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View Diary: New Revelation At '47%' Dinner - Romney Was Hoping For Something Like Iran Hostage Crisis (VIDEO) (183 comments)

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  •  Here's the transcript (16+ / 0-)

    It's pretty bad. Yes, the questioner does ask about "duplicating" the scenario.

    Audience member: If you get the call as president, and you had hostages…Ronald Reagan was able to make a statement, even before he became, was actually sworn in—

    Romney: Yeah—

    Audience member: the hostages were released—

    Romney: on the day of his inauguration, yeah.

    Audience member: So my question is, really, how can you sort of duplicate that scenario?

    Romney: Ohhhh. [A few chuckles in audience.] I'm gonna ask you, how do I duplicate that scenario.

    Audience member: I think that had to do with the fact that the Iranians perceived Reagan would do something to really get them out. In other words [unintelligible]…and that's why I'm suggesting that something that you say over the next few months gets the Iranians to understand that their pursuit of the bomb is something that you would predict and I think that's something that could possibly resonate very well with American Republican voters.

    Romney: I appreciate the idea. I can't—one of the other things that's frustrating to me is that at a typical day like this, when I do three or four events like this, the number of foreign policy questions that I get are between zero and one. And the American people are not concentrated at all on China, on Russia, Iran, Iraq. This president's failure to put in place a status forces agreement allowing 10-20,000 troops to stay in Iraq? Unthinkable! And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we have hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean that's—that was—that was the focus, and so him solving that made all the difference in the world. I'm afraid today if you said, "We got Iran to agree to stand down a nuclear weapon," they'd go hold on. It's really a, but…by the way, if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.

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    by rovertheoctopus on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:39:03 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks. I'll update the diary with your info n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      by First Amendment on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:53:27 AM PDT

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    •  It is bad. (11+ / 0-)

      Because the rest of the exchange contains a lot of worthless mumbo-jumbo I think the quote could be excised effectively like this:


      Audience member: If you get the call as president, and you had hostages…Ronald Reagan was able to make a statement, even before he became, was actually sworn in—
      Romney: Yeah—

      Audience member: the hostages were released—

      Romney: on the day of his inauguration, yeah.

      Audience member: So my question is, really, how can you sort of duplicate that scenario?

      Romney: Ohhhh. [A few chuckles in audience.] I'm gonna ask you, how do I duplicate that scenario... And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we have hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean that's—that was—that was the focus, and so him solving that made all the difference in the world.... It's really a, but…by the way, if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity..

      The omitted stuff (...) doesn't change the context if its inserted, but it's otherwise confusing. And the crosstalk that precedes it is largely irrelevant but its inclusion also doesn't change the context.
      So yeah,  it looks like this could be effectively used against Romney without the possibility of pushback about "context,"or more importantly, without having it blow up in our faces, which is what I was concerned about.

      He said what he said.

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