Romney hits Obama on foreign policy in weekly podcast
September 29th, 2012
01:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney hits Obama on foreign policy in weekly podcast

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday that President Barack Obama is responsible for unrest and chaos in the Middle East, saying the president “doesn’t understand the gravity of the challenges that we face” in the region.

Speaking in his weekly podcast, Romney said that Obama’s 2008 argument for election was that he had the judgment and knowledge of issues to strengthen the economy, improve the country’s moral standing and make the country safer.

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“Four years later, every one of these arguments has been proven wrong,” Romney said in his podcast. “His theory that receding American leadership would calm anger against us and win us favor has not only failed, but it’s produced more chaos.”

The GOP presidential candidate cited the recent violence in Libya – which left four Americans, including an ambassador, dead – as evidence Obama “continues to show that he does not grasp the dimensions of what’s occurring and has no strategy to protect and advance our interests.”

Romney criticized Obama over reports the White House recently declined a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as over defense cuts which would result from the sequester set to take effect at the start of the new year. The White House pushed back against those reports and said the two leaders have spoken twice since, most recently on Friday.

Obama’s foreign policy is “passivity and denial,” Romney said, while he would “never abdicate American leadership” and “never apologize for America.”

In his weekly address, Obama spoke on the housing industry, urging Congress to pass mortgage legislation which the White House says would allow an additional 8 million homeowners to refinance at lower rates.

Romney and Obama go head-to-head on Wednesday at the first of three presidential debates.

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  1. 200 TON HAMMER

    Mitt Romney your foreign policy is sending
    Good paying jobs overseas,thats your fact checking foreign policy mittens

    September 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Pander Bear

    Romney's foreign policy platform – War with Iran within 6 months.

    September 29, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    The only foreign policy experience romney the tax cheat has is protecting the Massachusetts boarder from the pesky invaders from new Hampshire and insulting our British friends while at the games in London !!!!!!

    September 29, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Mitchell

    Amazing, Mitt R. feels as though he is qualified to criticize President Obama on foreign policy. What is his policy? We are waiting his policies on every thing he finds wrong with President Obama.

    September 29, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. anonoymous

    Romney's foreign policy is having the prime minister of Israel in his speed dial. Give me a break this clown cannot be elected!

    September 29, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Jake Pica

    Obama, the foodstamp president, is a failure on all fronts, including foreign policy.

    "When a majority of the people of any nation give up their inherited prerogative right to make their own way through struggle, history shows clearly that the entire nation is in a tailspin of decay that inevitably must end in extinction. The individual who not only is willing to live on the public treasury, but demands that he be fed from it, is already dead spiritually." (Napolean Hill)

    September 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. b

    This is rich coming from a chickenhawk who strongly supported wars and military action, yet actively avoided military service when he became of age to serve his country, and instead spent his summers in France drawing "I love Ann" in the sand on the beach.

    September 29, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. lyn

    Romney, let me remind you that you fail America recently when you went overseas, 1st you let us down by critizing U.K , and all the other countries you visited you fail America. Romney let me tell you something you don't know anything about foreign policy to critized, you only good at taking us to WAR, We the people trust and will have our President Obama he is doing a great job here in America and around the world.

    September 29, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. was for obama now for romney

    i wish obama had come through for us....he has not and i would be lieing to myself if ithought he sad....give romney a go...moderate business man is all you could ask for right now. obama is a good times president not a solver.

    September 29, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. steve harnack

    Riigghht! It couldn't be that 3,000 years of conflict between the west and the Arab world has anything to do with it. It can't possibly be that the birth pangs of democracy are chaotic after centuries of suppressive rulers. It can't be that some people seeking power keep advocating for even more suppression in the middle east. It must be President Obama's fault that there is unrest in the middle east because everything was just peachy until 4 years ago. Now if he had just sent our military in to occupy every one of those countries everything would be peachy again. Yep, gotta be President Obama's fault!

    September 29, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Homer Adams

    As an international business owner and traveler, I agree with W M Romney. There is a Leadership Void coming for the current Administration and it starts at the top with the president. I find it very disgusting how the Media keeps covering for President B H Obama. Do they have no shame?

    September 29, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Homer Adams

    As an international business owner and traveler, I agree with W M Romney. There is a Leadership Void coming from the current Administration and it starts at the top with the president. I find it very disgusting how the Media keeps covering for President B H Obama. Do they have no shame?

    September 29, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. B.

    After watching Romney on his Foreign tour, what a joke this guy is, to himself, and the World.

    He is an Fraud, and everyone knows it now. Why the man wants to be President of the country is the huge question.

    He has only contempt and distain for most Americans that represent the Middle class!

