The prebuttal became rebuttal Monday, but the message from the Obama campaign stayed the same: Mitt Romney is no commander-in-chief.
Aides panned the Republican presidential candidate's foreign policy speech as a patchwork of overheated rhetoric and chest-thumping, put together by a team of advisers they called "out of the mainstream."
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force 1, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the address Romney's seventh attempt to reboot his foreign policy vision. "When you're commander-in-chief you don't get to bring the Etch-a-Sketch," she said. "This is somebody who leads with chest-pounding rhetoric. He's inexperienced. He's been clumsy of his handling of foreign policy," she said. She pointed to his criticism of the "abrupt withdrawal" from Iraq as major difference with the president.
Psaki took issue with Romney's claim that President Obama had not signed any new trade agreements, saying he re-negotiated several. She described Romney's advisers on foreign policy as out of the mainstream. Asked who specifically she was referring to, Psaki did not respond. Romney's team of advisers on world affairs contains both neoconservatives and establishment figures.
On Romney saying he'd put conditions on Egypt aid, White House press secretary Jay Carney said "on the one hand he suggests the president hasn't been supportive enough of the Democratic aspirations of people in the region and on the other hand he says that we should withdraw our conditioned support."