Romney goes on offense on foreign policy; Update: Live video embed added

posted at 11:16 am on October 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

After treading cautiously on the issue of the Benghazi terror attack for the past few weeks, Mitt Romney plans to deliver a broadside against Barack Obama on what Democrats had bragged about being the incumbent’s strong suit — foreign policy.  In remarks Romney will deliver today at the Virginia Military Institute, the Republican nominee will blast Obama’s passivity in foreign affairs and argue for a more muscular approach in order to control events rather than be controlled by them.  That will include what Politico calls “his harshest language yet” on the assassination of a US Ambassador and the Obama administration’s response:

The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts,” Romney plans to say. “They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East — a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. And the fault lines of this struggle can be seen clearly in Benghazi itself.”

Romney’s advisers say he will offer fresh details of how he’d change course in the region if he wins the White House in November. This speech is the outgrowth of an internal debate at Romney’s Boston headquarters about how much time to spend on foreign policy in an election that will be decided on the economy and how forcefully to knock the president after a poorly-timed initial statement that backfired.

Besides Virginia’s role as a prized swing state, campaign officials said they chose VMI as the venue because George Marshall — the former Army chief of staff during WWII who became secretary of State and then Defense during the early years of the Cold War — is an alumnus. Romney will open and close his speech with homage to Marshall, quoting Winston Churchill to praise Marshall for always fighting against “defeatism, discouragement and disillusion.”

Romney advisers say Romney will try to position himself as the continuation of a bipartisan foreign policy tradition going back to Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan that emphasizes U.S. strength.

Fox News Insider has more of the prepared remarks:

I know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity. …

I believe that if America does not lead, others will—others who do not share our interests and our values—and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us. America’s security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years. I am running for President because I believe the leader of the free world has a duty, to our citizens, and to our friends everywhere, to use America’s great influence—wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively—to shape events in ways that secure our interests, further our values, prevent conflict, and make the world better—not perfect, but better.

Democrats opened up this line of attack in two ways.  First, they very overtly brought up the topic repeatedly in Charlotte during the convention, especially on the final night, as John Kerry, Joe Biden, and Obama himself attacked the Republican ticket for their lack of experience on foreign affairs. I interviewed Romney in 2007 and stuck to foreign policy almost exclusively, and I knew this was a trap for Democrats even before the Benghazi attack. Romney has an extensive knowledge of foreign policy, especially on trade, but by far not exclusive to it.

The incoherent and downright dishonest response to the Benghazi attack, however, opened up a huge opportunity on what had been perceived — by Democrats, at least — as the strongest part of Obama’s foreign-policy track record: the Arab Spring.  In fact, the Benghazi attack was an all-around debacle, with the State Department failing to respond to obvious and building threats with better security to the outrageous deceptions staged by the White House to spin the terrorist attack as a movie review riot.  The sheer incompetence leaves Romney an opening to underscore the narrative of a chief executive far out of his depth, and leaving America flailing for direction and success at home and abroad.

It’s possible to overplay this hand, but Romney is a very disciplined candidate.  I’d expect his tone to be one of disappointment rather than anger, and the overall direction to be forward-looking rather than overly retrospective.  With the Obama administration still fumbling on Benghazi and new revelations surfacing daily, Romney can win simply by projecting an image of competence and promising a return to a focus on American interests abroad.

The speech starts at 11:20 ET.  If I can find an embed code for the live broadcast, I’ll include it. In the meantime, you can catch it here on C-SPAN live.

Update: Here it is, live:

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Thanks Ed. I had railed last week about why we were getting John McCain threads when Mitt was out on the stump campaigning for the 2012 Presidency. You have come through here, and I really hope more eyeballs and ears are exposed to Mitt’s VMI speech today.

Anybody with any shred of sense at all can see which of these two candidates is the more Presidential.

Right Mover on October 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I would hate to be Obama as it dawns on Mooch that her days of living like a queen on the taxpayer’s dime are coming to an end. Events like Romney’s speech today are little wake up calls.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Any links to the speech? No replay on the live link.

