Romney Grades Obama: 'F, No Question About That'

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) - Asked in an interview Thursday what letter grade he'd assign President Barack Obama, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney answered unequivocally.

"Oh an 'F', there's no question about that," Romney said in the CBS News interview, saying the grade was for issues "across the board."

Even factoring in the decision to kill Osama bin Laden, which he said he "appreciated," Romney said his grade would remain the same.

"When I look at foreign policy, when I look across the board in foreign policy, I look at the fact that he was looking to have a force of American troops staying in Iraq securing what was so hard to have been won there with a status of forces agreement. He failed to achieve it. I look at what's happening in the Middle East. The Arab Spring has become the Arab Winter, That's hardly a success."

Responding to Romney's interview, Obama's re-election campaign released a statement from former Ambassador to India Tim Roemer, who called Romney's assessment "misguided."

"Governor Romney's comment assigning a grade to President Obama's foreign policy is just as misguided and misinformed as his statement about Russia being our top geopolitical foe," Roemer wrote. "Since taking office, President Obama has responsibly ended the war in Iraq; decimated al-Qaeda's leadership, including Osama bin Laden; is winding down the war in Afghanistan; reduced the threat of nuclear weapons; strengthened our alliances; increased our exports overseas, creating jobs here at home; and led the world in putting crippling sanctions on Iran. Gov. Romney is out of the mainstream even of his own party on foreign policy, and many prominent Republican experts have recognized President Obama's accomplishments on these issues."

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