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[Ryan Williams]Romney spokesman blasts British paper's ‘false quote' about ‘Anglo-Saxon heritage'

Source: ABC

Spokesman Ryan Williams angrily denounced the comment on Wednesday as "an anonymous and false quote from a foreign newspaper." And Williams assailed Vice President Joe Biden for using the news report to accuse the Republican standard-bearer of playing politics with foreign policy while on an overseas tour.

"Today, the race for the highest office in our land was diminished to a sad level when the Vice President of the United States used an anonymous and false quote from a foreign newspaper to prop up their flailing campaign," Williams said in a statement emailed to reporters. The spokesman charged that Biden—who did not cite the specific quotation—had "advanced a falsehood" and accused him of trying "to divert voters' attention with specious shiny objects."

Here is how the Daily Telegraph characterized the unnamed Romney adviser's comments—which might suggest why the Republican's campaign is so aggressively hitting back:

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-spokesman-blasts-british-papers-false-quote-anglo/story?id=16855159

This campaign sure uses the "foreigner" card quite a bit.

Romney campaign in hot water for alleged 'Anglo-Saxon' remark

But the reason the quote is resonating is because of its racial implications, and its suggestion that president is less than fully American. That appeal is rooted in the discredited birther movement that posits that the president was not born in the United States. Obama was born in Hawaii, but his father was African and he spent part of his childhood in Indonesia.

Romney has consistently said he believes the president was born in the United States, though he has stood alongside prominent birthers such as Donald Trump.

And Romney and a top surrogate have flirted with the matter in recent days. Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu said the president needed to “learn how to be an American,” a comment he later apologized for. And Romney has repeatedly said on the campaign trail over the past week and a half that Obama was leading the nation down a “foreign” path, one that he said in Pennsylvania last week that “changes America.”


Now Romney camp claims the unnamed "advisor" has no connection to the campaign

An unnamed “adviser” to Mitt Romney who told the London Telegraph that the candidate appreciates “Anglo-Saxon heritage” better than President Obama has no actual connection to the campaign, a spokeswoman for the former Massachusetts governor said Wednesday.

“It’s not true,” Amanda Hennenberg said in a statement. “If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign.”

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage,” reporter Jon Swaine claims a “a member of the [Romney] foreign policy advisory team” said. “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

Obama strategist David Axelrod called the quote “stunningly offensive.”

Romney does have a team of 22 foreign policy and national security advisers. But British papers have looser guidelines on anonymous quotes than most of the American press. An “adviser” could have no actual role in the campaign; the Republican’s staff rarely talks to the foreign press.


What a farce. So they sent 22 advisors to talk to The Telegraph yet they aren't really advisors?

FACT CHECK: Romney-Bain contacts outlasted exit

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City's Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain associates and others familiar with Romney's actions at the time, he stayed in regular contact with his partners over the following months, tending to his partnership interests and negotiating his separation from the company.

Those familiar with Romney's discussions with his Bain partners said the contacts included several meetings in Boston, the company's home base, but were limited to matters that did not affect the firm's investments or other management decisions. Yet Romney continued to oversee his partnership stakes even as he disengaged from the firm, personally signing or approving a series of corporate and legal documents through the spring of 2001, according to financial reports reviewed by The Associated Press.


Several associates now say that Romney made repeated trips between Salt Lake and Boston, where he met at times with his former partners, mostly to discuss his severance from the firm. The Boston Globe reported last week that Romney also met with his Bain partners at a 15th anniversary celebration in Palm Beach, Fla., in early 1999.


In addition to those SEC reports, other corporate documents obtained by the AP show Romney's personal signature at least 10 times on large stock transactions or ownership statements tied to Bain investment deals at the time. Those documents include Romney's signature on federal stock forms approving the sales of large stakes in circuit board manufacturer DDi Corp. The company went into bankruptcy in 2003.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/FACT-CHECK-Romney-Bain-contacts-outlasted-exit-3732631.php#page-1

"Moment of truth" has come, army tells Syria rebels (drops leaflets)

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Syrian security forces dropped leaflets across Damascus on Tuesday warning rebel gunmen to give up their arms and surrender, opposition activists said.

"The weapon you are carrying has become a burden on you, and there is no hope for you to survive unless you drop your weapon," said the leaflets, dropped by helicopters.

"The moment of truth has come. The men of the Syrian Arab Army are coming, time is running out and the wise man is the one who saves himself," said the leaflets, signed by the armed forces general command.

