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Over the weekend.
At this and in Utah -- a Romney event.
You took down the house -- people apparently got a standing ovation.
We got a huge amount of -- to support.
If fast would you agree to be on the ticket with then governor Romney if fast.
Greta I shouldn't be asked and because I don't want to run for office I.
I don't I don't want -- I know you don't want to their lot of things we've -- that people don't wanna do in life but I'm trends are engaged like if Bibby gets her corner.
And then get cornered because I may acclimated as clear as I possibly can this isn't what I am equipped -- -- what I want to do.
I -- public service I loved my time in government I -- policy.
I'm really not a politician I wasn't cut out that -- I never ran for student government when I was.
In in high school and so I'll find my ways to serve but this isn't the right thing.
For me but it but if you look at the -- I would think that when I think governor Romney would look at and terms.
And -- is take at least he'd look for -- -- foreign policy experience.
-- that's gotta be one consideration and is very volatile world com there's no denying uniform policy experience.
But there are many ways.
To put together an administration.
So that you represent all of the challenges of present -- United States will face.
And it doesn't all have to be in the presidency in and the vice presidency I am quite certain because I know him and I admire him and I trust his judgment.
Governor Romney is going to find the right person for the number -- place on the ticket the most important thing is going to be that -- somebody.
Who is ready to serve should something.
-- god forbid happen.
To the president that's the most important characteristic.
Of the vice president and I know is gonna make a good choice but I know it won't -- me.
I want this -- -- -- they're not politicians said there's always going back to that sector is -- some other and you price into this basement through on a statistic guy if according to some statistics.
-- secretary of state Hillary Clinton has -- spent 71 point nine days of her life in an airplane.
You spent 93 point seven days of your life in an airplane according to these statistics.
As -- -- -- daughter reflection -- that -- that.
Check this is -- but.
Well it's a job that requires.
Getting out there even.
In era of modern technology it you can pick up the phone and you can do video conferences.
There's nothing like the personal contact and I think what this demonstrates this at the American secretary of state.
Has to travel has to travel widely because.
The in box for the war for at the world this really they -- American secretary of state and box and so.
And I think that's really put those numbers show you have to get out there and you have to represent the United States you have to try to solve problems call -- out there I always thought that it wasn't just.
The number of places to which you traveled or how much -- travel -- but.
What -- -- trying to do and I think you would find in most numbers I went to the Israel in the West Bank can.
Probably something like 22 or 23 times -- 85 countries do yeah I'm not that they -- you -- -- got all the data meadows right how you compare and contrast the Bush Doctrine width.
The Obama form possibly what is so the big picture difference.
Well I'm the similarities have.
Side effect -- the look there have been some similarities particularly in fighting warned parents think President Obama has.
Has benefited from the instruments the President Bush put in place whether it is the ability to remotely strike targets or.
Whether this really frankly most of the intelligence I think that they're still operating on came -- them during from the Bush Administration.
That the integration of intelligence and military.
In a way that I think -- to scandal Osama bin Laden so.
Many of those tools have been been passed on so it's not surprising that the fighting of the war on terror -- looks in some ways similar.
I do think that President Bush had a very strong understanding of how exceptional the United States is.
And a very strong understanding that if America doesn't lead.
From its perspective that.
And the world should belong to free markets and free peoples.
Than either you'll have chaos or somebody believe who doesn't believe in free markets and free peoples and so.
President Bush was willing.
Against a lot of criticism.
Sometimes we make mistakes I'd be the first to say that.
When you look around the world when you look even at the Middle East these days.
You're looking at the freedom -- an agenda unfold.
We had hoped that the freedom agenda could unfold before people have to be in the streets in places like Egypt.
And I'm not certain that I see that same level -- I'm pretty certain I don't see that same level.
Willingness to assert that the United States is indeed exceptional that the United States.
Isn't it just the lowest common denominator of what the Security Council can deliver -- there costs to that the long term costs.
The long term costs they think is that.
-- needy countries in the international system needs signals from the United States.
About where we stand.
And sometimes -- -- -- but very often they will rally around.
If you look at a place today like Syria.
I understand that it would be a very good thing if we were able to bring the entire international community around the view that Bashar Al Assad has to go.
And that the Syrian people deserve a better future than he has to stop -- people it would be great if the UN would do that.
But the Security Council rarely -- really hard things.
And so here it the United States is willing to stepped forward and help organize.
The response not to put American forces on the ground.
But to say that the opposition.
The future of Syria has got to be a democratic multi confessional Syria in which all Syrians can participate.
And on that basis we will help keep the opposition.
