VIDEO: Mitt Romney campaign releases 'apology tour' ad after final debate

Mitt Romney's campaign released a new television ad Tuesday picking up on an attack waged repeatedly by Romney that President Barack Obama went on an "apology tour," expressing regret on behalf of the United States to other nations, as president.

Watch the ad at the bottom of this story.

The Republican nominee's attack proved an effective trigger during Monday night's final presidential debate, prompting an aggressive exchange on their respective foreign policy credentials.

The 30-second spot begins with Romney's voice from the final debate: "The president began with an apology tour going to various nations and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness."

The Romney campaign did not released the size of the ad buy or where it will air.

The ad titled "Apology Tour" continues with a clip of Romney, seated at the debate roundtable in Boca Raton, Florida, directing his remarks at Obama.

"The reason I call it an apology tour, you went to the Middle East and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region. You said that America had dictated to other nations," he said.

The ad concludes with Romney saying: "Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators."

During Florida's debate Obama responded pointedly to his opponent's attack, contrasting his visit to Israel as a candidate and then-Illinois Senator in 2008 to Romney's foreign tour earlier this summer.

"When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn't take donors. I didn't attend fundraisers. I went to Yad Veshem, the Holocaust museum there, to remind myself the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel will be unbreakable," said Obama, also touting his funding of the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense program.

A CNN fact check of Romney's critique of Obama's foreign policy tactics showed the Republican nominee's claim of an "apology tour" is false.

When the president began his term in 2009, he gave a number of speeches in the Middle East aimed at forging better ties with nations in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In these speeches, Obama did mention U.S. flaws as a part of larger narrative about repairing ties and building friendship with those nations but did not go so far as to apologize for America.

In the Florida debate, Romney, however, said repeatedly said that Obama had apologized for the U.S. on an international stage - and it's not he first time the former Massachusetts governor has used on the "apology tour" criticism.

"I will begin my presidency with the jobs tour. President Obama began his with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No, Mr. President America has freed other nations from dictators," said Romney during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in August.

Romney also used the attack at last week's second presidential debate in New York saying, "President Obama's policies throughout the Middle East began with an apology tour."

Obama campaign spokesman Danny Kanner responded to the ad saying that after losing the debate, "Mitt Romney is going back to the well - the old standby false attack alleging that the President apologized for America."

"It wasn't true last night just as it wasn't true throughout the course of this campaign - in fact, fact checkers continue to call it a blatant falsehood. With this new ad, Mitt Romney once again proved there is nothing he won't say to get elected," said Kanner. "But, voters should beware - his reckless and wrong foreign policies would take America back to a more dangerous time and reduce our standing in the world."

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