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

More: Romney says risk of conflict higher in Mideast after Obama policies – @NBCNews

17 secs ago from nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com by editor

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/08/14295752-romney-risk-of-conflict-higher-in-mideast-after-obama-policies#comments

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I want Romney to ask Obama to explain what he meant when he told Medvedev there would be more flexibility after the election.

Just the anticipation of what Mitt might bring up at the next debate is enough to drive Obama nuts.

Obama has no command of facts, he can only recite gibberish talking points. He looked lost in space at the debate.

bailey24 on October 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I’m glad Mitt chose VMI for this speech. That’s big.

VMI is the alma mater of a real Nobel Peace Prize winner—George C. Marshall. It’s a beautiful campus in a beautiful area of Virginia. I’m sure that GOV McDonnell helped him set it up there because GOV McD gave a big campaign speech there a few years back before he beat the snot out of Creigh Deeds, a poor schmoe that Obama endorsed.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

OT:

Not sure how to send this article to HotAir, but thought it was an interesting read, and I couldn’t believe the teacher was still working:

http://articles.philly.com/2012-10-05/news/34261316_1_t-shirt-republican-shirt-teacher

Student wears a Romney t-shirt to a “dress down” day and is roundly and publicly humiliated and shamed by her teacher for wearing it. Was told “this is a Democratic school” and her wearing a Romney shirt was “akin to the teacher (who is black) wearing a KKK shirt”. Really disgusting stuff from the teacher to a 16 year old girl, who researched the candidates herself and came to the conclusion that Romney should win!!!

Highlar on October 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Try this:

tips@hotair.com

Del Dolemonte on October 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Is there a link to the tape yet? I missed it Live.

Gadsden

GadsdenRattlers on October 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I don’t know if it will take time, or not, but CSPAN will likely have it in their video vault.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Just the anticipation of what Mitt might bring up at the next debate is enough to drive Obama nuts.

Obama has no command of facts, he can only recite gibberish talking points. He looked lost in space at the debate.

bailey24 on October 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Romney is now living in Obama’s head.

And he is seething.

The next debate should be epic.

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Correct. Romney, unlike McCain, is determined to be elected president. McCain was content to be nominated for president.

Big difference.

matthew8787 on October 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON.

ToddPA on October 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I’m sure that GOV McDonnell helped him set it up there because GOV McD gave a big campaign speech there a few years back before he beat the snot out of Creigh Deeds, a poor schmoe that Obama endorsed.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

It was nice to see real college students too. Not the motley collection of unkempt rabble that show up when Obama speaks on a college campus.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

This was an excellent, excellent, excellent speech! Wow. This was pure Reaganesque. I am happily stunned by Romney’s transformation. He is walking the path Reagan walked in 1980. He will win this election in a landslide if he keeps this up.

milemarker2020 on October 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I missed the live feed too

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This was one of Romney’s best speech’s ever. Excellent FP positions. Strong words, strong delivery. Loved it. As a prelude to the next debate, Barry should be afraid, very afraid.

Slainte on October 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

VMI is the alma mater of a real Nobel Peace Prize winner—George C. Marshall.
ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Oh, wow ! I just appreciated the reference to Marshall, generally.
To use the alumni, is genius.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Mitt scares the piss out of Obama. That’s the reason for his debate failure.

claudius on October 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Haven’t clicked on this, but try :

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/RomneyFo

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

3rd that Matthew and Todd

cmsinaz on October 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Obama better pull off the performance of his life next Tuesday cuz that foreign policy debate in 2 weeks is gonna be a massacre.

Doughboy on October 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

This.

Once he’s done telling us that Osama is still dead, what in God’s name is Baraka going to be able to say in his defense about our national defense?

Right Mover on October 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Haven’t clicked on this, but try :

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/RomneyFo

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Short clip of pre-speech only right now…..probably prepping the full clip.

Thanks though….(text is everywhere….will just have to wait to see the delivery).

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Oh, wow ! I just appreciated the reference to Marshall, generally.
To use the alumni, is genius.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

did Mitt use Marshall in the speech? If he did, that’s awesome. There’s a great George Marshall museum there on the grounds.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Works for me.

gh on October 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Sorry for the mis-lead … Was hoping. ;-)
Probably won’t be long … Just checked YouTube, but nothing yet.
Worth the watch, for sure.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Let’s hope this speech isn’t followed up by squish……

……not that we’d ever see that from the gop.