Activists reported seeing the leaflets in the neighborhoods of Zahira and Midan, where the army launched a fierce counter-attack against last week's rebel offensive in the capital.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/24/us-syria-crisis-leaflets-idUSBRE86N15T20120724

Romney Abroad -- Back to the Future


But if this election really is going to be as close as predicted, we have to go over the head of the Romney spokesperson who said last week, in response to a question about Afghanistan policy, "I'm not going to get into the details of that". We have to insist that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee himself get into the details of some basic questions on national security. Like these:
•Who speaks for you on national security? Is it John Bolton, the ultra-hawk who turned off not only the British and other US allies but other conservatives in the Bush Administration with his extremist views; Bolton, who denounces Obama Administration-led international sanctions against Iran -- the toughest ever imposed, the first to include China and Russia -- and crosses his fingers that international negotiations to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons will fail so we can get to the military options? Is it Senator Rand Paul, who last year said it was time to end US aid to Israel? Is it former Navy Secretary John Lehman, who hasn't given up on his 80's push for a 600-plus-ship Navy and who worries openly about the "Soviet push into the Arctic"?

•Where's the beef? We know with whom you HAVE a beef: President Obama. But where's the substance? "I would look at the things the President has done and do the opposite" is not a responsible framework either for bilateral policy with Israel or for US national security policy. Do you or don't you believe we should go to war with Iran? What specifically would you do to address the Iranian threat that is different from what President Obama is already doing? Do you believe there are still viable options for dealing with the Iranian threat short of war? What would your proposed military action against Iran involve, and how would you deal with its potentially destabilizing consequences? Do you or don't you support the framework for security transition in Afghanistan developed by our top military and civilian leadership and supported not only by our NATO and ISAF partners (including Britain and Poland) but by a majority of the American people? If yes, will you say so clearly? If no, will you outline your own plan for continued US military engagement in Afghanistan? Will you really "just do what the commanders say to do" in Afghanistan? Or will you involve them in developing plans that you, as Commander-in-Chief, will frame? Would you stop US support for Israel's "Iron Dome" short-range missile shield? Would you direct the Pentagon to reduce its military assistance to Israel? Both of those actions would in fact fulfill your promise to "do the opposite" of what President Obama has done to support Israel.

•In what century do you plan to conduct your foreign policy? Granted, the world was a dangerous place during the Cold War. It has become an even more dangerous place during the first twelve years of the 21st century. There are fewer simple, bumper-sticker, zero-sum answers to national security issues. We have heard little or nothing from you on topics like al-Qaeda and counterterrorism, let alone issues like cyber security and the rise of a new generation of national and regional leaders from Europe to the Middle East to Asia. Committing US troops to solve every problem, whether military or non-military, is a knee-jerk option supported neither by current international circumstances nor by most Americans, including the military.

•How will you determine what to spend on defense? Faced with the most difficult national economic circumstances in three generations, a Congress divided on how to address them, and a need to find487 billion in defense savings over the next ten years, President Obama directed his military and civilian Pentagon advisors to find those savings -- but to do so based on a national security strategy that would keep America safe and secure, and its military strong and the best in the world. The political and civilian leaders, generals and admirals, working together, did just that. How would you do it? By framing national security in terms of spending 4% of GDP on defense, which you have said you will do? How and why did you come up with that number? (With the2 trillion defense budgets that result, you'll definitely be able to buy lots of700 hammers and toilet seats.) By defining your strategy in terms of cutting almost 20 percent across the board from government spending? Returning veterans and military families, among others, might have some questions about what that means for them.


Think Progress: Group Calls On Boehner To Kick Bachmann Off Intel Committee

Group Calls On Boehner To Kick Bachmann Off Intel Committee | The progressive group People for the American Way today called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to remove Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) from her post on the House Intelligence Committee after suggesting that U.S. government employees are helping the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrate the U.S. government. PFAW noted that Boehner had criticized Bachmann for her witch hunt and that Huma Abedin, top aide to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton whom Bachmann named as part of the alleged conspiracy, was put under police protection because of receiving threats. “Members of the House Intelligence Committee are entrusted with classified information that affects the safety and security of all Americans,” said PFAW president Michael Keegan. “That information should not be in the hands of anyone with such a disregard for honesty, misunderstanding of national security, and lack of respect for her fellow public servants.”

more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/23/570571/pfaw-boehner-bachmann-intel-committee/

Bachmann, Gaffney, and the GOP’s Anti-Muslim Culture of Conspiracy

Where did Michele Bachmann get the idea that Muslim radicals have infiltrated the highest levels of government? Look no further than activist Frank Gaffney, says Jonathan Kay.

