Romney ad extends 'apology tour' criticism
October 23rd, 2012
10:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney ad extends 'apology tour' criticism

(CNN) – 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.

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate
CNN Fact Check: Obama went on an apology tour, Romney and others say
October 23rd, 2012
07:02 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Fact Check: Obama went on an apology tour, Romney and others say

(CNN) – The contention that President Obama apologized to other nations for American behavior has been mentioned repeatedly by his critics, including Mitt Romney.

During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in August, Romney said, "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."

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Presidential Debates
October 23rd, 2012
06:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Analysis: Obama didn't score knockout but landed more punches

(CNN) - Long before the candidates set foot on stage in Florida, President Barack Obama headed into the final debate of the 2012 campaign with the biggest advantage of all: he's already commander-in-chief.

The foreign policy face-off on Monday was devoted to a subject on which presidents can speak about decision-making in the first person and challengers can't.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
McCain: Obama should own 'abject failure' in Middle East
October 22nd, 2012
04:50 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain: Obama should own 'abject failure' in Middle East

Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) – Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney, unleashed some strong words against President Barack Obama on Monday, hours before the presidential candidates face off in their final debate.

Asked if Romney should give Obama credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, McCain said he believes all American credit the president with the raid but added Obama should also take responsibility for "the abject failure throughout the Middle East."

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Foreign Policy • John McCain • Libya • Presidential Debates • Syria
Romney camp:  We don't expect Obama to 'come out like a lamb'
October 22nd, 2012
01:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney camp: We don't expect Obama to 'come out like a lamb'

Delray Beach, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney appears to be gearing up for what could be another feisty debate and another aggressive performance from President Obama, a top campaign adviser tells CNN.

"I don't think he will come out like a lamb," a senior Romney strategist said.

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Obama camp previews foreign policy debate with new ad
October 22nd, 2012
07:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama camp previews foreign policy debate with new ad

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad attacking Mitt Romney over foreign policy, the subject of the final presidential debate Monday night.

The 30-second spot, "Rebuilding," faults the GOP nominee for saying during the Republican primary that the president was wrong to withdraw troops from Iraq.

Watch CNN's coverage of Monday's third and final presidential debate starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV, CNN.com and via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Web users can become video editors with our clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter. Join the discussion on our live blog, and get comprehensive coverage on our debates page. Need other reasons to watch the debate on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
October 21st, 2012
06:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Checking the candidates' facts on foreign policy and national security

(CNN) - Monday's debate focuses on foreign policy and national security. The debate commission announced that the main topics will be: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Israel and Iran, "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism," and "The Rise of China and Tomorrow's World.

Ahead of the debate, here's a look at some campaign claims about foreign policy that we've looked at:

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Presidential Debates
Libya, Iran likely to be main points of contention in final debate
October 21st, 2012
06:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Libya, Iran likely to be main points of contention in final debate

(CNN) - While foreign policy became an unexpected pivotal point in last week's town-hall style presidential debate, Monday's final showdown will focus entirely on international affairs.

And with the U.S. government knee-deep in an investigation of its handling of the Benghazi consulate attacks and as reports emerge of planned negotiations with Iranian leaders, the topic could provide a pivot point in the tight race for the White House.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
Campaigning on foreign policy: World looks different from Oval Office
October 21st, 2012
11:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Campaigning on foreign policy: World looks different from Oval Office

Washington (CNN) – Bill Clinton, while on the campaign trail in 1992, attacked the George H.W. Bush administration for collaborating with "the butchers of Beijing." If he won the White House, Clinton promised, he would put human rights first when dealing with the People's Republic of China.

But six months after assuming the Oval Office, Clinton tossed those promises out the window, and dealing with China returned to "business as usual," according to William Galston, a former Clinton policy adviser.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Foreign Policy • President Obama
Campaign advisers spar on Libya
October 14th, 2012
10:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Campaign advisers spar on Libya

(CNN) – The assault on an American diplomatic post in Libya that left four Americans dead provided surrogates for both presidential candidates with fodder for political attacks Sunday, two days ahead of a critical debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Romney adviser Ed Gillespie echoed an attack line the GOP nominee delivered last week, insisting that Vice President Joe Biden's assertions at the vice-presidential debate didn't match congressional testimony from State Department officials.
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