TIME: President Obama: Romney foreign policy attacks will wither in ‘serious debate’
January 18th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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TIME: President Obama: Romney foreign policy attacks will wither in ‘serious debate’

(TIME) - President Obama dismissed Republican rival Mitt Romney’s critiques of his foreign policy credentials Wednesday in an exclusive TIME interview, saying the GOP frontrunner’s attacks are little more than primary posturing that will wither under the glare of “a serious debate.”

“I think Mr. Romney and the rest of the Republican field are going to be playing to their base until the primary season is over,” Obama told TIME’s Fareed Zakaria during a White House interview that will appear in the next issue of TIME magazine. “Overall, I think it’s going to be pretty hard to argue that we have not executed a strategy over the last three years that has put America in a stronger position than it was than when I came into office.”


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  1. Hammerer

    The foreign policy is not the question. The debate will be about obama and his policies that have led this country to the brink of failure. Although the media led spin will try to hide the truth and point fingers at everything and everyone like they did in 2008.
    obama can not stand for the light to show where his ideas have moved this country.(I wanted to say led, but leaqdership is not something he has used)
    obama has split this country apart. He used class warfare to divide along economic lines with the take from the rich and give to the entitlement crowd.
    Lowered wages and raised the cost of living.
    Deny that!

    January 18, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Chicken comes homes to roost!

    Romney is a draft dodger and his sons are chickens. The Military will not support a french speaking chicken hawk.

    January 18, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Paul

    I don't know why Obama needs a billion dollars to get re-elected when the competition is so painfully intellectually under resouced.

    January 18, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. mk1

    Make no mistake, if any of the Republicans are elected president, we will be at war within six months.

    January 18, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. willie floyd

    He wasn't handed to us by the supreme court. He has had to work with a congress that has the lowest approval rating in many yrs. (if ever) 11%. And you racists bigots will never approve or support him. But that's your problem-he has all the supporters he had before-and probably many more that have seen him in action. His best trait IMO is he thinks before he acts-no rushing in like "fools rush in where angels fear to tread". No "mission accomplished" signs until the mission is accomplished-i.e. BinLaden!

    OVAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 18, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. willie floyd

    OOPS!! Sorry Mr. Pres. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 18, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    ►TIME: President Obama: Romney foreign policy attacks will wither in ‘serious debate’◄
    And it will get SERIOUS when the REAL DEBATES the count begin – Romney will DEFLATE!!!

    Obama 2012 and Beyond!!

    January 18, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. Marcus

    Truth – Who said 'It's the economy, stupid'? A Democrat to a Republican.
    We all know that, unless it's a real big mess that can threaten American lives and/or interests (or is actually doing it), at the end of the day the vast majority of Americans main concern is economy, not foreign policy.
    But a POTUS is not a common American.
    He (one day she) has to put up with Defense, Politics, Projects, etc...
    And foreign policy.
    Not just economy, even with all the importance that it has.

    January 18, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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