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Romney seizes on ‘bumps in the road’

Mitt Romney is jumping on President Obama's description of recent events in the Middle East as "bumps in the road" to democracy -- only the latest comment from the president to become a Republican attack line. 

"His indication that developments in the Middle East represent bumps in the road is a very different view than I have," the Republican candidate told ABC News. "I can’t imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road."

Romney gave a similar comment to NBC News. "There are extraordinary events going on in the Middle East and considering those events, either one of them or all of them collectively, as bumps in the road shows a person who has a very different perspective about world affairs [than] the perspective I have," he said. 

Shortly after the interviews, while speaking to a crowd in Pueblo, Colo., Romney declared, “These are not bumps in the road, these are human lives."

It's not the first time Romney has criticized Obama for using that phrase. Way back in June of 2011, when the president described "bumps on the road to recovery," Romney cut a web video of supporters saying "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." 

In the ABC News interview, Romney also briefly addressed his campaign "reset." He will be "speaking about the same topics I have in the past," he said, but will "make sure that people understand that this is a different direction for the nation." 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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