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Romney: “…by the way, if something of that nature (referring to the hostage crises) presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.”

I kid you not, unless I heard it all wrong. You tell me, any correction and clarification would be appreciated. The audio is at times, in audible.

In the full video( Part 1)released by MoJo, at about the 2:20 mark, a $50K/plate Romney donor, to setup his question,  refers to Jimmy Carter, and the hostage situation resulting in Ronald Reagan's victory.

The $50K/plate Romney donor then asked Romney, "how can we duplicate that scenario," to which Romney, as if licking his chops (and you can hear and see his enthusiastic reaction, as such scenario would put this election in Romney’s bag), respond back to the contributor and said,

“I’m gonna ask you how to create that scenario?" As in to have a bunch of American be held hostages by some rogue nation, until American public elects Romney and to have the hostages released after his election.

The $50K/plate Romney donor then makes his suggestion about duplicating the scenario (but it is hard for me to hear with all the clicking of the dishes, any help in filling the gaps would be appreciated) but Romney thanks his donor for his suggestion.

Romney then shares his dismay that “… it is frustrating to me that on a typical day like this when I do 3 or 4 events like this, the number of foreign policy questions I get are 0-1. Romney then, rambles on about foreign policy and refers back to the hostage situation, and credit the hostage crises to bring the foreign policy topic to the forefront of the Carter/Reagan election, as if foreign policy is Romney's strong point.

However, before moving on to the next question, at about 4:20 mark, Romney said, “ the way, if something of that nature (I think he is referring to the hostage crises) present itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity?

So do I have it right? Are they really thinking along those lines? Will they sink that low to win this election?


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  •  I've suspected for a while that he wanted to do (8+ / 0-)

    this: make Rmoney the Reagan to Obama's "Carter" (or "failure" as Republicans have managed to characterize him). He doesn't care about the country (or at least 47% of it), he just wants to run it--likely into the ground.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:11:39 PM PDT

    •  in foreign policy Mitt wants to be the Lone Ranger (1+ / 0-)
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      with a hearty heigh-oh Silver.  He probably plans to use one of Ann's horses

    •  excactly like Reagan (0+ / 0-)

      Conspire with a foreign nation against the interests of the US government.  Reagan used the hostage crises for political gain.  He (and his posse) conspired with the Iranians to keep the hostages to deny Carter a win.

      in other words Treason.  Romney wants to do the same thing.

      The world will end not with a bang, but with a "Do'oh!"
      "America is a free speech zone."

      by Love and Death on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:54:36 PM PDT

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  •  Yes, they do think like this. (4+ / 0-)
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    grrr, NMDad, divineorder, kurt

    But I think you've got it wrong on the video.  At least as I heard it.  I am waiting for transcripts.

    The donor does not ask him how to duplicate the Iran hostage crisis! The donor asks him if there isn't something he couldn't do to get a concession out of Iran.  I think what he's imagining isRomney goes over there pre-election and - reminiscent of his triumphant foreign policy tour in England - convinces Akminejad to abandon the nuclear program.

    Romney says, basically, thanks for the suggestion, goes on to rip Obama's foreign policy, then - as you point out - nostalgically recalls the days of the Iran hostage crisis, when the two helicopters went down ("everybody was focused on that!") and how it had a huge effect on the Carter-Reagan election.  

    He says that sadly no one seems to care about foreign policy these days, but "if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the situation."

    "When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?' Don Marquis

    by hopesprings on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:12:39 PM PDT

  •  To the wealthy (5+ / 0-)


    And that is all they care about. They would nuke us all if they thought they could make a buck off of it.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:12:54 PM PDT

  •  Politico has transcript. (10+ / 0-)

    Romney told donors he'd try to 'take advantage' of moment to look strong on Mideast:

       Dinner Attendee: When Carter was president, we had hostages. Ronald Reagan was able to make a statement even before he became, he was actually sworn in, and the hostages were released…

        Mitt Romney: …On the day of his inauguration.

        DA: Right. So my question is really how can you sort of duplicate that scenario?

