Romney says foreign aid should be tied to work

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney smiled and joked with political foe Bill Clinton Tuesday and delivered a speech that subtly criticized President Barack Obama while promising to tie foreign aid to work and free enterprise.
Associated Press
Sep 25, 2012


Romney addressed global leaders gathered at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. The GOP White House nominee said U.S. aid needs to be more effective in elevating people and bringing about lasting change in developing nations plagued by instability and violence, including the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

"We somehow feel that we are at the mercy of events, rather than shaping events," Romney said.

He softened his sharp criticism of Obama at recent campaign rallies and offered a more nuanced critique of U.S. leadership in the world without mentioning the president by name. Instead he laid out a vision for how a Romney administration would lead, including by renegotiating trade agreements and offering "prosperity pacts" in the Middle East and other developing nations to encourage open markets in exchange for U.S. aid.

"The aim of a much larger share of our aid must be the promotion of work and the fostering of free enterprise," Romney said. "Nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of America's own economy and that is that free people pursuing happiness in their own ways build a strong and prosperous nation."

In a reflection of his policy on welfare in the United States, Romney said work is the key to lifting people out of poverty abroad by providing self-esteem and a grounding in reality instead of fanaticism. It's a message that also is designed to appeal to white, working-class voters, who Obama has been targeting by dispatching Clinton on the campaign trail.

Clinton gave Romney a warm introduction, which led Romney to jokingly acknowledge that the former president is helping his rival.

"If there's one thing we've learned this election season, it's that a few words from Bill Clinton can do a man a lot of good," Romney said. "All I've got to do now is wait a couple days for that bounce to happen."

A few weeks ago, Clinton offered a forceful defense of Obama's economic record and plans for the future at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

"I think the president's plan is better than the Romney plan, because the Romney plan fails the first test of fiscal responsibility: The numbers don't add up," Clinton said in that speech, one of several jabs at the Republican.

Obama was scheduled to speak to Clinton's group later in the day, after addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Both men were drawing contrasts in a presidential contest in which the state of the U.S. economy has been paramount, but which shifted focus to foreign policy after the recent attack in Libya that killed four Americans.

In his remarks, Romney called the death a terrorist attack, language that Obama himself has not used but that his chief spokesman and secretary of state have.

After the Clinton meeting, Romney planned to discuss education policy at a forum sponsored by NBC News. He also was joining running mate Paul Ryan at a campaign rally in Ohio.




Gotta love these typical 'informed' Obama backers:!


Pure racist propaganda that doesn't further intelligent political discourse. Howard is the king of humiliating people for entertainment and ratings and should not be even considered in a serious discussion. It will be very hard to accomplish cooperation for the country's good as long as people continue to pursue bitter polemics.


@ Whoopball:

To believe that the uninformed individuals represented aren't a core constituency within the Democrat Party demonstrates naiveté.

So if you don't like the fact that it's raining, fault the weatherman?

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@ Whoopball.
You say you think this is racist, so just how about the poster child for the DNC Bill Mahr?
Talk about being a racist. He targets a single group and keeps pounding.
I don't care for Stern all that much but he goes after everyone equally, not just one group.

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Typical obama supporters. The confidence in her voice as she agrees with stern about Paul Ryan being 1. African American, and 2. Obama's Vice President is outragously funny. Stern is hilarious and I love when he exposes these fools voting for OBOZO.

Randy_Marsh Not racist at all, How are you supposed to hold a intelligent discussion on politics when they know absolutly nothing about it? The voters in this country just pull the lever thier favorite channel tells them to.

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2cents Remember it is what you are not who you are or beleive, just ask Madona, Miss. Wisdom of all....


So now etch a sketch Romney is a big fan of work. Has he ever done any?

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@OMG Romney has worked in the private sector where as Obama has NEVER worked anywhere that wasn't a political step ladder.

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He didn't climb the political ladder because he's such a loser.

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Hasn't worked either!!!


Nixon/China. Who knew? "I am not a crook."


Everybody has a plan,,,,,no matter the party....the one who is on the outs always has the answers and can solve the problem. Theh they get elected and they are no different than th eone who preceded them and their plan sounded good in the campagin but once implements seems to do no more than the guy who preceded them. Don't you just want to kinda just say YADA, YADA. YADA we have heard it before when ones says I can change this or that.


But with obama you got to hope for 4 years isnt that worth something??? Too bad We got the hope and he got the change (He made millions from all the lemmings buying his book and insuring he will reap the kickbacks for life!! Arent you proud?)

Darwin's choice

Big Dog....."snip,snip"

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@Big Dog, got one for ya

The New World Czar

How about domestic aid being tied to work? Oh, that's right...the Obama regime has removed that requirement.


So much for the "New Guidelines"


Take out the name-calling and personal attacks and the comment section would dry up and blow away.



Put that in the form of a Haiku or it doesnt count Kimo.


I'd be more impressed with Mittens if he would provide at least a few concrete facts about his economic plans. A Toledo Blade op Ed article today demolished it today, with an in-depth analysis on how the math of Romney's tax plan doesn't even begin to add up.


@ coasterfan:

"Economic plans"?

So other than borrow, print, tax and spend, spend, spend what are Pres. Obama's economic plans?

Enjoy Fed Chair Bernanke's and the ECB's money printing coaster ride. The ride up to the bubble peak is 'almost' relaxing.


How many in the Obama Admin. does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

One. Pres. Obama holds the bulb and the universe revolves around him.


Contango, uninformed voters abound in both parties. Perhaps you saw the Kim Kardashian interview yesterday in which she announced that she was a liberal Republican? The real problem your party has is that there are many, many well informed Democrats who quite obviously see Romney's platform for what it truly is: yet another attack on the middle class. His economic plan, what little he has disclosed, has been called Bush's economy "on steroids".

Republicans should use a cardboard cut-out of Mitt for his Ohio campaign stops today. It has the same wooden personality, and at least they wouldn't have to worry about him saying yet another clueless/insensitive comment that shows just how little he cares about the middle class. We all know that his policies will help only the rich. Why not just come clean and just admit that? At least then he might earn some points for honesty...


@ coasterfan:

"My party"? I 'still' ain't a Repub no matter how you want to paint it.

I've got little problem with Dems other than their spread-the-wealth Marxist economic policies are failing after almost 100 yrs.

If central planning 'actually' worked, the Soviet Union woulda been an economic miracle instead of a tragic 70 yr. mistake.

Unfortunately the Dems have the hubris to think that they are somehow smarter than the 'stupid' Russians - they ain't.

Mr. Bernanke's and the ECB's printing bubble that is propping up this failed economic system can't last much longer - enjoy the coaster ride down.

'08-'09 was a "hiccup" compared to what's coming.

Check out former FDIC head Sheila Bair's new book.


"Jobs" moved to China and Mexico because Americans like their stuff 'cheap'. And based on the number of Pres. Obama supporters they want it 'free' too.

This country has been in an economic depression since Dec. 2007. The crisis has been purposefully kept under-the-radar as best as possible.

But eventually it will become evident to all but the most naive and gullible.

In 2012, govt. supplied 'checks in the mail' have replaced 1930s bread lines.

The number of Americans dependent upon the govt. for financial survival is growing exponentially.

There are stories that Federal depts. are stocking up on more ammo than usual. Why is that?

This will not end well.

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willard Rmoney is having a giant fund raiser in, get this, Hong Kong! Really?


Yeah stories. btw govt. checks go to BANKS not MAIL. Wrong again. Get your facts right.