Romney seeks to undercut Obama's foreign policy advantage
April 23rd, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Romney seeks to undercut Obama's foreign policy advantage

By Jamie Crawford

When North Korea launched a rocket earlier this month in a failed attempt to supposedly put a satellite into orbit, U.S. President Barack Obama was quick to condemn the latest provocation and then canceled a deal to resume nutritional assistance.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, offered a blistering statement of his own. But his statement was not entirely directed at the new leader in Pyongyang. It was also directed at the U.S. commander in chief.

"Instead of approaching Pyongyang from a position of strength, President Obama sought to appease the regime with a food-aid deal that proved to be as naive as it was short-lived," Romney said in a written statement. "At the same time, he has cut critical U.S. missile defense programs and continues to underfund them," he added, digging at another area of Obama foreign policy.

As the Republican candidate transitions from the long primary slog into the general election battle, his effort to cut down Obama on foreign policy and national security will sharpen. Naivety, appeasement, apologist and a menu of other unflattering descriptions are likely to be emanating from Romney's attack machine trying to cut down the president's perceived advantage on foreign policy. The president and his campaign team will be doing their best to ensure that advantage is maintained.

Romney's positioning in this particular battle arena is not new.

"Romney is going to do what presidential candidates, Democrat and Republican, have done for years when going up against an incumbent, and that's to run to the right" of the incumbent, said James Lindsay with the Council on Foreign Relations.

North Korea is not the only global hot spot where Romney has taken on the president's record in foreign policy and national security. Iran, China, Russia and the war in Afghanistan are among the areas that have been targeted as ripe for criticizing Obama's stewardship.

When an open-mic caught Obama last month telling the Russian president that he would have more flexibility to deal with missile defense after the election, Romney smelled blood in the water.

"These are very unfortunate developments," Romney said the same day in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Russia is "without question our number one geopolitical foe, they fight every cause for the world's worst actors, the idea that he has some more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed," he said.

In what is likely to be a continuing theme throughout the general election, the Obama campaign was quick to put out statements from foreign policy surrogates painting Romney as a foreign policy novice unprepared to take the reins in a time of war.

"Does Mitt Romney think Russia is a bigger threat to the U.S. today than a nuclear armed-Iran or the terrorists of al Qaeda?" asked Colin Kahl, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East. "This is yet another example of Mitt Romney's willingness to say anything to get elected, no matter how reckless it may be."

In a speech earlier this year to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, Romney excoriated the administration's "policy of engagement with Iran," but erroneously asserted the president had opposed sanctions against Iran at that point. Supporters of the administration were quick to point out that the most crippling set of sanctions against Iran, since legislation was passed in the late 1990s, has occurred under Obama's watch.

When it comes to China, Romney has been critical of the administration's approach, saying he would penalize the country for its currency policy. He has also accused the administration of gutting the defense budget and of abandoning Israel, a dependable ally in an unsettled part of the world.

And from the beginning of his candidacy, Romney has criticized Obama's plan to drawdown the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan. Such decisions were driven by politics and failed to heed the advice of senior military officials, Romney has said. Romney says the scheduled pullout of troops is premature and could jeopardize any gains that have been made. But Romney himself has said troops need to come out as soon as possible, as judged the commanders on the ground.

Most polls on the subject show even the president's policy of a phased withdrawal by 2014 from Afghanistan to be to the right of the American public, with a majority calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. His handling of counterterrorism, highlighted by the killing of Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan compound, has handed the president some high-profile foreign policy triumphs.

Romney's campaign has added a list of foreign policy heavyweights from past Republican administrations who served in positions at the White House, State Department, Pentagon and the intelligence community. In an open letter to Obama, the team said Obama's inadvertent comments to the Russian president raised "questions about whether a new period of even greater weakness and inconstancy would lie ahead if you are re-elected."

The Obama campaign has in turn branded Romney an untested leader unsure of his standing on issues beyond the waters' edge.

"Gov. Romney has been all over the map on the key foreign policy challenges facing our nation today, offering a lot of chest thumping and empty rhetoric with no concrete plans to enhance our security or strengthen our alliances," Ben LaBolt, Obama's campaign spokesman, said in a statement last month.

So far, the power of incumbency seems to be playing to Obama's benefit. In a CNN/Opinion Research poll of 1,015 adult Americans conducted earlier this month, 52% said they saw Obama as being the candidate better able to handle the duties of commander-in-chief. Some 36% of those surveyed sided with Romney. The poll had a sampling error plus or minus 3 percentage points.

As the calendar draws closer to November, analysts who follow the race say Romney needs to remain cognizant of the risk of appearing too tough in his foreign policy rhetoric that presents an opening for the Obama campaign to paint him as reckless. At the same time, he can't appear to deliberately tone things down so much thereby inviting charges of changing his positions for political expediency.

With the economy and other domestic issues largely drowning out the discussion of foreign policy so far, it's unlikely to be a major discussion point in the campaigns, absent an unforeseen event, until later this year when the candidates debate each other. And that will be where the true test for Romney will likely emerge.

"It's easy to say Mr. President, I can do better on Iran, on China, on North Korea," says Lindsay with the Council on Foreign Relations. "What we have yet to see is whether or not Romney can generate in the answer to the obvious counterquestion from Barack Obama: 'OK, what would you do, and why should we believe it would work?' "

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  7. Loathstheright

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    Ten reasons why Mitt R-Money is already history:

    “Corporations are PEOPLE, my friend!”
    “375,000 isn’t a lot of money (to make in one year).”
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    April 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  8. Ruby

    Are Romney and Obama the same? Watch: http://youtu.be/IWDJEc92d38

    April 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  9. Nick

    They are bickering about details and style, while they both promote the same overall idea; more wars, overthrowing governments, selling more weapons, defending Israel no matter what, and continuing to have military in over 130 countries. Which all have proven to create our enemies – you know, the ones we keep fighting... Stop the militarism, which means we have far less enemies, and spend all that money here at home. Instead of continuing to add to our debts for another 30-50 years like both budget proposals purpose.

    But that all means going against military industrial complex, bankers (as they profit from our debts), oil companies (they profit from all the military vehicles being operated), the Israeli lobby, and both political parties – since they get much of their funding and resources from those groups.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  10. BunnyBunny

    Obama's foreign policies have been really fantastic. When you think about the mess he walked into in Jan 2009 and where we are today. He has restored our standing in the world. He handled Libya perfectly. We are out of Iraq. Afghanistan is winding down after years of neglect under Bush, Arab Spring was handled very well. Dead pirates, hostages saved, no American lives lost. We have killed 22/23 top Al Qada terrorists including Bin laden!!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • Sue

      Well, the Obama foreign policy that Romney and the superpacs will be continously showing/reminding voters of..........Is the video of Obama saying to Russia............

      "Pssstttt Russia........Just wait until after the election, and I will give you whatever you want".

      April 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
      • Realist 007

        Sue I sense that you hate Democrats.
        I think you like Obama though, still trying to convince yourself not to vote for him.

        April 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • WinstonChurchill

      @BunnyBunny, put down the crack pipe.

      Obama's foreign policy is an unmitigated disaster.

      In both Iraq and Afghanistan he’s snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. In Iraq, his inability to negotiate a simple stationing agreement(like Bush had) precipitated a hasty withdrawal where now Maliki is establishing a Shiite Dawa dictatorship. In Afghanistan, he cannot influence Pakistanis to cease harboring of Al Qaeda and Taliban in the Waziristan region, so it’s still the safe harbor it was when they plotted the 9-11 attacks.

      Completely mismanaged Arab Spring. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood party is Al Qaeda light who will turn Egypt into a Taliban state right before they close the Suez Canal. The Sinai peninsula, demilitarized since the 70s, is being re-armed. The Muslim Brotherhood is worse than Mubarak was, as the Libyan eastern salafist tribes are worse than Qadafi was. He stands idly by as Assad slaughters tens of thousands.

      Done nothing to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons with which they threaten the Straits of Hormuz, driving gas to $3.91/gallon, then demonizes the speculators who observe Iran’s complete lack of respect for Obama.

      Eastern European allies, or former allies, no longer trust us as everyone heard the open mic gaffe where Obama promised Medvedev he’d unilaterally disarm America.

      Pew polls reflect a global opinion that the US is in decline. The enemies of America hope Obama's re elected so he can continue his destruction of our once-great military and economy.

      Broken military, broken economy, the US commands no repect anymore.

      April 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
      • Phlegm

        What? No credit to the previous regime for invading two countries?

        April 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  11. Church

    If the polls mean anything, most Americans don't like the mandate clause of Obamacare.
    Has Obama sold out to the insurance industry?
    We need health care reform, not forced purchases into an over-priced industry.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Realist 007

      Not most Americans, most conservative Tea party Americans don't like it.

      April 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
      • Aidah

        I like Obamacare. I want as much free stuff as I can get. Hope & change. Make the rich pay their fair share!

        April 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  12. Sue

    There is this video as well............."This was a train wreck for the Obama Administration"

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/27/toobin_this_was_a_train_wreck_for_the_obama_administration.html

    April 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • WatchDawg

      Sue HUN, and if you think Toobin is the end all and be all of reporting...he has eaten more of his words for being wrong in his assumptions...if it was not for contractual obligations CNN would have fired his A $ $ long ago...lol NEXT

      April 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • Sue

        Hon:

        Toobin was NOT the only person that said this about Obama and Obamacare!!

        Toobin is with the majority who said this about Obamacare!! Obamacare is going down when the Supremes give their decision in June!!

        That is why so many Democrats are speaking out and distancing themselves from Obama and Obamacare, because even they know how the Supremes are going to rule in June!!!

        April 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • WatchDawg

        Sue, than you didn't see his retraction the next day when he clarified his point on the individual mandate like all the other pundits. And as previously explained to you, if the Justices (in their usual 5-4 split) vote against the individual it goes back to congress...and God willing...the Democrat majority will tweak and pass unanimously.

        This is a no brainer..oops sorry, forgot who I was talking to...lol

        April 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Sue

      WatchDawg:

      Watch and see what happens in June-–Obamacare is going down!!

      I know that I cannot wait!! *wink*

      April 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  13. Sue

    I thought that this video was interesting..........*wink*

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/28/toobin_hard_to_imagine_how_things_could_be_going_worse_for_obama_administration.html

    April 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • WatchDawg

      Sue HUN, again, it all in the words of someone else...Mitt on the other hand...speaks for himself...lol...and does a very poor job of it...but you keep pushing...you have a friend in here...Dickie...he just loves your posts...while the rest of us continue to thanks our lucky stars...you are not our child...lol wink

      April 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  14. Sue

    Go to Youtube and type this in the search bar.............hahahahaaha.........It is GREAT!!

    RNC Ad + Obama is a Sellout

    April 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • WatchDawg

      @Sue...not that anything being said will change your mind...but...here are some of Mitts best flip-flops..

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbvalhqDSY&w=640&h=390]

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q53MJ7g3d0s&w=640&h=390]

      http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-with-chris-hayes/46983013#46983013

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm7ndHb3RqE&w=640&h=390]

      And the hits just keep coming...

      The best thing Mitt can do...is keep quiet...lol

      April 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • Sue

        Hon:

        Romney has not been President for 4 years!!

        Romney does not have to defend a 4-year record of lies/failure!!

        Pack your bags Obama!!

        April 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
      • WatchDawg

        Sue HUN...one would figure someone like Mitt who has been running for President for 15 years would have a better grip on the issues...he hass clearly proven...in his own words; and that of his most recent endorsement (Giuliani), Mitt will say anything to be President...

        Your rhetoric has been debunked at all levels, Federal, State, the Academia. It only the ignorant ones who continue to push this nonsense. Even Boehner has stepped away from his 'tepid' endorsement of Mitt...Mitt epitomizes the best of the worst of the TGOP...

