June 19th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
10 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.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. scott

    Someone has to take charge of American Policy, Obama has no experience, which might explain why the other nations are laughing at him.

    June 19, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Kris Craig

    But when he gave that high-profile speech in Berlin, he didn't warn European leaders that the then-current president was "misleading" them.

    Giving speeches in other countries is a good thing. Romney should try it sometime. But sending his attack dogs to foreign shores in hopes of undermining U.S. foreign policy, with the apparent hope that the adverse effects of this would then hurt the president politically, is utterly shameful and downright cowardly. Mitt Romney should fire this advisor, stop driving around in his bus honking his horn outside of Obama rallies, and start running a mature adult campaign worthy of the office he's seeking.

    June 19, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    The GOP need to learn that lesson, Mr. President. Unfortunately, with the current crop of GOPers, they won't. They don't have that kind of ability. Maybe in another 12 years, the GOP will grow up and not behave like spoiled children.

    June 19, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. yogi

    Obama has shown superior foreign affairs skills. All Romney has offered so far is more war mongering. Good Lord we have had enough!!!! All international problems according to Republicans must be solved military, they glorify wars.
    Obama 2012

    June 19, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    Every time I hear Romney and his ilk speak, I can imagine Michael Douglas' speech in The American President and replacing the name of Bob Rumson with Mitt Romney.

    I've known Mitt Romney for years, and I've been operating under the assumption that the reason Mitt devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn't get it. Well, I was wrong. Mitt's problem isn't that he doesn't get it. Mitt's problem is that he can't sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, MItt Romney is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.

    That's been a major problem of the GOP for years.

    June 19, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. 111Dave111

    Romney in kitchen rolling Pie Dough today, While Obama convinces Putin the Russian ship with Attack helicopters to turn back from Syria. And Obama is meeting with 20 World Leaders solving the European Economic Crisis. Nice Pie, Mitt

    Sorry Mitt, nice to have you back home in Pure Michigan... 3000 Miles of Beaches: Unsalted, Unsharked, Clean & Pure.

    June 19, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. DRickles

    Dr. Glen Hubbard is an economist and Dean of Columbia Business School. As an academic, he can write whatever he wants. All Obama and his people can do is distort people's views and gain political mileage on every opportunity possible. Obama reminds me of a classless third world politician. He is still at he local government level politics and way too immature for the office of the Presidency.

    June 19, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. American in Valparaiso

    Romney and the GOP have no understanding of history or economics. Their economic policies are dead on arrival. The GOP needs to get behind a stimulus for the improvement of Europe in this crisis as well as at home. the Europeans need to create a European central bank that not only controls the Euro but also thei Eurozone. The current system is as much a failure as the American Articles of Confederation. And lesse faire is a dead economic doctrine.

    June 19, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Blindersoff

    Take a good look at Romney American, he is not the one. Period. No respect for any body or anything. Totally ignorant when it comes to foreign policy. Over stepping his authority. Come to think of it, Romney has no authority. He has no job, he is running around with a trumped up resume. Laughable at best. What a tool Romney is.

    June 19, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. MK

    Is this the same person who gave a campaign speech in Germany July '08?

    June 19, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Yonni

    Why Republican and Romney want to destroy everything just to seek the white house? even interjecting on international affair which was traditionally left for the current president and the diplomats. It is mind boggling and also shows that hate is the most powerful emotion that debilitates one’s capacity to reason and do the right thing.

    June 19, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Michael B

    Not sure I caught any of his comments made by Romney or his staff that said anything about more than one President at a time. Nice way to make it extremely political as if Romney is out of touch. He's not. Romney 2012

    June 19, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Don

    Another boring story on our whiner and chief.

    June 19, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Romney needs to avoid being "against" foreign policy decisions. Every time he speaks out he show how ignorant he is in this area. He's a spoiled, rich preppy playing a power game.

    June 19, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Sunlight99

    Hmmm, it seems more of a do as Obama would like you to do now that he is President and not as he did when he was running for office.

    June 19, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Rupert Murdoch = Josef Goebbels

    Glen Hubbard was a key architect of the Bush Recession. He has to go to Germany for an audience, because everyone in the United States knows he is a quack economist.

    Real classy there, Mitt. This is shamefully disrespectful to America. And, Mitt, if you're listening to Hubbard, you're shooting yourself in the foot.

    June 19, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Really?

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

    No, no, no.....rather, Obama is attempting to undermine America.

    June 19, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Unfortunately, Republicans show no respect.

    June 19, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. HRPuckinfutz

    Romney's campaign attempts to undermine AMERICA! They do not care what damage they do as long as they regain the White House for the upper crust.

    June 19, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Valentina

    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.

    June 19, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. Tony T

    YEAH! OB can do whatever crazy stuuf he wants to. No questions no opinions, everything he does is awesome. To the uneducated. Of course.

    June 19, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. The Funky Truth

    $$$ is the new freedom of speech. Corporations unlike people don't die, they live forever.

    June 19, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Squigman

    Saddest thing to witness, is an individual, of group of individuals so clamoring for power that they fail to see how infantile they look when they assume that they are in charge when actually they are not, and hopefully never will be. They look like the playground bully, after the normal children have walked away in disgust.

    June 19, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Did he just say another stimulus ?

    June 19, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. donnie

    The president is 100% right. Romney and his lot need to stay out of foreign policy at this time. Their big mouths cause more trouble. Vote all republicans out they have no clue how to run a country or deal with other countries all they know how to do is line their own pockets with money made buy the sweatf the middle class.

    June 19, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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