[VIDEO] Romney 'Way Off the Mark,' Says Sen. Jack Reed

The senator from Rhode Island spoke about tonight's debate, the Benghazi document release, and other issues following a senior citizens forum Monday in Smithfield.


U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) today said that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is "way off the mark" in his criticism of Pres. Barack Obama's foreign policy

Reed — who is up for re-election in 2014 — also spoke about Mr. Obama's record on foreign policy and the weekend release of 166 pages of intelligence documents that appear to identify Libyan rebels who were working with the CIA in Benghazi, the site of a terrorist attack on Sept. 11 that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The three-term senator also flatly denied that he would consider accepting the post of Secretary of Defense, should President Barack Obama win reelection in two weeks.

To that specific question, Reed answered simply: "No" before describing his work as Senator as "a great privilege."

Reed spoke with Patch following an appearance at the Smithfield Senior Center to speak about improvements in Social Security and Medicare, and to introduce a stress-management seminar hosted by Pharmacy students from the University of Rhode Island.


Watch the accompanying video [running time: 4:54] for more from today's interview.

Lauren Costa (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 03:30 AM
@ Leave RI: Haha, I was being completely sincere about my coffee comment. It worked!
Robert E October 23, 2012 at 03:37 AM
It's funny because Romney criticized the President tonight during the debate for pulling the troops out of Iraq. If Romney were President now we would still have troops in Iraq in violation of SOFA. So who doesn't understand foreign policy.
Leave RI October 23, 2012 at 04:31 AM
on me..regular?
Bryan Palumbo October 23, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Yes, Romney stated that he wouldn't have failed where Obama did. Which is what you would expect from Obama... failure. Since his whole term has been riddled with it.
Bryan Palumbo October 23, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I should add that it's also expected that Liberals would just make things up. Sort of like you did by stating we'd have troops there in violation of the SOFA.
Naome Lixes October 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM
"...he article was about foreign policy with Reed claiming that it was Obama who "brought our troops home" from Iraq. (It wasn't.) Neither Iraq, the rejected SOFA nor Al Maliki are mentioned in the OP. I'll say it again, you're not from around here, and you're attempting to carpet-bag your way into local politics using an attack dog stance. You're either reading your own text, or you're projecting a militarist stance. That's not working for Sean Bielat in Massachusetts, and it won't work here.
Naome Lixes October 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM
That is so unintentionally funny - and telling. This is one of the few well-moderated sites remaining in our area. I've run afoul of the mods in the past, they're both consistent - and fair. If a poster seeks a venue where a slanted stance can't be challenged - try Craigslist Rants and Raves. Here, facts matter.
Naome Lixes October 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Right - the winners tell the WHOLE story when recounting battles. Chalmers Johnson warned of this region as a tinderbox in "BlowBack". Intimating that the US had nothing to do with destabilizing local regimes, arming belligerents and profiting from active warfare is a jaundiced view. As I've said before - commanding a desk inside the very apparatus that requires a fresh battleground to justify it's existence has lead us to search for trouble might not provide the widest view of the conflict. If the only thing you've got is a hammer, all your problems come to look like nails. I'm not so naive as to believe Nations and Tribes are ready to sing Kumbaya with us; I am suggesting that much of the conflict, such as with Iraq, we played a part. Either as the match, or the strike plate - our DoD was complicit. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/Jamie-Stiehm/2012/04/09/the-bush-family-an-american-tragedy I would also suggest that as an attache to this, living on the base, you've been inculcated with the "Don't mess with Texas" ethos that lead us to jump ugly. Anyone with a passing acquaintance with the history of Fascism can see parallels.
Naome Lixes October 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Bryan Palumbo October 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Sen. Reed... "He took over a situation with two wars. We're out of Iraq, he insisted about that." It's the video genius.... 00:13-00:18. I used the SOFA to demonstrate that Obama actually tried to keep us in Iraq longer, that Bush was the one who got and signed the agreement with us leaving Iraq in 2011.
