Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes his first major campaign speech on foreign policy Monday.
Romney will speak to students at the Virginia Military Institute in the town of Lexington, the country’s oldest military academy.
So far, he has focused mostly on the economy and his plans to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reforms. But he has criticized the president’s Middle East policy, saying Obama is letting the United States be at the mercy of events rather than shaping them.
Romney wrote in The Wall Street Journal last month that events are moving the country away from being able to protect its people and allies.
President Obama will be in California Monday to dedicate a monument to the late leader of the United Farm Workers union, Cesar Chavez. Later, he will attend a fundraising dinner in San Francisco.
With one month to go before the election, polls show the president still in front, but Romney has closed the gap after last week’s first debate.
Many analysts say Romney was better prepared and that the president gave an uncharacteristically lethargic performance.