The Straits Times
Published on Oct 23, 2012

Romney backs drones, aid conditions in Pakistan


BOCA RATON, Florida (AFP) - White House hopeful Mitt Romney said he would maintain drone strikes in Pakistan if he defeats President Barack Obama and impose conditions on aid to the nuclear-armed nation.

At the two men's final debate before Nov 6 elections, Mr Romney largely embraced Mr Obama's positions on Pakistan and, in a departure from his frequent criticism, said he did not blame Mr Obama for troubled ties between the nations.

"It's widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that... entirely and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology," Mr Romney said at the debate in Florida.

Mr Romney said he believed the United States should "continue to go after the people that represent a threat to this nation and to our friends." But he added: "We're going to have to do more than just going after leaders and killing bad guys, important as that is."