Obama faults Romney for lacking a strategy. Romney counters that the US has to “go after the leaders” of the Islamic extremist groups, and then details ideas for economic aid, promoting education and gender equality.
The challenger talks of “a rising tide of chaos” in the region, where Obama had asserted that US policy, including in Libya, was making progress.
Our Haviv Rettig Gur notes: Romney isn’t Bush. That’s Romney’s first message: We don’t want another Iraq. We don’t want another Afghanistan.
Obama is hitting Romney hard for overstating Russia as an enemy and understating Al-Qaeda. US needs “strong, steady leadership… not wrong and reckless leadership” like Romney’s would be.
Romney: Attacking me is not an agenda.