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“It’s clear Biden has amnesia about the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failures, whether it’s alienating allies like Israel, the failed Russia ‘reset,’ and emboldening adversaries like Iran and Syria that seek to undermine our nation’s security. America can’t afford four more years of leading from behind from President Obama,” said the RNC’s Kirsten Kukowski.

Mr. Biden spent most of his address quoting statements by Mr. Romney from past years and taking them apart. For example, he cited Mr. Romney’s comment in March that “without question, our No. 1 geopolitical foe is Russia.”

Gov. Romney is mired in a Cold War mindset,” Mr. Biden said. “Gov. Romney was part of a very small group of Cold War holdovers who never met an arms-control treaty that he likes. He was way out of the mainstream in this issue.”

He defended the Obama administration’s foreign policy in detail, and likened it to former President Teddy Roosevelt’s axiom to “speak softly and carry a big stick.

“I promise you the president has a big stick. I promise you,” Mr. Biden said.