Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Romney Fires Foreign Policy Salvo; He Accuses Obama of Playing Politics at Expense of National Security

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Romney Fires Foreign Policy Salvo; He Accuses Obama of Playing Politics at Expense of National Security

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RENO, NEV. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into claims the White House had leaked national security information for President Barack Obama's political gain, part of a searing speech that marked a wholesale indictment of the Democrat's foreign policy.

In a race that has focused almost entirely on the sluggish economy, Romney also critiqued Obama's handling of Iran's nuclear threat, the violence in Syria and relations with Israel during a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention.

In his first foreign policy speech since emerging as the likely Republican presidential nominee, Romney accused Obama of putting politics over national security, a serious charge that went straight at a policy area where national polls show the president with the edge.

The turn also was a reminder that the increasingly biting campaign, which paused over the weekend in deference to the deadly movie theater shooting in Colorado, was on again in earnest. …

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