PappyD61 on October 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Yup, skillfully, too.
At the start, and again at the end.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

http://www.marshallfoundation.org/museum/index.html

If Romney gave a foreign policy speech at VMI, then he is using George Marshall as a big backdrop. Marshall, unlike Obama, won the Nobel Peace Prize for actually doing something. It was the first time a former general won the prize.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obama has no command of facts, he can only recite gibberish talking points. He looked lost in space at the debate.

bailey24 on October 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Exactly! That’s why he can study all he wants, and it won’t help, because he won’t retain the info.

Paddington on October 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Yup, skillfully, too.
At the start, and again at the end.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

wow, cool. It’s go time for doing some historical homework on GEN Marshall’s work.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Correct. Romney, unlike McCain, is determined to be elected president. McCain was content to be nominated for president.

Big difference.

matthew8787 on October 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON.

ToddPA on October 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Before the debate, I wasn’t so sure. Now, I think that you’re right.

besser tot als rot on October 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Shame he didn’t mention anything about the ROE in Afghanistan.

a capella on October 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Foreign Policy President (TM).

Mr. Prodigy on October 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen:

On the heels of Romney’s epic foreign policy speech at VMI, I offer up a shameless reference to today’s Drudge highlights:

GALLUP: 5-POINT ROMNEY BOUNCE…

POLL: Romney leads among independents 51-35…

‘Enthusiasm’ gap 13-point spread for Republican… GOP plans to ‘bombard school with patriotism’ where teacher likened Romney shirt to KKK…

I heartily recommend that you refer these any Mobys or Trolls who show up today — particularly the paroled, convicted felon and avowed pederast, BendMeOverAndPokeMe.

Sadly, I must ply the routes of commerce this day but my heart swells patriotically in my breast and it is with all of you — particularly Scrumpy, pampi, and GiGi — who feel as I do.

God bless you all, God bless Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and God bless The United States of America!

The War Planner on October 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Romney failed to state his position on the disputed Maldives islands. Big mistake!

Christien on October 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

did Mitt use Marshall in the speech? If he did, that’s awesome. There’s a great George Marshall museum there on the grounds.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Mitt was speaking in the Center for Leadership and Ethics located next to the Marshall Library. And yes, he referenced Marshall though expect the MSM to bring up Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee and infer that to speak at VMI, Romney is a racist or something.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Before the debate, I wasn’t so sure. Now, I think that you’re right.

besser tot als rot on October 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

..welcome to the fight; here’s your M-1!

The War Planner on October 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Shame he didn’t mention anything about the ROE in Afghanistan.

a capella on October 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

He needs to save some ammunition for the debate in two weeks.

gh on October 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Shame he didn’t mention anything about the ROE in Afghanistan.

a capella on October 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I was hoping for that, too. Truly criminal.
Maybe in the debate .. what a devastating shocker that would be to the 70M viewers, about half of whom have no clue.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I would hate to be Obama as it dawns on Mooch that her days of living like a queen on the taxpayer’s dime are coming to an end. Events like Romney’s speech today are little wake up calls.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

And what makes me happy is knowing that, as a narcissist, former President Obama will have to wake up each morning and go to bed each night faced with the realization that he is a loser, a nothing and it gives me peace in my heart knowing he will have to live with his record for the rest of his miserable life. All downhill from here, EarFlaps.

the new aesthetic on October 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

TWP thanks for the academy choir video!

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Mitt was speaking in the Center for Leadership and Ethics located next to the Marshall Library. And yes, he referenced Marshall though expect the MSM to bring up Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee and infer that to speak at VMI, Romney is a racist or something.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I look forward to seeing the recorded video, I missed it live.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM

He needs to save some ammunition for the debate in two weeks.

gh on October 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Hopefully he’ll go full-bore on F&F too.

Univision actually gifted Romney by prying open door on that tragedy (which will be big news to the MSM-informed low-info voter).

Romney has a full arsenal for the next debate.

It should be a beautiful thing.

