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. tonyl

    Etch a sketch flip flop Romney is back again all over the map on all sides of all the issues. First the Russia was the number danger to US and now within weeks, since he is in Israel, Iran is the number one danger to United states. Maybe Cayman Island is more dangerous because it allows tax loopers (tax loopholes users) like Romney to find ways to dodge taxes by opening secret bank accounts to hide their billions. His tax returns has to be very interesting for the nation to see.

    July 30, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |

    Bring Romney Home! BEFORE he "kills" again!

    July 30, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. Thomas Godfrey

    Romney makes two statements that are both true and the Obama team thinks he has fumbled.

    July 31, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Geoff

    If you think Romney is a better man to hold the office of the United States presidency than Obama, then you must not be very smart.

    July 31, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. Kent Bowen

    Surely he can't screw up anything in Poland, right?

    July 31, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. Jorge UU Boosh

    JEEZ- for a guy who's been running for Prez for 8 YEARS, you'd think he be better scriped than this!

    July 31, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. dave

    the biggest problem with mittens is raising money at a fund raiser in another country for his campain! that should be a problem to every american even the right wingnuts!

    July 31, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. wassupUSA

    Romney's gaffes aren't as nearly atrocious as Obama suggesting that Israel give back its pre-1967 borders... talk about ignorance and nerve.

    July 31, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  9. 0rangeW3dge

    One may comment on an "Obama" story, but not on one about Mitt Millstone and hi travelling foibles.

    July 31, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  10. ClaudiaL

    To my dear friends all around the world: Please know that Mitt Romney has no power to make policy and he does not speak for the majority of Americans, so please just ignore this crazy man. With the good Lord's help, our wise & capable leader, President Obama, will be at the helm four more years steering this country forward & keeping the peace here & abroad.

    July 31, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. DanBun

    Is anyone at all surprised?
    The biggest surprise for me is that he even tried to pull this off.
    Of course, Obama had a significant lack of foreign policy creditials prior to entering the whtie house, and what we thought would be his weaker area has become his strong suite.

    July 31, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  12. I've always voted

    After 11 times voting for a President of the US I can say with some experience that this guy is SCARY!!!

    July 31, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  13. harry

    It is really sad to see that a nation of such wealth, technology and abundance of almost everything in world, coupled with the most wonderful people, has some of the most ignorant of the people in the politics. Our foreign policy is a joke. Where by with our WMD's and the military might, no nation will dare declare war against us and even if they did, it will be futile because of our geographical location, we are in a position to preach and talk peach yet we are waging wars. A clear sign that our leaders and wanna be leaders are not influenced by what is good for America but by what will buy them the votes.

    Our politicians should realize and know that they are public servants and the public service they do is not a career and should not be treated as such. I think we should change the system whereby a term limit on each of the congressman and Senators be imposed. This way, new generation of thinking will be available as the time changes. The president term should be made one 8 year term. As it is, the first two years just gives him the time to know what is going on and then he spends the next two years worrying about the reelection. Let us change the election rules so no group can buy our politicians. Perhaps then more intelligent persons will become our leaders and lawmakers. Our system is clogged with problems and it shows whenever a legislation is being passed.

    And most of all we should remember that the electing a President is not all about foreign policy. It should be mostly about domestic policies. We do not elect a President to run the world.

    July 31, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. Name

    And why it shouldn't be important, this guy is a bumbling Fool

    July 31, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. CNNidegaz

    This from the junior senator with the deep, deep record ...

    July 31, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  16. coolie

    flip flopping in chief..

    July 31, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  17. Randy Johnson

    What is Mitt doing over there in the first place? Does he think he has won the election already?

    July 31, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. Kenny

    After 3.5 years in the white house the current occupant still isn't ready to be president.

    July 31, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  19. tasaad

    It is more that a gaffe, and more than just a perception problem, Mitt Romney believes money and wealth belongs to the "superior."

    July 31, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. Name

    You might as well call this the obama news network with how shamelessly you are promoting him, his campaign and the far left liberal agenda. Just saying cnn – "reporting" – "your doing it wrong..."

    July 31, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  21. Tim Moore

    Keep on fumblin'. We'll keep the lights on...

    July 31, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  22. Truth hurts

    Obama can't run on his own record, so he has to reach for something, anything....

    Romney is better qualified and a better leader. If this country really wants to excel, we need to go a better direction than Barack.

    July 31, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  23. countertrans

    this mormon is going to sell the country to the jews.

    July 31, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  24. michelle - san francisco

    Diplomacy 101 for Mr. Romney is a must!
    I am more interested in his past tax records – or rather the lack of it. What is he hiding?

    July 31, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  25. Jeb

    Romney's comments while he's been abroad have been reckless and irresponsible. He's not ready for prime time.

    July 31, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
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