In a speech at the Heritage Foundation Monday, Mitt Romney attempted to define himself as a forceful opponent of President Obama. The former governor of Massachusetts plans to attack the president for his "recent tour of apology" and to call for more defense spending.
Romney claimed Obama has apologized to America's enemies:
I take issue with President Obama's recent tour of apology. It's not because America hasn't made mistakes -- we have -- but because America's mistakes are overwhelmed by what America has meant to the hopes and aspirations of people throughout the world.
The President also claimed on Arabic TV that America has dictated to other nations. No, America has sacrificed to free other nations from dictators. Britain's Guardian newspaper noted that Mr. Obama has been more critical of his own country, while on foreign soil, than any other president in American history. That would be a most unfortunate distinction at any time. But it is particularly so today: with all that is transpiring in the world, in Iran, North Korea, Georgia, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, this is the time for strength and confidence, not for apologizing to America's critics.
Romney concluded by saying that budget cuts put the country in danger. (In reality, Obama has increased defense spending.)
We cannot allow the economic crisis to conceal the very real threats to our nation's security. We cannot ignore the intentions of competitors who would replace America's leadership with their own, and set back the cause of freedom. Providence has blessed us and trusted us to safeguard liberty; in a time of confusion at home and challenge abroad, let ours be the voice of clarity and good sense--confident in our cause, and faithful in the care of freedom.
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