Statements from the National: 2012 U.S. President's race

Says Mitt Romney wants to add $2 trillion to defense budget that the military hasn’t asked for.

Says Romney said "we should ask Pakistan for permission" to take a shot at Osama bin Laden.

Says Barack Obama was silent on Iran "when the students took to the streets in Tehran and the people there protested, (and) the Green Revolution occurred."

"Pakistan has 100 nuclear warheads and they’re rushing to build a lot more. They’ll have more than Great Britain sometime in the relatively near future."

"Latin America’s economy is almost as big as the economy of China."

Says Mitt Romney was clear that he "would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies, even if they went through bankruptcy."

"Veterans’ unemployment is actually now lower than (the) general population. It was higher when I came into office."

"I went to the Olympics that was out of balance, and we got it on balance."

"The president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel."

"A few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia."

Says a university survey concluded his Massachusetts administration "had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America."

Says Mitt Romney and George Allen "would overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to end safe, legal abortion even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life is at risk."

"George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood."

"Regulations have quadrupled. The rate of regulations quadrupled under this president."

Says Barack Obama has pension investments that include Chinese firms, and "investments through a Caymans trust."

Says his administration put more border patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border than at "any time in history, and the flow of undocumented workers across the border is actually lower than it's been in 40 years."

Says his administration has created "5 million jobs … over the last 30 months in the private sector alone."

Says Mitt Romney suggested that "employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage."

Says Mitt Romney "called the Arizona law a model for the nation."

Says President Obama waited two weeks to call the attack in Libya "terror."

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