Earlier this month, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on the FOX Business show Money Rocks to make the case for depriving the children of immigrants of their 14th Amendment rights. Gohmert claimed that on a recent airplane trip to the Middle East, one of his traveling companions had struck up a conversation with a grandmother who described her family's involvement in a Hamas plot to send pregnant women to the United States. Gohmert summarized the lesson for viewers this way: "We're bringing them over here on tourist visas, some illegally, letting them be born here and saying, 'This is an American citizen. So come back in 20, 25 years when you're ready to blow us up.'"

It's a bizarre story. But the fact that he's prepared to cite it as a basis for American immigration reform supplies some useful context for what happened two weeks later, when Gohmert joined four other Republican members of Congress, including Michele Bachmann, in asking the Department of Defense, the State Department, and other departments to investigate whether the U.S. government is being infiltrated by Muslim extremists.

In particular, the five Republicans singled out Huma Abedin, a long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, in their letter to the State Department. Abedin, the letter noted, "has three family members—her late father, her mother, and her brother—connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position provides her with routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making."

In this odd age, partisan hysteria and conspiracy theories have become a common feature of the American political landscape. But the anti-Abedin attack was too much even for fellow Republicans. To his credit, Sen. John McCain publicly declared that the letter constituted "an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant." (He also debunked its factual claims.) Ed Rollins, Bachmann's former campaign chief, wrote an op-ed for FOX calling his old boss' attack on Abedin "extreme," "dishonest," and "vicious."

more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/23/bachmann-gaffney-and-the-gop-s-anti-muslim-culture-of-conspiracy.html

Obama campaign chides Romney on foreign policy ahead of his overseas trip

Source: WaPo

The Obama campaign launched an early effort Monday to discredit Mitt Romney’s upcoming overseas trip, challenging the presumptive Republican nominee to lay out specifics of his foreign policy platform in areas where he disagrees with President Obama.

Romney leaves later this week for visits to Britain, Israel and Poland aimed at projecting the aura of a statesman to convince voters he would make a plausible commander-in-chief. But in a conference call with reporters, Obama’s surrogates said Romney must do more than meet with high-level officials and appear at high-profile events, such as a scheduled appearance at Friday’s opening ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics.

“He needs to prove his worthiness in having a substantive discussion other than just generalities and soundbites in this campaign,” said Robert Gibbs, Obama’s former press secretary and a consultant working with the campaign. “Romney owes it to the American people to say where he stands on important issues as he tries out to be leader of the free world.”

The attacks drew a sharp response from the Romney campaign, which distributed an e-mail criticizing Obama’s 2008 overseas tour, while running for office, as a political gambit to raise campaign cash. And they accused the president of ignoring the deteriorating security situation in Syria in favor of campaigning this year.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/obama-campaign-chides-romney-on-foreign-policy-ahead-of-his-overseas-trip/2012/07/23/gJQAqE1d4W_blog.html

Obama team: Romney must prove trip isn't 'photo op and fundraising tour'

By Justin Sink - 07/23/12 01:17 PM ET

President Obama's campaign team argued Monday that Mitt Romney will need to prove that his overseas trip isn't "one long photo op and fundraising tour" by offering a substantive foreign policy platform during his travels to the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland.

"He'll need to prove to the American people that he sees foreign policy issues as worthy of substantive discussion rather than just generality and soundbites in this campaign," said campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs. "It's widely accepted that President Obama has an exceptionally strong record on national security issues, and I think quite frankly Mitt Romney is having a tough time making an argument against the president of the United States on these issues."

Gibbs went on to detail the itinerary of President Obama's foreign trip as a candidate in 2008, pointing out that then-Sen. Obama met with troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait and gave a number of extensive speeches and interviews to demonstrate his foreign policy bona fides. Romney does not currently have any plans to meet with American service members while abroad, and the Romney campaign has not advised whether they, like Obama did in 2008, will hold interviews with network news outlets.

"I think at the end of that trip, the American people knew where Barack Obama stood on all the major foreign issues of the day. The question, I think, for Gov. Romney, is whether this trip will be similarly substantive, and live up to the bar set in 2008," Gibbs said.

more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/239491-obama-team-romney-must-prove-trip-isnt-photo-op-and-fundraising-tour

Obama adviser tweets:"..... When it comes to secrecy, Mitt takes the gold!"

(CBS News) After a brief respite from election-year partisanship following Friday's mass shooting in Colorado, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod was back on offense Monday morning, tweeting out a series of articles about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whom he cast as a secret-keeper of Olympic calendar.

