Obama camp previews foreign policy debate with new ad
October 22nd, 2012
07:59 AM ET
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Obama camp previews foreign policy debate with new ad

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad attacking Mitt Romney over foreign policy, the subject of the final presidential debate Monday night.

The 30-second spot, "Rebuilding," faults the GOP nominee for saying during the Republican primary that the president was wrong to withdraw troops from Iraq.

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"I think we're going to find that this president by not putting in place a status in forces agreement with the Iraqi leadership has pulled our troops out in a precipitous way and we should have left 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 personnel there to help transition to the Iraqis' own military capabilities," Romney said in a Fox News interview last December.

His comments came days before the final U.S. combat troops were pulled from the country.

The Obama campaign ad highlight's the president's efforts to end the war.

"A decade of war that cost us dearly. And now, for president, a clear choice. President Obama ended the Iraq War. Mitt Romney would have left 30,000 troops there," the ad's narrator says. "It's time to stop fighting over there and start rebuilding here."

The commercial was released hours before the two candidates face off in the final presidential debate, which takes place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Romney and Obama will focus on foreign policy, a subject that has already brewed sharp contention between the two.

Along with the ad, Obama's team sent out a memo by Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saying Romney doesn't pass the commander-in-chief test.

"He is an extreme and expedient candidate who lacks the judgment and vision so vital for the Oval Office, and he's at the top of the most inexperienced foreign policy ticket to run for president and vice president in decades," Kerry wrote.

In his latest foreign policy speech, Romney reiterated his criticism, saying the withdrawal was "abrupt."

"America's ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence. The president tried-and failed-to secure a responsible and gradual drawdown that would have better secured our gains," Romney said on October 8 at the Virginia Military Institute.

His team has fended off attacks over foreign policy in the past, pivoting instead to the president's record on international affairs, as well as his campaign promises. On Monday, the campaign released a statement.

"At the 2008 presidential debates, Candidate Obama promised to implement a foreign policy that would protect our interests and allies abroad," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. "But four years later, America stands weakened around the world, with our safety threatened, our allies increasingly isolated, and hostile nations emboldened. Americans simply can't afford another four years like the last four years."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Four Ren Polisy

    Is Romney being serious?

    October 22, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Blue Dog 2

    Ads just won't cut it for Obama. Obama said the day after the first debate:: “If someone wants to be president, then they owe the American people the truth.” Well then, Obama just disqualified himself for president many times over, obviously. Obama and his lackeys flat out lied about the attack in Libya — for a full WEEK. Why? Because they basically got an ambassador and several others killed through narcissistic negligence and incompetent indifference.

    October 22, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. HOLY TIGHY WHITIES WILLARD

    The President kept a 2008 campaign promise. He said he'll end the Iraq War and he did. For Willard to say he would have kept forces in Iraq, when they shouldn't have been there in the first place, just rubs me the wrong way and proves to me that he's for never ending war. He is not fir to be Commander-In-Chief. He's just an empty suit with alot of hot rhetoric. Most of his senior foreign policy advisers are former Bush cronies. The thought of John Bolton in a Robmey administration is frightening.

    October 22, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. Dr Matrix

    If the Republicans beleive that Obama was wrong to leave Iraq, it's only because they hadn't finished transferring the remaining wealth of this nation to Haliburton, Titan, Dyncorp and Blackwater. The neo-con GOP is nothing more than war profitiers.

    October 22, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. plain&simple

    The Romney answer is just do the opposite of whatever we are doing now....really!!!! That's what our wannabe future leader puts out there as policy. What happens if/when that doesn't work. Do the opposite of the opposite? That's right.....hence flip-flop. This is what the man does and people are buying into that. The only thing we have to fear is our own ignorance!!! What will we look like four years from now with our public education cut to nothing? Simplistic policy for the simple mind is this man's flavor of the day.

    October 22, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. bassman

    If the Bush administration had leaked they were in talks with Iran fifteen days before the election, as Obama's just did, our media would have labeled it an "October Surprise".

    October 22, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Dean

    Whereas candidate Romney may have made some questionable comments regarding U.S. foreign policy, President Obama's foreign policy has been a disaster. Like the economy, he has no foreign policy record to run on.

    October 22, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Jerry

    "There are two ways to conquer & enslave a nation.

    One is by the sword.

    The other is by debt." John Adams 1826

    THIS COULD DO SOME SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN IF WE CAN GET IT CIRCULATING IN ALL "57" STATES.......... IN GOD WE STILL TRUST!!!

    The Quote of the Decade:

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    October 22, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Dan

    Why is Tagg Romney allowed to own stock in the voting machines used in several states?

    October 22, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Anonymous

    What Obama has to do is put a strong debate peformance tonight, unlike the first one. He doesn't need to remind voters
    what romnesia said.

    October 22, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. sayer

    What Romney's spokesperson said couldn't be further from the truth. Where do they get this shtuff?

    October 22, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |