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Mitt Romney criticizes Obama’s approach to Iraq

Mitt  Romney

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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s approach to Iraq Sunday, saying Obama, who defeated him in the 2012 presidential election, “repeatedly underestimated” the threat posed in the country.

Speaking on “Meet the Press,” Romney said Iraq has predominant responsibility for events there. But he said the US “has long had the capacity to shape events, to influence events,” there and “this administration, from Secretary Clinton to President Obama, has repeatedly underestimated the threats that are faced by Americans.”

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Romney also criticized possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying Republicans “would look at her record.”

He said, “I think you have to consider what’s happened around the world during the years that she was secretary of state. You have to say it’s been a monumental bust.”

Romney also said he would not be a candidate in 2016.

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