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

And what makes me happy is knowing that, as a narcissist, former President Obama will have to wake up each morning and go to bed each night faced with the realization that he is a loser, a nothing and it gives me peace in my heart knowing he will have to live with his record for the rest of his miserable life. All downhill from here, EarFlaps.

the new aesthetic on October 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I think Obama is more of a sociopath than a narcissist but you are right. He won’t be content post-presidency. Especially when he can no longer deliver freebies to his cult worshipers.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

When asked about Beirut, Romney stated he thought Hank Aaron was a better hitter.

/SNL Crisis Game ’83

Christien on October 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Watch the Dems spin it as Crisis Update ’83 (starring Joe Piscopo as Ronnie)

Christien on October 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

others who do not share our interests and our values

This would be all the followers of Mohammad. Every last one of them.

VorDaj on October 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Mittens at the podium!

http://p.twimg.com/A4sf0XmCEAAqOus.jpg

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

He is getting their vote.

GW_SS-Delta on October 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Team Obama wants to paint Romney to the right of Bush on FP.

Romney can easily point out BO’s hypocrisy and infuriate the left at the same time.

Obama has embraced and expanded almost all of the Bush agenda except water-boarding. Obama doubled down on drones and prefers to pulverize militants and any innocent people close by rather than take prisoners.

The anti-war left and lapdog media hate to face this reality, any success BO had in FP was because he continued Bush’s policies.

bailey24 on October 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

where the heck is everyone. Elrushbo is on fire!

screwauger on October 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

That is beautiful ! Thanks.

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Huge, scary headline @ HuffPo |

HE COULD WIN THIS THING !!!!

MUUWAHAHA.

Via twitchy.com

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Shame he didn’t mention anything about the ROE in Afghanistan.

a capella on October 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The ROE in Afcrapistan should be – we leave, they engage each other. 11 years of this madness is quite enough.

John Bernard -

“Our concern as a people of a nation should be for the well-being of our War Fighters – FIRST! If Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, Libyans, Tunisians, Algerians, et al want to lessen their plight, they have the exact same opportunity as our Fore Fathers did; fight for it! We owe them nothing and certainly not our trust or the blood of our finest! The problem is, they don’t see their condition as a scourge or a plight; they see it as the spiritually enlightened condition of men who have given themselves to the doctrines of a man who claimed to have conversed with a ‘god’. Any man in this country who thinks we have anything to offer people who have given so much of themselves to so vile a religious construct as Islam is simply arrogant – and ignorant! Asking better men to sacrifice themselves for this arrogance is the height, width and depth of moral depravity! Demanding they continue in light of such absolute proof of the total and abysmal failure of such an arrogantly conceived battle plan, is simply criminal!

Afghanistan is a cesspool of humanity; a mass grave for honorable men compelled to serve in her sewage by the arrogant, delusional and cowardly politicians of the day. Nothing good has come of our efforts; nothing good will come out of the next two years.

VorDaj on October 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

obama crew trying to put the amateur label on mitt for foreign policy…

puhleeze from the junior senator who was supposedly on a foreign commmittee of some type during his time in the senate when he was really campaigning for president instead….

cmsinaz on October 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Refreshing to have a candidate that sounds like a leader. I regret not supporting Romney in 2008.

crosspatch on October 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

And what makes me happy is knowing that, as a narcissist, former President Obama will have to wake up each morning and go to bed each night faced with the realization that he is a loser, a nothing and it gives me peace in my heart knowing he will have to live with his record for the rest of his miserable life. All downhill from here, EarFlaps.

the new aesthetic on October 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

The best moment will be watching him to concede the election to Romney.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Full transcript of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech – @nytimes

6 mins ago from http://www.nytimes.com by editor

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/us/politics/mitt-romney-remarks-at-virginia-military-institute.html?_r=1

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

The best moment will be watching him to concede the election to Romney.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Will never happen. On November 7th he will start trying to do as much damage as he can before he has to hang it up in January.

gh on October 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I had this crazy image flash thru my mind…..

Zero loses, so FLOTUS, daughters, MIL leave DC to settle the Hawaiian mansion, and don’t even come back for Mitt’s inauguration. Knowing, Preezy, even HE might not even show up !!

