Mitt Romney tells our friend Jim Geraghty that “Hillary Clinton is far and away most likely to receive [the Democratic presidential] nomination.” Romney says his first priority as president would be to defeat the jihad and his second would be to help make our country more competitive.
Romney also addresses the criticism by some, notably Rich Lowry, that he didn’t talk about Iraq during his speech at last week’s National Review conservative summit dinner. For what it’s worth, my view is that Romney is obliged to take a position on the “surge,” and he has done so — he supports it. He is also obliged to answer all reasonable questions about Iraq. However, I don’t believe Romney is required to talk about Iraq in every speech, and I think it’s understandable, given the uncertainty over the prospects for the president’s new strategy, that Romney prefers not to talk often about the subject just now.
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