DNC Talking Points - 30 March 2012

March 30, 2012



This week, President Obama traveled to South Korea for the Nuclear Security Summit, where he held a series of bilateral meetings, visited the demilitarized zone and met with troops stationed on the border. On Thursday, Vice President Biden was in Iowa discussing American manufacturing. He emphasized that he and President Obama are committed to renewing America's manufacturing industry and bringing jobs back to America. Wrapping up Women's History Month, the Vice President and Dr. Biden hosted a reception on Monday honoring women's accomplishments and contributions. On Thursday, President Obama reiterated his call for Congress to repeal $4 billion in needless taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies that are already making record profits.

The DNC spent the week prior to the Wisconsin, DC and Maryland primaries reintroducing voters to the Republican candidates as they visited states around the country. Everywhere Mitt Romney went, the DNC and Democratic allies were on hand to remind voters about his out-of-touch positions on immigration, women's health and his endorsement of the far-right Paul Ryan budget plan, which would end Medicare as we know it so that millionaires and billionaires could have a tax cuts while cutting programs vital for middle class Americans.



President Obama Visits South Korea and Attends the Nuclear Security Summit

President Obama left for South Korea on Sunday, where he attended a nuclear security summit in Seoul. The President visited the demilitarized zone and met with US troops stationed on the border. The President attended the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul on Tuesday, two years after he welcomed leaders from over 50 countries to Washington, DC to discuss the threat of nuclear weapons to global security. At Tuesday's summit, President Obama stated that the world has made significant progress in achieving the goals set two years ago:

"We are fulfilling the commitments we made in Washington. We are improving security at our nuclear facilities. We are forging new partnerships. We are removing nuclear materials, and in some cases, getting rid of these materials entirely. And as a result, more of the world's nuclear materials will never fall into the hands of terrorists who would gladly use them against us."

Read the President's full speech here.

 

 


Vice President Biden Speaks about Manufacturing in Iowa

 

Vice President Biden gave a speech Wednesday in Davenport, Iowa. The Vice President discussed the Administration's commitment to creating an economy built to last, which out-builds and out-innovates the rest of the world. He highlighted the contrast between the President who is committed to helping middle class families get ahead and Mitt Romney and the Republican candidates, who want to take us back to the same disastrous policies that hurt our economy in the first place.

Vice President Biden emphasized that he and President Obama are committed to renewing America's manufacturing industry and bringing jobs back to America by ending the tax deductions that go to companies that ship jobs offshore, and instead providing tax credits for companies that bring jobs home. They would effectively reduce the top tax rate for manufacturers to 25 percent and drop the rate even further for high-tech manufacturers. They've also proposed training 2 million Americans to fill skilled positions in industries from health care to advanced manufacturing. Vice President Biden said:

 

"It's not just manufacturing that's coming back. The middle class is coming back. America is coming back. Worker by worker, home by home, neighborhood by neighborhood, the country is coming back."

 



Read the Vice President's remarks here.

 

 

 

President Obama Urges Congress to Repeal Subsidies for Oil Companies

 

On Thursday, President Obama called on Congress to repeal $4 billion in needless taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies that are already making record profits. This is an important part of President Obama's sustained, all-of-the-above energy strategy that's helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and helping families save at the pump. The President knows that rising gas prices are hitting families hard, and that is why he's working hard to provide them relief. The President said:

 

"Right now, the biggest oil companies are raking in record profits - profits that go up every time folks like these pull into a gas station. But on top of these record profits, oil companies are also getting billions a year in taxpayer subsidies - a subsidy they've enjoyed year after year for the last century.

"Think about that. It's like hitting the American people twice. You're already paying a premium at the pump right now.  And on top of that, Congress thinks it's a good idea to send billions more of your tax dollars to the oil industry?"

Watch the President's remarks here.

 

 

Wrapping up Women's History Month

 

Vice President and Dr. Biden hosted a reception on Monday to celebrate the history, achievements, and contributions of women across all sectors of our society. At the reception Vice President Biden stated:

 

"I've learned it from Jill, I learned it from my sister, and I've learned from the over thousand hours of hearings we held in the Violence Against Women Act that the single most important thing that empowers young women is powerful women - powerful women."

 

 

Dr. Biden paid tribute to members of the US Marine Corps' Female Engagement Team who attended the reception. FETs, as they are known, are women who volunteer to join otherwise all-male Marine patrols in Afghanistan where they form relationships with Afghan women, learn about the country's culture, and support our battlefield operations.

President Obama also commemorated Women's History Month by speaking out in support of women's athletics and mark the 40th anniversary of the Title IX law, a federal law that mandates gender equality in school sports. The law has been incredibly effective: since 1972, the number of female athletes in college has increased more than 450 percent. President Obama spoke about importance of women in sports:

 

"Studies show that girls who are involved in athletics often do better in school; they are more confident in terms of dealing with boys. And, so, for those of us who grew up just as Title IX was taking off, to see the development of women's role models in sports, and for girls to know they excelled in something, there would be a spot for them in college where they weren't second-class, I think has helped to make our society more equal in general."

 

Read the Presidential Proclamation on women's history month here.



 

 

 

 

 

Holding Republicans Accountable

 

The DNC spent the week prior to the Wisconsin, DC and Maryland primaries introducing voters around the country to the Republican candidates as they visited states around the country. Everywhere Mitt Romney went, the DNC and Democratic allies were on hand to remind voters about his out-of-touch positions on immigration, women's health and his endorsement of the far-right Paul Ryan budget plan, which would end Medicare as we know it so that millionaires and billionaires get tax cuts while cutting programs vital for middle class Americans.

On Monday, there were two events in California put on by local Democrats welcoming Mitt Romney to the Golden State. Representative Xavier Becerra held a conference call for reporters where he welcomed Mitt Romney to California and asked him to explain his support for the extreme Romney-Ryan Budget. In San Diego, San Diego County Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee held a press conference outside of a Mitt Romney fundraiser and asked him to explain his support for the extreme Romney-Ryan budget.

Mitt Romney's comments that Russia was the United States' number 1 geopolitical foe brought strong rebukes from Dr. Colin Kahl, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East; Timothy Roemer, who served as Ambassador to India, in the United States Congress, and on the 9/11 Commission; Richard Danzig, who served as Secretary of the Navy under President Clinton and Gen. Wes Clark. General Clark had this to say about Mitt Romney's remark:

"Given the many challenges we face at home and abroad, the American people deserve a full and complete explanation from Governor Romney.  Good policy does not come from bumper sticker slogans.  The next president is going to have to take America forward, out of war, and into other challenges.  The rekindling of old antagonisms hardly seems the way to do it."

On Tuesday, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on local radio in Los Angeles to discuss Mitt Romney's out of touch positions and the 2012 elections. Also in Los Angeles, the Chair of the LACDP and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman, City of Los Angeles Council Member Hon. Paul Koretz, Los Angeles Community College District President Hon. Miguel Santiago, and Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW) President Mike Garcia held a press conference to highlight his out of touch positions.

In Texas, Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson, Charlie Gonzalez, and TX State Rep. Joaquín Castro held a conference call welcoming Mitt Romney to Texas, and asking him to explain his support for the far-right Romney Ryan Budget and his too-extreme-for-Texas immigration policies.

The DNC also released a new video titled, "Mitt Romney: Not Ready to Lead." It can be viewed here.

On Wednesday, the DNC released a statement on Senator Marco Rubio's endorsement of Mitt Romney for President, which said:

"On the same day that he proposed denying young adults who were brought to the U.S. as children, through no fault of their own, an earned path to citizenship after serving in the armed forces or pursuing higher education, Senator Rubio joined proponents of controversial anti-immigrant policies like Kris Kobach and Governor Jan Brewer in endorsing Mitt Romney. Rubio's support for Romney underscores what we already knew: Mitt Romney would have the most extreme immigration platform of any presidential nominee in recent history."

On Thursday, the DNC released a new video titled, "Remember." The video pushed back on a misleading American Energy Alliance ad that distorted the President's record of pursuing an all-of-the-above energy policy. It can be viewed here. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse held a press call pushing back on the American Energy Alliance's mischaracterizations of President Obama's energy policy. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz explained the lack of credibility of the AEA:

"The sole reason for the American Energy Alliance's existence is to protect Big Oil Companies at the expense of the American taxpayer. These are companies who take in billions of dollars in profit every year from American consumers at the pump and then they turn around and take billions in taxpayer subsidies. This is not a credible organization on American energy policy."

The DNC also released a new video titled, "Mitt Romney: Wrong for Women, Wrong for Wisconsin." You can view it here.

As Paul Ryan announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney, DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse released a memo titled "The Romney-Ryan Budget: Blueprint for an Economy Built for Millionaires and Billionaires At the Expense of Middle Class and Working Families."

"Mitt Romney owns these proposals because he has offered many of them himself and endorsed those he hasn't.   People will remember that he was willing to end seniors' hard-earned Medicare as we know it so that the wealthiest few could get a tax cut.  This won't help him with his independent voter problem and it won't help in the Badger State, either, because voters know whose side he's on."

The DNC also released a new video titled, "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: That's Amore." You can view it here.


 





Key Issues in the News and Background



Romney Energy Policy Full of Empty Rhetoric and Bad Ideas for the Middle Class (3/27/12)

Key Point: Mitt Romney's energy policy is full of empty rhetoric and bad ideas that would make his Big Oil donors even richer at the expense of the middle class.

  • Mitt Romney spoke last week at the Petroleum Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. He spoke to a roomful of Big Oil executives who have given money to his campaign and who would benefit from the pro-oil policies Romney supports as a presidential candidate. Romney's energy policy is full of empty rhetoric and bad ideas that would make his Big Oil donors even richer at the expense of the middle class.

 

  • In this election alone, Romney has raised more than $750,000 from oil and gas special interests. Romney is pandering to his Big Oil donors and telling them exactly what they want to hear.

    • Romney opposes President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy to help decrease our dependence on foreign oil.

    • Today the U.S. Senate is voting on repealing $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies that are posting record profits. Romney would keep those subsidies in place.

 

  • Romney's rhetoric on energy is dishonest and misleading. He claims President Obama is "on a mission to drive up the price of gasoline and all energy," but here's the truth:

    • Under President Obama, domestic oil and natural gas production have gone up every year. Last year, oil production reached an 8-year high, natural gas production reached an all-time high, and both are expected to rise.

    • Drilling alone won't make gas prices go down. That's why the President has pursued an all-of-the-above energy strategy that's decreasing our dependence on foreign oil so we're less vulnerable to price spikes on the international oil market.

    • Our dependence on foreign oil is at a 16-year low, and President Obama's historic new fuel economy standards will save consumers about $8,000 at the pump during the life of their vehicle.

 

  • While President Obama is helping families save money at the pump, Mitt Romney is advocating for the policies that will keep gas prices high. Romney criticized the fuel-economy standards that are helping families save at the pump. He also wants to repeal Wall Street reforms that will prevent corporations from manipulating the energy market to profit off of high prices at the pump.



  • Romney's also trying to Etch-A-Sketch away his time as governor of Massachusetts, when he said he was "very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay." Romney also increased a tax on gas by 400 percent, impacting every motorist in the state.

 

 

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Landmark Standards for Limiting Carbon Pollution from Future Power Plants (3/28/12)



Key Point: The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standards limiting greenhouse gas pollution from new power plants that run on coal, oil, and natural gas.



  • Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution for new fossil-fuel-fired power plants. This standard will limit greenhouse gas pollution for new power plants built in the United States.

 

  • This standard will position the electric power sector to be a sustainable engine of growth for the American economy for decades to come. At the same time, it continues our progress toward building a cleaner, safer and more modern power sector.

 

  • The EPA does not project any additional cost to industry because this rule reflects current investment patterns within the industry. The standard does not apply to existing power plants or those that are modifying to meet other air pollution standards, nor does it apply to those that begin construction within a year of the proposal.

 

  • For new plants, the proposed standard would generally require that they emit carbon dioxide at a rate comparable to natural gas-fired power plants, which emit up to 60 percent less greenhouse gases than coal plants. The sector is already moving toward cleaner plants that take advantage of American-made technologies, including new, cleaner-burning, efficient natural gas generation. EPA's proposed rule would ensure this progress continues.

