The Romney campaign is all over the place. Mitt Romney declares he doesn't care what the media says and doesn't recall being ever called a wimp. Newsweek used the W word but it was more in connection with his insecurity in taking a position.
Perhaps that's was caused Romney adviser Dan Senor to state the following:
Romney’s speech here came hours after one of his senior foreign policy advisers, Dan Senor, told reporters that Romney would support Israel’s right to launch a unilateral military strike against Iran.
“If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision,” Senor said. He cautioned, though, that Romney is not “advocating” for military action, but believes it should be an option.
The presumed Republican Presidential candidate subsequently delivered a speech, from a balcony in Jerusalem where he stopped short of his adviser's comments.
In a muscular speech delivered from a balcony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, Romney said the United States would support Israel’s efforts to defend itself. But the Republican presidential hopeful stopped short of asserting that he would support a unilateral military strike by Israel against Iran to stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability.Romney talks talk on Middle East policy:
“We must not delude ourselves into thinking that containment is an option,” Romney said. “We must lead the effort to prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability. We should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is our fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so.
“In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded,” Romney continued. “We recognize Israel’s right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with you.”
This seems typical for Romney's campaign, who can never take a position for more than a few hours.
In another example of mixed messages, the media will now be allowed back in to the King David fundraiser, after originally being barred from it, which was already a reversal from the original agreement to allow them in.
JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney is opening his high-dollar fundraiser here Monday to the news media, reversing his campaign’s earlier decision to block press access to the event.And lastly, Romney declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
By banning reporters from covering the event, the Romney campaign would have violated the ground rules it had previously negotiated with news organizations regarding coverage of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s finance events.
After reporters objected and several national news outlets, including The Washington Post, reported on Saturday that the campaign was keeping its Jerusalem fundraiser closed to the press, it reversed its decision.
JERUSALEM—Standing on Israeli soil, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has "a solemn duty and a moral imperative" to block Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability.I guess this technically isn't a reversal, at least not yet.
Romney's declaration that Jerusalem is Israel's capital was matter-of-fact and in keeping with claims made by Israeli governments for decades, even though the United States, like other nations, maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv.
He did not say if he would order the embassy moved if he wins the White House, but strongly suggested so in a CNN interview.
"My understanding is the policy of our nation has been a desire to move our embassy ultimately to the capital (Jerusalem)," he said, adding, "I would only want to do so and to select the timing in accordance with the government of Israel."
His remarks on the subject during his speech drew a standing ovation from his audience, which included Sheldon Adelson, the American businessman who has said he will donate millions to help elect Romney to the White House.
Romney doesn't care what media says: