WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech entrance came with a military march before the Virginia Military Institute - a prelude to criticize the Commander in Chief.
Romney argued President Obama isn't a global leader. He said he would increase military spending, work to arm Syrian rebels and ensure the U.S. and its allies would prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. On Israel, he said he would restart peace negotiations.
"America's security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years."
Polls regularly show voters give President Obama the foreign policy edge over Romney.
Before Romney's speech, the Obama campaign unveiled an ad describing what it called "Romney's gaffe-filled" summer trip abroad and questioned Romney's first response to attacks on the U.S. embassy in Libya which killed the U.S. ambassador. It echoes what President Obama said in a "60 Minutes" interview last month.
"Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later," he said, "and as President, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that."
Romney's speech comes as a new Gallup tracking poll shows him gaining voter support after the first presidential debate, leaving the candidates now tied. Foreign policy could force those numbers could change one way or the other again as it is set to be the sole focus of the final presidential debate October 22.
The presidential "town hall" on October 16 as well as the vice presidential debate October 11 are slated to focus on both foreign and domestic policy. All three will air on KATV Channel 7 as well as online at Arkansas Vote (KATV.com/vote).