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Biden Warns of Romney's 'Back to the Future' Foreign Policy

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Published on Apr 26, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden painted Mitt Romney's foreign policy vision on Thursday (April 26) as backward-looking and tied to George W. Bush, the Democrat's latest effort to define the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as out of touch with Americans.

U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign has unleashed Biden as a virtual attack dog on Romney over economic issues, but his speech on Thursday was the first to target the former Massachusetts governor on foreign policy.

Speaking at New York University, Biden touted Obama's national security successes while suggesting Romney would return to an era of go-it-alone bravado on the international stage.

"Governor Romney, I think, is counting on collective amnesia of the American people. Americans know, Americans know, but we can't go back to the future," Biden said.

"Back to a foreign policy that would have America go it alone, shout to the world you're either with us or against us, lash out first and ask the hard questions later, if they get asked at all, isolateAmerica instead of isolating our enemies," Biden said.

Romney, in turn, has described Obama as weak on foreign policy, especially when dealing with U.S. foes such as North Korea and Iran.Though the economy is expected to be the defining issue of the 2012 election, Obama's advisers see his record on foreign policy as a strength. Ending the war in Iraq and severely weakening al Qaeda are among the accomplishments that the campaign sees as unimpeachable victories.

"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," Biden said.

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