Rand Paul carves out own space on foreign policy
February 6th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
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Rand Paul carves out own space on foreign policy

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul advanced his foreign policy views in a speech on Wednesday that appeared to be aimed at showing his fluency in that arena, particularly on radical Islam, the suspected Iranian nuclear weapons program, and U.S. military involvement.

On some of those issues, he sounded tones similar to his father, the former three-time presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Rand Paul campaigned for his father, who drew attention for his libertarian views - which he described as non-interventionist but critics described as isolationist.
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While visiting Israel, Sen. Paul calls for less U.S. foreign aid
January 8th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
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While visiting Israel, Sen. Paul calls for less U.S. foreign aid

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul is staying true to his message against sending millions in aid money overseas, even while visiting Israel, one of the largest beneficiaries of U.S. assistance.

"It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process," Paul said at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, according to the Jerusalem Post. "I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits."
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McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing
December 10th, 2012
05:07 PM ET
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McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain is seeking a slot on the Foreign Relations Committee next year and could be in place to grill United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice at her confirmation hearing if President Obama nominates her to be secretary of state.

The Arizona Republican is one of Rice's harshest critics. He has suggested the U.N. ambassador tried to cover up the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya - which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens - as a means to help the president win re-election.
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November 19th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Obama lauds Aung San Suu Kyi, gives a nod to Myanmar

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) - Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar on Monday, praising the courage of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi while also providing a symbolic nod to initial reforms in a nation once notorious for political repression.

Later, Obama traveled to Cambodia for a summit of regional leaders and held what an aide called a "tense"meeting with the host country's prime minister that emphasized the need for improving human rights there.

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The New York Times endorses Obama again
October 27th, 2012
07:01 PM ET
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The New York Times endorses Obama again

(CNN) - The New York Times on Saturday endorsed Barack Obama, citing the president's policies in health care, the economy, foreign affairs, civil rights and his choices of two Supreme Court justices among the reasons for support.

"In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign," the editorial states, "it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments." FULL POST

Romney ad extends 'apology tour' criticism
October 23rd, 2012
10:25 AM ET
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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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CNN Fact Check: Obama went on an apology tour, Romney and others say
October 23rd, 2012
07:02 AM ET
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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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October 23rd, 2012
06:55 AM ET
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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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McCain: Obama should own 'abject failure' in Middle East
October 22nd, 2012
04:50 PM ET
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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
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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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