Romney pits 'No Apology' vs. 'Apology Tour' at luncheon

Mitt Romney is setting up a key contrast between himself and President Barack Obama, pitting his own vision of American Exceptionalism against what conservatives have labeled Obama's "Apology Tour."

Romney's new book, aptly titled No Apology, lays out his case for how to maintain the culture that has made the United States great.

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In describing the book's premise Friday at a National Press Club luncheon, Romney took aim at Obama's trip to Muslim countries when he first became president.

"He apologized for what he viewed as America's divisiveness, our arrogance; he spoke of America's — in his view — unwillingness to listen to the concerns of others," Romney said. "I don't think history would suggest that's an accurate portrayal of our past."

Romney, the potential 2012 GOP frontrunner, offered plenty of red meat for the anti-Obama crowd, casting the president as an apologist for the "Blame America" crowd and suggesting he missed out on an opportunity during the post-election protests in Iran.

"I can't imagine Ronald Reagan having nothing to say in that circumstance," Romney said.

Romney criticized Obama for pressing on with healthcare legislation while the country was dealing with a recession and two wars overseas. He cast his own healthcare bill when he was Massachusetts governor as a "pretty good" model for insuring more citizens.

He also praised the Tea Party movement, saying it represents the "silent majority" of America.

"The silent majority is silent no more," he said.

Romney suggested he will do plenty of campaigning for other candidates during the 2010 midterm elections, spending time in less important presidential primary states where key 2010 races are being run.