June 19th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama to Romney campaign: 'We have one president at a time'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday chastised Mitt Romney and his presidential campaign while in Mexico at a conference of world leaders.

"I would point out that we have one president at a time and one administration at a time and I think traditionally the notion has been that America's political differences end at the water's edge," he told reporters at the G-20 conference in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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He made the comments in response to an op-ed written by a senior economic adviser to Romney's campaign that was published earlier this month in a German newspaper. Obama and other members of the G-20 gathered to discuss ways to boost the worldwide economic recovery, with particular focus on troubles in the eurozone.

"I think sometimes back home there's a desire to superimpose whatever ideological arguments are taking place at home onto a very complicated situation in Europe," Obama said.

Obama suggested the Romney adviser, Glen Hubbard, had waded too far out from the heated political battles of the 2012 campaign.

Hubbard wrote earlier this month that "the advice of the U.S. government regarding solutions to the crisis is misleading, for Europe and especially for Germany."

At the time, Obama's campaign responded with a statement saying the Romney campaign "attempted to undermine America's foreign policy."

During Tuesday's press conference, Obama affirmed his position in the austerity versus growth debate, and referenced the jobs legislation he sent to Congress last September.

"I think that there's no doubt that all the countries in Europe at this point recognize the need for growth strategies inside of Europe that are consistent with fiscal consolidation plans," he said. "And by the way, that's exactly what I think the United States should be thinking about.

"The essence of the plan that I presented back in September is how do we increase growth and jobs now while providing clarity in terms of how we reduce our debt medium- and long-term," he continued, "and I think that's the right recipe generally, not just for us, but across the board."

Foreign policy is often seen as a weakness for many who seek the presidency as a non-incumbent. To bolster their foreign policy chops, some travel and meet with world leaders. While campaigning for the presidency in 2008, Obama gave a high-profile speech in Berlin.

- CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. TomInRochNY

    So, the Romney camp is trying to sway German voters? Good move, Mitt.

    June 20, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  2. Jimmy Escajeda

    Anyone who wants to have a glimpse into Romney's knowledge on foreign policy should at least read Romney's book: "No Apology". For those that may have time constraints it is available in audio book for convenience. Mitt is not a weak when it comes to knowledge in foreign events and has much experience in foreign economies.

    He is the most perfectly qualified candidate at the almost the perfect time. The only better time for him would have been four years earlier before Obama could make things worse. In the last election cycle, the majority of Americans were caught up in what was thought of as a "Historic Election" and thus were emotionally swayed toward what would become "Our first Black" or "Our first Female" president.

    There was very little chance that a Republican would win last cycle. On top of the historic election ensuing, a large segment of Republicans, being "Evangelical Christians" and were opposed to a "Mormon" candidate. Evangelicals have had a history and an array of negative feelings ranging from fear to contempt, toward this religion because of it's stance of being the fullness of truth and for what was understood as many other doctrinal conflicts to their teachings. There has been a long history of persecution surrounding this religion spurring from the implication to evangelicals that their religion is false at least in some part and that LDS was the fullness of truth.

    The stereotype "Mormon" as a clean cut, honest, hard working, church going, loving father, a sort of "Leave it to Beaver" dad holds true with Mitt Romney. In addition, Romney's renowned success and experience as a business man and disaster "Turn Around" genius has managed to overcome most of the prejudice that spurs from religious bigotry of the majority of "evangelicals" as well as from the Atheist/Agnostic segment, who despise any form of religion. It has taken all of this, to allow him to secure the nomination, but will it be enough to secure the Presidency?

    Anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that is is a product of his religion, and an example of what can happen when one actually lives what one believes as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which is also known as the "Mormon" church, a nickname of he church, originally coined by early "evangelicals" as a derogatory way to refer to "Latter-Day Saints".

    Whether or not one believes in his religion, one can not deny, that if it produced a product like Mitt Romney, it can't be all that bad. I think this is what most people think about it.

    If you are wondering about my religion, you probably guessed right kind of. I am a Catholic converted to "Evangelical Christian" converted to Agnostic convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    June 20, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  3. Jay in NC

    That's right Obama, one President at a time, not king or evolved dictator. Therefore you can not prevent free speech.

    We send you down to Mexico to meet with the G20. What do you do? Typical Obama, you turn it into a campaign stop. Remember your job is to create jobs for us, not your self.

    June 20, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While our president was dealing with the G 20 and trying to get all the countries to deal with Syria, Mittens was making confectionary goodies in Michigan. That after one of Mittens' clueless advisors tried to undermine our economic work with Germany. Mittens has no foreign policy experience, and should quit undermining our country.

    June 20, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  5. LIB

    Mitt Romney is not capable of leading this country with the problems in Europe. We don't need a hot head and a person who has NO experience in Foreign Affairs. I trust the president for making the right decisions. It's as the generals say and others who have military experience. These are times when a cool head prevails and so far President Obama has done and is still doing a great job. All we have seen from Mitt Romney is a character of ignorance and childishness

    June 20, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Do not cry on debt–yes, it is created by 2 unfunded WARS and Trickle-Down nonsense. Second term lead to raise tax on 250k or more earners, cut defense. All say yes on Obama12.

    June 20, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  7. Toby McDooogan

    This is what Obama created and now he doesn't like it. Wow! Just wow!

    June 20, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  8. Indy

    Jimmy Escajeda
    One question, Is it OK to bear false witness and lie every single day about the President in Romneys religion ?

    June 20, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  9. Lee

    Apparently it's OK if you're Obama talking in Berlin in 2008 while on campaign, but not if you're Republican. Must be nice to pick and choose your standards of conduct where they suit as opposed to an actual moral/ethical compass.

    June 20, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Donna

    I find it disappointing that our President would make such campaign style statements while he is at the G-20 conference in Mexico.

    June 20, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Vanessa

    Hey Scott care to provide answers on how just according to you, our presient is acting like a thug? Just by ur post, I' m assuming ur a republican, but please give me facts. To me, the only thugs are the republicans& all whom blocked everything President Obama has tried to do! Our president has class, inteligente &,is a great commander in chief! Hispanics 4 obama!, si se puede!! 352

    June 20, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Malory Archer


    What a disastrous meeting with Putin, and what a worthless wasted Press Conference! Putin after their meeting could barely conceal his contempt for Obama. Obama's Presidency has failed and things just get worse and worse!


    Yeah, HOW DARE President Obama pressure Pooty Poot to put a halt to that cargo ship full of attack helicoptors on their way to the Syrian government to use against their citizens! Who the H E L L does this uppity jerk think he is? If he keeps this up we'll never be able to set the Mideast on fire in order to get our war on!

    June 20, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Malory Archer


    this is to obama mitt romney is my president now not you


    You're gonna be pretty embarrassed in November david.

    June 20, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Tree

    Toby McDooogan

    This is what Obama created and now he doesn't like it. Wow! Just wow!

    SILLY YOU........OBAMA did not created this mess and you know it. If you think about it we are better off today than we were 3 years ago. Because this country was going down down down. The President is doing a good job for what he got. Some of you act like that the country should be up, come on now. We was in bad shape.
    You file for bankruptcy, thing are looking very dark. You have no monies, just enough to get by. Your bankruptcy when through all of you bill are wipe out (?). How long would it take you to get back on top 7 years or more ? So stop putting this on the President and just put your thinkers cap on. He is dealing with the country. Is the President for the PEOPLE or is Romey for the people? The answer is clear as day. A vote for ROMEY is a vote for the same thing that got us into this mess. A vote for Obama is a vote for getting us out of this mess. And we are better than we were 3 years ago. We got a long way to get there but we are sailing in the right direction. So don’t rock the boat……………

    June 20, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Taylor


    This president is so thin-skinned and it's getting old and annoying, but sadly he's got no leadership skills so he employs pity upon himself. I can't wait for November to come when Obama's rule is over.

    You can not call the President thin skinned. You need to put your thinkers cap on. You must be a lower thinker. Obama has be call every thing in the book except a child of GOD. The party of NO disrespect him and say things that is so WRONG. The killing of who Ben.......thin skin he is not. He is a pride man and have contriol over his emotions. Go back and try again...........

    June 20, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Ann

    Lee "Apparently it's OK if you're Obama talking in Berlin in 2008 while on campaign, but not if you're Republican. Must be nice to pick and choose your standards of conduct where they suit as opposed to an actual moral/ethical compass."

    Excellent point. Do you all remember the big 'historic' fuss he made in Europe in 2008? And now he is using the G-20 conference to campaign? So disappointing.

    June 20, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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