Pembroke, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared President Obama's call Thursday for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down "long overdue."
"Today's actions are long overdue and every diplomatic option should be brought to bear to prevent Assad from wreaking further violence on the people of that region," he said.
Read what Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said here.
Read what former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said here.
Several Republicans have long criticized the White House for a tentative response to the violent crackdown in Syria, led by Assad.
The President released a written statement Thursday, followed by a media availability by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She called for the Middle Eastern leader's ouster after months of escalating U.S. and European condemnation of the regime's tactics against opposition forces.
Perry addressed the news on Syria at the last of his three events in New Hampshire Thursday, after ignoring reporters' questions all morning. He did not take questions from the media after his statement.
"President Assad has threatened the safety and security not only of the Syrian people, but the surrounding world there as well," he told an audience of home construction workers at Epoch Homes in Pembroke. "He threatens the security and stability of the entire Middle East."