Romney Cites False Reagan Story; Suggests He'd Ignore National Security His First 100 Days

5 years ago by Mugsy

From Tuesday's Rachel Maddow Show, it turns out that Mitt Romney, during a fundraiser in Montana on July 11th, told supporters of a conversation he had with Ronald Reagan's former Secretary of State James Baker. According to Romney, Baker told him how ... following a National Security Briefing on Latin America... The Gipper told Baker that he wanted "no more national security briefings for his first 100 days so that he could focus entirely on the economy."

Problem is, as the Conservative Weekly Standard and AEI point out, the story isn't true. Worse. Romney tells this story as if ignoring national security for the first three months of his presidency is something desirable (which should come as no surprise following his miserable performance in Debate-3 on National Security).

Not only can a president not "pick-n-choose" what parts of his job he can ignore for months on end, but the fact Romney was reciting this story as if it were something he might do should give us all pause.


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