 

  • Coal provides 40 percent of our electricity, and it's expected to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. The administration has invested billions in technology to reduce carbon pollution from coal plants, including carbon capture and storage.

 

  • Before this proposed standard, there were no national limits on how much carbon pollution future power plants will be able to emit. The proposed rule builds on the President's strong work on climate issues and clean air issues:

    • Nearly doubling fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons - almost as much as the U.S. emitted in 2010.

    • Doubling renewable energy production from wind and solar and putting America on the way toward generating 80 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources like wind, solar, and natural gas by 2035.

    • Supporting the first nuclear power plant to be built in the United States in decades. Once constructed, it will provide enough clean energy for 1.4 million people and avoid the emission of 16 million tons of carbon dioxide that would be produced by a similar sized coal plant.

    • Boosting the use of cleaner fuels in the transportation sector, increasing the level of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline and implementing a new Renewable Fuel Standard that is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 138 million metric tons by 2022 - the equivalent of taking 27 million vehicles off the road.

    • Issuing the first national standards to cut down on mercury and other toxic air emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. These standards will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 540,000 missed work days each year.

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Romney and Rubio Both Support Extreme-Right Policies that Alienate Independent Voters (3/29/12)

Key Point: Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio both support the same extreme conservative policies that are alienating moderate and independent voters.

  • Florida Senator Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday. Both of them are willing to say and do anything to pander to the most extreme right wing of the Republican Party. Romney and Rubio both support the same extreme conservative policies that are alienating moderate and independent voters that Romney would need to win in November.

 

  • Romney and Rubio both support the Ryan budget plan. Just like Romney's own budget plan, the Ryan plan would turn Medicare into a voucher program, increase health care costs to seniors by thousands of dollars, and give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest. Romney's own plan would also explode the deficit by $5 billion over the next decade.

 

  • Romney embraced the Blunt Amendment, which Rubio cosponsored and would take women's health decisions out of women's hands and give it to their bosses. It would let employers severely restrict women's access to any kind of health coverage, including contraception, pre-natal care, mammograms and more.

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Mitt Romney Is Out of Touch With Working Americans (3/29/12)

Key Point: Mitt Romney is out of touch with working Americans.



  • Yesterday Mitt Romney tried to joke with Wisconsin voters about his father closing a Michigan factory to move production to Wisconsin. Romney is out of touch with working Americans.

 

  • Romney said it was "humorous" that his father decided to close a factory in Michigan, which laid off more than 4,300 workers in Detroit. Only Mitt Romney, who has said he likes "being able to fire people," would find it funny that Michigan workers lost their jobs.

 

  • Romney keeps showing how out of touch he is with working Americans, whether in Michigan or across the country.

    • He's reaffirmed his desire to "let Detroit go bankrupt" when the auto industry was on the brink.

    • He hypocritically called President Obama out of touch for encouraging young Americans to pursue manufacturing jobs.

 

  • It's not surprising Romney jokes about moving jobs somewhere else.

    • Romney shipped jobs overseas as a corporate-buyout specialist at Bain Capital and promoted outsourcing American jobs as governor of Massachusetts, where he vetoed a bill to prevent outsourcing state jobs overseas.

    • Now he proposes completely eliminating U.S. taxes on companies' foreign income, giving them greater incentives to shift jobs overseas.

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President Obama's Health Reforms Are Helping Millions Save Money And Live Healthier (3/29/12)

 

Key Point: President Obama's landmark health reforms are already helping millions of Americans save money and live healthier lives.

 

  • Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court concluded three days of hearings on the new health care law, which is already helping millions of Americans save money and live healthier lives. The administration believes the health care law is constitutional, as do conservative judges on the 6th and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals.

 

  • Tough questions don't indicate how the court will rule. Conservative judges on the 6th and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals asked tough questions during oral arguments, and they ruled in favor of the health care law. In a 2009 landmark voting rights case, observers doubted the Supreme Court would rule for the administration after tough questions from the justices, and the administration won that case 8-1.

