Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'
July 30th, 2012
05:59 PM ET
2 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.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

"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. L. R. Long

    This European trip, at a time when more people are starting to really pay attention to the election, was a huge embarassment to Mr Romney. Period. "Mitt The Twit"? That is 10 times better than anything the Obama campaign could come up with on it's most immature day.

    July 31, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  2. Tammy lambert chandler az

    "A Foreign policy fumble' has a nice ring to it." C mon Romney was a disaster. How soon all of us forget about the people of Iran, the new Iran that we all supported and cheered on when they attempted their uprising. Romney seems to want war with Iran and Russia. Israel doesnt crave war and bloodshed with Iran. Mitts statements are out of line and he is undermining our President and misrepresenting the US. A complete disaster. I hate him

    July 31, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  3. Regressive

    He is out of touch with 99.9% of Americans and clearly out of touch with people and governments around the world. Mitt has no humility but a lot of arrogance. Sound familiar?

    July 31, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  4. Common Sense

    Romney had a great trip!! you can call it whatever you want but the facts remains he was more Presidential than Obama and Biden combined.

    July 31, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  5. anthony76

    Hate Obama all they want, but Republicans still don't have anyone better to run against him. Faux and all the Rightwing radio shows have done everything in their power to make Obama look bad, but they forgot that just being "Anti-Obama" isn't a platform. Says a lot about their party. At some point they have to field a candidate to stand for something. They have to offer up some solutions to all the things they say Obama is "failing" on. But it seems the only solutions they have are to go back to the Bush policies. And we all know where those got us. Either they are in denial or seriously ignorant.

    July 31, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  6. Kevin

    Given his experience as CEO, I expected Romney to be a more polished diplomat. Let's face it: Britain, Israel should have been cakewalks. Canada is the only ally that would be easier than these countries. I don't see how Mitt managed to muck these visits up. Calls into question his foreign policy instincts.

    July 31, 2012 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  7. Marry

    Romney continues to present himself as an uninformed (or just stupid?), no need to learn (he knows it all), distorting the truth (lie), insulting pretender bent to pick fights and bring death and destruction to the world for profit instead of trying to mediate between the different grievances, needs, and human rights all of the people in the middle east (since he was just there) have. But, what does Mr. Vulture Capitalist care??? It is NOT in his nature and he never said working to better opportunities to improve needy people’s lives is among his goals or motivations to become President (…the old trickle down...). Romney is a very bad combination of “Bernie” Madoff, GWB, Cheney, Palin, Norquist (the list is long!) running for President!

    July 31, 2012 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  8. Squincher

    It's called Diplomacy for a reason Mr. Romney.

    July 31, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  9. VVVVVV

    :-) :-) We'll hear about Romney's mess ups a thousand times on here, but "you didn't build it" will quickly get swept off as being news worthy.

    July 31, 2012 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  10. Slippery Pete

    So getting criticized by a Palestininan is a "fumble" now? Also, given how bad the Olympics have been, his comments in London were spot on. I hope the Obama team has more on this guy than these "fumbles"....pretty pathetic if you ask me.

    July 31, 2012 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  11. Brian

    What about Obama's gaffe about how many states the USA has? Or when Biden fell asleep during the state of the union when his president was talking? Before becoming president how much foreign policy did Obama have besides his father being from Kenya?

    July 31, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  12. grandpa

    willlard should consider cheney as his vp to get him out of this mess......

    July 31, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  13. freddie nerk

    Romney is no better than Palin and that's why McCain did not pick him for VP. Palin is better looking too.

    July 31, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  14. luckjoe

    America's biggest fumble is sitting in the White House.

    July 31, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  15. Vincent

    The president isnt just the elected leader of a nation, they are also an ambassador to the world from the nation.

    The economy is dfinitely the most important factor this election. But no country is an isolated island. Its a part of a global network. And until all the major regions stabilize, then there will be no leaps in economic recovery. Anyone who doesnt understand this is hiding their head in the sand.

    As such, foreign policy does also have an impact on the economy. We need trade with our partners to prosper. Antagonizing the world wont help. And it also makes it more dangerous for all Americans, especially those that want to travel.

    As a fiscal conservative, some of Obamas actions have not been things i liked. Unfortunately some have also been necessary evils to prevent a complete collapse.
    Romney is being too evasive and switching his position on everything based on his audience. Also doesnt want to show his tax returns for the last few years. So im assuming hes doing what any smart, rich guy did, and thats hiding his money in various accounts (some of them overseas), and reducing his income tax, etc. But these are things the average American cannot do. And he wants to pass more legislation to make it easier for his wealthy friends. This is at a time when the nation as a whole is desperate for income, and millions are unemployed.

    Wealthy donors and corporations arent just giving money to the two campaigns out of the goodness of their heart. Theyre channeling MILLIONS of dollars each to protect their own business and they'll want some favours in return for their support.

    The current state of the nation didnt happen overnight. Its taken years to get here. The US has been on a war foting for years, with the government pumping billions into that economy. Its going to take years to get back out of it.

    July 31, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  16. Vietvet6869

    OMG, so to speak, he's another sarah palin, and that might even be an insult to palin,as unlikely as that might seem, he may be more like a michelle bachman. Where do you republicans find these people??. I mean really, are you actually looking for a candidate ?

    July 31, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  17. Out Of Touch with reality

    just remember, You Didn't Build That.....

    July 31, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  18. Don

    Agreed – M!tt is an embarrassment overseas! Obervers must be thinking: "oh well, the Yanks sent us another stupid rich guy"! Nothing the Etch-A-Sketch has uttered at home or abroad conveys that he can lead the world.

    July 31, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  19. Mike

    Everyone knows someone at work who has unceremoniously gone from 'just useless' to 'actually harmful.' Sorry, Mitt, but you have to go. See if you can work the front desk at a nice hotel so you can learn about diplomacy.

    July 31, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  20. Mike500

    Obama's gift of an Ipod to the Queen. Obama not shutting up during the UK national anthem. Obama cutting the legs out from under Poland on missile defense. Obama's failed Iran policy. Obama's failed North Korea policy.

    July 31, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  21. julius raynor

    Rmney is not ready to be president not back then and not now!

    July 31, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  22. BobPlanet

    Romney should only read scripts off a teleprompter to fake intelligence like someone else we know.

    July 31, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. mm

    Is there even one group or demographic that Romney does not despise? Man – this guy has some severe issues.

    Two things are for sure – Romney is not presidential material. And, He is not even a leader.

    July 31, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  24. Al

    No mention of gaffes on Foxnews....Thats odd :)

    July 31, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  25. rla

    Ronmeys fumbles ??? Please This from a president who has no idea of the number of states , has set us on a course to financial destruction and last but no least has tried to divide us by minority and economics????
    Then we have a press so disconnected they think reporting is about Gaffes??? NO ONE does anything but laugh at their antics. I am so discouraged with this media -as is everyone else- that we will make up our own minds and Obama is not in our plans!

    July 31, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8