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. Ed Walsh

    Convert fumbles! They not only have lost the "ball," they have lost the game!

    July 30, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. Kris in AL

    And when would the Obama Camp declare a Romney "touchdown?"..........N E V E R !

    July 30, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Charles Obioha ,MD

    Romney is a clown and an embarrassment to the GOP and in this extremely difficult times we don't need an ignorant politician sherperding the premier power country. As a fairly successful physician I will not only mind paying more taxes which is the obvious responsible thing to do but I will be wary of any politician paying less than my tax bracket making decisions for us. I am pro Israel but you cannot be ignorant of the plight of the Palestinian people PERIOD or fueling more fire to an already delicate situation . The world is a different state and just talking tough to impress even more ignorant people is even more dangerous.

    July 30, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. Name BIGBOI_gop haha!

    Mitt plz just stop... You looking like a lil kid in the big leagues... You seem to be out of your level very surprising... Hey how about you come on home and produce them Tax Returns that all Americans want to see.... Bain Bain

    July 30, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. Catmandew

    The ECONOMY will be deciding factor anyway but leave to Obama to try and cloud the waters up more with his trash go back to ILLINOIS and your corruption and backroom deals

    July 30, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. KeepinItReal

    A Fumble? Tha was a total disaster

    July 30, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Oregon

    This rips to shreds the fiction that Romney is the "experienced" candidate. These are the mistakes of a rookie. The only candidate with on-the-job experience is the one currently in the White House, President Obama.

    July 30, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. Dyslexic Dog

    I love you Mr. Obama but you had better find a way to get past the obstructionist republicans and get an uptick in the economy before November or you are going to be in big trouble on election day. Tragic! 😦

    July 30, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. Atul Chaudhary

    How about 57 states? Is there a bigger fumble than that?

    July 30, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Bill in Florida

    Mitt the Twit strikes again! Now he has alienated the Palestinians. Who's next?

    July 30, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. NameTravis

    Romney is a complete clown. Everything is about money to this guy. Israel is better than Palestine because Israelis are richer? Are new England democrats better than southern republicans because they are richer. Who nominated this moron?

    July 30, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. John Tater

    I'm campaigning for Obama, but I think Romney's comments on the Olympics are being blown out of proportion by the Brits, the Obama workers, and the media. More troubling are his remarks on the Middle East. I think they show again, as do his comments on domestic and social issues that the man will say anything to appeal to the far Right. I don't think even much of the Right will go for his Taliban-like thoughts on policies that affect women.

    July 30, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. enoughofthis

    At least Romney knows to take foreign policy very serious....unlike our "Hallmark Card" president.

    July 30, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. guest

    Looking back , it was amazing how such figures such as Palin, Cain , etc wasted so much of our time and money. It was laughable that we even had discussions about their potential place in our political system. Once again, we are faced with a "severely" flawed political candidate who, based only on a sense of enlightenment , will waste our time and money trying to add POTUS to his resume.

    July 30, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. dsind

    I remember what the palistinians did to the Gaza after they acquired that. about as polite as i can be.

    Obamas US economic policy is just as "foriegn" as his foriegn policy.
    20,000 dead syrians...........MB in libya and egypt, al queda in syria,
    and now talk about fear of wmds in syria.
    Sounds like what bush and the dem congress used for war
    mongering in Iraq.
    Remember congress agreeing and authorizing military action in Iraq?
    Ooopps sorry to bring that back up.

    July 30, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. Anna

    This is hilarious coming from Obama's "team" (not to mention hypocritical) considering who their boss is. hahahahahahahahahaha

    July 30, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Thinker

    It isn't a gaffe.
    Romney simply knows where he wants his votes. And dammit he's getting mine. (well he was already anyway, Obama is losing the Jewish vote)

    July 30, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. alonysus

    Romney should be seen as no different than any other republican... totally ignorant of world diplomacy. Republicans tend to enter the world with their fists up instead of accepting other cultures and nations as they are. They do the same in the United States... with their constant badgering of our president and their insistence in objecting to every motion in Congress except those that benefit those who do not need the benefits. Our country won't be willing to sacrifice the headway we have already made to favot the mouthpieces of the very people who destroyed the American economy in the first place. Republicans should just give it up and allow their plastic candidate to go back and try to ditch his fair taxes some more. I bet he doesn't get away with it in the same measure he already has.

    July 30, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  19. Jorge Sedano

    Lets see the black guy has got to play got ya.. meanwhile teh black ghettos are going down teh drain.. got to try a different plan..

    July 30, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. Norcimo

    Just say no to magic underwear! Obama 2012!

    July 30, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Dan

    Go Romney Go.Go Romney Go. I mean just Go get your Tax Returns and release them, then we will give you your PINK SLIP.Thank you very much.

    July 30, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  22. tallone

    Something deeply ironic about Romney talkijng about rebuilding the country, when
    he himself and his party pretty well destroyed it.

    July 30, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Sunlight99

    Like Obama's foreign policy fumbles could not fill volumes of very very large books.

    July 30, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. Oreste Ona

    He may fumble all they want; But he knows about capital, Economy, and that is what this country needs.

    July 30, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. craig

    Of course there's a wealth disparity. A BIG one. Why? Well, because Israel controls the access to the outside world, frequently closing the doors when they're offended. The easiest way to keep the "bad people" under control is to limit their ability to prosper. When they start treating them like equals maybe things will change. Rmoney is simply spouting the official Israeli line. because that's what brings in the bucks. The fact that he's focused on a "wealth disparity" only shows exactly what matters most to him. Ann is probably standing at the border, and looking at "you people" on the other side.

    July 30, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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