 

  • The individual responsibility provision won't affect the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance. But when uninsured people get sick or injured and go to the emergency room, everyone else pays for it through higher taxes and health care costs. Families with insurance pay a "hidden tax" of $1,000 per year to cover health care for the uninsured.

    • That's why the health care law asks every American who can afford insurance to take responsibility for their own health care and do their fair share.

    • To help American's afford the cost of insurance, there will be new tax credits to make insurance more affordable.

    • And if anyone still can't afford insurance, even with the new tax credits, they won't have to buy it and will be exempt from any penalty.

 

  • Thanks to President Obama's health insurance reforms, Medicare is now stronger for seniors, and women can now get life-saving mammograms at no extra cost. Children won't lose their coverage just because they were born with pre-existing conditions like asthma - and American families are seeing how reform is saving lives and saving money.

 

  • Since we passed reform almost two years ago, millions of Americans have been saving money and living healthier lives. But repealing it would mean:

    • 180 million Americans would lose their protection against the worst insurance abuses, like denying health care to the sick, unjustified excessive premium increases, lifetime caps on the amount of care a patient can receive, and the future protection against gender discrimination.

    • 86 million Americans would lose their access to free preventive care. That would mean no more life-saving cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies without a co-pay or deductible, and women wouldn't have their contraception covered.

    • An additional 2.5 million young adults wouldn't have insurance. President Obama's health reform made sure they could stay on their parents' plans as they enter the workforce, until they turn 26, but repealing it would take their coverage away.

    • 47 million Americans would lose out on a stronger Medicare program. Repeal would undo the eight-year extension of Medicare's solvency, and the prescription drug discounts that saved 3.6 million people with Medicare in the doughnut hole an average of $604.

 

  • Democrats are proud to defend President Obama's health insurance reforms. Last week the campaign launched its "I Like Obamacare" initiative, encouraging millions of Americans to speak out about what the new health care law is doing for them.

 

  • Though Mitt Romney is trying to shake off his record on health insurance reform, he's really the godfather of the new health care law.

    • Romney was an early supporter of the individual mandate, and as governor he put one in place to ensure all Massachusetts residents were taking responsibility for their own health care and everyone could get covered at a lower cost. He called his health reform plan a national model.

    • But now that Romney is running for president, he's trying to etch over his past beliefs. He advocates letting insurance companies go back to dropping Americans' coverage when they get sick, discriminating against those with preexisting conditions, and making women pay more for their health care.  



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Today Rep. Paul Ryan Endorsed Mitt Romney - Both Are Bad for the Middle Class (3/30/12)

Key Point: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would both hurt the middle class, making massive cuts to programs critical to its economic security and ending Medicare as we know it to help pay for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.



  • Congressman Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney today as Romney heads to Wisconsin ahead of the state's Republican primary on Tuesday. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would both hurt the middle class by making massive cuts to programs critical to its economic security and ending Medicare as we know it to help pay for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.



  • Ryan's endorsement isn't surprising. Both Romney and Ryan support the same key budget proposals that would hurt the middle class at the expense of tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. Their budgets plans would:

    • Turn Medicare into a voucher program to help pay for massive tax cuts to the wealthiest.

    • Protect tax loopholes that benefit oil companies and hedge fund managers.

    • Increase health care costs to seniors by thousands of dollars.

    • Make arbitrary cuts to programs essential to middle-class families like education and clean energy.



  • Romney has said he is on the same page as Ryan - even "applauding" Ryan's budget - so America's seniors and the middle class need to take note of what this budget means for them.



  • The Romney and Ryan budgets would turn Medicare into a voucher program. What does this mean for seniors and middle class families? Over time, traditional Medicare would wither on the vine, risking the guaranteed coverage seniors have earned and paid for. Seniors would be forced into private plans and pay more for their health care, ending Medicare as we know it for millions of seniors.



  • That's not the only similarity between the Ryan and Romney budgets. Both propose large new tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, above and beyond the permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts. President Obama has proposed the Buffett Rule, which asks the wealthiest to pay their fair share, not a lower tax rate than middle-class families - but both Ryan and Romney oppose it.