Bryan Palumbo October 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Naome, I understand the personal attacks are all that you have and using an OpEd as a citation is weak, but lets try to keep it clean and on subject please. The last person who wants a war is a soldier. Personally, since 2001, I've been deployed 5 times, have gone away on training directly related to those deployments dozens of times for at least two weeks at a time... I don't like it, I don't like not seeing my children grow up... I don't like the fact that my oldest ended up going to three different High Schools (that's how often I've been moved around). The fact that you can't recognize the above, and that you go right to Godwin's Law without any need to do so... amuses me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law
In41time October 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Naome is your video component not working? I suspect it is working because you have posted videos to support your position. Please listen to what Jack Reed says in the video then you will understand the subsequent posts. Appreciate it. As regards to Bryan being "not from around here" I don't know how true or not that is but I don't really care if he is from "around here" as it doesn't change the facts or what Jack Reed said in the video. Bryan thanks for keeping the discussion above the personal attack fray and providing facts to back up your posts.
Vinnie Ward October 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
To those who served in the military, thanks for keeping us free so the uninformed can still make uninformed comments. To those who just like to spout off without knowing what you are talking about, please be informed before you speak. That also means read from several sources, not just mediamatters or the daily cos. Usually there is a middle ground between the far right and far left, but facts, as you know, can be distorted.
Local Yokal October 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Bryan Palumbo posted: 8:49 pm on Monday, October 22, 2012 When a terrorist group flies jetliners into buildings killing 3000 people, that's Bush starting a war to you? When a nation kicks out weapons inspectors (that were there according to a UN mandate), shoots at our aircraft, tries to kill a President, bankrolls terrorist groups, and harbors two terrorist organizations... that's Bush starting a war? Bryan, With all due respect to your military service, Bush invaded IRAQ! Iraq was not responsible for 9/11. WMD's were not found. Yes, Bush started the Iraq war and to claim anything else is insulting to anyone who remembers the actual chain of events that happened 2000-08. When you originally started a blog on Patch, while I disagreed with you almost always, you seemed to be very rational in your arguments. In reading most of your recent posts on other people's blogs, you have turned into just another problem poster, throwing insults at other posters. What happened to you?
Leave RI October 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
ok..anyway..the article.. I give zero credence to a football coach who never played, a baseball coach who never played etc..I certainly give zero credence to a senator with no war fighting experience (as far defense strategy). Read needs to stick to Rhody..this is his little footprint and, in his limited skill set, should stay in it.
Leave RI October 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
*line 2 = as far as
Bryan Palumbo October 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
In41Time, I grew up in Bristol and I'm moving back to RI for good with this last transfer, and I'll be staying in RI when I retire.
Bryan Palumbo October 23, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Here is the authority to use force passed by Congress. http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/bliraqreshouse.htm As you can see, 3 of the 14 reasons have to do with WMDs... and one of those instances are just about the Weapon's Inspectors. Let me ask, which of these acts should be considered an Act of War to you. Shooting at our aircraft? Bankrolling organizations that attack American citizens? Harboring two terrorist organizations that attack American citizens? Attempts to assassinate a US President? My question is, if Hussien had let the Weapon's Inspectors do their job, if they never shot at our planes, supported terrorist groups or tried to assassinate a President, do you think we would have gone to war with Iraq anyway? Please explain exactly how I've become a "problem poster"? I still use citations, and I never call anyone a name. Because I'm in the middle of a move, I don't have the time to write full blogs anymore. Once I'm settled, I'll start again.
J. Lane McMahon October 23, 2012 at 02:58 PM
LeaveRI, You do know about Jack Reed's military career right?
Leave RI October 23, 2012 at 03:12 PM
@ J Lane..ok I normally don't do others homework..look at these and show me the battle experience years or positions..none, zilch, zero...would you let a physician who just because they went to medical school 30 years ago and has no experience with a patient, work on you or your kids etc..correct..they have no business in the business. http://www.biography.com/people/jack-reed-354526 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reed_(politician)
