Campaigning on foreign policy: World looks different from Oval Office
October 21st, 2012
11:27 AM ET
10 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.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Foreign Policy • President Obama
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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Fact is November 7th 2012 both parties will start fundraising for 2014
    Fact is November 7th 2012 media will start 2016 campaign

    That mean our vote didn’t count

    October 21, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Can you imagine romney the tax cheat in the oval office during a nuclear crises next to the red button and having to consult with Paul lyin Ryan ,and Ryan switches the conversation to abortion, what a joke gop ticket ,and romneys wife says he's unstable, just look at his face during the debate .he's not all there ,a couple of cans lite of a six pack ,when he's debating he looks like a spoiled brat from high school.

    October 21, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. jonat

    You can't do anything about China while they are acting as our banker. They hold over a trillion dollars of our debt and we don't have the money to pay them. "He who holds the money makes the rules"

    October 21, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A President can't "flip flop" with nukes because once you fire one off you can't say you didn't mean to do it or say your experience as a businessman is enough. We know what President Obama will do and we can't take a chance on what Mitt Romney will do because he's a flip flopper.

    October 21, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    As CNN points out, Gov. Romney has extensive international knowledge albeit lack of intimate oval office knowledge. Clearly, whatever knowledge Obama possessed over the past few years has been useless to him at best and dangerous to americans at worse. Liberals who view Romney as naive are actually hurting Obama's rapidly-weakening bid for re-election. The issues facing Obama this Monday night and beyond to election day are insurmountable - too much to answer for - too little time for Democrat spin. The democrat arguments and defense are very weak - pathetically and sadly weak now. Obama should resign -really.

    October 21, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Even in the Oval Office information sometimes trickles on. The twit has nothing but pretend he knows what is going on and sounding stupid, as in or"proceed governor" and having his silly bu*t handed to him in front of a national audience.
    I wonder if the President when the twit talks China canning up those jos the twit and Bain keep sending to that country. He is probably partly responsible for china to have workers have jos that Americans no longer have thanks to them.

    October 21, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. RudyG

    In a few weeks Obama won't have to worry about the world looking different from the Oval Office. The communist from Chicago will be back home!

    October 21, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. anonoymous

    I wonder if Romney has really considered all that this office entails? Kinda like when I was younger buying my first car. I know all the extras I wanted tape player sunroof etc...When I actually went to buy a car and found out about taxes gas maint etc..I ended up with a car with no radio air sunroof and had a manul transmission. The president has 4 years of experience in the office. Whether people agree about that experience is not the point. The president has the inside advantage Romney is talking from what he thinks. Remember we didnt call Mittt the Twit the people he might have to discuss foreign affairs did!

    October 21, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |