Using Obama's own words against him
Monday night's debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will focus on foreign policy. And Mitt Romney has a golden opportunity to score points against the president by using his own words against him.
I wrote an earlier column (see "Romney's Trump Card for the Foreign Policy Debate") suggesting Romney leverage his image as a person who would be a good steward of our economy to point out how Obama's handling of the economy has weakened our foreign policy standing.
In Obama's 2006 speech from the Senate floor, he scored political points against George Bush by declaring, "Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally."
Since becoming President, Obama has increased our debt by 5 trillion dollars and counting. The deficits under his policies are projected to total trillions more.
This provides an opening for Romney by pointing out not just how Obama has weakened America but how hypocritical he has been. His words and promises are meaningless and not to be trusted.
There are few campaign tactics as potent as using an opponent's own words against him.
Obama called such "reckless fiscal policies," deficit spending and debt increases a "failure of leadership" and that America deserved better.
Indeed we do.
Our foreign creditors have been scathing in their criticism of Obama's own reckless fiscal policies in ways that escape our own media outlets.
Vladimir Putin called America a "parasite" that is "living beyond their means and shifting a part of their problems to the world economy."
The Chinese spoke up to say that they had "every right" to demand that Washington safeguard China's dollar assets. China called for America to 'come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making our finally gone...to cure its addiction to debt, the United States has to re-establish the common sense principle that one should live within its means."
Yes...communists are lecturing America on how to run our affairs. Welcome to Obama's fundamental transformation of America.