LEXINGTON, Va -- Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney spoke at the Virginia Military Institute and he said the U.S. should be more assertive overseas. Romney said there is more of a risk for conflict in the Middle East thanks to President Barack Obama.
Romney took stage and spoke to a room full of Cadettes. Some of the Cadettes said they agree with a lot of the policies Romney is proposing.
Romney's message to the cadets was simple.
“I believe that if America doesn't lead others will,” said Romney.
He said he wanted to show America'S strength to people around the world. Romney said if the world saw the country with a sluggish economy and 11 years of war, they would step away.
Cadet John Dommert agreed.
“Just keeping a leadership role in foreign policy rather than allowing other countries to step in and take that role and just taking a backseat in the U.S. front,” said Dommert.
Romney described why he thought current foreign policy was not working.
“We can't support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East, when our words are not supported by deeds."
Romney said he would put Iran in notice that he will not allow them to get nuclear weapons.
He also said he hopes to increase the military in countries in conflict like Israel. For cadet Sarah Hoover, this is good news.
"As a person who has gone through military school and has seen what the military can do, I think it's a good thing that he feels the need to increase spending towards the military and take away defense cuts," said Hoover.
Romney says he will reverse a current policy.
“I'll roll back President Obama's deep and arbitrary cuts to our national defense that will devastate our military,” said Romney.
For Hoover, solving disagreements with Israel and Palestine is key to moving forward.
“If we don't address the issue that's in the Middle East, there is no way we can expect to have a stable world in general," said Hoover.
Romney also said it is important to create trade agreements with other countries to create partnerships.
He said only a new president can strengthen our relationships with the rest of the world.
Some of the cadets said that they liked what they heard, but would like to hear a more detailed plan to know if there is something to be worried about.
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