Romney Tones Down Criticism Over Protests
But he says US lacks 'leadership' in foreign policy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2012 6:27 PM CDT
Mitt Romney waves to supporters during a campaign event at Van Dyck Park Thursday in Fairfax, Va.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney is making news for what he didn't say today: He stopped his criticism of the Obama administration's response to the unrest in the Mideast. At a stop in Virginia, Romney paid tribute to the four Americans killed in Libya—though a heckler accused him of politicizing the situation—but made no mention of the last two days' criticism, reports Politico. The overseas protests resonated in another way, however.

While Romney spent much of his speech on the economy, he made a point to hammer the White House as being weak on foreign policy, as some conservatives have been urging him to do. “The world needs American leadership,” Romney said, according to the Washington Post. “The Middle East needs American leadership. And I intend to be a president that provides the leadership that America respects and will keep us admired throughout the world.”