Romney Promotes McCain: 'Judgment Comes from Experience'

ABC News' Matt Stuart reports: Former Republican presidential hopeful and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney promoted Sen. John McCain's foreign policy experience Sunday, arguing that "judgment comes from experience," and that "when the people of America are reminded of how dangerous the world is, they recognize the importance of selecting a person that has experience and judgment and wisdom."

Romney, appearing on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," on behalf of McCain, argued that the situation in Georgia "shows one more time that, in a dangerous and troubled world, it's helpful to have a leader of the nation that knows these places, knows the people, understands the setting." Romney added of McCain’s response to the conflict, "John McCain didn't have to search around to figure out what to say about what was going on."

(Click here to see video from "This Week" of Romney and former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who countered Romney's arguments in favor of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.)

Defending Georgia's actions against Ossetia, Romney argued they were protecting their citizens, arguing that Georgia "had communities being attacked with rockets that were coming from South Ossetia. And so he [Georgia's leader], of course, took action to protect his nation."

Romney continued, "The Russians have been looking for an excuse to be able to punish either Ukraine or Georgia."

Highlighting McCain's experience, Romney argued it was "important that ... President Clinton listened to John McCain and changed his course back in the 90s and said, 'You know what? We are going to let the former Soviet satellite states become part of NATO.'"

Romney said of repercussions for the conflict, "The kinds of actions we'll take ... I think can be quite substantial."

Romney also responded to critical comments by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, saying it was "time for Republicans to come together and get behind our nominee in the ticket."

Appearing on "Fox News Thursday," Huckabee said of Romney as a possible vice presidential choice, "I think there are better choices for Sen. McCain that have the approval of value voters."

Huckabee continued, "The issue is that, in many ways, Mitt Romney has had very definite swings of position."

The rivalry between Romney and Huckabee extends back to December 2007, when both governors were battling to win the Iowa caucuses.

Romney dismissed Huckabee's comments, saying he was "certainly not going to be arguing with anybody about their perspective on that regard."

Romney continued to eschew speculation on the vice presidential selection process, saying, "I don't have anything for you on the VP front."

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