  • And even as the Romney and Ryan budgets make deep cuts that both cost jobs and hurt average Americans, both budget plans keep in place needless taxpayer subsidies for oil and gas companies that are making record profits. They also maintain tax loopholes that let some of the wealthiest on Wall Street get away with not paying their fair share.



  • We can't do the same thing and expect a different result - and Romney's embrace of the Ryan budget proves once again that he would implement a carbon copy of the policies that led to the economic crisis.

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Romney Should Level With Voters and Release All of His Tax Returns

Key Point: Mitt Romney should level with voters and release all of his tax returns.

  • In January, Mitt Romney released his 2010 tax returns and estimates of his 2011 taxes. Now we're learning more about the questionable maneuvers Romney may have engaged in drive up the value of his IRA. Romney should level with voters and release all of his tax returns.



  • Romney's release in January indicated that he made millions from investments in offshore tax havens, including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg.

    • Now we're learning new details about techniques used by Bain employees to increase the size of their IRA's - "the sort of aggressive tax planning" not available "to ordinary taxpayers," according to one tax-law professor.

    • The Wall Street Journal reported that the investment practices of Bain employees were unusual even for private-equity firms.

    • The size of Romney's up to $100 million IRA raises serious questions about whether he plays by the same tax rules as most Americans. IRAs typically have strict contributions limits that prevent them from growing to anywhere near that size.



  • Romney's limited and insufficient tax releases defy precedent set by presidential candidates. His father released 12 years of tax returns, President Bush released returns back to 1991, and President Obama released eight years of tax returns during the 2008 campaign. They also further weaken the central premise of his candidacy.



  • Romney wants voters to judge him on his "real economy" experience at Bain Capital, but he won't release his tax returns from the years he ran the company. He's hiding how much he enriched himself from bankrupting companies, outsourcing jobs and laying off workers.

 

  • The bottom line: We can't answer the many questions raised by Romney's tax returns because he didn't release enough of them. Romney gave John McCain's campaign 23 years of tax returns when he was vetted for vice president, but now Romney believes the American people are only entitled to one full year's worth of returns and a guess on a second year's.



  • The more the American people learn about Mitt Romney's finances, the less they trust him to lead the country.

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Romney Is Attacking The President on Foreign Policy, But He Lacks Experience, Vision (3/30/12)

Key Point: Mitt Romney lacks the foreign policy experience and vision needed to be President of the United States.

  • This week Mitt Romney said Russia is "without question our number one geopolitical foe," further undermining his credibility on foreign policy while trying to attack the President. Romney is trying to challenge President Obama on foreign policy, but Romney lacks the foreign policy experience and vision necessary to be president.



  • Romney once said "a president is not a foreign policy expert" and that a president should "sit down with your attorneys" so they can "tell you what you have to do" on critical foreign policy issues. America needs a decisive leader who makes the right calls as Commander in Chief, not someone who can't make their own decisions on foreign policy issues.

 

  • President Obama is that decisive leader. When he was running for office in 2008, we'd lost focus in the Middle East, so he promised to refocus on the real issues: getting out of Iraq, decimating al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and taking the fight to Osama Bin Laden. He did all three.

 

  • President Obama's foreign policy vision looks forward, and Romney's is stuck in the last century. Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Wesley Clark said Romney's comment "sounds like a rehash of Cold War fears," and that "good policy does not come from bumper sticker slogans. The next president is going to have to take America forward, out of war, and into other challenges. The rekindling of old antagonisms hardly seems the way to do it."

 

  • While Romney has no shortage of bellicose rhetoric on foreign policy, he hasn't followed his tough talk with detailed plans to enhance America's security or strengthen our alliances. When Romney wasn't literally running from reporters' questions on foreign policy, he has been all over the map on the key foreign policy issues of our time:

    • He was for and against the removal of Qaddafi. 

    • He said that any President would have authorized the mission to get bin Laden - after having previously said he wouldn't have moved heaven and earth to do it. 

    • He has no plan for Iraq, and has taken all sides of whether to set a timetable to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan. 

    • And while he says that Russia is our "number one geopolitical foe," he barely touches the subject in his platitude-filled foreign policy white paper.



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