Rangel says Romney’s rhetoric is becoming ‘a threat to national security’

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On MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Charlie Rangel said he was pleased that Mitt Romney's "incompetency" might help re-elect President Obama, but concerned about the effect of Romney's foreign policy statements on international relations.

"When I start listening to how ridiculous their remarks get, and Romney's response to Iran and Libya, I think they are becoming a threat to our national security," Rangel said. "We just cannot afford that type of incompetency, and we cannot afford for our friends and allies to believe that people who have this immature response to international disasters for us could possibly be president of the United States."

Immaturity was a theme of the appearance, with Rangel criticizing a clip of Senator Rand Paul arguing on the Senate floor that the United States should withdraw all its foreign aid from countries that don't sufficiently support us.

"Foreign aid and how we send our troops into harm's way is not based on popularity," Rangel said, "and that is really why it is disgraceful when the Senate, who has six years, they don't have to make these immature appeals to the love and affection of constitutents. They have an obligation to the United States of America in the long run, not with each and every incident that hurts us and pains us, like the loss of Americans abroad."

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The show's host, Chris Jansing, asked Rangel if he thought the comments were actually causing problems or endangering American interests or security abroad?

"No question about it,"  he said. "I think if anyone has any friends abroad in any country, if you're strong enough to ask them, what do you think about these statements being made by people like Governor Romney, by people like Senator Kind, ask them what do they think in terms of a great nation, the strongest nation in the world, saying they're going to penalize a country, a growing democracy, because of the terrible acts of some people who we have yet to identify who they are. You don't punish a country because of what has been done by some of them."

No question about it. I think if anyone has any friends abroad in any country, if you're strong enough to ask them, what do you think about these statements being made by people like Governor Romney, by people like Senator Kind, ask them what do they think in terms of a great nation, the strongest nation in the world, saying they're going to penalize a country, a growing democracy, because of the terrible acts of some people who we have yet to identify who they are. You don't punish a country because of what has been done by some of them.