(LAS VEGAS) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says that recent political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa could be either “one of the worst things to happen in the last 50 years” or “one of the most positive developments.”
Speaking before the Republican Jewish Coalition, a Washington, DC-based interest group, on Saturday, the likely GOP presidential candidate did not specifically weigh in on American involvement in Libya, but accused President Obama of failing to understand “that not all the leaders of the world have common interests” with the United States.
He pronounced himself “distressed” by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent use of the word “reformer” to describe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We are not like them, and we don't have common interests with them,” Romney said, referring to oppressive leaders around the globe. “We have common interests with people who seek and love freedom.”
Romney’s speech was part of a two-day pre-campaign swing through Nevada, an early state on the presidential nominating calendar. It was also his first major public address in nearly a month.
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