Mitt Romney 'Doesn't Have Distinguished Record in Foreign Affairs'

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., outlines progress President Obama has made in troop withdrawal, nuclear weapons reduction.
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Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois in the spin -- and is gonna spend for us right now senator thanks for joining us we appreciate. Just ask -- reaction to this. -- -- -- And my mind to let me let me is ask you we've been talking about these here in this that. We've got this new poll out today ABC news -- it was pulled it shows. That. Even though President Obama effectively -- -- wound down the war in Iraq and took out Osama bin Laden is now running pretty much neck and neck. We've -- Romney on issues like foreign affairs commander in chief and trust to handle terrorism. How can that be. Well it's -- good question and I don't know the answer to it because what it. If you look at the record and -- policy. Mitt Romney sadly he went over to England and managed to infuriate our closest -- That he went to Israel another close allies for a fundraising luncheon. He doesn't exactly have a distinguished record when it comes to diplomacy and foreign affairs but the American voters may be listening to this debate to draw the conclusions. Senator -- one topic we know that we're gonna hear about is. The -- what is America's role in the world what's it's proper role ends. I'm curious to get your take on. What you see as -- difference is between the president on this and Mitt Romney. Well I think there's a significant difference compare the last eight years under George W. Bush. We were engaged in two wars in Iraq. In Afghanistan. These grim totals today 6500. American lives were lost trillions of dollars were spent added to our national debt. With the president has done this to virtually end the war in Iraq bring the troops home. And have a deadline for ending the war in Afghanistan when I listen to the advisors on the Republican side. They're talking about sending more American troops into theaters around the world. Don't lead from behind be -- let's go to Syria let's go to arrive let's go to Libya. You know I'd have to remind my colleagues on the Republican side it's a lot easier to get an award of this to get out of one. Let us use our good offices and diplomacy to promote American values and our foreign policy. And of course the military has to be there but only -- -- last resort. Senator Durbin you sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee you watched as this president took office vowing to. Close Guantanamo Bay. About to end the use what -- -- -- called enhanced interrogation techniques today some of the sharpest criticisms of this president's foreign policy come from the liberal side of the spectrum. Where people are especially unhappy with -- simply expanded to -- war. What do you tell -- disappointed Democrat who doesn't see. A big difference at least on the issue of of drone strikes from the previous administration. I think there's been a significant achievement under this president. When it comes to keeping America safe ending these wars. Making certain that al-Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden. The smoldering and some watery grave at the same time reducing the likelihood of the expansion of nuclear weapons -- I have to do agree with the president's position on Guantanamo. But it was not the majority position in congress he accepted that reality and move to achieve those things he could achieve. So from the left I would just say to them unless and until we are in control and we're not likely to be in full control we won't have the whole agenda that many of us are looking for. Senator Durbin met that sent a couple minutes ago on this at that. If Barack Obama loses this election -- reason will be that first debate when many people feel he was simply -- What are the chances in your view that Barack Obama is not gonna show up it is today yet again tonight. President will be there tonight we took our. Kind of pulse of what occurred after Denver. We lost about two and a half points with the vice president's debate in Kentucky. As well as the president's debated Hofstra we've regained appoint -- half is a very close race in the battleground states as of last Friday. We were ahead in all but one state three to seven points so we continue to focus on those states that will decide the election. We think we have the right turn out the vote strategy will be overwhelmed with money bicycle back spending against us but I think we're on the right course to get the president -- elected. Senator Dick German -- -- the debate and vote Raton and and I I resisted the temptation to ask you one hope you appreciate. The Levys -- Excellent thank you senator we appreciate.

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