CHARLESTON, S.C. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will vow on Friday to exert US leadership worldwide with military power and diplomacy in a speech aimed at showing he has foreign policy mettle.
Romney will say that if elected in November 2012, he will promise a series of actions over his first 100 days in office to demonstrate American might.
"I will not surrender America's role in the world. This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president," Romney will say, according to excerpts released by his campaign.
Romney, a former businessman who was also Massachusetts governor, has little foreign policy experience. In his speech, he seeks to demonstrate to Americans he would be able to handle crises abroad and exert US leadership in an unsettled world.