Romney: Hope is not a strategy" for dealing with the Middle East

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney will be borrowing President Barack Obama's "hope" slogan in a planned foreign policy address today.

In prepared remarks, Romney says "Hope is not a strategy" for dealing with the Middle East. He says the U.S. can't support its friends and defeat its enemies in the region when its words aren't backed up by deeds.

Romney is accusing Obama of being passive when it comes to global affairs.

The Republican presidential nominee plans to say the U.S. should use its influence "wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively."

An Obama campaign TV ad is calling Mitt Romney "reckless" and "amateurish" on foreign policy questions. And a campaign spokeswoman says Romney has "been an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy every time he sticks his toe in the foreign policy waters."

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043-c-15-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent)-"wisely but firmly"-AP correspondent Ed Donahue reports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants the U.S. to play a more active role in countries like Syria. (8 Oct 2012)

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044-c-13-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent)-"sanctions on Iran"-AP correspondent Ed Donahue reports Mitt Romney wants the U.S. to be more assertive in the Middle East. (8 Oct 2012)

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042-v-34-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent)--Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants the U.S. to be more assertive with Syria. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. (8 Oct 2012)

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