Obama camp previews foreign policy debate with new ad
October 22nd, 2012
07:59 AM ET
2 years 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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
October 21st, 2012
06:43 PM ET
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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White House clarifies Biden on Libya security
October 12th, 2012
03:10 PM ET
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White House clarifies Biden on Libya security

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) - Aides to President Barack Obama on Friday attempted to clean up comments made by Vice President Joe Biden regarding security requests in Libya during Thursday night's vice presidential debate.

When asked about the security of U.S. diplomats in Libya prior to the attack in Benghazi, Biden said "We weren't told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again."
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Joe Biden
October 11th, 2012
07:10 PM ET
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Team Obama: Romney and Ryan made Libya attack political

(CNN) - Remarks from one of President Barack Obama's top campaign aides on the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, drew a sharp rebuke from Mitt Romney Thursday at a campaign event in North Carolina.

Romney was reacting to comments Stephanie Cutter made on CNN earlier in the day. She said the political firestorm ignited by the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi was a result of Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan using the event to attack the president.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Sen. Rand Paul counters Romney on foreign policy
October 10th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Rand Paul counters Romney on foreign policy

(CNN) – A Republican senator and surrogate for Mitt Romney chided the GOP presidential nominee on Wednesday, saying he was "a bit dismayed" by Romney's foreign policy speech earlier in the week.

In an op-ed on CNN.com, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who endorsed Romney in June, took issue with key points of Romney's approach to international affairs.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • Rand Paul
Romney calls for strong U.S. role in world affairs
October 8th, 2012
01:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney calls for strong U.S. role in world affairs

(CNN) – Mitt Romney promised Monday to restore the traditional U.S. foreign policy dating to the end of World War II, based on exerting influence through military and economic power, in a major speech two weeks before he debates President Barack Obama on international issues.

In the address at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney argued that Obama is failing to provide the global leadership needed and expected by the rest of the world, especially key allies like Israel.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • Virginia
October 8th, 2012
12:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Full remarks: Romney foreign policy speech

(CNN) – GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered remarks on foreign policy Monday in Virginia. Below is the full text of his remarks, as released by his campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney
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