Romney criticizes Obama's foreign policy
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUEBLO, Colo. - Mitt Romney on Monday led a chorus of Republican criticism of the foreign policy of Barack Obama, accusing the president of minimizing the recent murder of the U.S. ambassador in Libya to have seen "a bump in the road" and not as a link in a chain of events that threaten U.S. interests.
In an interview broadcast on CBS for the weekend, Obama was asked if the recent events in the Middle East did doubt supporting governments that took power after a wave of regime changes known as the Arab Spring .
"I think it's absolutely right to support democracy and universal rights," the president said. "But I was pretty sure and I continue to be confident that there will be bumps in the road."
Romney did not doubt the return to the topic.
"I can not imagine that something like the murder of the ambassador is a bump in the road, when you look at the whole picture, murder, a president of the Muslim Brotherhood won the elections in Egypt, 20,000 dead in Syria, Iran's close to becoming nuclear power, they are far from bumps in the road, "Romney told ABC.
The press secretary Jay Carney White House called the charges "desperate and offensive", and to be an attempt by the Republican candidate and his allies gain political advantage in the final stages of a close race that seems to lean in favor of President .
On Monday, Obama traveled to the White House to New York, one day before giving his speech to world leaders at the opening of the UN General Assembly.
The give and take in foreign policy occurred when Romney announced that his campaign would force more public events, with the intention of reversing the recent erosion in polls in battleground states.
Although national surveys show a tight race, Obama has gained ground in many recent polls Romney when participants are asked to compare the ability of rivals to fix the economy, by far the issue that has dominated the contest .
The same polls show Obama with a healthy lead against Romney when voters are asked which candidate is better equipped foreign policy, and the president is not shy to show off his decision to order the secret mission where Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan over one year ago.
At the same time, Romney's advisers say that voters are more likely to call into question the Obama management in international politics after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, early September, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador.
Moreover, both presidential candidates on Monday attacked each other in new television ads aimed at working-class voters who could help define the election. The messages emphasized Romney's wealth and job losses to China during the Obama administration.
Romney sent his mate Paul Ryan to launch a bus tour of three crucial days in Ohio, while Obama began airing an ad in that state,
where used Romney's comments about the 47% of voters, according to the former governor of Massachusetts, do not pay taxes and create victims entitled to government assistance.
Journalists from The Associated Press Kasie Hunt, David Espo and Philip Elliott contributed to this report.