'Nothing going on' with Romney, says former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
October 1 , 2012
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave her opinion of Mitt Romney after attending a recent speech, saying that "there's just nothing going on" with the Republican presidential nominee.
"He is so two-dimensional. I mean, up close and personal, there's just nothing going on," she said.
Albright made the comments at a Women for Obama rally outside of Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.
She told the crowd that she had heard Romney deliver his address at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York last week.
"It's the sense that I've had throughout the campaign that it's unclear what [Romney] really believes in," Albright told reporters after the event. "I think when you contrast him with President Obama, who also gave a speech later there, and President Clinton, who spoke several times there, there is not, kind of, a sense of depth."
Albright also spoke on the secretly filmed video in which Romney suggests that 47 percent of Americans view themselves as victims, arguing that the comments "diminish us in many different ways".
The former top diplomat also defended the Obama administration’s handling of the recent attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya.
White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on NBC's Meet The Press earlier in the day that it had not been initially clear if the attack in Benghazi was an act of terror. Meanwhile on CNN’s State of the Union, Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said: "The president called it an act of terror the day after it happened."
In response, the Romney campaign issued a press release saying: “The Obama White House and the Obama campaign can’t seem to get their stories straight on the attack on our consulate in Libya.”
Albright accused Republicans of politicizing the death of the four Americans who died in the attacks.
"It takes a while to know what all the facts are. So I believe that the administration is telling us what they know and they are being very careful not to get ahead of the whole investigative process," she said. "We also support the president's re-election because we want a chief executive who actually understands foreign policy."
Albright was appointed by former president Bill Clinton to become the first female secretary of state in 1996.
She has been an active supporter of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and has traveled to swing states across the country.