Romney lays out 'aid with trade' in major foreign policy speech
September 25th, 2012
10:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney lays out 'aid with trade' in major foreign policy speech

(CNN) – Mitt Romney sought to bolster his foreign policy credentials Tuesday, stressing his plan to strengthen aid to developing markets overseas through free enterprise and trade.

"The aim of a much larger share of our aid must be the promotion of work and the fostering of free enterprise. Nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of America's own economy," Romney said at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • New York
Paul Ryan rips Obama's foreign policy record
September 24th, 2012
09:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan rips Obama's foreign policy record

Lima, Ohio (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan offered a grim assessment of President Barack Obama's foreign policy record Monday, citing examples including the latest unrest in the Middle East that Mitt Romney's running mate warned "projects weakness" and threatens the nation's security.

"When the president came into office, he made these grand speeches, beautiful rhetoric, great promises, and he made the case that the power of his personality and his persuasion powers would calm things in the Muslim World, would make things, would make people respect us and like us that much more," Ryan said during a town hall in Ohio's Allen County.
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Romney has first intelligence briefing
September 17th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney has first intelligence briefing

(CNN) – Mitt Romney received his first intelligence briefing Monday, less than one week after criticizing the president over the attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya.

His campaign confirmed that the Republican nominee took part in the briefing at an FBI building in Los Angeles following a campaign event.
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Filed under: 2012 • California • Foreign Policy • Intelligence • Mitt Romney
Poll: More approve of Obama's response to embassy attack than Romney's
September 17th, 2012
03:10 PM ET
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Poll: More approve of Obama's response to embassy attack than Romney's

(CNN) – Americans who were closely following developments in last week's attacks on American diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya were more likely to favorably rate President Barack Obama's handling of the dilemma than they were Mitt Romney's, according to a poll released Monday.

The survey from the Pew Research Center found 45% of Americans who said they were closely following the news approved of Obama's handling of the situation, compared to 26% who approved of Romney's statements. Conversely, 36% disapproved of Obama's handling of the situation, and 48% disapproved of Romney's response. Nineteen percent didn't have an opinion on Obama, and 26% couldn't rate Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges
September 17th, 2012
07:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges

Editor's note: Over the next week, CNN's national security reporters and producers will be looking at some of the most poignant differences between the two candidates on the most pressing foreign policy issues. Watch for the stories all week on CNN.

Washington (CNN) - The protests and violence at American diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa last week steered the 2012 presidential race into somewhat unchartered territory - a debate over U.S. foreign policy.

While the topic certainly has not been absent in the rhetorical sparring between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, most of the campaign's focus thus far has been a battle over who has the best prescription to jolt a seemingly sluggish economic recovery.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Giuliani: Obama's Middle East policy 'falling apart'
September 16th, 2012
10:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Giuliani: Obama's Middle East policy 'falling apart'

(CNN) – Widespread unrest in the Middle East signals a major failure of President Barack Obama's policies in the region, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani asserted Sunday.

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate claimed the so-called "reset" strategy toward the region that was part of Obama's 2008 campaign has proven ineffective and dangerous.
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • President Obama • Rudy Giuliani
September 14th, 2012
10:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney adviser blames Obama for Libya, Egypt attacks

(CNN) - A top foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign stood by his argument Friday that this week's attacks on diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt could have been averted if Romney were president.

Richard Williamson, a former assistant secretary of state under the Ronald Reagan administration, said Romney's policies would have led to better standing for the United States among countries that saw uprisings in the last couple years.
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Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Foreign Policy • Libya • Mitt Romney
Ryan to deliver harsh foreign policy speech in Washington
September 14th, 2012
10:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Ryan to deliver harsh foreign policy speech in Washington

Washington (CNN) - Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan will unleash a fierce attack on President Obama's foreign policy Friday in a speech to the Values Voter Summit in Washington, according to excerpts of his speech provided by Mitt Romney's campaign.

Ryan will also highlight his Catholic faith in his speech to the gathering of social conservatives, which is sponsored by the Family Research Council.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Paul Ryan • Washington D.C.
Foreign policy dominates campaign for second day
September 13th, 2012
12:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Foreign policy dominates campaign for second day

Fairfax, Virginia (CNN) – A presidential campaign that has, until recently, focused almost exclusively on the nation's struggling economy entered a second day of forceful foreign policy debate Thursday, with GOP nominee Mitt Romney again criticizing President Barack Obama's strategy in dealing with attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Cairo and Benghazi, Libya.

At a rally in a northern Virginia suburb of Washington, Romney offered his condolences for families of American diplomatic workers who died at the American consulate in Benghazi - including Chris Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya - but quickly turned to a barbed critique of how Obama has positioned the United States in the world.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
September 12th, 2012
04:35 PM ET
2 years ago

With attacks in Middle East, campaign turns to foreign policy

Washington (CNN) - Attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Cairo sparked a sharp exchange of political attacks Wednesday, as Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama's administration of sending "mixed signals" on American values, and Obama painted his rival as crudely inserting politics where they don't belong.

"I think President Obama has demonstrated a lack of clarity as to a foreign policy," Romney said in Jacksonville, Florida, continuing a line of criticism his campaign began late Tuesday, when it issued a statement that labeled the U.S. response to attacks on the American embassy in Cairo as "disgraceful."
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