Republican senator Kelly Ayotte appeared on CNN’s State of the Union today, and after brushing aside a few gaffes Mitt Romney made during his overseas tour, claimed his foreign policy would be stronger than President Obama‘s. Candy Crowley reminded Ayotte that Obama ordered the mission that killed Osama bin Laden and has increased the use of drones, and asked her what in that shows a weak foreign policy.
After Crowley reviewed Romney’s gaffes, Ayotte argued that he would be “strong” on foreign policy and will not “go around and apologize for America.” She dismissed the gaffes as something to be expected occasionally in a campaign, but used the context of the Olympics to praise Romney for his leadership role in putting the 2002 Winter Olympics together in Salt Lake City.
Crowley then brought up Obama’s foreign policy record and asked Ayotte how anyone could think the president has not been strong in this area.
“We’re talking about a man who upped the drone war to get at al-Qaeda operatives, both in Pakistan and Yemen, well beyond what George Bush ever did. This is the man who gave the okay to go get bin Laden, now, of course, deceased. He wound down the war in Iraq, he’s winding down the war in Afghanistan. And more important to Americans, I think – there have been no attacks on U.S. soil since President Obama took office. What is weak about that?”
Ayotte said she gives credit to Obama for ordering the bin Laden mission and the increased use of drones, but then accused the president of “outsourc[ing] leadership to the United Nations” on dealing with the situation in Syria. She insisted that “apologizing for America” has been a big part of his foreign policy, and said Obama should be tougher on sanctions against Iran.
Watch the video below, courtesy of CNN:
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