Romney to get intelligence briefings
August 30th, 2012
12:30 AM ET

Romney to get intelligence briefings

By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

The Obama administration is discussing the final details with the Mitt Romney campaign of how and when the first intelligence and national security briefings will be offered to the presidential candidate and his designated campaign officials.

Traditionally, candidates are offered such briefings by a sitting administration as soon as a nominating convention is over.

"We are finalizing preparations for the candidate briefings, but will not actually deliver a brief until after the GOP convention concludes. With regard to who will receive briefs, that's up to the Romney campaign," said Shawn Turner, spokesman for the director of national intelligence.

The intelligence community is awaiting word from the White House on when to begin the briefings. Before a briefing takes place, campaign officials are likely to need approval for a temporary security clearance, although it's not clear if Romney will have to go through the process.

Turner declined to say how many campaign officials could be included in the briefings, noting those types of details, as well as specific subjects, are left up to the White House and opposing campaign to sort out.

Presidential candidates have received these types of intelligence and national security briefings over the years in order to inform candidates and also alert them to sensitive matters that could be potentially harmful to national security if the candidate were to inadvertently or unknowingly make statements.

Administration officials tell CNN all the procedures for briefing the Romney campaign are similar to what has happened in past election cycles with both Republican and Democratic administrations.

In the previous two election cycles, the candidates were on key congressional committees that gave them access to a lot of critical classified information. In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama was on the Foreign Relations Committee, while his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, was on the Armed Services Committee. In 2004, Sen. John Kerry served on the Foreign Affairs Committee. But Romney is not in government and would not have access to sensitive information.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. John

    Yes, President Romney should be receiving some intelligence briefings before he spouts off on his anti-American tirade and anti-anything that the Obama Administration does. The intelligence should be limited because after the election, Romney doesn't need inside foreign insider information that he would use as an unfair advantage to increase his foreign financial portfolio.

    September 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  2. AmesIA

    I am not sure whether this is an exercise in futility.
    1) Present Mr. Romney with facts
    2) Facts are spun, twisted, replaced to suit
    3) Mr. Romney makes some half baked statement not only wrong on facts but internally inconsistent – bruhahha ensues
    4) Issue conflicting ever shifting "clarifications" that what he said was not intended to be factually true but to illustrate a point
    5) Double down on the lie
    6) Triple down on the lie
    7) Blame the "liberal media" for not getting the story right
    8) Rally the machine with the marketing department tested version of events
    9) Hope that the public perception is based on the lie and nobody connects the dot back to Mr. Foot in Mouth

    September 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  3. Cowcharge

    Gee, the cleverness of the anti-Romney crowd continues to amaze me. I haven't heard such witty repartee since 4th grade.

    September 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  4. Fruit of the loon

    We believe that he actually wears unintelligent boxers.

    September 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  5. Aaron

    Hey, CNN..... notice how there are only left leaning coments on this article? Everyone one of them is a comedian, too. The John Stewart generation .....

    September 13, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
  6. wnzmtc

    Imagine Palin in these, lol. Republicans are crazy.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • AmesIA

      One doesn't need to imagine..."Mrs. Almost a Heartbeat from President" lit up the Tweet-o-sphere with her "insight". She somehow managed to work a reference to male genitals into it.

      September 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  7. Newtonslaw

    I'm sorry , but it's going to take much more than a briefing to give romney intelligence. I would imagine it would take a major operation.

    September 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Aaron

      HIs degrees are in what? From where?

      September 13, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
  8. Closet Republican

    This guy is f*****g evil.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  9. For Your Eyes Only

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    We continue to believe the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. We concur with this approach and find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now. Particulalry now as USA attempts to focus on reducing its footprint in South Asia and engage in Pacific/Southeast Asia.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • Lou

      Written by a Pakistani troll

      September 14, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
  10. :)

    Why? He's too f*****g stupid to understand them, anyway.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  11. pablo

    you Guys sure change the name from CNN to Obama network

    August 31, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
  12. pablo

    wel looks like you guys control everything

    August 31, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  13. NoN

    It used to be that serious personal financial problems would be cause for denial of security clearance, and Romney has plenty of personal financial problems, not in the way of bankruptcy, but in the way of seriously questionable transactions. If they give him a security clearance, the system is broken.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • Aaron

      you got some facts to back this up? sounds like slander

      September 13, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
  14. Hahahahahahaha

    "You see Mr. Romney, intelligence is way, way, way up here. And well, you're way, way, way, down here. That ends our briefing. Good luck Mr. Romney." Hahahahahahha

    August 30, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • tp

      bring and etcha sketch so he can follow along

      August 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  15. v_mag

    There will doubtless be many jokes here about the incompatibility of intelligence and Mr. Rob-money. I just want to remind everybody about the second part: briefs. Rob-money wears magical ones.

    Actually, that also reflects badly on his intelligence, I guess.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • awesome

      i love u!!! hahahaha

      September 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  16. Michael

    GREAT, just what Romney and the GOP needs more intelligience! I do not think its going to help, because the election is 3 months away! Even, if th briefings are day and night, I do not think enough inelligience will be garnered in time! They have a proven tack record of denying facts, truth, reality and their 4 years of doing nothing in congress to help this ailing economy! One thing Repubs have been good for, thatis "nothing"

    August 30, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Maybe the intelligence briefings will stop Romney from saying stupid things about current US foreign policy.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Randy, read what you just wrote, please. Do you honestly think that Willard will actually pay attention to what he has been told before he opens his mouth and upsets any more of our allies?

      August 30, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
      • Ronda in Houston, TX

        Please, I can't even imagine Romney reading. He will probably get one of his advisors to read or attend the briefings, the advisor will inform Romney, then Romney will spin it like he does everything distorting it!

        September 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  18. anagram_kid

    Interesting since the current incarnation of the GOP/TP essentially shuns intelligence in all forms.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
  19. georgi benevolent

    EU and USA mind-control many politicians and business people with small implants and wireless technology. In this way they manipulate many markets and foreign countries. Pilots also are mind controlled.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:17 am | Reply

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