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Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod struck back at the Romney campaign on Wednesday, defending the president’s foreign policy record and accusing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of failing to put forth his own vision for the world’s future.

In an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Mr. Axelrod denied charges that the Obama administration has leaked classified information for political gain and also accused Mr. Romney of ignoring its foreign policy accomplishments such as ending the Iraq war, weakening al Qaeda and killing Osama bin Laden.

“I think what we heard was a bunch of bellicose language from Governor Romney with nothing behind it,” he said. “There was absolutely no vision for American foreign policy. His critiques were nonsense.”

Mr. Romney blasted the president’s foreign policy and national security record in a speech to veterans on Tuesday, sharply criticizing Mr. Obama’s handling of relations with Iran and Russia and citing reports that the administration had leaked top-secret information about successful drone strikes and the raid that killed bin Laden to the press to bolster Mr. Obama’s image.

Appearing later Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mr. Axelrod said the president played no part in any such leaks and insisted that there is no proof that any White House officials were involved. He said the administration is looking into the reports.

“The president’s policy is that we should not be leaking information,” he said. “You stop it by sending strong signals and strong signals have been sent.”

Mr. Axelrod also fought back against charges that the Obama campaign has been overly negative in attacking Mr. Romney’s policies and financial record. He argued that the Romney campaign has been long on criticism and short on solutions, and that the Obama campaign simply wants the Republican to put forth his own ideas.

“Governor Romney has many, many questions to answer about what he’ll do in the future and what he’s done in the past,” Mr. Axelrod said. “And he hopes not to talk about any of it, and that’s not going to happen in a presidential race.”

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