Mitt Romney Breaks Silence on Debt Ceiling

Jul 14, 2011 2:11pm

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ABC News’ Emily Friedman(@EmilyABC) reports:

It didn’t take long for Mitt Romney to field a question on the debt ceiling negotiations today during an event at the Portsmouth Rotary Club in New Hampshire.

After Romney’s opening remarks – and promising the audience that he wasn’t going to “be the cure to their insomnia” – he took questions from the audience.

The first one asked what he would do regarding the debt ceiling if he were president.

“The answer for the country is for the president to agree to cut federal spending and cap federal spending and put into place a balanced budget amendment,” said Romney. “That for me is the line in the sand.”

“It is within the president’s power to say to the leadership in the house and the senate that ‘I’ll cut spending I’ll cap the amount of spending and I’ll pursue a balanced budget amendment and if the president were to do that this whole debt limit problem goes away,” he said.

In addition to the national debt crisis, Romney remarked on a variety of other issues.

Asked about troop withdrawal, Romney said he that while he supports troop withdrawal in Iraq and Afghanistan he would prefer the timetable to be established by the generals on the ground and not by politics in the U.S.

Referencing his meeting last week with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Romney said he was “impressed” by Cameron’s decision to wait until after the summer to withdraw his troops, a move made after following generals’ recommendations.  

“I think it makes sense for the President of the United States to listen first and foremost to those people in the field,” said Romney.

On Israel, Romney said that the country is our “best friend in the Middle East.”

“I would stand with Israel, I believe they are an ally with our effort against terror and an ally in our principles we espouse,” Romney said, before adding, “If I disagree with Bibi Netanyahu I’ll have that conversation in private and not in public.”

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