Foreign affairs at fore in US campaign

2012-07-24 10:03
AP

AP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • The Amateur
    A gripping read that reveals never before published details about the Obama administration's... Now R321.00
    buy now
Reno — President Barack Obama raised doubts about challenger Mitt Romney's foreign policy credentials on Monday as the candidates plunged back into their acrimonious political campaign with international affairs making a rare move to the fore.

The focus on foreign affairs came as Romney readied for a closely watched trip overseas. Obama told a military audience that he was the only one in the race with a record, not just words, on international matters as he sought to undercut the Republican's travels before they began.

Romney, who will set out this week for England, Israel and Poland, accused Obama of focusing on negative attacks and failing to offer a "healthy, important debate" on America's problems.

Their words signalled that, days after a Colorado movie massacre brought reflection and talk of national unity from both camps, the fight was on again.

Both sides saw little time to waste in a tight, bruising race — and saw little need to apologise for any tactics.

Obama and Romney are both trying to gain the military vote. In the 2008 election, 54% of those who said they had served in the military voted for Senator John McCain, himself a veteran, to 44% for Obama, according to exit polls.

Killing Osama


A positive campaign "really would be nice", Romney said even as he declared that sentiment over in an interview with CNBC. He blamed Obama for the tenor.

Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars he has kept his promises to end the war in Iraq, wind down the conflict in Afghanistan and go after al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden wherever he was hiding. The terrorist mastermind was killed in a raid on Obama's orders.

In every example, Obama poked at Romney without naming him. On Iraq, Obama suggested Romney would have kept forces in the war zone indefinitely.

"When you're commander in chief, you owe the troops a plan," Obama said. On Afghanistan, Obama needled Romney for opposing the 2014 timeline for ending the war. "You know what? That's not a plan for America's security," he said.

Romney was to get his say before the VFW, too, on Tuesday before setting out overseas.

Trying to set the expectations for the opponent, Obama campaign officials challenged Romney to offer clear policy ideas during his three-country trip.
‘Diminished moral authority’
Romney's travels will be viewed as a measure of how well he can stand up on the world stage. Obama took an even broader such trip as a candidate in 2008.

Four years later, Obama said on Monday: "We're leading around the world. There's more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go."

A Romney spokesperson, Ryan Williams, countered that Obama had "diminished our moral authority" in the world.

Still in the shadow of the Colorado rampage, both campaigns weighed how to calibrate their tones.

Obama spokesperson Jen Psaki said the president was moved by his visits on Sunday with survivors and family members of the victims of Friday's mass shooting outside Denver. Still, she said: "We've got a long way to go here. ... [Obama] knows that he needs to make sure people know what's at stake."

Romney noted that Obama aide David Axelrod had begun the day reminding via Twitter of the campaign's request to see more of Romney's tax returns.

Pursuit of money

"I haven't seen the healthy, important debate coming from the president's team," Romney said. "It's been almost all attack ads on all sorts of peripheral issues."

Romney himself was back at the rhetorical attack, telling donors in California that Obama was "out of ideas and out of excuses".

The pursuit of money kept on rolling, too.

In California, Romney raised $10m over two days.

Obama moved on to California for a night of fundraisers; Oregon and Washington state were next on Tuesday. He was expected to raise more than $6m.

The president opened remarks to donors at an intimate, $35 800 per person dinner in Oakland by recounting his meetings with those impacted by the Colorado shooting. The spirit of the community, Obama said, "would make you extraordinarily optimistic about America".

Both campaigns were keeping their largely negative television advertisements off the air in Colorado, a key battleground state in the November election.

Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning for his boss in Florida, jettisoned his typical speech to focus on the shooting victims and the stories of heroism from that night.

- AP

Read more on:    barack obama  |  mitt romney  |  us  |  us elections 2012  |  us cinema attack
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Monday Montague Gardens - 12:40 PM
    Road name: Montague Drive Northbound
    DELAYS between Bosmansdam Road and Racecourse Road due to roadworks
  • Monday Mitchells Plain - 12:39 PM
    Road name: Wespoort Drive
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Merrydale Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9380

The first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch screen Stay connected...

From R1799.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong emphasis on relationships. Obsession, emotional disputes, retaliation or competitive actions are highlighted....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.