Vice President Joe Biden assailed Mitt Romney as “fundamentally wrong” and “totally out of touch” on foreign policy in a campaign speech Thursday — contrasting that to a record of President Barack Obama’s tough but right choices.
Trotting out what’s already become a well-worn campaign line, that “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” Biden offered a twist: “If Governor Romney had been president, could he have used the same slogan in reverse?”
Speaking at New York University, Biden portrayed Romney’s foreign policy views as a question mark, but one who “starts with a profound misunderstanding” of the role of a commander-in-chief.
Romney said during his 2008 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination that he favored turning to the State Department for advice on foreign policy. Biden mocked the idea.
“In my view, the last thing I think we need is a president who will subcontract our foreign policy to some expert at the State Department,” the vice president said. “That kind of thinking may work for a CEO, but it cannot and will not work for a president, and it will not work for a commander-in-chief.”
Drawing contrasts between President Barack Obama and comments Romney has made on the campaign trail in 2008 and this year, Biden attacked the former Massachusetts governor for being “one of a small group of Cold War holdovers,” for naming Russia as a major threat to the United States and at times referring to Soviets.
“I don’t know whether it’s a slip of the tongue or a mindset … Everybody slips. I never do, but everyone does,” Biden said in a self-deprecating nod to his own gaffes.
Biden also spoke in detail about Obama’s decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound nearly a year ago. “We can’t say for certain what Romney would have done,” Biden said, while suggesting it might not have been what Obama ultimately chose to do.