Romney's Foreign Policy Debuts Monday
Romney has enjoyed a post-debate bounce but foreign policy has proven tricky for the former Massachusetts governor. During the debate, Romney slammed Spain as a cautionary tale of run-away government spending (Spain's financial woes comes from a collapsed real estate bubble). His summer European tour became a debacle when he questioned London's preparedness for the Olympics.
But since the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Lybia on Sept. 11, and Mr. Romney's controversial remarks on the matter, foreign policy has stolen the spotlight from economics in the final weeks of the campaign. But while Obama's missteps have created an opportunity for Romney to sell himself as commander-in-chief, the GOP candidate needs to demonstrate he's not George W. Bush 2.0. From the New York Times:
For an American public fixated on the economy, another Romney valedictory on the advantages of not being Barack Obama will be a waste of time. Americans feel more comfortable when they have sense of the candidate’s vision, because it gives them a clearer road map for the future.
Mr. Romney must articulate his vision of America’s place in the world in a way that makes sense not only to the American people, but to friends and foes alike. There is a case to be made for a contrast with Mr. Obama. But, thus far, no Republican leader has made it.
Mr. Romney needs to persuade people that he’s not simply a George W. Bush retread, eager to go to war in Syria and Iran and answer all the mail with an F-16. He needs to understand that even though Mr. Obama’s so-called pivot to Asia is more rhetorical flourish than actual policy, it responds to a crying need.
The Obama camp has already issued a stinging prebuttal of Romney's foreign policy, calling it an "unmitigated disaster," according to the Washington Post.
“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,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
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