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

wow, cool. It’s go time for doing some historical homework on GEN Marshall’s work.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Uh I think you mean ADMIRAL Marshall. Everyone knows they’re called Generals in the Navy and Admirals in the Army. At least according to the smartest first black Empty Chair ever.

Nutstuyu on October 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The best moment will be watching him to concede the election to Romney.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

The best moment will be watching him, Mooch, and the brats getting on that plane on Jan 21st and and fly off to Chicago, or Hawaii, or wherever.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

on what Democrats had bragged about being the incumbent’s strong suit — foreign policy

Hmmm. Thought this was supposed to be the strength of Biden, since Zero had no FP experience.

We can see how that has worked out, regardless.

Fortunately, FP is to be the next Pres. debate topic, as I have heard. Bring popcorn.

IrishEyes on October 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

VMI graduates have served with honor in our nation’s defense, just as many are doing today in Afghanistan and in other lands.

What is going on in Afcrapistan is not the defense of the United States.

VorDaj on October 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Huge, scary headline @ HuffPo |

HE COULD WIN THIS THING !!!!

MUUWAHAHA.

Via twitchy.com

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

pambi:Lol,HuffPuff on Alert,haha:)

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I think Obama is more of a sociopath than a narcissist

The two generally go together.

tommyboy on October 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Refreshing to have a candidate that sounds like a leader. I regret not supporting Romney in 2008.

crosspatch on October 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

You know, I was just thinking the same thing.

Conservalicious on October 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Will never happen. On November 7th he will start trying to do as much damage as he can before he has to hang it up in January.

gh on October 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Yeah, and much more than simply removing certain keys on computer keyboards.

IrishEyes on October 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I watched the speech live. Romney spoke as though he were already President, in the present tense. That confidence and calm will command a lot of votes.

JoseQuinones on October 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I can’t remember Proverbs 16:18 being any more prevelant than in this POTUS.

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (NIV)

The sound of his sorry a$$ hitting the earth on 11/6/2012 can’t come soon enough, along with the LSM. I worry about the last days of his failed presidency and what he may do to destroy more of American exceptionalism. He is crafty SOB and won’t go down quietly.

mrmagoo on October 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

to the doctrines of a lying, thieving, murdering, raping, pedophile of a man who claimed to have conversed with a ‘god’.

Just wanted to clear that up.

Nutstuyu on October 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Hmmm. Thought this was supposed to be the strength of Biden, since Zero had no FP experience.

We can see how that has worked out, regardless.

Fortunately, FP is to be the next Pres. debate topic, as I have heard. Bring popcorn.

IrishEyes on October 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

IrishEyes:Exactly,from 2008 NYT!:)
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Obama’s Pick Adds Foreign Expertise to Ticket
Published: August 23, 2008
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WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama introduced Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate on Saturday at a boisterous rally in Springfield, Ill.,

a choice that strengthens the Democratic ticket’s credentials on foreign policy
**************

and provides Mr. Obama a combative partner as he heads into the fight with Senator John McCain.

In Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama selected a six-term senator from Delaware best known for

his expertise on foreign affairs
**********************************

— Mr. Biden spent last weekend in Georgia as that nation engaged in a tense confrontation with Russia — but also for his skills at political combat. Mr. Obama passed over other candidates who might have brought him a state or reinforced the message of change that has been central to his candidacy.

At the rally outside the Old State Capitol where Mr. Obama announced his candidacy 19 months ago, he described Mr. Biden as a man ready to be president. And he offered a passionate and politically instructive introduction of Mr. Biden: the portrait of a running mate who filled in what many Democrats have described as the political shortcomings of Mr. Obama. (More….)
===================================================

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/us/politics/24veep.html?pagewanted=all

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I had this crazy image flash thru my mind…..

Zero loses, so FLOTUS, daughters, MIL leave DC to settle the Hawaiian mansion, and don’t even come back for Mitt’s inauguration. Knowing, Preezy, even HE might not even show up !!

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I’d be okay with that. I’d love to never have to see him again. :)

I just read the transcript of the speech. It was very, very good. I’m looking forward to the foreign policy debate.

