Obama’s “Romney” Strategy
Mitt Romney’s campaign has released some excerpts taken from his foreign policy speech, in which he stated how he would rebuild America’s reputation in the world. The basic premise from Romney’s speech is that president Obama has weakened the role the United States plays around the globe. This is a pretty straight forward critique of Obama’s foreign policy achievements, but team Obama was quick with the rebuttal.
A statement from a Democratic strategist gives a glaring example of how the Obama team would plan to take on a Romney candidacy.
The said strategist maintains “What will Romney say against killing bin Laden, taking out more Al Qaeda leadership in two years than had been taken out since September 11, 2001, ending combat operations in Iraq, transitioning to an Afghan security force lead and drawing down our troops there, standing up for Israel at the UN, strengthening our alliances, over-throwing Ghaddafi and fostering Democracy movements in the Middle East? Romney's criticisms of that stellar record are likely to come off petty and nothing more than politically motivated - as most of his prior critiques and positions have been…”
“Romney's biggest problem though will be to show how his constant flip-flopping on foreign policy issues in the pursuit of political expediency is any different than his lack of convictions and values he has demonstrated on domestic issues over the last two decades.”
In July of 2011 Politico ran an advertisement which was provided to the them exclusively that never aired against Romney in his 1994 Senate campaign in Massachusetts against Rdward Kennedy. In this advertisement, the narrator points out some major attacks that will be used against him by team Obama, if not first by another campaign during the primary. Here you can judge for yourself how effective a similar advertisement would be during high unemployment.
Here is the Un-aired Kennedy attack advertisement against Romney.
On the campaign trail Romney has touted his business career, pointing to his time at the consulting firm Bain & Co as proof he is the best equipped to fix the sputtering economy. As Politico reported in July, Kennedy was able to defeatRomney only because he focused his attacks on the fact Bain Capital had involvement in mass layoffs of workers and outsourcing to China. This would be toxic in the general election. But that’s not all.