GOP candidates tackle foreign policy, national security in latest debate
November 12th, 2011
11:30 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP candidates tackle foreign policy, national security in latest debate

Spartanburg, South Carolina (CNN) - The Republican candidates for president outlined their foreign policy and national security visions in a debate Saturday, tackling issues that have largely taken a backseat in a presidential race shaped by the troubled economy.

Moderators pressed the candidates on a range of topics during the 90-minute debate in South Carolina, including terrorism, Iran's nuclear capabilities, China, the war in Afghanistan, the so-called "Arab Spring" and foreign aid.


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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    What ever Romney said negative impact on General election, Rick Perry Did good today but Clear winner is Obama

    November 12, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Chipster

    How tragic that these people are leading the Republican Party and they don't know that water boarding is torture. Even John McCain knows that water boarding is torture. When we become terrorists as an excuse to defeat terrorists, we have lost the war against terrorism. Bachmann thinks that social programs are Socialism, so clearly she didn't learn much about history or Socialism. What's worst is the fact that she ridicules government handouts while accepting farm subsidies, state funding for her foster children and federal funds for training her husband's employees. Those funds don't just drop on your doorstep; an application must be submitted for them in order to get all the FREE money from the government, Ms. Bachmann. You and your husband are not exactly on the "needy" list. Maybe the "hypocrite" list....?

    November 12, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Independent Voter

    I was laughing so hard they sound awful please dont let one them be president. Bachman got booed.
    Perry sound drunk on stage.
    Cain was confuse with the question.
    President Obama is doing a great job keeping us safe. Thank you president for keeping me safe and USA.

    November 12, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. unsub

    huntsman is the only sane one! perry and cain are makin it up as they go!

    November 12, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    both Cain and Bachmann proclaim to be "born again Christians" yet they advocate torture. Makes me wonder what Bible they read and what God they may worship. Perhaps they need to read what Jesus said about how to treat your enemies.

    November 12, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. westward

    Pathetic group of losers. Scary to think that any of these guys might get the chance to royally mess up our national security.

    November 13, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. GEEP10

    Watching the GOP presidential candidates debate is likw watching a proctologist at work

    November 13, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  8. AlaskaPalin

    Notice that myth romney does not have a firm foreign policy position on any issue. The gravest treat is iran. A conservative president will give a death blow to irans nuclear capability. Here is hoping that obama does not allow them to get nukes on his 'one term' watch.

    November 13, 2011 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    The world is laughing at these GOP-bagger clowns.

    November 13, 2011 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  10. proudmemberofglobalzero

    All I heard was that "WMD" meme again. Torture was applauded, Huntsman supports the Ryan plan, and everyone wants to go to war with Iran. G_d help us if people do not start to wake up and pay attention to these debates.

    November 13, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Did they have to show in a map where these countries are located? Thank goodness no or they would have all been oopsied!

    November 13, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  12. Indy

    We are so incredibly lucky that none of these candidates are near any buttons, red phones or the Whitehouse. The only candidate that has intellegent answers on foreign policy matters is Huntsman. With the exception of Ron Paul, the rest are a threat to the entire world with their political theatre type talk on international matters.All of the answers given by the candidates other than Hunstman put all Americans in danger.Torture has no place in this current time, and telling the world that you believe waterbarding is acceptable is a dangerous position to put American citizens in and not the least bit Presidential. Thank God there is a competent President ready to serve four more years

    November 13, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  13. Keith in Austin

    Rather than the vitriolic comments typically thrown around by Liberal know-it-alls on this blog, I hope a few of them took the time to watch the Debate last night to see the MAJOR IMPROVEMENT our Nation will experience with a GOP President at the helm. The front runners; Romney, Gingrich and Cain cleary distinguished themselves from "Campaigner in Chief" and his failing policies abroad. Less than 1 year and counting folks!

    November 13, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult!

    Nice to the see the GOBP deathcult is pretty unwavering in its un-American support of torture. The Torture Party/deathcult is intellectually and morally bankrupt. This debate provided a clear public service in exposing these traitors to American principles such as human rights.

    November 13, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |