NEW YORK (Official Wire) — The Republican presidential ticket sharpened and broadened its attacks on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy record Friday, with Mitt Romney blasting Obama for declining to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Romney’s running mate accusing the president of failing to lead in a time of global crisis.

“American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose,” GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan said in remarks prepared for delivery Friday at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington.

Romney has struggled to make the case against the sitting commander in chief as angry anti-American protests in the Arab world turned violent this week. After an initial statement mischaracterized the tumultuous events, Romney has taken a mournful tone about the loss of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya and instead is making a broader argument that Obama has a pattern of sending the wrong message to the world.

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