Obama camp prebuts Romney foreign policy speech

October 7, 2012

The Obama camp offered a prickly prebuttal Sunday afternoon to Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech, which the Republican presidential candidate is scheduled to deliver Monday.

This from spokeswoman Jen Psaki as the president arrived in Los Angeles for fundraising:

“We’re not going to be lectured by someone who’s been an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy every time he’s dipped his toe in the foreign policy waters," Psaki said. "Just as a refresher, this is the same guy who when he went overseas on his trip, the only person who has offended Europe more is probably Chevy Chase.” 

 She also reminded reporters that Romney did not mention Afghanistan or thank the troops in his nomination speech at the Republican convention. She said Romney has been “abundantly clear” he would not have gone after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and has refused to explain how his position with regard to Iran is different from the president’s.

“This is his fourth or fifth retake, trying to lay out his foreign policy positions for the American people," she said. "And at this point it’s a very high bar he would have to jump over to convince them he’s prepared to be commander in chief.” 

The campaign said it will have a detailed response Monday.

The Romney campaign responded quickly. Spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in an e-mailed statement:

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.”

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.
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