In advance of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s visit to Virginia today to deliver a foreign policy speech, President Barack Obama’s campaign released a new TV ad here hitting him on the subject.
“Reckless. Amateurish. That’s what news media and fellow Republicans called Mitt Romney’s gaffe-filled July tour of England, Israel and Poland,” the ad’s narrator says.
“When our U.S. diplomats were attacked in Libya, The New York Times said Romney’s knee-jerk response showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character,” the ad continues. “And even Republican experts said Romney’s remarks were the worst possible reaction to what happened. If this is how he handles the world now, just think what Mitt Romney might do as president.”
The 30-second spot “Policy” will air in Virginia, according to the campaign.
Romney is scheduled to deliver his foreign policy speech at 11:20 a.m. at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He’ll then travel to Newport News for an afternoon campaign rally.
Today’s rally will mark the fourth Romney campaign event in Virginia in the past five days. Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan campaigned Thursday in Fishersville and Romney campaigned Friday in Abingdon.
Ann Romney is also making an appearance in this battleground state today, in Chesterfield County.
On Tuesday, first lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Leesburg. President Barack Obama recently campaigned in Virginia, holding an event Friday at George Mason University.
UPDATED: Curt Cashour, a spokesman for Romney’s campaign in Virginia, responded to the new Obama campaign ad: “In every region of the world—and particularly in the Middle East—American influence has been weakened by President Obama’s failed foreign policy. American security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years, and Mitt Romney will restore the bi-partisan tradition of American leadership abroad that President Obama has not lived up to. Mitt Romney understands that a strong America is vital to ensuring peace and prosperity for our nation and our friends and allies.”