Romney Campaign - Rudy's "Exigent" Legalese?

During The Dearborn MI, Debate, Governor Romney Said The President Must Defend The Country Against Threats:

"And it is unacceptable to this country to allow that individual to have he control of launching a nuclear weapon. And so we will take the action necessary to keep that from happening. And I think each person on the stage, certainly in my case, I would make sure that we would take the action necessary to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon." – Gov. Mitt Romney (CNBC, Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Dearborn, MI, 10/9/07)

The Mayor’s “Exigent” Legalese?

“On the question of authorization and action against Iran, Mayor Giuliani offered the most muddled and puzzling response of anyone on the debate stage, preferring instead to rely on a vague explanation about ‘exigent circumstances.’”

-Kevin Madden, Romney for President campaign spokesman

The Mayor’s Response:

MODERATOR: “Just to bring it up to date on this, the political context -- you know, Mayor, that Hillary Clinton has proposed -- she's co-sponsored legislation to do just this: require the President to come to Congress for any decision to go to attack a nuclear facility in Iran.

GIULIANI: “It really depends on exigency of the circumstances and how legitimate it is, that it really is an exigent circumstance. It's desirable, it's safer to go to Congress, get approval from Congress.

If you're really dealing with an exigent circumstance, then the President has to act in the best interests of the country.”

Governor Romney Answers Directly:

“Governor Romneygave the strongest and most direct answer about the need to act against any threat to the American people.

“Governor Romney moved quickly past a legal hypothetical and made it clear that the President's duty to act in the best interests of protecting the American people from any threat is the most important consideration. Governor Romney made it clear that other questions surrounding any action to protect America’s interests serve as a secondary concern.”

-Kevin Madden, Romney for President campaign spokesman