U.S. Should Be More Assertive On World Stage, Romney Says

LEXINGTON, Va. (October 8, 2012)—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday the risk of conflict in the Middle East has grown under President Barack Obama's leadership and he called for a "change of course" in the region.

Romney assailed Mr. Obama's foreign policy in a speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., where, after focusing on the economy for much of the campaign, he seized on foreign policy to help paint Mr. Obama as a weak leader who has limited America's influence on global affairs.

Romney called for the U.S. to take a more assertive role in Syria, and said he also wants new conditions on aid to Egypt and would impose tighter sanctions on Iran.

There is "a longing for American leadership in the Middle East,” he said.

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