February 3rd, 2012
03:00 PM ET

On GPS: What does Romney really believe?

On Fareed Zakaria GPS this week on Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. EST, Fareed has a special message for Mitt Romney: The world had changed. It is now a post-American world and “chest-thumping triumphalism won’t secure America’s interests or ideals in a world populated by powerful new players.”

We have a lively panel on the GOP, religion, and Russia: the New York Times' David Brooks, David Remnick from The New Yorker, Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal, and Chrystia Freeland of Reuters.

Later, 1-on-1 with the world’s highest-paid politician: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore.

And, What in the World: Why you shouldn’t worry about democracy succeeding in the Arab world.

David Remnick on Mitt Romney

When you hear him talking about Obama and foreign policy as in retreat and somehow like Neville Chamberlain, you know that he doesn't believe a word of it, not a word of it. When you hear him talk about safety nets and the poor, he doesn't care a bit about it. And when you look at his real record in his one political success, his term as governor in Massachusetts, his signal achievement he is running away from it. And everybody sees that. So, yes, it's true that - that everybody to the right of a certain point is going to vote against Obama. But will they come out in droves to do so is another question?

David Brooks on Mitt Romney

[I have] a psychology of him [Romney], which is he looks like a WASP so we project onto him 1920s, the villain from the Great Gatsby. But, in fact, he's a Jew. The Mormons have an exodus story. His family has a story in they have perpetual poverty from which they are perpetually climbing out of it. That breeds, even up to his father's era, a sense of we just have to work hard and make it.

And I think he has that sort of drive and immigrant experience. He just - out of the Mormon experience, which he cannot talk about, because it involves Mormonism and polygamy.

Make sure to catch the full interview on Fareed Zakaria GPS, Sundays at 10a.m. and 1p.m. EST on CNN.

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  1. Mrs. Eileen G Curras widow to Hernandez, WWII

    As a conservative Mitt Romney only follows, the Republican Agenda and he will not derail from it. Yes, I agree with the comment that the world had changed.

    February 4, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Mitt Romney might have millions to spend on his campaign. Yet like many businessmen before him with the same ambtion, he won't be elected neither. Henry Ford wanted to run for president in 1924. The sudden death of Warren Harding in 1923 let VP Calvin Coolidge take over. Steve Forbes tried his luck in 1996 and 2000, Ross Perot did the same in 1992 and 1996.

    February 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  3. wake up Obama and smeal the coffee

    Russia and china interests , embassies and economic departments will be under attack in the middleast and any where in the world
    as they defend the killers in Syria and iran those evil must be dealt with on grass root level and must be hit hard before we hit bashar al asad of Syria, the resistant are working hard now to find the targets inside Russia and Russian targets inside middleast .,..wait and see ... bashar al asad killed 9345 almost 10,000 people already as his father before him who killed 30,000 in one week, those killers must be hanged, Saddam was hanged because he order to kill 40 spies, so al asad must be hanged 40 time over and over again

    February 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Back in the 1980s foreigners were kidnapped and murdered in Lebanon on a daily basis and everyone agreed that it was not possible to deal with Arab terrorism. Than a Soviet diplomat was kidnapped. Two days later, a package with the severe head of the kidnapper's group leader was delivered to their headquarters. The lesson was learned and no Russian diplomats were ever attacked anymore. Moral: to make terrorists learn fast it is necessary to use their language.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply


    علم هدهد سليمان ومن مصدر امني مهم , أن هناك طائرة نقل إيرانية تحط أسبوعيا في مطار النجف الاشرف وهي محملة بالمليارات من الدنانير العراقية المزورة من إيران وبعد ذلك يتم نقل هذه المليارات من الأوراق النقدية العراقية المزورة تحت حماية أمنية مشددة وبإشراف عدد معين من كبار المسئولين في أحزاب الائتلاف الوطني إلى البنك التجاري العراقي فرع النجف الاشرف لغرض إيداعها به , ومن ثم سحب البديل عنها بالعملة الصعبة والتي تقدر بالمليارات من الدولارات ثم تحمل سراً بنفس الطائرة لتقلع بها إلى طهران . this is a fact every week an Iranian plan fly to iraq and directly to najaf province not baghdad in this najaf province the evil province in iraq , this plan brings billions of Iraqi dinars faked Iran dinar from iran and exchange it with USA dollars in janaf under the watch of al hakeem and al maleki group, bringing billions of dollars back to iran and then give to Syria , Russia and Hezbollah. WHY USA DONT DO NOTHING , WHAT IS THE USE OF SANCTIONING IRAN AND KEEPING THE EVIL IRAQI PRIM MINSTER DOING THIS EVIL DEEDS WAKE UP OBAMA