"Tax returns. Bundlers. Bain. MA records & now key docs from Olympics. When it comes to secrecy, Mitt takes the gold!" Axelrod tweeted, linking to a story from ABC News.


Not long after Axelrod posted his tweets, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) blasted out a CNN story about Romney's "other tax secret." The Obama campaign also has a conference call scheduled for later this morning about Romney's scheduled trip overseas.

more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57477755-503544/politics-returns-as-obama-adviser-tweets-about-romney-secrecy/

Mitt Romney Olympic Archive Still Off-Limits

Source: ABC

More than a decade has passed since Mitt Romney presided over the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but the archival records from those games that were donated to the University of Utah to provide an unprecedented level of transparency about the historic event, remain off limits to the public. And some of the documents that may have shed the most light on Romney's stewardship of the Games were likely destroyed by Salt Lake Olympic officials, ABC News has learned.

The archivists involved in preparing the documents for public review told ABC News that financial documents, contracts, appointment calendars, emails and correspondence are likely not included in the 1,100 boxes of Olympic records, and will not be part of the collection that will ultimately be made public.

"We don't have that stuff," said Elizabeth Rogers, the manuscript curator at the University's Marriott Library. The decisions about what records to donate to the library were made by Olympics officials before they were shipped in 1,100 boxes to the university, she said. "That was done before we got it. I just know it wasn't a decision we made. Everything we have will be available."

The Romney campaign said it has made no effort to prevent the archive from being made public.

more: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014173918

With Foreign Trip, Romney Looks To Improve Image -- But Not By Making Any Statements

Romney will try to burnish his credentials, or at least increase his visibility on the international stage, with a planned trip to Israel, Poland and London. It will be the first foreign trip of his campaign. According to a top adviser the former governor of Massachusetts will not make any substantial announcements on his foreign policy positions during the trip. The lack of a clearly stated position is, however, exactly what has plagued Romney's campaign when it comes to foreign policy.

Romney's foreign policy stance has largely resembled the defensive crouch he tends to assume on more contentious issues. Rather than articulate his own plans, he has more typically fallen back on criticizing President Obama's record.

The presumptive Republican nominee set the tone for those attacks with an October speech that portrayed Obama as a bumbling, indecisive leader who had repeatedly apologized for America's global exploits while effectively choosing to "wave the white flag of surrender."

On Israel, Romney has sought to capitalize on the perception that Obama has wavered in his support for a longtime U.S. ally. Romney told an audience at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference that he would "just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite."


Wonder what he'll misinterpret or lie about when he gets back.

Australia's foreign ministry disputes reporting of Romney meeting

Australia's foreign ministry disputes reporting of Romney meeting

Source: The Hill

A spokesman for Australian foreign minister Bob Carr is disputing the charachterization of comments he made during a meeting with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, saying Carr never intended his remarks to be viewed as a criticism of the United States' financial picture.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that Romney told attendees at a San Francisco fundraiser he was "privately warned" that "foreign leaders see 'America in decline.'"

That comment sparked an international dustup, with a spokesman for Carr telling Australia's National Times "that interpretation is not correct." Instead, the spokesman said, the comments were intended to praise America for its role in the world economic system.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/239405-australias-foreign-ministry-romneys-interpretation-of-meeting-not-correct

Romney 'misinterprets' Carr on US decline

AUSTRALIA has scored another cameo in an American presidential race after Foreign Minister Bob Carr told Republican candidate Mitt Romney the world sees ''America in decline''.

Mr Romney leapt on the statement - which Senator Carr's office insists has been misinterpreted - in an apparent effort to shame President Barack Obama over his economic management.


"I met today with the foreign minister of Australia. He said something, and I said, 'Can I quote you?' and he said yes. He said, 'America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline,'" Romney told attendees at a Bay Area fundraiser. "What he meant by that is that if we get serious about taking steps to make sure that America will finally get to a balanced budget, and if we make sure these unfunded liabilities don't crush us, if we show the world that we come together to get that job done, if we have real leadership that will get Congress to work together and actually reach that conclusion, that agreement, than the world will recognize America's going to come roaring back. And this idea of America in decline, it was interesting he said that, he led the talk of America being in decline. See that's not talk we hear about here as much as they're hearing there. And if they're thinking about investing in America, entrepreneurs putting their future in America, if they think America's in decline, they're not gonna do it."

The incident comes days before Romney is set for an international tour that will include stops in Europe and Israel, and underscores some of the difficulties facing a presidential hopeful meeting with foreign leaders wary of publicly offending the incumbent administration.

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