Today, Mitt Romney is set to give a foreign policy speech. The New York Times previews it, also noting that his foreign policy team (and his foreign policy) has been all over the map throughout the campaign. Some may recall in the famous “47%” video, Romney privately told supporters there was “just no way” to solve the Israeli-Palestinian situation and that he just hoped to “kick the ball down the field” and wait for someone else to solve it. Inspiring leadership.

This morning, the Obama campaign is pre-empting the Romney speech with a counter-attack of their own. It pulls together some of the bad headlines people may have forgotten from the few times Romney has dipped his toes into the waters of international diplomacy. Here is the ad set to air beginning today:

In the last Quinnipiac poll of Ohio voters, Obama led Romney on the question who could better handle foreign policy, 54-41.

UPDATE: It gets worse. A Romney spokesperson goes on CNN and completely fails to articulate or explain Romney’s foreign policy. And Soledad O’Brien plays the “there’s no way” remarks on Israel-Palestine. Watch:

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  • We’ll just have to wait and see what candidate Romney says. Will it be generalizations and platitudes or something relatively substantive? There’s a problem with the “prebate” strategy in that it telegraphs positions to which Romney can say, “No, it doesn’t,” similar to his approach on the $5T tax cut. Seventy million saw that. The post hoc rejoinder reaches a much smaller audience, most of whom have already decided. We’ll just have to hope Biden brings his prosecutorial chops this week and Obama fully shows up at the Town Hall.

  • DMoore

    This debate performance thing is way off the rails. Months of primary campagining and a disasterous summer has done more to define Romney than any lies he told in the debate to try to reinvent himself. There has been no significant movement in poll numbers, certainly not enough to make a difference. The 47% tape speaks for itself and that will have more of an impact among the small % of independents that remain. The question they have to deal with is “do I want to elect a mega rich guy who thinks I’m lazy and irresponsible?”

  • Audio7

    The wingnut blogosphere has exploded over this interview. It’s stunning how little this republican shill knows about her own candidate’s foreign policy positions. Perhaps she understands that these positions are likely to shift numerous times in the coming weeks depending on to whom he is talking, so it doesn’t matter what she says.

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