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Europeans: Romney 'Not Ready For Prime Time'...

Posted by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 4:43 PM
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Europeans: Romney ‘Not Ready For Prime Time’

September 14, 2012
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Foreign policy ‘gaffes’ and ‘doubling-down’ on Obama attacks play into the narrative that Romney is “not ready for prime time” on the world stage.

In a poll taken August 11-25, YouGov, a Cambridge University ‘Think Tank,’ submitted questions to 12,693 adults in the U.S., Britain, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and China to assess the state of the American presidential election in November and the perceptions and attitudes relative to President Obama and Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. It should be noted that this poll was conducted before the party conventions as well as before the current violent demonstrations now raging in 11 Muslim nations and the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Cairo, Libya, Yemen and today in Sudan. Full details have not yet emerged in the Benghazi, Libya American Consulate Attack (Video), where American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

It is now suspected by American intelligence analysts to have possibly been a planned terrorist assault…timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks in America, rather than arising spontaneously as public anti-American demonstrations resulting from the Internet anti-Muslim film trailer, which triggered the earlier Cairo embassy attack. Indeed, Libyans have largely expressed gratitude toward America and the West for helping wrest them from the grip of decades of oppression by Muammar Gaddafi and our Ambassador Stevens was a popular figure there – having served as our liaison with the rebel forces - before being named ambassador once they gained independence.

While there was little antipathy expressed (yet) toward the prospect of a Romney Presidency in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, the sentiment in Britain and Europe presented a starkly different picture. Of course, Britain is our closest ally and it – and nearly all of the nations of Europe – are members of our strongest military alliance, NATO and accordingly – more important militarily and economically to American interests in the world.

Of course, the folks at Fox News and American conservatives at-large always denigrate the importance of all things and anything European. But – in the “real world” – Europe matters a great deal to American interests at every level of diplomacy, economics and trade. Like it, or not Republicans…we are intertwined. Since coming on the world stage in 2008, President Obama has been well received as a welcome change from the military adventurism that marked the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency and the decade-long Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

As reported by one of Britain’s premier news media sources, The Guardian, on September 11th, the poll was taken in advance of a September 2012 forum titled: “Reputation in the Age of Protest.” According to The Guardian poll results:

The reputation of the US in Europe risks sinking back to Bush-era levels of unpopularity if Mitt Romney becomes president, according to new international polling published on Tuesday. Only around one in 20 of those surveyed in Britain, France and Germany by YouGov held a positive view of the Republican presidential nominee.

Forty-seven percent of UK respondents said a Romney victory would make them feel less favourable towards the US, and only 3% would make them feel more favourable.

That sentiment was mirrored in Germany and France, where only 4% and 5% respectively said that he would make them feel more favourable towards the US. In Germany, 48% said it would make them feel less favourable and in France 38%.

It is uncertain how the violent events this past week, throughout the Muslim world, would impact these perceptions. However, Mitt Romney’s misfiring and misstatements over the violence and failure to condemn the anti-Muslim film do not bode well for his standing or credibility on foreign policy. Indeed, his self-inflicted errors may actually serve to even damage the better feelings toward him heretofore expressed by non-Europeans relative to a possible Romney presidency.

While the poll will likely have little impact on American voters or sway the outcome of our presidential election in November, it is – nonetheless – worth noting that the populations of our most important geopolitical allies already take a dim view of the Republican presidential candidate and, this may – if he is elected – pose serious foreign policy challenges to a potential Romney/Ryan Administration.

The current foreign policy challenges posed by the ongoing crisis and violent protests in the Muslim world have already presented President Obama and his administration with a very ‘tricky situation’. Do the American People now want to ‘change horses in mid-stream’ and take a gamble on an unproven, untested Mitt Romney and elect a candidate surrounded by Neo-conservatives, blustering for military adventurism in places like Syria and Iran, as well as pursuing a more aggressive prosecution of the war in Afghanistan?

 

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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM
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Hopefully the majority of America are clued into this truth before Novemeber.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:22 PM
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Romney sticks his foot in his mouth nearly every time he opens it. I'm not at all surprised that Europeans find him less than appealing.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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A foreign relations nightmare, IMO.


gludwig2000
by Gina on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM

 I'm not surprised, because the few Europeans that I spoke too after the last election, were really thrilled with Obama becoming president. The Canadians I spoke to, felt the same way. But keep in mind, I'm in a little itty bitty city in the south, so it's not like I spoke to a lot of people, but again, the few I did speak to seemed thrilled.

 

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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I've had the good fortune to travel a nice bit over the last 15 years, and have known and worked with many Europeans.

They didn't like Bush.  They like Obama.  They like anyone they feel understands that there is an entire world outside of the US borders and wish the rest of us would, too.

Quoting gludwig2000:

 I'm not surprised, because the few Europeans that I spoke too after the last election, were really thrilled with Obama becoming president. The Canadians I spoke to, felt the same way. But keep in mind, I'm in a little itty bitty city in the south, so it's not like I spoke to a lot of people, but again, the few I did speak to seemed thrilled.

 


LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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My father is Canadian and has been following this election closely...he says Romney scares him...

Quoting gludwig2000:

 I'm not surprised, because the few Europeans that I spoke too after the last election, were really thrilled with Obama becoming president. The Canadians I spoke to, felt the same way. But keep in mind, I'm in a little itty bitty city in the south, so it's not like I spoke to a lot of people, but again, the few I did speak to seemed thrilled.


 

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LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM
I said that exact thing a few minutes ago...it seems as if some Americans don't even realize there is an entire world out there...
Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I've had the good fortune to travel a nice bit over the last 15 years, and have known and worked with many Europeans.

They didn't like Bush.  They like Obama.  They like anyone they feel understands that there is an entire world outside of the US borders and wish the rest of us would, too.


Quoting gludwig2000:

 I'm not surprised, because the few Europeans that I spoke too after the last election, were really thrilled with Obama becoming president. The Canadians I spoke to, felt the same way. But keep in mind, I'm in a little itty bitty city in the south, so it's not like I spoke to a lot of people, but again, the few I did speak to seemed thrilled.


 


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gludwig2000
by Gina on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM

 I wonder if any other President elected has received the approval of the rest of our planet, as Obama? I doubt it, and I see Romney as another Bush clone and I'm glad that I'm not alone with that sentiment,lol.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I've had the good fortune to travel a nice bit over the last 15 years, and have known and worked with many Europeans.

They didn't like Bush.  They like Obama.  They like anyone they feel understands that there is an entire world outside of the US borders and wish the rest of us would, too.

Quoting gludwig2000:

 I'm not surprised, because the few Europeans that I spoke too after the last election, were really thrilled with Obama becoming president. The Canadians I spoke to, felt the same way. But keep in mind, I'm in a little itty bitty city in the south, so it's not like I spoke to a lot of people, but again, the few I did speak to seemed thrilled.

 

 

 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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Americans are #1 at thinking that they are #1- at everything.

Too bad it is not so.

Quoting LucyMom08:

I said that exact thing a few minutes ago...it seems as if some Americans don't even realize there is an entire world out there...
Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I've had the good fortune to travel a nice bit over the last 15 years, and have known and worked with many Europeans.

They didn't like Bush.  They like Obama.  They like anyone they feel understands that there is an entire world outside of the US borders and wish the rest of us would, too.


Quoting gludwig2000:

 I'm not surprised, because the few Europeans that I spoke too after the last election, were really thrilled with Obama becoming president. The Canadians I spoke to, felt the same way. But keep in mind, I'm in a little itty bitty city in the south, so it's not like I spoke to a lot of people, but again, the few I did speak to seemed thrilled.


 



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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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Yep. My Canadian relatives love Obama. They think he's a thoughtful leader who leads with compassion and with knowledge, rather than with an iron fist.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I've had the good fortune to travel a nice bit over the last 15 years, and have known and worked with many Europeans.

They didn't like Bush.  They like Obama.  They like anyone they feel understands that there is an entire world outside of the US borders and wish the rest of us would, too.

Quoting gludwig2000:

 I'm not surprised, because the few Europeans that I spoke too after the last election, were really thrilled with Obama becoming president. The Canadians I spoke to, felt the same way. But keep in mind, I'm in a little itty bitty city in the south, so it's not like I spoke to a lot of people, but again, the few I did speak to seemed thrilled.

 




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