Romney hits Obama on foreign policy in weekly podcast
September 29th, 2012
01:13 PM ET
2 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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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    we have *not* forgotten, that is. . .

    September 29, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Willard the loser and fool. He tried but he failed. The middle-class will ensure that the quintessential draft dodger during the Vietnam War remains in his wealth bubble pushing his garage car elevator buttons in San Diego and out of America's sight for eternity. Early voting is now underway and Willard is being flushed down the sewer where him and his arrogant wife belong.

    September 29, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    saying the president “doesn’t understand the gravity of the challenges that we face” in the region.

    Neither do you for that matter, neither does your staff or your speech writers.

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

    For once you told the truth Willard as you have NEVER apologized to the dead and wounded veterans for hiding out in France, (living the good life), and writing love letters when you should have been OUT THERE FIGHTING. You are the lowest form of a man I've ever seen run for POTUS and I have seen men who aren't worth the time of day but you sir take the cake because at least they served in military. I do get a good feeling knowing YOU will never have the priviledge of commanding our military and for that, I say thank God on behalf of all those who did.

    September 29, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Romney should avoid any mention of foreign policy. As a draft-dodging chicken-hawk he's particularly vulnerable in this area. President Obama is the terrorist's worst nightmare – killing them on a daily basis and leveraging relationships across the globe to help in the effort. Romney is like "Mission Accomplished" Bush – shoot first – then aim. He would need to get America into a needless war to spend the huge defense budget he's promising defense contractors. His kids won't join the fight – you can be certain of that!

    September 29, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. SusieTX

    Mitt, Obama is going to mop the floor with you over foreign policy during the debates. Romney = clueless!

    September 29, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Altimer

    Mitty and the teapublicans would critisize the POTUS if he cured cancer...

    September 29, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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