JAN CRAWFORD: Well, Governor, one of your aides said this morning that you would respect Israel’s decision to take military action against Iran on its own. Does that mean you’re giving the green light to Israel to bomb Iran?
MITT ROMNEY: Let me– I’ll use my own words, and– and that is I respect the right of Israel to defend itself, and– and we stand with– with Israel. We’re a– a nation– two nations that come together in– in peace and that want to see Iran being dissuaded from its nuclear folly, so let me use my own words in that regard.
JAN CRAWFORD: But what does that mean to you, then, that you respect their decision? I mean can you explain that a little more?
MITT ROMNEY: Well, I think– because I’m on foreign soil, I don’t want to be creating new foreign policy for– for my country or in any way to distance myself in the foreign policy of– of our nation, but we respect the right of a nation to defend itself.
JAN CRAWFORD: But would you or would you not then support Israel’s bombing of Iran?
MITT ROMNEY: Well, again, that would be a– a statement which would be a– of a different nature than what our nation has already expressed with regards to Iran. What we have said and– and– and with which I concur is that we should use every diplomatic and political vehicle that’s available to us to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear capability state. Those actions should be executed with– with the– the greatest speed that we can– that we can muster. If all those options fail and they’ve not all been executed, they’ve not all failed entirely at this stage, if all those option fail– options fail, then we do have other options and we don’t take those other options off the table. But that’s as far as I’m– I’m willing to go in– in terms of discussing this matter while on foreign soil.
via “Face the Nation” transcripts, July 29, 2012: Mitt Romney, Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Rodney Erickson – CBS News.