Romney: God Wants US to Lead
He calls for a new 'American Century' in foreign policy speech
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2011 12:11 PM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks to supporters during a lunch stop at Seminole Wind restaurant Wednesday in Tallahassee, Fla.   (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney gave his first big foreign policy speech of the campaign today, going strong on American exceptionalism. Full text here. Some parts being highlighted by the Washington Post and Boston Globe:

  • “This century must be an American century. In an American century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world."
  • He said President Obama's "feckless policies of the last three years" have damaged US standing in the world.

  • He promised to expand naval and missile defense systems, reverse Pentagon budget cuts, and strengthen ties with Israel and other allies.
  • He warned that the US can't "crawl into an isolationist shell," seen as a criticism of fellow Republicans arguing that the US must scale back.
  • “God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place, and liberty and prosperity would surely be among the first casualties.”