Romney on Obama's 'Shoot First, Aim Later' Attack

Part one of George Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview
3:00 | 09/14/12

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Governor thank you for doing this thank you yours where there has been quite a controversy in the last couple of days since this killings in Libya the chaos in the Middle East and we are some -- that -- your event. Today President Obama has stepped in as well he said your comments. On Tuesday night. Displayed a tendency of yours to shoot first and and later with your response. Well. Early on with the developments in Egypt the embassy there put on a statement. Which data on their web site for. 1415. Hours before the protesters breached the wall well first one before they -- the -- but it stayed -- and they reiterated the statement after they've breached the wall. Even after some of the tragedy -- Libyan statements -- And that the statement was an appropriate and pointed out about it and -- of course the White House also thoughtless was an appropriate. But of course -- our our attention is focused on the loss of life from the tragedy having. Remarkable ambassador and diplomatic members have -- -- take mrs. this is a great a great sadness and tragedy for America. He said the statement showed -- tendency. To sympathize with those who waged. The attacks -- what the statement seems to be is that condemning the continuing efforts of individuals her bruised feelings of Muslims we're using social sympathy. Those who wasted tax it was done before the attacks happened. Well the statement designed -- -- -- -- the -- force -- 1415 hours -- statement was reiterated after they had. Breached the sovereignty of the of the -- coupled with a county condemnation and he attacks -- and even after the the killing him in Libya and and following -- but I said was exactly that. The same conclusion the White House reached which was. That the statement was an appropriate that's what they backed away from it as well that -- -- -- sympathy for actors well I think that that the statement was it inappropriate statement I think. It was not -- directly. Applicable and appropriate for the setting. I think it should have been taken down and apparently the White House felt the same way so no regrets. -- indicated that time it continues to that what was said at that time was was not appropriate. That they continue to have that they've created the statement after the been -- -- the grounds and I think that was -- by the way. My statement was the same. Point which was the White House said they distance themselves in the statement I also thought it was an appropriate statement I made the that the statement by a point that sentiment in the White House itself. When that they say about the same thing -- I just thought the state was wrong and was so no direct response and in the presence -- -- -- -- namely her. Well this -- politics and not worry about the campaign -- about the film that seems to -- sparked all of this be the innocence of Muslims. Film Secretary Clinton -- said she thought it was disgusting how would you describe it well I haven't seen the film I don't intend to see it -- I think it's it's it's just. It's dispiriting sometimes to see some awful things people say. And and and the idea. -- using something that some people consider sacred. And that her and -- that out of negative way is this is simply inappropriate and wrong I wish people wouldn't do it of course we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment people are allowed to do -- they feel they want to do they have the right to do that but it's not right. To do things that are that are of the nature but was done by. Apparently this film we've seen general Martin Dempsey called pastor Jones to -- please don't promote this -- in particular idea. I think that the whole film. It's a terrible idea I think him making it promoting it showing it. It is it is disrespectful to people of other -- I don't think that should happen I think people should have -- common courtesy and judgment -- good judgment. Not to be -- to offend other people's faiths it's -- it's -- it's a very bad thing I think this -- still haven't -- the broader policy intimately the president said last night Egypt is not an ally. Do you agree -- which you do that. Well that's obviously I'm not a reflection of our official policy. American official policy is that Egypt is an ally of the United States. Of course we recognize that Egypt is gone through a dramatic change in government. And what their status will be going forward in -- the relationship with our nation is something which which I'm sure -- be. Developing over time what would you -- that being said I would like to bring each closer I think it's important for them understand. That -- taken advantage to have a close relationship with the United States to be allies that states and for that to continue. Egypt must honor their agreement with with Israel for peace with Israel. Egypt must also respect the rights -- minorities in -- and their nation and Egypt must also protect the the lives and sovereignty of our our embassy. And of our installations indeed this is. These elements are all essential for us to have the kind of right religion we -- you right -- you believe they are now. Well right now officially Egypt is an ally the United States under the policy that states. The president saying they -- not may reflect. They hate the fact that there's been a change in government and a change -- relationship as a result of that. But they are today officially ally. Of the United States and George. This nation has a population of eighty million people this is the heart of the Arab world. It's important for us to establish. Relationships with the the people there with the government there to draw them into a sphere of influence such that they. -- -- peaceable nation to encourage peace in the region our relationship with with Egypt is very very important and I would want them. To it to remain and at an ally I don't want to see that official status change and I hope the president takes -- steps for that occur in power president I would do. Virtually everything in my power to make sure they understand with -- with the requirements are to remain an -- that states and help them understand how important it is for them. To be an ally of ours I -- let's talk about Iran even quite critical of the president's. Policy also prime minister Netanyahu of Israel. Has suggest he wants more clear red lines. From the United States what -- you were red line. Well -- red line is Iran may not have a nuclear weapon. It is inappropriate for them to have capacity. To terrorize the world Iran with a nuclear. A nuclear weapon or with fissile material that can be given to Hezbollah or Hamas or others has potential that is destabilized Middle East but it could be brought here. Hezbollah which has presence in Latin America could bring fissile material. And and and threaten the United States by perhaps bringing it into the United States. And suggested they detonated if we didn't do certain things look. Iran as a nuclear nation is unacceptable the United States American Obama said exactly the same thing that is unacceptable. For Iran to have nuclear weapons -- red line is the same -- -- And I I laid out what I would do to keep Iran from reaching that red line. I spoke some years ago in Israel -- a conference laid out seven steps to keep Iran from becoming clear they have not been taken until one more recently. I said -- crippling sanctions need to be put in place immediately this was a long time ago serve five years ago I believe. Crippling sanctions such as their economy would be on its -- at this point. That combined with standing up with Iranian dissidents the president silent. When dissidents took to the streets of Tehran I would have spoken out in favor. Representative government. And against the Ahmadinejad regime president was silent. In in addition I think Ahmadinejad should have been indicted under the genocide convention for in citation to genocide which are -- going forward -- -- Yes and and -- -- and recognize that that 11 says that it's unacceptable the United States of America. That that means what it says he'll take any action necessary to prevent that that development which is -- -- becoming nuclear.

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