Foreign policy in the presidential race
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:02
- Date Apr 26, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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The governor's tough talk about military action is -- that talk.
And I would add counterproductive.
Talk President Obama has said and I quote now is the time to let our increased pressure sing again.
There to sustain.
The broader national coalition we bill.
Now is the time.
To heat of the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt.
Didn't carry a big stick.
And the -- I promise you the president has a big stick.
Okay vice president Joseph Biden on foreign policy attack against governor Mitt Romney saying he's an experienced inconsistent and ill informed.
We're back with the panel.
Tucker we're gonna take that on faith perhaps.
It's a little weird to see this is one a series a speeches a vice president has been giving on behalf of the Obama campaign.
As the president give does -- to Jimmy Kimmel.
His vice president's out there making the case I'm not convinced they can ride foreign policy too far in this race and it's not convinced a lot of Americans.
Give the president credit for -- the killing of Osama bin Laden is if bush didn't try hard enough for something the effect of this so I think his interest in -- is going to force.
Romney to define his own foreign policy views was a -- -- what it with more clarity today to vice president basically -- from leaving carbon copy of Bush's foreign policy destruction not that popular.
-- it's -- what is fantasy of how -- his foreign policy views differ from Bush's and I think that will be instructive -- actually worth hearing I think.
-- I mean on this line the foreign policy how much as a factor into -- -- Actors and very little there -- a threshold of every candidate has to get over can you see this guy with his finger on the button you know being the commander in chief for presenting us around the world I think -- -- cross that threshold I don't think that's an issue here.
I do think that for a change this and -- a democratic candidates usually don't have an advantage on national security and foreign policy that the president's poll numbers are not that.
-- on either of those -- their -- and he's doing pretty good and I think the White House feels they have a strong story to tell.
Killing of Osama bin Laden the ending the war in Iraq.
And they're gonna tell it now that being said that is not going to to move a tremendous number of votes.
They are putting Romney on the spot because Tucker said he hasn't explained what he would do differently he has accused the president being weak.
You know undermining our interest abroad leading from behind but he hasn't said exactly what he would do differently as a matter -- on Afghanistan he's four.
Drawing I'm getting troops out -- 2014 he just says that he wouldn't have announced that they publicly.
-- Well we're gonna have six -- to discuss domestic let me just say a word about the messenger.
The vice president.
Has been over the last thirty years -- the American record.
For rom -- the most issues and foreign affairs ever and the list starts with a nuclear freeze in the early eighties.
Against a Thatcher and Reagan and -- which is one of the follies in the -- he supported it.
He was -- -- to the Nicaraguan Contras.
Which Andy and brought democracy and ended their Sandinista rule with a time.
He was against Reagan's expansion of -- -- budget which bankrupted the Soviet Union and led to the end of Soviet empire.
He was against the Reagan a strategic defenses which is a big advantage that we have now.
In an insulation and look at -- was on Iraq.
He opposed the first Iraq War the gulf what it liberated Kuwait.
Did everybody agrees it was a good thing he supported the Iraq corps which he's not -- but he.
Says it was a terrible mistake and then when the surge happens he oppose the surge in Iraq which rescued.
-- losing the war and ended without leaving with our heads held high and some promise of the future he also wanna do at one point split the country based on -- Into this season into three parts he is -- Herbert Hoover.
Of American foreign policy and for him to be the spokesman.
For administration on these affairs I think is rather ironic.
I talk -- you mentioned the rock star quality the American crossroads.
Outside group has started running an -- let's just run them the video of the I would want to hear it.
And it takes on this image of the president out about it all these shows.
And identifying with young people being the biggest celebrity in the world.
Goes on and then has these stats about one out of every two.
College students not finding a job after they after they leave we saw something similar McCain campaign and it seemed to be effective back then is this at effective.
It's smoke is I think is the most effective anti Obama had I have seen and and by the way I don't think most anti Obama as a very effective I don't love all the most them are heavy handed -- dump.
This is not just its -- to the -- in my view of his weakness which is his talent -- The fact that he's not half as sophisticated as people imagined he was that he is this kind of Hollywood figure and he hasn't.
The core messages he hasn't made the hard choices and promised he would make whoever his -- in a way.
I saw the speech after speech I'm I'm the adult here -- things you don't wanna hear that's one thing he has never done -- people when they didn't want --