        April 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  15. Choad

    Sue actually believes that the 'superpacs' are of any benefit to this country or its people. Honey, you make "Dickie" seem rational.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  16. obama policies are foreign

    putin says no missile defence , obama says yes sir

    April 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  17. Trollbane

    Romney and his fellow Repugnants discuss foreign issues all the time – at the country club.
    Beware of the TROLLS folks,
    The Koch brothers are paying Sue and Dickie very well to dispense their specious rhetoric.
    We all know the REAL TRUTH.
    Do some research on the Koch brothers. They are behind this whole Repunican fiasco.
    "The stupidest animal on Earth is a poor person who votes Republican."

    April 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Dickie

      YOU ARE TROLL!!!! WE ARE PROUD AMERICANS WHO BELIEVE IN GOD!! NO SICKO LIBS WHO LOVE ABORTIONS AND OBAMA NOT ONE OF USE HES SECERT MUSLIMS!! OBAMA WILL TAKE YOUR GUNS AND YOU LIBS WILL CRAP YOUR PANTS!!!

      VOTE REPUBLICAN OR OBAMA WILL TAKE YOUR GUNS!!

      April 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        You are definitely rubber room material. If you are a proud American, we are doomed! Careful you don't shoot yourself in teh foot when removing it from you mouth!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Bornfree71

        Dickie ...
        "WE ARE PROUD AMERICANS WHO BELIEVE IN GOD!! "
        – I do too... what's your point?

        NO SICKO LIBS WHO LOVE ABORTIONS AND OBAMA NOT ONE OF USE HES SECERT MUSLIMS!!
        – I am a Democrat (not sure how it automatically make me a lib), support restricted abortions (you will never understand the difference), supports Obama (voted for him in General, voted against him in Primary), and am not even sure what the Muslim comment is... but I support all religions ... as long as people are spiritual I say let us all prosper.

        OBAMA WILL TAKE YOUR GUNS AND YOU LIBS WILL CRAP YOUR PANTS!!!
        – Again with your black and white thinking! 4 years in office and Obama hasn't taken any guns away. I am a dem and I own a gun ... why can't this concept get through your thick skull?!?!

        VOTE REPUBLICAN OR OBAMA WILL TAKE YOUR GUNS!!
        – again, a BS thought – he hasn't done it in 4 years, Clinton did not do it in 8 years. Just the same way as Bush did not clamp down on borders (which I wanted him to BTW) and he did not stop the spread of birth control pills (which would have been a bad away too).

        So you can yell and shriek all you want to spread panic, but people are far smarter than you think and know that no matter who is in power none of the radical ideas will ever get implemented.

        April 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  18. Church

    Romney and his fellow Repugnants discuss foreign issues all the time - at the country club.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Sue

      And, Obama discusses foreign policy while he and Michelle jet set on their vacations around the world-–on the tax payers' dime!!!

      April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • Choad

        Yes, because no other president ever did the same, right?

        Idiot.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        Sue – I suppose that Dubya's 60+ trips to his "ranch" in Crawford during his 2nd term don't count. Of course not. He was a Repug and not Obama. S'plains it.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Bornfree71

        Sue – I am not sure what you are getting at?

        April 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • WatchDawg

        @bornfree, neither does she...lol

        April 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
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  19. Sue

    Look at all of the recent polls---Romney is either tied/leading or closing in!! The polls are showing that Independents and white voters are going for Romney. And, Romney just started exposing and campaigning against Obama. Obama has been campaigning non-stop for over 5 years!!

    Once Romney and the superpacs begin exposing Obama and his "hopey and changey" lies and reminding voters that...........Gas was $1.79/gallon when Obama took office, it has gone up OVER 100% since Obama took office..........That unemployment is STILL over 8%, after Obama and the liberal Dems spent trillions of dollars.........The Supreme Court ruled Obamacare "unconstitutional" in June.................Obama is DONE!!

    The Obama drones might be blind, clueless, and gullible enough to fall for the Obama "hopey and changey" lies AGAIN-–but the Independents will NOT be. And, white, moderate blue dog Dems might not vote for Romney, they will just stay home!!

    Hope and Change for 2012--–Romney!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • acutemind

      Your polls are worthless troll! They would only mean something if the electiion was being held today. After the republican convention in 2008 McCain was in the lead by a good 4 points. Guess who won the election?

      Now go post your irrelevant drivel elsewhere...say ignorant redneck central where it might give them a false sense of hope.