In41time October 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
West Point Grad, Retired as Major, Army Ranger, 82 Airborne...but it is true he was never deployed in a combat zone. Not taking away anything from his service which is quite commendable. I'm not a big Senator Reed supporter but he didn't take the easy road in regards to his military service career.
Still Hope October 23, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Brian, you are a problem poster because you represent a different point of view. What ever you do, don't tell them about Santa. You'll just make people upset.
Leave RI October 23, 2012 at 03:41 PM
IN41..exactly..my point was the expeience in his MDMP under other than peace time circumstances..he did have the good schools and badges/tabs though..correct in assuming he didn't just ride the piney desk to the end.
Naome Lixes October 23, 2012 at 09:58 PM
"When a nation... tries to kill a President..." ??? If we had been serious about taking down the regime that bankrolled this, the bombs would have fallen on Riyadh. Iraq was a warning to their neighbors, and an opportunity to exploit taxpayer funds, for profit. http://www.businesspundit.com/the-25-most-vicious-iraq-war-profiteers/ "That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power." FDR addressing Congress, 29APR1938 1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism 2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights 3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause 4. Supremacy of the Military 5. Rampant Sexism 6. Controlled Mass Media 7. Obsession with National Security 8. Religion and Government are Intertwined 9. Corporate Power is Protected 10. Labor Power is Suppressed 11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts 12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment 13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption 14. Fraudulent Elections Written by an author of fiction, but apt. I never called anyone a Nazi, per Godwin's law. I do observe your willingness to temporize events contrary to the facts that are coming to light about the colossal fraud that lead to Iraq. http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=32138
Naome Lixes October 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
"...so the uninformed can still make uninformed comments. To those who just like to spout off without knowing what you are talking about, please be informed before you speak. That also means read from several sources, not just mediamatters or the daily cos." You're suggesting that those reading MediaMatters or The Daily Kos are uninformed? Compared to whom? Do you mean CNN as the middleground, or something else? You're not suggesting that Fox is a news outlet, are you?
Joe Sousa. October 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM
The thing about Jack Reed that works for RI is he will be able to work with the new President . With Obama The navy and civilian work force in Newport are in jeopardy . Romney understands New England's economy.
Lee October 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Naome, If Vinne won't say it I wil, I am saying that Fox is every bit as much of a news outlet as CNN, MSNBC and Mediamatters. Sure they, The Daily Kos etc, are very informed by the Dems talking points, do you disgree? If so, why do they all come up with the same story line all at the same time, Dem talking points?
Bryan Palumbo October 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Naome, I said bankrolled terrorist groups not "bankrolled Al Qaeda". They funded the Abu Nidal Group, Hamas, Hezbollah, Ansar Al-Sunna (now known as Ansar Al-Islam, he also let them have a base within Iraq), The Palestinian Liberation Front, and he also paid $25k to each family of someone who conducted a suicide bombing against Israel. Also, that Citation you provided... you should find one for WW1, WW2, The Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The war against Mexico, the War against Spain, the Civil War, the Crimean War, The Zulu War, the Peloponnesian War, because in each one there were people who made money. That said, a lot of those companies provided services which a military organization is not equipped or manned to handle. For instance Haliburton ran a lot of dining facilities. Back in the 80s the military had enough cooks to feed the whole military. In the 90s, a certain Mr. Clinton cut the military down to bear bones and we started using contractors... not only overseas but even in the dining facilities in the states. I also worked with L3, they managed our interpreters. I also worked with Aegis who provided a skill set that we didn't have in areas I can't really talk about on here. You can ignore the 14 points for going to war with Iraq all you want. You can ignore them shooting at us, trying to kill a President, ect, I can't make you look at facts, so enjoy your conspiracy theories.
Jim L October 24, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Jack Reed and Mr Doherty are cut from the same cloth, protect your men and their families, not defend raptists
Leave RI October 24, 2012 at 01:29 AM


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