Obama to Romney: `All Over the Map’

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President Barack Obama debates with Mitt Romney at Lynn University.

Republican Mitt Romney has called President Barack Obama’s trip to Egypt early in his term to speak of his vision for American relations with the world “an apology tour.”

There was no apology, President Barack Obama said.

“If we’re going to talk about trips that we’ve taken, when I was a candidate for office, the first trip I took was to visit our troops,” Obama said. “and when I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take fundraisers.”

“I look at what’s happening around the world and I see Iran four years closer to a bomb,” Romney said. “I see Jihadists continuing to spread… I see Syria with 30,000 dead… I look around the world, I don’t see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding. ”

“Governor… the problem is, you’ve been all over the map,” Obama said, noting that Romney had once said he wouldn’t “move Heaven and Earth” to go after one man, Osama bin Laden, and how he praises Obama for going after him.

“When we bring those who have harmed us to justice, it restores faith around the world,” Obama said. “What the American people understand is I look at what we need to keep the American people safe.”

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