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Romney slates Obama over foreign policy ahead of debate

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed U.S. President Barack Obama’s handling of international affairs on Monday as the two rivals prepared for their first debate on Wednesday.

    Romney's aides said the U.S. economy was his main priority heading into the November 6 election, though the Democratic president's approach to national security was also “fair game”.

    Much of the presidential campaign season has been dominated by the focus on the troubled economy, but in recent weeks foreign policy has been at the forefront in the wake of attacks the United States has suffered on its embassies across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia after an American-produced anti-Islam film was posted online.

    Romney drew heavy criticism for his hasty reaction to violence in Egypt and Libya last month in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed along with three other Americans.

    According to political analysts, Romney will be under great pressure to perform well in Wednesday night's debate in Denver.

    His campaign has taken a knock since a secretly filmed video emerged two weeks ago in which he said 47 percent of Americans are "victims" who depend on government, do not pay federal income taxes and are unlikely to support him.

    Romney is likely to overlook Obama's national security credentials, which include the 2011 killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and portray the incumbent as a leader at the helm of America’s decline.

    Aides said Romney would deliver a foreign policy address in the coming days after the first debate.