Obama ad: Romney is 'reckless' with foreign policy
October 8th, 2012
08:04 AM ET
9 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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  1. icons designs

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    October 8, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    17 of Romney's 24 foreign policy advisors are from the Bush administration. Need I say more?

    October 8, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  3. MrBeenThere

    Mitt = Evidence, Facts, Intelligence, I don't any of that to start a stinkin War........... Launch the Missiles........

    October 8, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Proud Canadian

    Rebublicans started the war in Iraq and President Obama cleaned up the mess.Now they want to attack Iran.These wars create instability in the world including Economic decline.Obama has been calm and cool in foreign policy.That is what we need.No more war cries.That is why I like my country we don't like policing the world!

    October 8, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  5. John, PA

    Once again you have the FAILED Obama campaign trying to define Romney; calling Romney’s trip abroad a "gaffe-filled" trip to England, Israel and Poland. Only president Obama and the Obama campaign would think the current state of the Middle East; the Middle East in flames is a successful foreign policy. The upcoming / only foreign affairs debate is going to be just like the first economy debate; another Obama FAILURE.

    October 8, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. reginaldb6

    The Press should asked Romney What will you do just you force on everything that you don't agree with?

    October 8, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. Sheon1

    Want another war then vote for Romey.

    October 8, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Phil Maitino

    Apparently the Barack Chamberlain appeasement foreign policy has calmed the seas, and allows the lamb to lay with the Lion.

    Beyond preposterous, Jimmy Carter smiles realizing he is now Number 2#. The worst has reared it's feckless head.

    October 8, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. Anonymous

    I just heard Seymour, a Romney surrogate ,tell the world that Obama chaned his view on Iran when he found out that we have had covert operations in the country for years.
    If this disclosure,never made openly by the administration, came from Romney's conversation with our CIA, he is the biggest disaster ever to happen for our foreign policy. This is classified information and by using it to fullfill his attack agenda, he is once again exhibiting a naivity that will plunge us into another war.Add to this his statemnt on arming the insurgents in Libya, while every foreign policy real expert has said that it is impossible to identify who is who.

    October 8, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  10. LesPaul23

    Mitt has plenty of foreign policy experience: he ran away to France with his butler when he could have served his country and he has millions in offshore accounts.

    October 8, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |

    Willard is for war before diplomacy and that is all you need to know about his foreign policy. Just look at who his national security team consist of. A bunch of Bush rejects. Let's not forget what a baffoon Willard made of himself over in London this past summer. He's an EMBARRASMENT!!!

    October 8, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Bobby Johnson

    Romney has an even greater likelihood of success in the foreign policy debate, and can point out Obama’s belief that we can effectively wield soft power (e.g., diplomacy, economic leverage) without hard power to back it up. Obama continually signals that he is unwilling to use the latter, thereby giving encouragement to adversaries. Whether it is talking down the military option for Iran, telegraphing that we won’t use force in Syria or bugging out of Iraq prematurely (signaling to Iran our lack of staying power), we have undercut our own credibility, both in the immediate conflict and to other powers trying to gauge our resolve. There is no more disastrous and dangerous undertaking in this regard than Obama's proposed massive defense cuts.

    October 8, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. Al

    The pot calling the kettle black. How appropriate, is it not Mr. Obama that has been just giving away our children money, our grandchildren money? And how much more wreckless can Mr. Obama be if he's wanting people to look at Romney as wreckless? Mr. Obama has been the enabler to all the added people that have been forced to make a living on Welfare, take Food Stamps and all so that Mr. Obama can claim that he passed the largest ever tax bill by calling it a Health Care Law, when he should not have been wreckless and did what ever it took to work with Private companies so that they would be willing to bring jobs back and get people hired, but that would not have put him in the Democrats history books as a tax raiser. You want jobs then there are some laws that need to go away from the Federal books and be allowed to be at the state level.

    October 8, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. reality check

    This from a man that, after the embassy attack, campaigned with jay z and Beyonce and the dems complained because Bush finished reading a children's book which took two minutes. Romney acted Presidential even citing freedom of speech.

    October 8, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. tangotwo

    Obama's camp criticizing Romney's foreign policy experience is humorous. Before and after his election he has apologized to the Islamic world also citing how his election will create harmony and peace in the region. How did that work? He has sided with the palestinians over Isreal, how did that work? In fact, if experience was a requirement for the position, how did he get there to begin with. If this wasn't so sad it would be funny. Axelroddent and Obama need to go.

    October 8, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. levi

    Romney in Oval Office: "Hey what's this red button for. I think I'll will push it"!

    October 8, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. JJ

    Reckless is adding 6 trillion dollars to the national debt, that number is 1/3 of the total national debt.....$55,000.00 per every man, woman and child citizen in the USA.

    October 8, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. kenhbradshaw

    I watched the debates. It appears to me that Romney is studied and deliberate. I think what Obama means is that Romney believes in being in a strength position in foriegn policy while Obama believes in being in a conciliatory position. I don't want wars, but weakness does not work.

    October 8, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Pete

    Romney being presidencial,come on!!Saying negetive comments to exprime minister Blair,Londons mayor and showing the same arrogence as he does here,where's his respect for foriegn officials,he's nothing ,just a tourist on a junket being paid for by his ignorent minions!!And he wants to be president,he's already been told by these same foriegn officials not to come back unless you change your attitude,but he won't,you know that don't you!!He advocates a bigger military presence globally and he wants war,that's where the money is,ask Bush,Cheney with Halliburton he's not doing bad either with no bid contracts over in Iraq,Afghanistan,two wars created by lies and for what ,black gold,crude oil in exchange for innocent military deaths ??Romneys advisory panel containing the likes of Cheney,Gingrich and others from the Bush debacles,do we need that,the same ole gang that put us over the cliff in the first place and Cheneys with the deficet ,federal budget will take care of itself attitude,you want that,I don't !!

    October 8, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. ForGoodOfAll

    Romney will lose, because he & Ryan are dangerous and inept candidates for the presidency & vice presidency. Can't wait till the election is over & Obama/Biden get sworn in for another four years. I will feel relieved that our country is in responsible and competent hands. Obama/Biden 2012.

    October 8, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. kenhbradshaw

    I watch the debates. It seems to me that Romney is studied and deliberate. I think what Obama means is that Romney wants to take a stonger postion in the world than Obama, who favors conciliation. I prefer Romney's approach

    October 8, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. kelvin

    any policy is better than obamas "apologize policy". Obama going on tour with katy perry, now thats geat policy

    October 8, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. James Sheldon

    At least he didn't consider the terrorist attack on our embassy "a bump in the road"

    October 8, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney the tax cheats only foreign policy exsperience is protecting the Massachusetts boarder from the pesky invaders from new Hampshire as failed govenor of mass.

    October 8, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |

    If I were still in the Army and Willard became C-I-C, I would go AWOL.

    October 8, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
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