Then people rally around that.
When the United States doesn't do that you get the regional players all playing their own agenda and you start to get the -- chaos that you're seeing.
With Syrian fighters firing on Turkish planes.
With the Lebanon.
Problems in Lebanon in southern Iraq and so yes there -- the cost when the United States does not stake out ground.
-- -- -- -- -- in Russia and so let me ask you about you know our relations with Russia vis -- -- -- you know -- -- dead -- -- of Russia.
Well the Russians.
-- -- -- I'm afraid to.
The kind of nineteenth century view of international politics which is he -- to.
You intimidate your neighbors which -- tried to do with Georgia.
You hold on to the old assets -- the Soviet Union Syria was long one of the most important allies of Russia and before that the Soviet Union in the Middle East.
-- major arms purchaser.
Of Russian equipment.
And we're gonna have to find a way ultimately people around them.
I I understand that some thought and in the administration thought it was going to be possible to quote reset relations with.
The Russians well why why don't even need to be you know what happened that we that the situation to -- the might might -- of this is that in fact we have very good relations with the Russians during our time in office.
Except when he came.
Two issues of Ukraine or Georgia or Central Asia or Poland or the Czech Republic in other words what used to constitute.
The Russians sphere of influence and then.
They believe that we should have nothing to say in that sphere of influence we had a different view.
Now what you're seeing is that not much has changed in the relationship Vladimir Putin's once and future president of Russia.
It's it's pretty anti American I think in his and sentiments in his impulses.
And so if we can we can cooperate with Russia in a lot of areas of the world.
I'm afraid on Syria where they hearken back to the -- when that was the the most important element of of -- Russian and Soviet influence in the Middle East.
I really don't see where the basis for corporation comes.
I hear I watch Fox News is -- a lot of people get on our air and say that President Obama.
Is apologizing for America around the world and that's their lap I see is sort of the the antithesis of exceptional as of what exceptional is that a fair criticism of President Obama or not.
Well there are differences.
Here and how he's responded to various.
Various countries I I don't.
Care really if the present the United States as well we've made some mistakes -- the past that's fine that's fair game.
I think it's much more important.
That you have an affirmative.
Of what the United States can do and that you don't try to reduce the United States.
To the lowest common denominator of what everybody will accept is that what he's doing.
I icy elements of that icy elements -- -- I think when people talk about leading from behind which by the way it's kind of oxymoron.
Some of that.
The United States the only thing that the world hates more than unilateral American leadership is an absence of American leadership.
Because the international system -- system.
It has certain rules it has certain powerless power relationships.
And people respond to -- If the United States is not setting that agenda.
Somebody else will and that might be a country that doesn't believe in free markets and free peoples and and Greta I know that the objection is.
The last ten years we've done too much of that -- got us into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we've got to end I understand all of those arguments.
And certainly I understand the argument which I share that we have a significant.
Job of internal prepare to do.
We've got to stop spending money that we don't happen borrowing and we've got to deal with our entitlement we've got to deal with.
K12 education and immigration I understand -- that.
And I understand that the American people will not lead if we're not strong at home.
But we don't have.
The -- luxury.
-- of retiring to the sidelines.
In order to repair at home and then re entering the international system because it will have moved on.
And it will move on and directions that are not good for either our interests or -- -- it's -- and tried generalized I'm curious worthy of any sort of thought of what is president Romany Romney.
Foreign policy would be would be someplace between the Bush Doctrine and President Obama or.
Given -- our sense is they've spent time with them and a lot of variables -- -- -- -- in the world but every sense of this well I think governor Romney can speak for himself -- these things but let me just -- in -- What I find it very attractive in in him when we talk about these issues and talk about foreign policy.
It's that he has a very core.
In what it is that makes America special.
He has a very core grounding in the importance.
The United States.
In being clear.
With her friends because they need to be able to trust us.
And clear with her -- because they have to fierce.
And those instincts I think will serve him well I'm I'm actually one who doesn't believe in presidential campaigns.
What will you do on day one I think because she won't.
Because once -- in the Oval Office -- looks a little different in there.
So what you want to judge is.
A person's -- thinks their principles their values.
And most importantly do they understand the essence of what the United States is what it's meant to the world.
What keeps us strong are they committed.
What is our core a country that's not.
And doesn't have a narrative of a -- man doesn't have a narrative of entitlement.
Beliefs that everybody is given a chance.
Can achieve greatness and that's what has made us really popular popular.
Around the world.
Not a particular policy people admire and react to.
Our great marriage.
You can come from humble circumstances and you can do great things.
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