(WASHINGTON) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping rebuke to President Obama's domestic and foreign policies Friday in an address at CPAC that outlined the major themes of what could be a presidential bid in 2012.
Romney took direct aim at the administration's recent steps to move to the political center, calling them only the "appearance of change."
He faulted Obama's "liberal policies," including the administration's response to the economic crisis, for persistently high unemployment, which he called a "moral tragedy of epic proportion."
And, Romney said, only a new president can put more Americans back to work -- and suggested he could be the man for the job.
"If I decide to run for president, it won’t take me two years to wake up to the job crisis threatening America," he said. "And I won’t be asking Tim Geithner how the economy works -- or Larry Summers how to start a business. I know."
Romney also accused the Obama administration of not having a coherent foreign policy, citing the continued development of Iran's nuclear program, tensions on the Korean peninsula, and the new START treaty with Russia as making the world "more dangerous."
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