Prompted by Rep. Ron Paul’s forceful anti-war rhetoric, the candidates in Tuesday night’s debate engaged in a heated sparring match over Iran and foreign policy. But the line that will be remembered – and likely repeated throughout the general election – came from Mitt Romney.

Asked about the Drone aircraft downed recently over Iran and President Obama’s request to return it, Romney said Obama’s foreign policy strategy amounted to “pretty please.”

“Does timidity and weakness invite aggression on the part of other people? Absolutely,” Romney told moderator Brett Baier. “A strong America is the best ally peace has ever owned. A spy Drone downed over Iran and he says ‘pretty please?’”

It is a line of attack we will hear over and over again as Republicans seek to depict Obama as weak on foreign policy and apologetic about the U.S. role in the world.

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