By Lucy Madison –
President Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, right. (CBS News) After facing a tough crowd at the NAACP convention Wednesday, Mitt Romney’s campaign pivoted to attacks on President Obama, targeting his recent suggestion that he does not consider Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez a “serious” national security threat as “naive” and “out of touch.”
“I was stunned by his comments, and shocked by them. This is Hugo Chavez, this is Venezuela,” said Romney, in a statement released by the campaign Wednesday afternoon. “The idea that this nation, this president doesn’t pose a national security threat to this country is simply naive. It’s an extraordinary admission on the part of this president to be completely out of touch with what’s happened in Latin America.”
Earlier this week, when asked about the U.S. relationship with Venezuela in an interview with Miami journalist, Mr. Obama suggested that Chavez presented no major threat to the U.S.
“We’re always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe, but overall, my sense is, that what Mr. Chavez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us,” Mr. Obama said.