Romney's foreign policy may mean hardball is back

CREATED Apr 18, 2012

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wants the United States to get much tougher with Iran and end what a top adviser calls the "Mother, may I?" foreign policy of President Barack Obama.

Romney's foreign policy pronouncements and the team advising him indicate that Americans and the world might expect a Republican campaign that reprises the hawkish and often unilateral foreign policy prescriptions that guided Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

A top Romney foreign policy adviser, Richard Williamson, says the world is better off when the United States takes the lead.

The hot partisan fight over the economy has overshadowed Romney's grievances with the Obama foreign policy.

That may be good for Romney. A recent Washington Post-ABC News survey found that Americans trust Obama over Romney on international affairs.