Romney shifts focus to foreign policy
Campaign calls for change of course amid chaos in Middle East
- Duration 9:16
- Date Oct 8, 2012
Campaign calls for change of course amid chaos in Middle East
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News alert we are just under an hour from what the Romney campaign is calling a major speech on foreign policy.
Chief political correspondent Carl Cameron is live in Lexington Virginia a Karl we've gotten some of his remarks in advance it sounds like he's planning a broad criticism of the president.
What else do we know.
Romney will say that the -- the nation cannot afford another four years of threats to its security based on.
Another four more years of Obama administration foreign policy.
And among other things mr.
Romney today we'll say -- hope is to simply not a strategy.
He will ticked off a number of international hot spots with specific criticism of the president's handling of it the talk about Libya and the attack on the US consulate -- Ben Ghazi and how the administration.
Was very reluctant to say that it was terrorism argue for quite some time.
That it was essentially a mob riot sparked by that it to Islam.
They'll talk about the need for the US to be more supportive of Israel that mr.
Romney says President Obama has been in fact Romney has accused the president time and again of throwing.
Both Bibi Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister and Israel under the bus he will also say that the Palestinians deserve support -- there does need to be US support and further advancement of a two state solution.
-- will go on and say that in Egypt the president.
And the US needs to attach as our relationship with the egyptians based on some level to trade and try to -- cents.
And encourage Egypt.
To be more democracy minded.
He'll go to then Afghanistan and say that while.
He does believe that the US is withdrawal from Afghanistan ultimately is a reasonable thing to do the president was wrong to have telegraphed a timetable that things are.
Rapidly evolving there.
We'll talk about Syria and -- -- the United States should be looking for ways to ensure that the rebels get tanks and armaments in order to fight -- -- -- Oppression of them.
And one by one he'll go down and argue that Barack Obama and the Obama administration -- -- quote leading from behind.
And essentially passive in American foreign policy.
And in -- in and in that vein have relinquished the US role of strength and security moral leadership around the world that in.
-- do you see a change in Mitt Romney's approach to foreign policy as far as the campaign goes.
The the attack on -- the consulate have been Gaza now more than three weeks away.
The Romney -- ago the -- campaign has been saying since that point that there would be a major foreign policy speech delivered and that it would be quite critical of President Obama but.
The truth is his primary emphasis Romney's is jobs and the economy they are making sure that he has got all the presidential.
A lot of issues.
The commander in chief being obviously a key one touched on.
And there is this issue of questions about his foreign policy experience is a one term governor of Massachusetts and the Obama campaign is out with a new ad that will run only in Virginia.
But it's very critical of Romney's recent trip to Europe here's little sampling of it.
Reckless and amateurish and that's what news media and fellow Republicans called Mitt Romney's gaffe filled July tour of England Israel and -- And our US diplomats were attacked in Libya the New York Times -- Romney's knee jerk response showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character.
Well it turns out that mr.
Romney's initial response was more accurate than what the administration said in terms of what was causing the violence what was behind it.
The fact that it was on the anniversary of 9/11 and there were a number of US embassies and consulates attacked almost simultaneously on that day.
Was a big tip off to a lot of folks with the administration blocked it.
Overall Romney will continue to hammer the president across the board on all of the issues relevant to voters in this upcoming election foreign policy is a big part of that.
This particular speech is seizing on what has been a string of sort of policy collapses by the administration the Republican view.
Today they'll wrap it up -- into one big speech just four days before the vice presidential debate which is likely to have a considerable about a foreign policy international debate.
In it between Paul Ryan and Joseph Biden -- I -- camera live in Lexington Virginia thank you -- -- -- speech with more now -- senior Romney campaign advisory -- from his back today -- good morning to you.
Morning -- I just want you to react to that -- -- -- -- display -- the gaffe filled trip to Europe how would they the governor responded that.
Well look just look around what's happening in the world today bill you're seeing it unraveling.
Of the Obama foreign policy our embassies in the Middle East are.
An American ambassador and three others were killed on the anniversary of 9/11.
Egypt is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Israel has been set adrift fend for themselves brand is racing toward.
A nuclear bomb this is the result of the Obama doctrine of leading from behind.
Governor Romney a believes in peace through strength.
President Obama is going to be presiding over one trillion dollars in defense cuts.
This will further weakened our standing in the world.
And embolden our adversaries.
Even more actually getting your governor Romney talk about his foreign policy vision.
At Virginia Military Institute.
And in just a -- -- and when we do and I didn't brother reason we brought John today's ruling get a preview about how he is going to make a distinction.
Between his policies if he were president.
And the policies of the past four years what what what is the clearest difference there.
Well instead of leading from behind.
Which is -- the slogan of Obama administration's.
Governor Romney will.
-- the war the doctrine of peace through strength which is guided.
Our president's both Republican and Democrat.
Since the end of world war two and specifically.
Governor Romney will reverse.
The devastating one trillion dollars in defense cuts.
That President Obama is presiding over he'll reform.
To promote good governance and other positive outcomes.
And he'll stand resolutely by our allies.
Like Israel instead of casting them adrift to fend for themselves in a very.
A hostile region of the world -- About a week and a half debate number two -- on this accommodation town hall style between domestic policy and foreign policy.
But later in the month of October on the 22 it's a Monday night in Boca Raton Florida.
It's all about foreign policy and many of the things that -- governor will be speaking about today.
As we await this speech will likely come -- -- in the meantime you are seeing new polling numbers that were taken place after the debate.
Specifically from Gallup what they show is a five point difference now.
Between President Obama and governor Romney how the numbers changed since pre did -- debate and post debate what is the campaign think about that.
Well this is going to be a close contest.
I think both sides will concede that this races.
And it's gonna remain tight right until.
Election Day I do think it's -- some of the excuse making coming out of the Obama camp.
Regarding president Obama's debate performance.
Last week that blamed everything from the altitude to the moderator.
Over the weekend I saw our reports that they -- now blaming John Kerry for doing a poor job as a stand in for governor Romney during their mock debate.
Sessions look it wasn't just a bad.
Debate for President Obama it's been a bad for years he just doesn't have the issues of the facts on his side we have 23 million Americans.
We're struggling for work we have 47 million Americans -- record.
On food stamps one in six Americans.
Living in in poverty this Obama economy has not worked for people and we can't afford another four years like the last.
-- you know what Democrats are saying they're saying that that Mitt Romney was.
That that's that's the word they're using James -- talked about truth and honesty -- genachowski simply lying.
Democrat from Arizona talked about out right fabricating issues.
Well let's listen what is there eighteen say about those charges because and -- in -- And -- bill this is a very petulant.
And -- presidential response from.
The Obama campaign team.
I tell -- the big difference in that debate as I watched it is -- governor Romney came to it.
-- with very specific -- fears about what he would do.
Over the next four years he talked about pro growth policies that would create jobs he talked about transforming Medicaid.
Into eight block grant so the states could run it more efficiently he gave details about.
How he would preserve and strengthen.
And make more affordable our entitlement programs like Medicare.
And the president didn't have any details he gave us empty platitudes on the subject of Medicare.
He made the rather unremarkable.
Observation that our seniors depend on what we know that.
The question is what are you going to do to strengthen and preserve it and make it solvent going into the future governor Romney had solutions.
For those issues.
President Obama had nothing.
No vision just empty -- what we await his speech here and then you've got to VP debate on Thursday -- Morgan talk next week and see how it goes in debate number two.
-- first from thank you for your time at a Boston today we await that foreign policy speech today thank you.