Obama ad: Romney is 'reckless' with foreign policy
October 8th, 2012
08:04 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama ad: Romney is 'reckless' with foreign policy

(CNN) - As Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy address Monday in Virginia, he'll be met with a new television ad by his opponent's re-election campaign that highlights the GOP nominee as "reckless" and "amateurish" on international affairs.

President Barack Obama's team released a new commercial that they say will run on Virginia airwaves, which criticizes Romney over his recent forays into foreign policy, including his foreign trip and comments on the Libya consulate attack.

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The 30-second spot features critical news clips of what the commercial calls Romney's "gaffe-filled" trip to England, Israel and Poland. During his tour, the Republican was accused of insulting Palestinian culture and criticizing London's handling of the Olympic Games.

Romney also faced negative headlines over his quick response to the consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Soon after word broke of the violence, the GOP nominee fired off a statement blasting the Obama administration, a reaction many labeled too critical and too soon.

"The New York Times said Romney's knee-jerk response 'showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character.' And even Republican experts said Romney's remarks were 'the worst possible reaction to what happened'," the narrator says referring to a quote by in Time Magazine by Anthony Cordesman, a former foreign policy adviser to Sen. John McCain.

Romney, however, has since stood by his statement, while the administration has also been under fire during its investigation of the situation.

In his remarks at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Monday, Romney is expected to continue to hit Obama over the Libya attack, building onto criticism of the administration for changing its tune on the cause of the attack.

He will say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks, the violence "was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001," rather than a spontaneous attack spurred by protests over anti-Islam video. In late September, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a statement saying they had revised its assessment to conclude that the violence in fact was a premeditated attack.

The new Obama ad, which comes two weeks before the candidates face off in a debate over foreign policy, blasts Romney as being unprepared to manage such high-stakes issues.

"If this is how he handles the world now," the narrator says, "Just think what Mitt Romney might do as president."

Responding to the ad, a Romney campaign spokeswoman said Obama was the one who had "weakened" the United States' standing in the world.

"In every region of the world-and particularly in the Middle East-American influence has been weakened by President Obama's failed foreign policy. American security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years, and Mitt Romney will restore the bi-partisan tradition of American leadership abroad that President Obama has not lived up to. Mitt Romney understands that a strong America is vital to ensuring peace and prosperity for our nation and our friends and allies," Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Avtar Singh

    America will be seating behind the new superpowers China & iran. Yehey!

    October 8, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. darlis W.

    we know who will drive Mr. Romney on foreign policy.. the likes of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove..... who never pondered a war they didn't like, nor a defense contract they wouldn't profit from... Think Iraq.. for God's sake, don't put these people in charge of our children and grandchildren's future.. Snake Oil indeed.

    October 8, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Eric

    The opinion of the world of the POTUS is different than that of Romney. He's from the Chubby Checker good-ole-days but them days are over... LoL!

    October 8, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Jerry

    Another fact lacking article from the communist news network, thanks again guys.

    October 8, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. HUH?

    I'm sure he will say "I was completely wrong" about this also. Lie some more Romney.

    October 8, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Kate

    The thought of Mitt Romney as president is frightening. He's not only shown himself to be reckless with his comments, he has an arrogance that people in other countries just don't like. I have friends in Europe who can not believe some people in this country want this man to be our leader. Neither can I.

    October 8, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Gina

    thinking of this man as commander and chief makes me ill. If he is elected, we will be going to war – plain and simple. The old "pump up the chest" and "I am the big man on the block" type of response. He knows nothing about the military (excepr the contractors) and I feel, he would care less about sending men/women into war. I am a veteran – I can say this by looking at his side kick's budget – 11B cut in the VA – what a disgraceful individual.. OH! but wait – we are the 47% ... that is the most truthful thing he has said!!!

    October 8, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. You built that.

    October 8, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. SafeJourney

    If you want a war with Iran, vote for Romney. I guarantee you that war will happen if romney is president.

    October 8, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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