has held -- drilling in North Dakota.
Even our natural gas resources which could convince people that we were gonna use them for.
Purposes of getting off of our dependence on oil that -- and pursued aggressively either so is so the world.
Believes that America's not gonna have the energy we need and we're gonna have to continue sending hundreds of billions of dollars out of our economy.
Going and other nations and -- were not present at the open up these -- -- policy -- you might be right about that but our fox polling shows a different story.
It shows a majority 52% don't believe his policies are responsible.
What -- well it is is policies are responsible for not having American.
Using the energy that we have in this country instead sending money out to other countries.
To buy energy from them we could be developing resources here.
Creating jobs here and convincing the world that long term.
America's energy supply is going to grow and have a dampening effect on prices people who set the prices of oil.
Look not just at the daily spot rate they look long term.
To see what's going to be happening and they buy and sell these shares of of and futures of oil based upon what they think's gonna happen what they're seeing with this president.
Is a series of policies that say.
Oil natural gas coal are not going to be used as effectively in this country as they could be he would argue you know blame Iran -- the Middle East blame the speculators on Wall Street.
Newt Gingrich your opponents has targeted two dollars and fifty cents a gallon.
Can you guarantee that well and what can guarantee with the price of -- going to be but what we can do is take advantage of what we know we have.
Which is abundant energy resources in this country.
The president has lots of places to point his finger.
And of course we alone don't set world energy prices but we can affect whether we send billions of dollars out of our country.
To people who don't like -- very much and we can't determine whether energy resources we take advantage of here create jobs here.
And we can determine.
Whether we have an effect on the direction of those those energy prices.
By having an abundant supply here.
The president's done all of that -- it's got to change that is issue number one for today the other issues Afghanistan you know the headlines are coming fast and quickly today.
This is not easy.
Do you stay in -- -- you get out.
Well if you make a decision on that questioned by talking with the people closest to the events in Afghanistan.
You meet with the commanders were gonna hear shortly from general Allen who oversees our our effort there we're gonna determine.
To what extent are the Afghan security forces ready to take over.
For their security for the at the nation's I was out of what is your position today because yes yesterday -- a -- Obama was asked about this.
And he said the drawdown schedule continues for the next two years is he right -- well based upon the information we have right now.
The answers you don't make a change based upon some rogue soldier I'd.
But killing people -- you -- you don't determine foreign policy.
Based on a terrible event that occurs by a crazy or -- -- with all -- -- his schedule -- set -- long before this there's a terrible tragedy -- -- my -- -- you don't change.
You don't change the schedule.
Based upon this this this a crazy person.
Beat you assess from time to time.
What the draw down table will be how how -- the Afghan troops are and we'll get that report.
But I don't get the top seek secret briefing reports the president does -- -- -- but I raced -- I'm asking you based on what you know is his strategy right.
Or not but what I'm what I'm saying is.
That we haven't got -- the received an update for the president or for the generals in quite some time.
I have supported the policy that we've described in the past which is a draw down by the end of 2014.
I think his draw -- of the surge troops in September.
As opposed to December of this year is a mistake I think it's based on a political calendar as opposed to what the -- conditions on the ground the man.
But asked to -- a new direction for Afghanistan that would depend upon new information coming from the commanders we're getting here about that in the next several understood when you make a trip to Afghanistan -- -- the nominee.
I've I would presume so I've made trips to Afghanistan before I wanna keep very budget formula -- you consider that of course.
You were there in January 2000 -- I can give you exact date is my memory of saga but I but I but I -- I was about been there a year ago down on Iran the president says sanctions are working.
-- -- Well he he -- a heck of a long time to put in place sanctions.
Even congress had to write a piece of legislation insisting that he have our -- -- that had central bank's actions put in place.
The he should have put in place crippling sanctions from the very beginning that the right course for Iran is crippling sanctions standing with the dissident voices and moving towards.
-- -- a forms of government and in Iran.
Indicting when did the job.
Under the genocide convention for in citation to genocide and then finally and perhaps most importantly.
Communicating to Iran that we have military options that we're prepared to take.
If they don't does -- become dissuade him.
-- yesterday he he said there's this window is closing which is seems to be language that he's used it goes.
A little further than what we have heard at this point got it out if the window's closing.
And when that -- of shots what does a president Romney do.
Well we hope it doesn't -- we hope the wind it doesn't doesn't get close but we've watched for three and a half years a president that failed to put in place crippling sanctions.
Failed to speak up for the dissident voices in the streets in Tehran failed to communicate that we were preparing military options as a matter fact what we've heard from this administration.
Is it has has sound -- they're much more concerned about Israel taking action than they are about Iran becoming nuclear.
He's finally beginning to speak in a more muscular way finally I think that probably has to do with the election year.
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