With the issue of foreign policy still at the forefront as the first presidential debate approaches, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has criticized GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying he lacks depth and is “two-dimensional.”
According to NBC News, Albright told a crowd gathered for a Women for Obama rally in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday that she was present for Romney’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City last week and is still unclear what the beliefs of the Republican challenger are.
“It’s the sense that I’ve had throughout the campaign that it’s unclear what [Romney] really believes in,” Albright told the media. “I think when you contrast him with President Obama, who also gave a speech later there, and President Clinton, who spoke several times there, there is not, kind of, a sense of depth.”
At the CGI Romney called for an overhaul of America’s foreign aid and said his administration will use free enterprise to put people to work in the Middle East and other developing nations.
Romney has criticized Obama over his handling of the Libya attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. An investigation into the incident is still ongoing, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the deadly attack was an act of terrorism. She also suggested that al-Qaida affiliates in the region may be involved.
Obama has also come under scrutiny for calling the violence taking place in the Middle East “bumps in the road” to democracy.
“If the Middle East descends into chaos, if Iran moves toward nuclear breakout, or if Israel’s security is compromised, America could be pulled into the maelstrom,” Romney wrote in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. “We still have time to address these threats, but it will require a new strategy toward the Middle East.”
Albright, an Obama supporter, has told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she thinks the president is doing “well” when it comes to foreign policy and building the nation’s status overseas.
“I think that he has really regained America’s reputation abroad and made very clear where we stand and that we need partners in terms of taking care of the issues,” Albright said. “He has been very decisive commander-in-chief, and Osama bin Laden is dead. I think that is a very important step forward.”