Othniel on October 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Okay,Finally C-Span has it up!!
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Mitt Romney Delivers Major Foreign Policy Speech

Lexington, Virginia
Monday, October 8, 2012
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Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney visited the Virginia Military Institute on Monday to lay out his foreign policy vision, and contrast it with that of President Obama.

Coming off a widely reported success in last week’s domestic policy-focused Presidential debate, Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan held rallies in Virginia on Thursday and Friday. The Presidential candidates have a week off before the next debate, which is a town hall format. The final debate, which focuses on foreign policy, will take place October 22.

Romney has previously struggled in the foreign policy arena, with an overseas trip this summer for which he received mixed reviews, and a hasty statement about the recent uprisings in the Middle East, which came shortly before the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
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VIDEO:(36:15)

http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Mitt-Romney-Delivers-Major-Foreign-Policy-Speech/10737434742/

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Always have privately believed that Romney would rise to the occasion.

blatantblue on October 8, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

RT @SarahH_CBSNJ: Romney now conducting kiddie rope line

at Fairfield Elementary school in Virginia.

pic.twitter.com/Xdmi73tH
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https://twitter.com/SarahH_CBSNJ/status/255356312286818305/photo/1

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Thanks, as always. :-)

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

What is going on in Afcrapistan is not the defense of the United States.

VorDaj on October 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Sure it is. Geopolitical stability is in the interests of the United States. Whether it is successful or should be continued is another issue entirely but don’t dismiss the troops in that theater just because you don’t like the policy. Or are you one of those Ron Paul looney isolationists that thinks we can just roll up our welcome mat and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist?

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Eastwood’s shtick at the Republican convention…

…priceless!

After the LSM mocked Eastwood’s performance, the chickens are coming home to roost. I’m awed by how much I’m seeing more and more of the empty chair analogies towards the POTUS in the news cycle. None truer than in his FP and handling of the economy.

It truly is a beautiful thing to see!

Eastwood is genious…

mrmagoo on October 8, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Romney failed to state his position on the disputed Maldives islands. Big mistake!

Christien on October 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

lol

Anti-Control on October 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY!

Keep stickin’ it to ‘em Mitt!

Brat on October 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I had this crazy image flash thru my mind…..

Zero loses, so FLOTUS, daughters, MIL leave DC to settle the Hawaiian mansion, and don’t even come back for Mitt’s inauguration. Knowing, Preezy, even HE might not even show up !!

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

That’s funny. I told my dad I wouldn’t be surprised when, on election night, Obama has to give his concession speech, if he tells Romney he better get his butt to Washington the next day because Obama is not staying one more minute. If the American people are so stupid as to not re-elect him, he feels no obligation to stay until January when there is good golfing in Hawaii. HA

Night Owl on October 8, 2012 at 3:49 PM

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Thanks, as always. :-)

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

pambi:———————–:)

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 4:05 PM

That’s funny. I told my dad I wouldn’t be surprised when, on election night, Obama has to give his concession speech, if he tells Romney he better get his butt to Washington the next day because Obama is not staying one more minute. If the American people are so stupid as to not re-elect him, he feels no obligation to stay until January when there is good golfing in Hawaii. HA

Night Owl on October 8, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I’m worried about what torpedoes little Bammie might put in the water in his last week or two of reign. He could do a lot of damage with executive orders, pardons, UN agreements, treaties that don’t go through the Senate, etc.

slickwillie2001 on October 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Ed and HotAir laughingly think our current foreign policy is one of “passivity,” and are giddy at the prospects of further military interventionism.

“Conservatives” embracing the foreign policy of progressivism.

Dante on October 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

As much as I hate to agree with Dante, I am.

The Syrian rebels (who have al Qaeda links) no more share our values than Assad does. Just like Iraq, Egypt and Libya, we will be trading one set of despots for another.

It appears the noecons have gotten to Mitt.

bw222 on October 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

This was a very tough speech. Romney didn’t mince words. Very much in the tradition of don’t tread on me” American policy. Also he made it clear that we are not leaving the AF-PAK region anytime soon. That we are engaging AQ(and their backers)every where on the globe. Big Picture. America returns to the stage.

flackcatcher on October 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

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