      April 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
      • Sue

        Awwwwww.........It appears that you are a "hopey and changey" drone..........NOT going to happen this election!!! Voters are waking up--and they are waking up FAST. This is especially true of the Independent voters!!

        Obama will be sent back to Chicago/Kenya/Indonesia---WHEREVER---in November!!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Sue

      I am going to LOVE Romney and the superpacs showing the video to voters again and again showing Obama saying to Russia............."Psssttttt Russia, wait until after the election, and I will give you whatever you want"!!

      April 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
      • WatchDawg

        @sue..I look forward to the clips of Romney calling Russia public enemy number 1..lol...and that's just the beginning...Mitt will have to stand-up in the debates and recant all his flip-flops...hopefully they will provide gymnastic mats so he won't get hurt from all the tumbling...lol

        You TGOP'ers have no one to blame for your impending losses other than yourselves...

        Keep typing, you are talking your way into a second term for President Obama...we thank you

        April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Sue

        I CANNOT WAIT for Obama having to debate Romney--without his preloaded, memorized teleprompter responses!!!

        Most of us have seen/heard Obama trying to talk and respond without the teleprompter.

        It is going to be HILARIOUS!!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • WatchDawg

        @sue...ummmm you do know Mitt uses a teleprompter...lol..

        I guess you missed the debates...Mitt never won any of there...he was hanging on...looking at his watch hoping to hell not to be asked another question...Mitts problem is he has no talking points...and can't stay on point...something you TGOP'er have in common...good luck trying to find a nominee even in 2016...

        April 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
      • Sue

        hahahahahaaha............Romney has no talking points?

        –Gas has gone up OVER 100% since Obama took office. Gas was $1.79/gallon when Obama took office.

        –The Supreme Court will rule Obamacare "unconstitutional"--after Obama and the Democrats shoved it down our throats, and wasted 2-1/2 years doing so, instead of working on the economy.

        –Unemployment STILL over 8%--after Obama and the liberals spent/wasted trillions of dollars

        –Obama attacking/trying to destroy the coal industry and coal producing states

        –Businesses laying off, closing their doors, or moving to other countries--instead of hiring due to Obamacare and other Obama policies.

        I CANNOT WAIT for the debates..........And, for Romney and the superpacs to begin exposing Obama to the voters!!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • WatchDawg

        @Sue...in typical TGOP fashion...please TELL us what Mitts plan is...and again as has been consistently and accurately reported...even by Faux, NO President can control gas prices.

        But, I guess you want to go back to bleeding 700,000 jobs from the economy monthly, and the continued troops on foreign soil...

        You are great at pointing out flaws...but have nothing else to offer up...

        Again, thanks for your ignorance...its TGOP'ers that will sway the independent voters come November to President Obama.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • Chad

        Mitt's plan? What's Obama's plan on anything? The man has been president for a while now and he doesn't even have a budget. The guy wants to keep bailing everyone out but who is going to bail out the government...oh yeah, China. For gas prices Obama plans on blocking pipelines and throwing money to make energy solutions out of thin air. For foreign policy Obama is going to tell us one thing and the Soviets another. He is going to continue not helping our allies while he offers food and aid to the North Koreans and promises to Iran and others if they play nice. This is our plan? Any plan Mitt has is better than Obama, except I will give Obama props for his political maneuvering that has duped so many.

        April 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
      • acutemind

        Unfortunately for Sue. Obama NEVER said what she's suggesting. She has no case. Her case is built upon hopes, dreams, wishful thinking, and and interpretations. With regards to Mitt "I'm not worried about the poor" Romney...well that's a different matter entirely. There's no need to try to interpret what he means. You just have to play his numerous clips.

        April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Dickie

      SUE IS RIGHT ON!!! OBAMA RAISED GAS PRICES SO HIS MUSLIM BUDDYS COULD OWN AMERICA AND HE IS GIVING OUR GUNS TO THEM TO SO THEY CAN MAKE SHARI LAW IN THIS COUNTRY AND TAKE OEVR CHRISTIANS!!!!!!!!! OBAMA IS SCRET MUSLIM SHOW US BRITH CERT OBAMA!!! YOU ARE LIER OBAMA!!!

