By Julian Pecquet - 10/23/12 02:58 AM EDT
“If we're going to talk about trips that we've taken, when I was a candidate for office the first trip I took was to visit our troops. And when I went to Israel as a candidate I didn't take donors, I didn't attend fundraisers,” Obama said in a pointed jab at Romney's unprecedented fundraising trip to Jerusalem with casino mogul Sheldon Adelson this summer.
“Which is why as president, we funded an Iron Dome program to stop those missiles. So that's how I've used my travels,” Obama said.
Romney brought up Obama's Middle East tour, which Republicans have labeled an “apology tour,” as an example of the president emboldening Iran to pursue its nuclear weapons program by displaying weakness. The former Massachusetts governor said at the debate that "the greatest threat that the world faces, the greatest national security threat is a nuclear Iran."