Romney Blasts Obama, Tells Leno: ‘Not A Fan Of The President’, Blames Obama For IRS Targeting

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2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday night, and took President Obama to task on the scandals engulfing his second term. Seeming quite comfortable, Romney quipped, “I’m not a fan of the President,” linking him to the IRS’s tea party political targeting, while also hitting the next potential president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for her handling of Benghazi and human rights around the world.

Right out of the gate, Romney joked about not being objective about the Obama scandals, becoming more serious when talking about the DOJ hacking into Associated Press phone calls. Romney claimed actions like this were not done under the Bush administration, and found it of “concern” anytime an administration subpoenas a large number of records from a news organization, suggesting closer inspection is required.

On the IRS scandal, Romney rested blame squarely on President Obama’s desk, pointing to the fact that the IRS reports to the Treasury Department, whom reports to the President, so “the buck stops at the President’s desk.” He concluded a special investigative counsel needs to be formed, as the Obama administration can’t “investigate themselves.” Romney generated rousing audience applause when he called for cleaning up the “breach of trust” left in the aftermath of the IRS scandal.

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