    February 5, 2012 at 2:43 am | Reply
  5. observer II

    I have been told that Mr. Zakaria meets with and advises the President. Is this true? If so, he should disclose this before he comments on his television show. It sounds like his comments today are reflected in what the president says.
    Fareed, unless you are running for president, directing your comments to 'Mitt" like you are a challenger is supporting the idea that indeed you are partisan and campaining for the President.
    Another reason why so many do not watch this network.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
  6. zb

    Thanks to Brooks for pointing out that Peggy, the conservative twit is also a liar about presidents numbers not moving up. To bad, however, you also did a Freudian slip about the tea party. You may make yourself sound rational but like most people on the right these days you are full of it.

    Meanwhile to answer the question "What does Romney really believe"? He believes in saying and doing anything it takes to get what he wants, no matter how false, or how much it hurts others. And what does he want; to be President, to advance his religion, to outdo his father, to lead his cult.

    As for the issue of Catholics having to follow the law, it should be pretty obvious to anyone – even Peggy – that if religion is the basis of ignoring the law then we might as well go back to the dark ages. By Peggy's standards why not say being black is a sin to justify slavery and segregation. Oh, I forgot, that is exactly what the Republican Party stands for: the right hate in the name of religion, and the right to exploit workers in the name of money, and the right to rip off consumers and destroy the environment in the name of capitalism.

    PS. Fareed, thank you for being the last sane and thoughtful person on TV, maybe in the whole world (besides me)..

    February 5, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • JD

      The ignorance and lack of true character in this post is so apparent, it borders on comedy.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  7. Kathleen

    Mr. Zakaria, You glossed over Peggy Noonan's comments about the Catholic Church and Obama's health care law. It is huge. As a Catholic woman, I made a personal choice to ignore the Encyclical prohibition of birth control. There is a big difference between my individual choice–no matter that it is shared by most Catholic women–and the blatantly anti-Catholic policy of the Obama administration. It is interesting how the politicos pull their punches about Mormonism and Islam, but Catholic bashing is perfectly acceptable.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  8. Greg Judkins

    I watched Mr. Zakaria's program for the last time this morning. Listening to him lecture the likely Republican nominee was inappropriate and offensive. Will CNN be reporting an in kind contribution to the Obama campaign?

    February 5, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
  9. Madigan

    Give me a b-r-e-a-k Fareed. You are sucking up to Obama so much that you were stumbling spitting out the words this morning. I voted for him in the last elections. But never again:
    1. I did not know then that the long-armed wife of his would go to Paris to buy clothes. What is wrong with made-in-USA clothes?
    2 Clothes do not make a woman. Wearing Jackie style clothes does not, repeat, does not make her Jackie, no matter how hard the pro-Obama media tells us. What is too funny for words is she thinks she is, and did not feel denying it publicly.
    3. What has Obama done to stay Neutral between Israel and Palestine? What all he said in Cairo was pure hot-air.
    4. From the day one of his presidency, he had the Israeli lobby sitting right outside of his Oval office, day in and day out, (with Rahm brothers) having told us lies that he will not entertain any lobbies.
    5. Why has he not gone to meet the Mullahs and Ahmed Nidijad like he said he would prior to becoming the President? Why is he dancing to Israeli tunes?

    In the end Fareed, you are trying very hard just to get invited to the Inauguration by Obama. That is no reason for you not to criticize the failure of Obama government. You have sold yourself. Shame on you, brother!

    February 5, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  10. Albert McMeen

    Please Fareed, you are so far superior to those political hacks you had on this panel today. These are people without the courage to become politicians, but just “brave” enough to pick apart real politicians’ policies in the most partisian way. They make their money by suckering shows like yours to give them a voice. This panel is NOT your best. Your best is interviewing important, and largely ignored by the press, political leaders who have something valuable to add in contrast to the media circus that is the rest of TV news. Bravo your interview with the President of Singapore. While I don’t support his government’s restrictive civil-liberties policy, he is something rare on US TV.