    September 29, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    Saying "that President Barack Obama is responsible for unrest and chaos in the Middle East" is about as ridiculous as anything mitts has said lately. The unrest is largely a result of the people expressing their will, which was not allowed before the 'Arab Spring'.

    If mitts is giving President Obama credit for bringing democratic government to Egypt and Libya, he is probably giving our President more credit than asked for. Remember, after all other justifications for the invasion of Iraq were dispelled, W, chaney, and company said the war was to bring democracy to the region, setting up Iraq as a shining example for the Arab region.

    It is in this spirit that the Arab people are speaking their voice. It also is no wonder that their voice is not in total support of the USA. In fact, they are not even of one voice; probably as many favor us as do oppose us.

    September 29, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Pete

    Does Romney the STENCH think because he talks to his Jewish friend Netanyahu he's now a foriegn policy expert,give me a break.You want a Mormon moron who changes his lies every breath being a person who could be responsible on foriegn policy for this country,could you see him with let's say Russias Putin or some one like exPM Blair,please we had dunces for presidents before remember Bush even reporters threw shoes at him,that's bad in most countries,an insult but that's Bush..Remember the only foriegn policy that Romney knows is where in China is his new investments,factories are and what countries he had to hide his money in being in the Caymans and Switzerland,that's foriegn enough for him,ain't it!!

    September 29, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Evergreen

    Every time Romney mentions the words foreign policy I see the British newspaper headlines calling him Mitt the Twit during the summer olympics.

    September 29, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Now Romney is back to the same message he had back in 08 .

    A true visionary , KINDA .

    September 29, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    GOP foreign policy either war or Russia is in my back yard
    Obama foreign policy beyond 2020

    September 29, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. jefflz

    Mideast policy criticism? Too little too late. Mittster thought that the GOP obstructionists would have done a better job of keeping the economy down before the election. We now have added more jobs than were there before Obama was elected. Romney thought all he would have to do to win the election was show up as Mr. Big Time CEO and placate the extreme right.. Just showing up has turned out not to be enough. And now that the curtain has been pulled away and we see Romney for the incompetent campaigner who hates everyone who is not rich like him, his chances of winning have dwindled to less than 18% according to Nate Silver,, best analyst in the country.

    September 29, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. onlyfacts

    Romney is an idiot. The economy has done nothing but improve. America isn't considered a joke now that we have a President with a brain who can complete a sentence. We now have a president who doesn't lie to the world to start a war. We have had 0 terrorist deaths in the US since Obama walked thru the door. Libya is a country that is a mess, to blame any sitting President for Libya's problems is misleading and inaccurate. As usual, Romney is trying to gain votes by misleading Americans.

    September 29, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. CBR

    This statement by Mr. Romney is clear evidence that he man does not have the background or understanding to guide policy in the Middle East. It is ludicrous to blame any one person for the problems int eh Middle East. IF he is taking the tack of siding with one government or another then he will discover that he is not taken seriously as a person who wants to bring the unrest to a stop.

    The idea that this country is able to determine what happens in other countries is passe. WE learned that in Viet Nam and now we see that in Iraq and Afghanistan. If the GOP does not understand this they should get some experts to explain it to them.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has worked tirelessly to work with these nations. By declaring that Mr. Obama is the problem Mr. Romney is also inferring that Mrs. Clinton did not do a good job.

    My advice to him would be to find the real issues. Do not try to reinvent the issues so that those hwo were policy wonks during the Bush years can come on board to help lead foreign policy decisions. THere foray brought us the War in Iraq. They allowed Colin Powell to make statements in the UN which were not true and were an embarrassment to this man. Colin Powell has more integrity is his little finger than the rest of these advisers have in their whole bodies.

    September 29, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Yolie Scott

    The only thing that romney knows about foreign policy is the business that he had in China. He is such a dunce.

    September 29, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Romney is totally oblivious to how ridiculous he sounds. There has never been such a pathetic individual to run for President. What a complete and total embarrassment Romney and the GOP are. A Romney presidency would be a disaster. Shame on anyone who would vote for Romney and the America-hating GOP.

    September 29, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. n

    Romney's foreign policy credentials . . . Oh, that's right, he hasn't any! No solution Romney, just a lot of bolstering and put downs. America, it will due us wise to keep a eye on the republican party allies, leadership and Romney, in reference to presidential election voters frauds, suppression and deceit. Especially in Pennsylvania. Like in the presidential election 2000. Remember Bush, Al Gore and Florida . . . Do not let history repeat itself. Stay vigilant America, stand at the gate and stay vigilant. These are desperate times. Trust no one.

    September 29, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    Romney thinks he's still relevant. We have forgotten your 47% comments, d-bag!

    September 29, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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