Madeleine Albright praises Obama’s foreign policy record, disses Romney’s



While much has been made about former President Bill Clinton’s support for President Obama, another Clinton-era leader, Madeleine Albright, is turning out to be a strong surrogate for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Albright, who served as the country’s first woman Secretary of State under former President Bill Clinton, has laughed at Republican Mitt Romney’s foreign policy credentials and on Monday questioned why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney.”

The former secretary, author, and Democrat, who is well-respected in foreign policy circles, praised President Obama’s foreign policy record Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., opening day of the Democratic National Convention. 

“I think he’s doing really really well,” she said on the Morning Joe set in Charlotte. “He has really regained America’s reputation abroad, made very clear where we stand and that we need partners in terms of taking care of the issues and been very decisive—commander-in-chief.”

Albright also echoed a line that Vice President Joe Biden recently used in regards to the president’s national security achievements. It’s sure to be featured again during the Democratic convention.

“And Osama bin Laden is dead and I think that is a very important step forward,” she said.


Asked what she thought of a statement from Romney earlier in the campaign in which the candidate called Russia the “No. 1 geopolitical foe” of the United States, Albright chuckled. “Well if you live in the 20th century you might believe that, but the bottom line is we’re living in the 21st century,” she said. “He’s just wrong.”   

She also argued it was “strange” that “Gov. Romney didn’t even mention Afghanistan in his [RNC acceptance] speech while I read how many people were dying in the course of the Republican convention in Afghanistan.” 

Albright will speak at the National Democratic Institute’s International Leaders Forum during the convention. The group, which Albright is chairman of, holds session for foreign leaders who are visiting the convention.