    February 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  11. Pamela

    Please tell Christia Freeland that she is no more a representative of the middle class than is Mitt Romney, perhaps less so. She is incredibly arrogant and predictable and it would be nice if you didn't have her on your show any more.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  12. Pamela

    And, I forgot to say, I am not a Catholic and I use and believe in birth control. But I do think that forcing the Catholic Church to abide by Obama's definition of moral is a slippery slope. I am a secular American but I do not think that we all need be. People need to be free to practice their religion, regardless of whether Obama thinks it is from the Middle Ages or not.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  13. Diane Rodriguez

    Brooks "Mormons have an Exodus story". Really? Was that Brook's attempt to legitimize a polygamist history in violation of the rule of law. Peggy Noonan – Mr Z I'm sure I'm not alone. I watch your program faithfully because of the high caliber of participants and the level of discussion. I disdain other Sunday a.m. shows where I can always see Brooks and the pitiful Noonan, both should be avoided at all costs.. Please keep the level of discourse above the MSM fray.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  14. JD

    David Remnick is pitiful. After listening to him, I came away thinking he's the comical cartoon character. How pathetic.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  15. Kevin

    Fareed, your support of Obama is a little too obvious. Be that as it may, the reason Obama has been compared to Neville Chamberlain is his reluctance to deal effectively with Iranian nuclear ambitions. The sanctions you mention have none nothing, repeat, nothing to slow down Irans quest for a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it. Mitt, as you so fondly refer to him, is the only candidate who has pointed out the Obama admins abject failure in the arms reduction negotiations with Russia. The US got no help from the Russians with Iran and , who in fact were helping Iran to start up a reactor. At the same time Russia was demanding a stop to a defensive missile shield against rogue Iranian missiles. The US made concessions to Russia and got nothing in return. Obama is Chamberlain on steroids! Bebe Netanyahu is in full agreement on that point ! The comparisons to Chamberlain are obvious and have merit. The last time the world stood around wringing their hands and let a madman rearm over 70 million people died. Think about it!

    February 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  16. Muin

    "Government gets to decide who gets what and why" – I read this in a Wall street article the other day. I liked this quote because it is 100% true. Government has little similarity to any business.

    February 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  17. neutral

    Can someone tell me where I can locate the segment on 1-on-1 with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore? I tried various way of searching but nothing came up.

    February 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  18. JohnR

    Fared, Does your apparent Soros worshipping influence your content ? Occasionally , close you mouth , get rid of the idolizing stare , and push back or ask a tough question of him.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  19. Debi Walls

    Fraeed, GPS is a Sunday must. You are the most intelligent person on TV and would make a great president. After 4 more years of the Republican stonewalling. You would be a breath of fresh air in American politics.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  20. Bert Ornelas

    I liked your chart defining the time line our nation experiences in recovering from recessions. Can I get a copy sent to me? email provided. Its so relevant to our politics of today. Thank you..

    July 16, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  21. Bahaa

    that wasn't an official ociffe but he certainly didn't have anything bad to say about the flag or Guevara did he? Kind of like saying hey I'm a good guy and I don't even mind if my supporters like murderous thugs. But I digress-Guess who else was a Cuban sympathizer? That's right class, Lee Harvey Oswald, a marksmen that never met a communist he didn't like.Now, let us put it all together–Che Guevara was Castro's chief persecutor-er I mean prosecutor, he was personally responsible for the killings of thousands of Cubans. If you need to check that for truth ride on down to Miami and start waving a Guevara flag.-JFK was killed by a Cuban sympathizer (Oswald) or maybe that should be plural depending on who you believe and how tight your tin foil is wrapped.-Teddy (speed racer) and Maria Schriver endorse Obama.-Obama could care less about a Cuban Guevara flag flown in his supporter’s ociffe.Does the irony escape Teddy and Maria? I’ll have what he’s drinking…The point here is that the Democrats are very quick to forget history and when someone reminds them they are even quicker to dismiss it. Here's another fact for you-One of the former members of the terrorist group Weather Underground, William Ayers, proclaimed in an interview with the New York Times published on 9/11/01 that he didn't regret setting bombs (A series of bombings that occurred in the 70s and included the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon).Guess who Mr. Ayers supports? That's right, Obama. In fact Mr. Ayers served on The Woods Fund (an anti poverty group) with Obama from 1999 to 2002. Swapping ideas I’d venture.And before any of you say I'm just a white guy railing on a black guy running for President, well I say there is no black guy running for President, Obama is white, at least his mother is but he hasn't said much about that either has he?Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain folks. It’s all about change anyway, the change in your pockets that is.

    August 8, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply

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