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Old 07-24-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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"As Mitt Romney prepares to travel to Europe and Israel to make his case to past and current world leaders this week, he leaves behind a public disagreement with one of America’s strongest allies.

At a fundraiser Sunday night in San Francisco, Romney recounted his version of a conversation he had earlier in the day with Bob Carr, the Australian foreign minister. Romney claimed that Carr had told him in their private meeting that America was “in decline,” but that the situation could be turned around if an appropriate budget deal is reached.

Romney has repeatedly attacked Obama by saying he won’t “apologize for America”, as he insists the president has. But instead of rejecting Carr’s line, Romney used it to attack Obama.

Carr took issue with Romney’s characterization of the events, insisting that the former Massachusetts governor got it backward. He said in a statement released by the Embassy of Australia that “his remark that ‘America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline’ was in praise of America’s economic strengths.”


Australian Official Denies Slamming America In Private Meeting With Romney | TPM2012

Well, Mitt is off to a great start. Only the first in a series of meetings with foreign officials, and he has already used comments spoken to him privately as campaign fodder, and even worse, misstated them to his own benefit. Nothing like forcing a foreign official into having to make a statement to the press saying that you lied about what he said to make you look presidential on the world stage.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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You are telling me Romney lied?

Noooo I can't believe it!
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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So he cuts and pastes Obama quotes to completely change their meaning, and now he's done the same thing with the Australian foreign minister? Does he think this kind of stuff isn't going to catch up with him? He's put himself in the position where our allies are calling him a liar now...
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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And let's not forget that Obama and Boehner had a budget deal until the tea party Republicans sabotaged it. Right wing Republicans (and their Romney puppet) are not the solution. They are the problem.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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So he cuts and pastes Obama quotes to completely change their meaning, and now he's done the same thing with the Australian foreign minister? Does he think this kind of stuff isn't going to catch up with him? He's put himself in the position where our allies are calling him a liar now...
It is going to catch up to him as some point but if you look around this forum, Romney bots don't care. They will still vote for liar flip flop Romney.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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Sheesh.... he's not even nominated yet, and aleady he wants to go to war with Iran and is pissing off our allies! Although it's probably not too surprising, considering his ultrahawkish foreign policy advisers—former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, and former Vice President Dick Cheney!

Romney campaign team keeping mum about what he will say in upcoming foreign policy speeches
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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No Romney apologists commenting here, I notice. They will parse a speech by Obama twenty ways to Sunday to find a hint of discrepancy, but willfully ignore Romney flat out lying about something he was told in private by a foreign leader.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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The Talking Points Memo? That's a LIBERAL website!!!!

THAT is your source? Are you serious?

There is NOT a SINGLE quote of the Australian Foreign Minister saying that Romney lied....not ONE!

In fact, his Embassy made this statement:


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The embassy said Carr’s comments were similar to these he gave at a conference in April 2012:
This notion that I’ve been thinking of for the last few days, and that is that America could be one budget deal away — in the context of economic recovery — one budget deal away from banishing the notion of American declinism. Think about that: one budget deal, an exercise of statesmanship up the road in the context of an economic bounceback.
And all of a sudden, with energy independence crystallising, with technological innovation, resurgence of American manufacturing, [and] people who spoke about American decline could be revising their thesis.

That sure does sound a LOT like what Romney said he said.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Is there ANYONE here who actually thinks the USA is NOT in decline?

In fact, there are many polls that show that Americans DO think the USA is heading in the wrong direction...which is similar to saying it's declining.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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Here's something straight from the Australian Press. The headline reads "Carr says Romney quoted his "US in decline" remark out of context.

Carr says Romney quoted his 'US in decline' remark out of context | News.com.au

And this...

A spokesman yesterday said Mr Romney's interpretation was not correct.
''Senator Carr was arguing the case that America's economy is stronger than it is given credit for,'' he said. He said the Foreign Minister had offered the same diagnosis to World Bank chief, Bob Zoellick.
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