      VOTE REPUBLICAN!!

      April 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        @dickie – STILL DISPLAYING YOUR COMPLETE LACK OF INTELLECT FOR ALL TO SEE... Zzzzzz.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

      Sue – get a grip. NO President has any control over gas prices. Even Fox News stated as much when Dubya was getting beat up over the same gas price increase. Gas was $4 a gallon in July 2008, dropping to a $1.61 avg on the eve of Obama's inauguration. FWIW – gas was $1.89 nationally on start of Dubya's 2nd term.
      If you believe the POTUS has control over gas prices, then Dubya failed miserably with during his 2nd term. See above.
      The problem with the right wingnuts is that you have no platform, no candidate, nothing to offer, and no chance in Nov. Obama is faar from done. FACTS prove it!!

      April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • Sue

        Gas went up to $4/gallon for maybe 4 months while Bush was in office---NOT 4 years like under Obama!!

        Romney and the superpacs will be exposing this and pounding this hard.............I can almost hear the ads.........

        When Obama took office gas was $1.79/gallon

        Gas has gone up OVER 100% since Obama took office

        Are you better off since Obama took office?

        April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        Sue – I'll repeat this S-L-O-W-L-Y for you, as you didn't appear to get it the first time. The POTUS has no control over gas prices. If you want to take issue with it, go talk to some of your 1% bud's who are manipulating it. Don't you think it's funny that FOUR, KEY US refineries all need to go offline for repairs at the same time. Gee.. supply dwindles, price goes up. Economics 101 girlie.

        The Superpac's ain't going to pounding anything hard but the likes of you who can't see past the smoke being blown up your skirt.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • Sue

        The Real Truth:

        hahahahahaaha..........Watch and see..........Romney and the superpacs will be continually reminding voters that gas was $1.79/gallon when Obama took office..........And, that gas has gone up OVER 100% since Obama took office.

        They will also include a clip of Obama's energy "CZAR"--saying that he wants gas prices to go up as much as it is in Europe--which is $6-$7/gallon.

        Hahahhahahahaaha..........This shindig is just getting started...........I cannot wait!!

        No wonder so many Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama!!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • WatchDawg

      @Sue...and which Supreme Court ruled in June...please please quantify or go back to Faux...I hear they love uesless rhetoric there

      April 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • Sue

        The Supreme Court is going to rule on Obamacare in June!!

        Most political hacks--including those from CNN--are pretty sure that the Supremes are going to rule Obamacare "UNCONSTITUTIONAL"--–based on the questions and the way that the hearings went regarding Obamacare.

        That is why soooooooooooo many Democrats are now speaking out against Obamacare and the manner in which it was passed.........They know what is coming in June!!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        Sue – they SCOTUS cannot rule ACA (other than the individual mandate) as unconstitutional. Please educate yourself before you spout. The VERY worst they can do is remove the individual mandate and send it back to Congress. Nothing will then happen to it until next session - we have an election year. Of course it will provide more crass cannon fodder for the right wingnuts, but who cares. They have no basis in reality and only hear what they are being fed.
        Please do yourself a favor and Google a few things. such as the GDP during Dem controlled Congress versus GOP controlled. Look at things such as deficits, increase/decrease in Federal employees under GOP vs. Dem administrations over the last 100 yrs. You might be VERY surprised to learn that the GOP is definitely NOT the winner in any area. Out!

        April 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • Sue

        The Real Truth:

        hahahahahahaaha............I read almost every single article during the hearings..........

        Obamacare is going down!!! Even "if" the individual mandate goes down-–the entire package goes down, as the Supremes said. Obama and his minions cannot say that it is "not" a tax one day-–and that it is a tax another day. They cannot piece together legislation that was only passed "with" the individual mandate. And, they cannot say tht it is a tax one day--and not a tax on another day.

        Obamacare is going down!! MANY Democrats know it..........that is why they have been speaking out against Obamacare and Obama--they KNOW what is going to happen in June!!

