In the wake of Monday night’s third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D) dinged Romney on the apparent shallowness of his foreign policy knowledge, calling him “the Wikipedia candidate.”
“You played Mitt Romney in the debate prep,” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said to Kerry in the post-debate spin room.
“I’m getting an exorcism tomorrow,” replied the senator.
“When you played Mitt Romney, did you say that the U.S. would be out of Afghanistan by 2014?” asked O’Donnell.
Kerry said that he did not, and that up until Monday’s debate, Romney had not, but that now his position suddenly matches that of the president. But all of Romney’s policy shifts, said Kerry, have left his “head spinning.”
“I’ve got to tell you, tonight we saw a Commander in Chief and a candidate in total confusion,” said Kerry. ”If you’re leaders in the world, you’re scratching your head tonight and asking, ‘How could the American people possibly elect a guy who has changed his position every few months and doesn’t know what he’s going to do in foreign policy?’”
“I thought I was listening to the Wikipedia candidate, tonight,” he continued. ”He’d say, ‘Oh, there are Taliban in Pakistan! They have nuclear weapons.’ Well, what’s the policy, governor? What are you going to do that’s different? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.”
Kerry went on to say that he was “stunned” at Romney’s lack of coherence on foreign policy, saying that a Romney administration would run a “helter-skelter, Etch-A-Sketch” foreign policy program when dealing with the world.
Watch the video, embedded via MSNBC, below: