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Biden Accuses Romney of Harboring 'Cold War Mindset'

Biden: “…we know that to the extent [Romney has] shown any foreign policy vision it’s through the glass of a rear view mirror.”
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/27/2012, 2:34 PM

US Vice President Joe Biden
US Vice President Joe Biden
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Vice President Joe Biden fiercely attacked Mitt Romney’s foreign policy, accusing the former governor of harboring a “Cold War mindset,” ignoring the facts of President Obama’s record, and undermining the importance of hunting down Osama bin Laden.  

“On this fundamental issue, the contrast between President Obama, his record, and Gov. Romney and his rhetoric cannot be greater,” Biden told a crowd of 500 students at New York University.

“If you’re looking for a bumper sticker to sup how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”

He then said, “You have to ask yourself… if Gov. Romney were president, would he have used the same slogan in reverse?”

Biden also raised questions about Romney’s competence to be commander in chief, citing the nominee’s 2008 comment that “a president is not a foreign policy expert.”

“…we know that to the extent he’s shown any foreign policy vision it’s through the glass of a rear view mirror,” Biden said.

On Iran, the vice president called Romney’s modifications of administration policy “apparently ignorant.”

Biden then asserted, if he wants to launch a war with Iran “he should tell the American people… otherwise it’s just talk.”

Romney foreign policy adviser Dan Senor, a former chief spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, said Obama has “downgraded” US relations with Israel and abdicated its leadership role in the past three years.

“The vice president seems to focus on a fantasy narrative, if you will, about the Obama administration’s record in improving relations with the world (and) ‘repairing’ relations with American allies,” Senor added.

On Iran, Romney adviser Alex Wong said Washington must present a credible military threat, but the Obama administration instead “has gone out of its way to convey that the military option is not serious,” allowing the regime to pursue its nuclear program without fear of retaliation.

“The foreign policy doctrine of all modern presidents has been peace through strength,” Wong added. “The only two exceptions to that tradition have been Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.”