Mitt Romney

Foreign policy drove the presidential campaign on Monday with Mitt Romney jabbing Barack Obama on overseas tensions ahead of the president?s speech to the United Nations.

The Republican White House challenger used a campaign stop in the battleground state of Colorado to question Obama?s handling of international affairs, considered a strength for the incumbent heading into the November election.

Romney keyed his attack around an interview aired on Sunday during which Obama said recent unrest in Libya would not prevent the country from developing a functioning government that adequately represents its people.

?I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights, a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance,? Obama told CBS? ?60 Minutes.? ?But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam.?

Romney said Obama?s comments belittled the gravity of the situation defined by the armed militant assault on the consulate in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans two weeks ago.

?These are not bumps in the road, these are human lives,? Romney said in Pueblo. ?These are developments we do not want to see.?

Romney said the president?s remarks were ?surprising to people? given the unrest developing in a growing list of other international hotspots.

?Bumps in the road?? Romney asked. ?We had an ambassador assassinated. We had a Muslim Brotherhood member elected to the presidency of Egypt. Twenty thousand people have been killed in Syria. We have tumult in Pakistan and, of course, Iran is that much closer to having the capacity to build a nuclear weapon.?

Romney hammers Obama on ?bumps in the road?

Romney?s comments were magnified by the White House decision not to schedule bilateral meetings between world leaders and Obama at this week?s U.N. General Assembly, where the president will speak on Tuesday.

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