I will champion free trade and restore it as a critical element of our strategy, both in the Middle East and across the world. The President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. I will reverse that failure.
– Mitt Romney, telling a bold-face lie in his foreign policy speech yesterday. Pres. Obama signed three free-trade bills — with Colombia, Panama and South Korea — last October. Some fact-checkers give Romney a pass because these bills were not technically “new.” Initial negotiations had started under the previous administration. But if we’re going to quibble, the president has not been in office for “four years,” so it’s dishonest to criticize him for trade bills that did not get signed in the last three and a half months of the Bush administration.