        April 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        To which I say [again]. So what if the SCOTUS rules against it in June. I could care less. It merely shows that the bought and paid for right-wing SCOTUS (see their recent 5-4 decisions.. including those that allowed the Superpacs) is sending it back to Congress. The irony (lost on you tho') is that Obamacare is 95% of what the GOP has wanted for years – despite their refusal to participate. It's also most of what Romney put in place in MA before he vacated.
        It's also disingenuous for the GOP to clamor against it because it was enacted by the Obama administration. That is their ONLY opposition to it – and part of their "make Obama a one-term President" mantra.

        April 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • WatchDawg

        Sue, I;m glad you can read. But your level of comprehension and understanding is very limited of exactly what to Justices said.

        From all you comments here today, trying to get you to think outside the Faux box is like herding cats...'it ain't gonna happen'.

        Good luck in picking a nominee in 2016. In the mean time, as my grandma used to say..'God gave to you 2 ears and 1 month for a reason'...

        April 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  20. MeMelvin

    Romney does not have ANY foreign experience, except to send our jobs over seas...

    April 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • Sue

      And, Obama's only foreign experience/credibilty---is to be a foreigner in a US political office!!

      April 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
      • Choad

        Well, that cinches it – you ARE a moron.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  21. MeMelvin

    Ain't gonna happen! Romeny has NO foreign experience.

    Obama has demonstrated himself to be a strong Commander-in-Chief. He listens to his military advisers, unlike Bush who got us into two uncertain wars.

    Y'all haven't forgotten about the non-existent WMDs, have you?
    Or forgotten that the primary reason to enter Afganistan was to get bin Laden?

    April 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • grif99999

      The foreign experience you mention was for BO to continue the Bush foreign policies. A wise move on BO's part. The wars were voted on and approved by both parties. I know that doesnt fit in with your blame Bush strategy but that would not be accurate. The current intelligence available at the time showed there was WMD's in Iraq.

      April 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Dickie

      SADDAM HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRICION!!! PRESIDENT BUSH SAVED AMERICA FROM BEING BOMBED BY THEM ARE YOU DUMB????

      April 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        SADDAM did not have WMD, and it has been proven. You need to go see someone about your problem DICKIE !

        April 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • Dickie

        LIER LIB YES HE DID!!!! PALINS RIGHT MAIN STREAM MEDIA LIERS!!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        DICKIE – you can believe whatever you want. There's nothing wrong in standing up for what you believe in. I applaud you. Even if you are completely nuts. Palin is right up there with you.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Choad

      Like his predecessors, Obama is only doing as he's told. As will his eventual successor. Like it or not, whomever sits in the Oval Office is merely a figure head.

      April 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • BunnyBunny

      Your right. When was the last time there was a code orange, code red warning? Obama has proved he knows what he's doing.

      Unless you watch Faux Newz. But if you do, that's your own fault for watching fake news that lies to you.

      April 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  22. Republicans are Neanderthals

    Romney has zero credibility from any practical foreign policy experience at the national level. He can throw out all the garbage he cares to, but at the end of the day Obama has a proven track record in foreign policy with most of it being good for the national interests of the United States. Osama bin Laden – DEAD that pretty much says it all.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  23. obama policies are foreign

    the policy of romney is for the betterment of the usa not russia , when putin is endorsing obama something is VERY WRONG

    April 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • Choad

      The policy of Romney is for the betterment of his bank account(s).

      April 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  24. ART

    The name DICKIE says it all doesn't it. It appears Dickie must have just climbed out from under the rock he has been living .

    April 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Dickie

      SICKO GODLISS LIB GOT NOTHIG TO DO BUT LIE! YOUR A LIER LIB AND SHULD HAVE A F IN FRONT OF NAME! GO BACK TBR AND LIER THERIR!!

      VOTE REPUBLICAN!!

      April 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
      • comeon

        If you are trying to get people to listen to you and take you seriously, learn to spell, articulate, use proper grammar and turn off the caps lock. And you Republicans wonder why we call you uneducated?

        April 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

        DICKIE has proven that the mouth-open knuckle draggers have moved into his neighborhood. Now he can get an education from them.

        April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  25. Michael

    Why do you send your men out their like little drummer boy. To be shot at?

    April 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
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