Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President of the United States, gave a stark warning to the leaders of Iran: Consider yourselves on notice if I am elected.
Romney has had an amazing election week after a debate against the current President, Barack Obama, seems to have reinvigorated a slipping campaign. Romney won the debate by the highest margin in recorded history with more than 74 percent of those surveyed saying that Romney won. Since the debate, his poll numbers are surging, and he has decided to up his strategy to the next level.
Romney gave his first major foreign policy speech at Lexington, Virginia. In it he outlined out his administration would tackle the world-wide problems facing America. He started by attacking President Obama for allowing Iran to come closer than ever to a nuclear bomb.
“[Tehran] has never posed a greater danger to our friends, our allies, and to us. And it has never acted less deterred by America, as was made clear last year when Iranian agents plotted to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in our nation’s capital.”
He then went after the President for not supporting the people of Iran against the mullahs that run the country saying:
“When millions of Iranians took to the streets in June of 2009, when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world, when they cried out, ‘Are you with us, or are you with them?’ – the American President was silent.”
Romney says that, under his administration, Iran will not be allowed to complete development of a nuclear weapon.
Romney has made relations with Israel a benchmark of his foreign policy criticism of President Obama. He recently told the press that Obama had put “daylight” between America and Israel, criticizing the President for throwing Israel under the bus.
Romney’s charge against the president stems from comments Obama reportedly made to Jewish leaders early in his administration in which he told them that the lack of daylight between the US and Israel hadn’t brought peace between Israel and the Palestinians under George W. Bush and suggested that a different approach might be necessary to advance the peace process.
Romney said in his speech:
“The world must never see any daylight between our two nations.”