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After irking Obama in debate, Romney continues pushing ‘Apology Tour’ notion

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Mitt Romney’s campaign is using a new television ad to double down on the one argument from Monday night’s debate that seemed to irk President Obama more than anything else.

In the debate, Romney argued that Obama went on an “apology tour” around the world after taking office in 2009.

It’s hardly a new line of attack. Romney titled his book “No Apology” and has made the argument throughout the campaign.

“The president began what I have called an apology tour, of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America,” Romney said during the debate.

Obama protested the characterization.

“Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing,” Obama said in the debate. “This has been probably the biggest whopper that’s been told during the course of this campaign. And every fact checker and every reporter who’s looked at it, Governor, has said this is not true.”

Despite Obama’s objections, the Romney campaign on Tuesday released a new television advertisement titled “Apology Tour,” using Romney’s words from the debate.

“You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations,” Romney says in the ad. “Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.”

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