        MR: I could ask you, I could ask you how do I duplicate that scenario?

        DA: I think it had to do with the fact that the Iranians perceived Reagan inaudible… 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 prevent. And  I think that’s something that could possibly resonate very well with the American public.

        MR: I appreciate the idea. One of the things that’s frustrating to me is that in a typical day like this, when I do three or four events like this, the number of foreign policy questions I get are between 0 and 1. 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 of forces agreement allowing ten to twenty thousand troops to stay in Iraq- unthinkable! And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we had hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean, that was the focus, and so him solving that made all the difference in the world. I’m afraid today that if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down on nuclear weapons, they’d go, “Now hold on. It’s really a-” I mean, if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity."

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:22:56 PM PDT

  •  John Marshall at TPM (8+ / 0-)

    picked up on this earlier. Foreshadowing Libya?

    This quote is as damning as the 47%, for me. Plain evidence of his craven thinking behind the Libya response. It also threads these two blunders together.

    •  Yes, saw that. (0+ / 0-)

      I've been thinking the same thing since I heard the tape.  I got chills in fact, because I just smelled something funny in the whole way Libya and the mystery movie went down.

      The way it is still playing out, to me, it seems like the love child of Iran Hostage and Bush Fake DUI double-secret-dirty-trick ops.  

      "When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?' Don Marquis

      by hopesprings on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:57:34 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not fullbore conspiratorial (1+ / 0-)
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        What the admission here does for me is demonstrate his unabashed EAGERNESS to take advantage of an international event that goes against American interests. It tells me a lot about his priorities. And explains in clear language his predisposition and mindset at the moment he released the statement condemning the Cairo embassy statement.

        That he maintained this position AFTER it was learned people had died...well...on the one hand, you have to commend his obduracy (who says Mittens can't stay on message?!). On the other, it's amazing the depths this guy will sink to win an election the only way he knows/thinks how.

  •  and an Iranian hostage crisis ending with dead (5+ / 0-)

    hostages would be a photo op and one ending with mounds and mounds of dead foreigners would be a triumph for the US.

    People have to understand Mitt has never heeded Shakespeare's advice that we are all players upon a stage that frets and struts for a while before we shuffle off this mortal coil.  The only eternal in the equation is the stage itself.

    Since Mitt views himself as the star and the rest of us as spear carriers, extras and stage props, he has made the mistake of many star level actors at some point in their career.  The play is not about them but they have to be about the play.  Mitt has fallen into this trap thinking he is the play, instead of the player

  •  That's why he jumped so fast (5+ / 0-)

    at the crisis in Libya.

    And he wore that sneaky smirk.

    Yes!  This was the crisis he was waiting for- to show Americans how 'presidential' he can be instead of that wimpy guy who now lives in the White House.

    I wonder, though, if there was truly a 'hostage crisis', would he still blame the diplomats?

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:41:40 PM PDT

  •  Don't forget Team Reagan's TREASON (1+ / 0-)
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    ... in negotiating a separate settlement with the Ayatollah to ensure the hostages would not be released until Carter was out of office.

    The payoff of course being arms sales (see Iran-Contra).

    BTW, the penalty for treason is death, and there is no statute of limitations.

  •  You do got that right ! (0+ / 0-)
    So do I have it right? Are they really thinking along those lines? Will they sink that low to win this election?
    ...and this should be bigger than the 47% shit.

    This is one snot Romney won't be able to shove back up his nose.

    Nuclear Power Plant = Dirty Bomb.

    by olo on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:56:46 PM PDT

  •  Mitt wears his zeal for a "New Pearl Harbor"... (0+ / 0-)

    like a pearl necklace.

  •  Thank you. This explains the smirk (0+ / 0-)

    Remember how gleeful Governor rMoney was after the murder of our ambassador to Libya?
    He was excited to have a foreign policy issue on which to criticize the President.

    It also adds weight to the idea that the "Innocence of Muslims" video was planted in order to cause conflict.

    2012 Elections: POTUS - Obama; CA-47 (new) - Lowenthal

    by mungley on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:46:42 AM PDT

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