Biden's speech takes aim at Mitt Romney's foreign policy (VIDEO)


Vice President Joe Biden's speech on foreign policy on April 26, 2012 set the tone for the presidential campaign as Biden took aim at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "cold war mindset."


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Vice President Joe Biden criticized Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's foreign policy stance on Thursday during a speech in New York City, according to Politico.

Biden said, "If you are looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," according to Politico.

He focused on Romney's comments on Russia, saying that the former governor had a "cold war mindset" and was "out of touch," according to ABC News. He added, "Gov. Romney, I think, is counting on collective amnesia of the American people," saying, "Americans know that we cannot afford to go back to the future."

Speaking about President Barack Obama's handling of the attack on Osama bin Laden's compound, Biden said, "He made one of the most courageous decisions I've seen a president make in my lifetime, and I would argue in a long time," according to The Chicago Tribune. Casting Romney as the unknown quantity, Biden said, "We can't say for certain what Gov. Romney would have done."

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The part of the speech garnering the most attention, though, was Biden's insistence that "I promise you, the president has a big stick." When he said again, "I promise you," the audience laughed, though he was referring to President Theodore Roosevelt's famous maxim, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."

Political commentators and the internet caught on to the statement and New York magazine published a collection of photos of Obama with big sticks.

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According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, released on April 11, 53 percent of those surveyed trusted Obama on the handling of international affairs, compared to 36 percent who trusted Romney. In the same poll, Obama also had a huge lead in likability, at 64 percent, compared to Romney's 26 percent.

Republican National Committee spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said, "It’s clear Biden has amnesia about the Obama administration’s foreign policy failures whether it’s alienating allies like Israel, the failed Russia reset, and emboldening adversaries like Iran and Syria that seek to undermine our nation’s security," according to Politico.

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Here is a clip from the speech, courtesy of the Associated Press: