Reporting from Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Playing to the conservative South Carolina GOP electorate, Mitt Romney at the Fox News debate in Myrtle Beach on Monday took hard-line positions on immigration and foreign policy, earning sustained applause in the debate hall.
In a state that boasts several military bases, Romney offered a hawkish foreign policy stance, saying the United States should not negotiate with the Taliban to end the American military action in Afghanistan and ought to take out terrorist enemies when given the opportunity.
“These people have declared war on us. They've killed Americans. We go anywhere they are and we kill them,” he said. “The right thing for Osama bin Laden was the bullet in the -- in the head that he received.”
Romney has taken the most conservative stance on illegal immigration among the Republican field, leading moderator Juan Williams to question whether he was harming the party’s chances among Latino voters in the general election.