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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that, in her role as a Georgetown professor, she would give Mitt Romney a C on a recent foreign policy op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
"I'm a professor," Albright said on a Monday conference call organized by the Obama campaign. "If one of my students turned it in, they'd get a C."
"I just find him very shallow," she said.
Romney expanded on the ideas in his op-ed in a Monday foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute — where he laid out the case against President Obama's foreign policy.
Romney accused Obama of abandoning allies and failing to robustly assert American leadership around the world. Romney promised to restore American credibility but declined to identify specific U.S. policies that he would change as president.
Albright said that the speech "sounds pretty good" to a foreign policy layperson, but that it seemed devoid of new ideas.
"I think it is really full of platitudes and free of substance," Albright said. "I would like to ask Gov. Romney or his advisers exactly what he would do differently."
Albright also said that Romney's foreign policy teetered between the pro-democracy, pro-freedom agenda tilt of the neo-conservatives, and the more hard-nosed, realist school of thought — without picking one approach.
"When one reads through this carefully, you can kind of see a little bit of back and forth," she said.
She said ultimately, many of Romney's foreign policy team were hold-overs from George W. Bush's administration.
"The truth is that a lot of them are exactly the people that brought us the previous administration," she said.