What’s Romney doing?

13 Sep

Mitt Romney has taken a wrong turn and is walking on some thin ice.

This has to do with the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that left four Americans dead, including the Ambassador.

Romney used the opportunity to try to start a debate with Obama on his post-Arab Spring policies.

Romney complained the U.S. Embassy in Cairo tried to appease protesters threatening their compound and he did not immediately denounce them or Libyan protesters afterwards.

And he’s walked right into a right hook from President Obama that calls – again – into question Romney’s foreign policy credentials.

“Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first, aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is, you can’t do that. It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts.”

When asked if he was accusing Romney of being irresponsible, the president said: “I’ll let the American people judge that.”

Romney blasted the president’s statement as a sign of weakness and is something he and other Republicans say reflects a flaw in Obama’s policies throughout the region.

Up until yesterday, the President and the White House focused on expressions of grief for the lives lost, a condemnation of the violence, and guarantees that justice would prevail.

Obama ignored Romney until the work of acknowledging the deaths and putting the tragedy in context was complete.

Now Obama’s campaign says it’s shocked that Romney would bring politics into the middle of so much tragedy and pointed out the contrast between Romney and Obama.

Some Republicans are defending him while others are calling it reckless and irresponsible.

The question is — will undecided voters see Romney’s comments as insightful and strong, or crass and nothing more than political opportunism?

That’s up to you to decide.

One Response to “What’s Romney doing?”

  1. Anonymous September 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    More and more Obama is looking like a two-termer.

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