Senator calls Obama weak in Middle East

July 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- A Republican senator Sunday blasted President Obama for supposed weakness in the Middle East and contended a Mitt Romney presidency would be tougher.

With Romney himself on a high-profile visit to Israel, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" to chastise Obama for allowing the situation in Syria to deteriorate and failing to derail Iran's nuclear program.

"He [Obama] has actually made us weaker around the world, as opposed to stronger, and Mitt Romney will stand strong with our allies," Ayotte declared.

Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, did not discuss any specific steps a Romney administration might take in the Middle East; however, she assured CNN "he won't go around and apologize for America."

Speaking in the president's defense, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told CNN Obama was fully engaged in the Middle East and had been a solid ally of Israel. "He has put together the strongest coalition of countries around the world to put pressure on Iran not to develop a nuclear weapon, it includes China and Russia," Durbin said.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories