Toomey questions Obama’s foreign policy outlook
July 16, 2010 1 Comment
Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey questioned President Obama’s view of America’s standing in the world during a speech before Pennsylvania veterans.
Speaking to an American Legion convention in Harrisburg, the former Congressman said, “there are some in Washington who don’t really believe in American exceptionalism.” Toomey warned the mindset can lead to “very troubling policies,” and deference to other countries.
After the event, the Republican said he was talking about President Obama. “I think if you look at his quotes and how he has responded to questions about this, President Obama is at best very skeptical about the idea about American exceptionalism,” he explained.
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Toomey later clarified American exceptionalism as “the belief the United States’ model of freedom and free enterprise is the best one.” Democrat Joe Sestak disagrees, saying, “falsely accusing the Commander-in-Chief of being less than fully patriotic harms the nation’s goals.”
During a brief interview, Toomey also spoke out against the financial regulation bill that passed the Senate this week. He called it a “problematic bill” and a “missed opportunity.”
Sestak applauds the bill. In a statement, the congressman says the legislation will put “critical reforms” into place, and labels it a “once-in-a-generation showdown between the American people and the most powerful institutions in the country.”
The measure passed the Senate on a 60-39 vote, with just three Republicans voting for it.