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"I don't think he has the judgment which is developed through years of experience in life that prepares him for assuming the title of president of the United States and commanding the most powerful military and guiding the most powerful economy.”
Moreover, Senator Obama and Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, offer sharply different views of how the economy works – and how the world works, Mr. Romney said.
On the economy: Obama proposes big tax increases on individuals, corporations, capital gains, and Social Security; new restrictions on trade; and the pursuit of alternative sources of energy, but without nuclear energy or offshore drilling.
Senator McCain would lower taxes, open markets to more trade, and "take a bite out of the three-quarters of a trillion [dollars] the US sends overseas for energy" by boosting nuclear power and offshore drilling, he says.
On foreign policy: Obama would "sit down with the world's worst actors, without condition, and talk things out," Romney says, noting that the Illinois senator has since backed off that position somewhat.
McCain’s view, he adds, is that "we speak first with our friends" and develop a league of democracies to stand up to the threat of "radical, violent Islam or jihadism" and "an expansionist, authoritarian Russia."