Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'
July 30th, 2012
05:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'

(CNN) - If Mitt Romney has indeed fumbled the football overseas, President Barack Obama's campaign may well be seen as spiking it.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the Republican presidential candidate's overseas trip has put his readiness for the Oval Office in question.

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"He's now been to two countries and he's had two countries where he has made a series of fumbles," she said. "He's been fumbling the foreign policy football from country to country.

And there's a threshold question that he has to answer for the American people and that's whether he is prepared to be commander-in-chief," she continued. "As we look to the past events, we know that this raises some questions about his preparedness and we'll see how the rest of his trip goes."

Psaki was referring to what some have seen as Romney's missteps over the last several days in London and Israel.

In London, some saw his answer to a question about the Olympic games as a gaffe.

"You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out," he said in an interview with NBC News, explaining that issues with a private security contractor and labor issues were "disconcerting." After a meeting with the British prime minister, who himself responded to Romney's remarks, the candidate said he was "very delighted with the prospects of a highly successful Olympic Games."

The episode brought mocking headlines from British newspapers his way.

Days later, a prominent Palestinian leader called out one of Romney's statements in Jerusalem "racist."

Palestinian negotiator Sa'eb Erekat said Romney's "racist statements about the Israeli culture being superior to the Palestinian culture reflect someone who needs to be educated, who needs knowledge." Romney pointed out a wealth disparity between Israel and the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

Psaki's Monday statement - made to reporters on Monday - is the latest in a volley over Romney's foreign trip. On Sunday, Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to Obama's reelection campaign, said "I think it's clear that voters in this country wonder aloud whether Mitt Romney is ready for the world."

Romney adviser Kevin Madden said Sunday that any gaffes in the campaign would be overshadowed in voters' eyes.

"I don't think that a gaffe or a YouTube moment is really going to make or break this particular election," he said on ABC News' "This Week." "I think it's going to be about the direction of the country, how we rebuild the economy, how we continue to have a stronger national security posture around the globe."

But on Monday, Psaki had a different perspective: "I think 'foreign policy fumble' has a nice ring to it."

Romney's trip continued in Poland on Monday.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. tammyk tammy

    Dear Mitt & Lech, I will be needing some help from you as I am trying to write a really good anti-union Polka. Please don't let me down. Roll out the GOP barrels of fun.

    July 30, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Obama do not have to touch because mitt the twitt keeps fumbling in his own endzone.

    July 30, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Bootstomper

    Mitt Romney is ready to lead the pancake breakfast float in the rose parade.

    July 30, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. hammer

    Palestinians dancing in the street after 911.I don't care what they think!

    July 30, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. CanadaONE

    the crazy Mitt is a thread to WORLD PEACE – every time he opens his mouth he makes the USA the ENEMY

    he is what we call a loose cannon ball – the GOP needs to bag him or the GOP will be reported to the UN as trying to undermine WORLS PEACE

    July 30, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Russ

    I can just see it. In his first meeting with a foreign leader he'll be discussing whether or not he can hide money in their banks or, if there is any tax breaks for American companies if he relocates to their country. Yep, the leaders of the world will love his economic policies, military and other foreign affairs, not so much.

    July 30, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. tammyk tammy

    So far Mitt's trip has been a NOTHING BUT NET gain for Obama. Keep the gaffes coming Mitt – it's very entertaining, and educational too~

    July 30, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. J Nations

    Im not a political person. I'm the average 38 year old man. It has gotten to the point in our gov. that no politician is there for us. I feel no matter who is in office they are there for the $$$. It feels to the average person that everyone in politics from local to national are criminals. Just saying!! If not so prove me wrong. Show me one person that has not benifeted from being in office. Show me one that didn't not pad their wallet from being in office.

    July 30, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Don Albuquerque

    Ya know mitt and the repubs did learn one lesson from history. Hide your taxes and never trust anyone named Eliot ness. Remember how he took down AL Capone?

    July 30, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |

    THAT'S WHAT YOU THINK Madden and Saul ,you should take your pink slips now before the romney the clown Gop bafoons party train wreck in Nov !!where's your tax returns ?????/

    July 30, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. Larry L

    It's actually scary Romney is so incapable in foreign affairs and so unable to control his pie hole. That bit about the Isralei GDP versus that of the Palestinians was a classic. Who told him that was a good idea? Does he think it was a good comparison. If such a figure could be estimated I suspect the Jews at the onset of WWII had a lower GDP than the Germans... Fair? He's a richer, more ridiculous version of "W".

    July 30, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |

    It's funny how the Gop clowns always tell us what we are thinking!!!you will find out in Nov !!

    July 30, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Mike in Texas

    I'll wait for Four and the Door, MyViews, Jon, Ray E in Georgia, Bend Over fka Truth and nothing but to truth to put their usual Baghdad Bob spin on how bad Obama is or go off subject and bring up something irrelevant to this post.

    I swear Four and the Door is auditioning for the job as Romney's spin doctor. The guy says so much but says so little.

    July 30, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Mitt the twitt is the #1 threat to our natinonal security.

    July 30, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'...
    Meanwhile, Team Romney has come up with a plan for America including addressing the high unemployment, stalled economy and critically high national debt. Seems to me Team Obama is thinking about themselves and Team Obama is thinking about the American people. It explains a lot about which one has a record of success. Romney 2012.

    July 30, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Obvious correction : Seems to me Team Obama is thinking about themselves and Team Romney is thinking about the American people. It explains a lot about which one has a record of success. Romney 2012.

    July 30, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. Iamnotfooled

    This "culture" remark is just another example of how Romney favors the rich and how he looks down on the poor. "You people". " Free Stuff" . He is not fit to be our President. Anyone who votes for this man and is middleclass or poor will be sadly mistaken if he does become President . Better wise – up fast or face the consequences. This is not a game about winners or losers. It's about your welfare in the future.

    July 30, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. BHPT

    Maybe Romney's intentionally making these gaffes overseas in an attempt to distract Americans from his tax returns issue. It won't work.

    July 30, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. ChiliDogg

    Geez, these are really weak reeds for the Dems to lean on. This is all they have?? I guess if you don't want to talk about how Obama's rule is killing the economy, you have to try anything. The papers in England report possible problems – and then criticise Romney when he repeats what they wrote? Gimme a break. The other stuff is multi-cultural BS.

    July 30, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. sciguybm

    Romney is a tool and Obama is a liar: gosh....what a choice!

    July 30, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. rs

    The "fumbles" are what they are. No need to spin them. Voters see them for what they are.

    July 30, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Mike

    Romeny makes Pailn look like a foregin policy expert. In three days, he has made endless gaffs including disclosing to the reports that he meet with british intellegient unit MI16 and disclosed with reporters what was discussed in private. I am not even going to mention his other gaffs about the olympic and hosting a $50k per person dinner on fasting day.

    July 30, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    just be careful not to start taking things out of context and doing creative editing one liar getting away with such garb is enough

    July 30, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Nija

    Another Sarah Palin?

    July 30, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Has Mittens "RETROACTIVELY RETIRED" as the GOVERNOR of MA back to before he signed ROMNEYCARE???

    With the deputy prime minister of Israel b!tch-slapping Mittens today, looks like his "listen & learn" Blind Ambition Tour is turning into a "shut-up and sit down" Get Your A$$ Back to the U.S.A Tour!

    July 30, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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