Mitt Romney on Terrorism
Widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Free and Strong America PAC.
In 2008, Governor Romney was a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and distinguished himself as an important voice in favor of strengthening our economy, military, and families. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Governor Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office. By eliminating waste, streamlining the government, and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to stimulate growth in Massachusetts, Romney got the economy moving again and transformed deficits into surpluses. One of Governor Romney’s top priorities as Governor was reforming the education system so that young people could compete for better paying jobs in the global economy of the future. Romney was CEO of Bain & Company, co-founded Bain Capital and served as the CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Born in 1947, Romney earned his B.A. at Brigham Young University and his J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Question: Why do the terrorists hate us?
Mitt Romney: I think that . . . that those that have led the movement of radical jihad from their beginnings many, many years ago in Egypt prior to the killing and assassination of Anwar Sadat . . . It is a religious belief held very deeply in their hearts that for a religious leader – a caliphate or an imam – to take over the world, that they must bring down all democracies – all governments of moderation and modernity. And it began with Islamic governments that they tried to bring down and continue to try and bring down as well as all western nations. It is a religious fervor associated with turning the clock back to the 7th or 8th century and going to a time when women had no rights, and when . . . when people were forced to join a faith at the point of a sword. That’s where they want to go. They . . . they dislike us so much because we are, if you will, the defender of liberty around the world. We have been time and again willing to stand up and say no to the barbaric acts of these radical Islamists. And they want to see us brought down, and their intent is to cause the collapse of our country, and the collapse of the west, and the collapse of all moderate governments and civilizations.
Recorded on: 11/26/07
The 2012 Republican presidential candidate says terrorists dislike Americans so much because "we are the defender of liberty around the world."