Hiller Instinct: Romney on the record
The Hiller Instinct: Hiller Instinct: Romney on the record
Does Romney have the credentials to lead the country in time of war?
He was back in his office today, looking back on his unannounced trip to Iraq last week, which the head of the State Democratic Party called a cynical effort to add foreign policy luster to his resume:
"I didn't expect to become a foreign policy expert by going over there for a week. That's not what I was intending to do. I didn't meet with government officials in Iraq, I met with our troops. That's what the trip was about," Gov. Romney said.
But with the war in iraq splitting the nation, what about foreign policy?
I asked him, "How much foreign policy experience is a presidential candidate going to need in this election?"
"I don't really have an answer to that," Gov. Romney said.
There have been great presidents who didn't come with significant foreign policy experience. Bill Clinton, George Bush, think of the various governors that have been elected president. As a matter of fact, most of our Presidents were elected as Governors.
I asked, "What is your foreign policy experience?"
"It depends on what you mean by foreign policy experience, as the saying goes. In my own life, I've had a great deal of experience living overseas and working with people of other lands. That's very different, however, than conducting a war," Gov. Romney said.
Romney still plans to decide later this year whether he'll run for President, and he expects Democrats will continue criticizing him:
I don't notice anyone saying, 'let's go back and compare how much time Mike Dukakis spent outside the state. Let's take a look at John Kerry's calendar, see how much time he's spending out of the state. Oh no, the only person they focus on is me.'
The truth is, Romney's foreign policy experience is flimsy...and he won't be able to fake it.
He's right that several governors have recently won the White House, but that was before the War on Terror.
So while no one will be surprised if Romney does run for president, he shouldn't be surprised if he ends up as a candidate for vice-president.
I'm Andy Hiller and that's my instinct.
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