President Obama’s leadership has made America stronger, safer and more secure than we were four years ago. Mitt Romney has nothing to offer in Monday’s debate but more bluster, a record of blunders and a commitment to endless war.
- Mitt Romney is not ready to be Commander-in-Chief. Every time he has had a chance to prove he is, he’s failed. He gets the facts wrong, undermines relationships with our allies, often highlights his lack of experience, has a team of ideologues committed to endless war, and confuses who our top enemies are.
- Must Watch: This new OFA video on Romney’s approach to foreign policy.
- Iraq: The President kept his promise to responsibly end the Iraq war and bring our troops home. Romney is listening to the same advisors who were responsible for that war, and he called the President’s decision to bring all our troops home “tragic.” Romney has made it clear that he wanted to leave tens of thousands of troops there, indefinitely and without any strategy.
- al-Qaeda: The President refocused on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, devastating al-Qaeda’s leadership and bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. Romney said it wasn’t “worth moving heaven and earth” to take out the world’s most wanted terrorist.
- Afghanistan: The President has a plan to end the war in 2014, and we’re already bringing our troops home. Romney doesn’t have a plan to end the war at all, and would likely keep us there indefinitely – just as he would have done in Iraq.
- Libya: Romney was all over the map, first opposing intervention in Libya and then supporting it after it succeeded. He told donors in the infamous “47 percent” video that he would readily politicize an international tragedy – and in his response to last month’s attack on our embassy, that’s exactly what he’s done. As President Obama said in the last debate, that’s not how a Commander-in-Chief operates.
- Israel: The President has consistently affirmed his ironclad, unshakeable support for Israel, standing up at the U.N. for Israel’s right to self-defense, standing up to Iran, and sending Israel record levels of security assistance funding. Romney said he’d do the “opposite.”
- Iran: The President has been clear that he will not let Iran get a nuclear weapon – period. He has imposed the toughest sanctions on Iran in history, which are crippling Iran’s economy and which even Romney admits are working. Romney has talked tough, but hasn’t offered to do a single thing the president isn’t already doing. If Romney thinks it’s time to go to war, he should say so.
- Alliances: The President has strengthened our alliances while remaining true to the values that make our nation great. We’ve brought the international community together to confront shared challenges: fighting the war in Afghanistan, taking out a dictator in Libya and putting the most pressure in history on Iran over its nuclear program. Romney managed to insult one of our closest allies during his foreign trip this summer.
· China: Romney’s empty rhetoric can’t hide his investments in Chinese piracy, outsourcing and horrific labor conditions. Experts agree that his pledge to label China a currency manipulator would spark a trade war, hurting American workers and businesses. When the President stood up for American tire workers and enforced trade laws against China, Romney called it “bad for the nation and our workers.”
- Defense Budget: No one wants to see these massive, across-the-board cuts happen under sequestration – which Paul Ryan voted for and championed. The President has a balanced plan to stop them while reducing our deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade. But Romney, Ryan and their allies in Congress are standing in the way by refusing to ask the wealthiest to pay even a nickel more in taxes – at the expense of our national security.