Obama and Romney both oppose US troops in Syria
AP and Reuters
October 24, 2012, 11:48 am TWN
BOCA RATON, Florida -- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney say they are both opposed to sending U.S. troops to Syria to end the violence there.
Obama says that while attacks by government forces against Syrian citizens are heartbreaking, getting the U.S. "entangled militarily" would be a serious step. Romney essentially agreed, saying he doesn't want the U.S. military involved in Syria.
Romney said the United States should be playing a leadership role in identifying responsible opposition groups in Syria and making sure they have the arms they need to fight President Bashar Assad's regime.
Obama says the U.S. is working with allies in the region to learn more about the opposition.
"I am confident that Assad's days are numbered," Obama said. "But what we can't do is to simply suggest that, as Governor Romney at times has suggested, that giving heavy weapons, for example, to the Syrian opposition is a simple proposition that would lead us to be safer over the long term."