By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, April 27 – On the campaign trail in New York, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech Thursday comparing President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s foreign policy positions. However, he said “there’s no real difference” between the two men on “a few core issues” before discussing the president’s policies toward both Iran and Israel. As expected, Biden also claimed Romney “misrepresents the president’s approach or suggests that the president is not doing things that in fact he is already doing.”
Stating Iran as “the clearest example” of Romney misrepresenting Obama, Biden said the president has said containment is not his policy and is “determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon” and “no options are off the table.”
“When he took office, the effort to pressure Iran was stuck in neutral, Iran’s influence – and think about this, when he took office, Iran’s influence was spreading in the region,” Biden said during the campaign event in New York University’s Tishman Auditorium. “But President Obama understood that by seeking to engage Iran in the first interest, by going the extra diplomatic mile and presenting Iran a clear choice, we would demonstrate to the world that Iran, not the United States, was the problem.”
“Now, Iran is more isolated and the international community more united in their effort to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon than ever before. Tehran has deep difficulties acquiring equipment and technology for its nuclear and missile program. It’s increasingly cut off from the international financial system, unable to do the most basic business transactions.”
On Romney, Biden said the former governor has called for “‘a very different policy’ on Iran” but says that Romney’s policy is no different than Obama’s policy.
“The only step we could take that we aren’t already taking is to launch a war against Iran. If that’s what Governor Romney means by a very different policy, he should tell the American people. He should say so. Otherwise, the Governor’s tough talk about military action is just that – talk. And, I would add, counterproductive talk.”
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