Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered highly publicized remarks on foreign policy Monday afternoon, two weeks before facing President Barack Obama in a security focused debate. The former governor took every opportunity in his 20-minute speech at the Virginia Military Institute to point out the perceived failures of the Obama administration. CNN conducted fact checks on several of Romney’s assertions to gauge their validity.
Throughout his campaign, Romney has cast himself as an ardent backer of Israel - and, either directly or indirectly, suggested that President Barack Obama hasn't been similarly supportive. Monday was no exception as Romney stated that the relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has suffered great strains" in recent years.
Romney lashed out against Obama's handling of protests in Iran, insisting the president failed to weigh in publicly when Iranian demonstrators were met with violence while protesting the disputed elections three years ago. "When millions of Iranians took to the streets in June of 2009, when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world, when they cried out, 'Are you with us, or are you with them?' - the American president was silent," Romney said.
Trying to equate the U.S. Navy's size to Obama administration policies, Romney also said the fleet was as small as it was around World War I and vowed he'd boost its size if he became president. In an effort to augment the force and power of the Navy, he suggested bolstering the Navy overall by building 15 ships a year, including three submarines.
The former CEO of Bain Capital criticized Obama’s business record, saying he "has not signed one new free-trade agreement in the past four years," and assuring the audience he would "reverse that failure."