NRSC - Foreign Policy: Jeanne Shaheen is Vacillating & Overly Cautious

October 7, 2014

Obama Secretary of Defense:
Obama's Foreign Policy is "Vacillating and Overly Cautious"

It's important to note that Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has voted with President Obama 99% of the time in Washington, including on national defense and foreign policy issues. This morning, President Obama's own former Secretary of Defense, Democrat Leon Panetta, characterized those policies as "vacillating and overly cautious."

Panetta explained that their foreign policy agenda “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities" and noted that President Obama "nursed the hope that perhaps others in the world could step up to the plate and take on these issues.”  Senator Shaheen's voting record shows that she shared the same "hope" and adopted the oft criticized Obama strategy of "leading from behind," during her time in Washington. Recall that Senator Shaheen, who has been under fire for failing to show up for nearly half of the Foreign Affairs Committee hearings over the past two years on which she serves in Washington, has missed hearings that included important warnings about the dangers of ISIS.

"Jeanne Shaheen has been asleep at the wheel as dangers and threats to our country have grown," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Vacillating and overly cautious was used to describe President Obama's foreign policies, but it is fitting for Jeanne Shaheen who has voted for President Obama's policies 99% of the time."