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Monday, October 22, 2012

Where Do Romney, Obama Stand On Foreign Policy?

President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Foreign policy is the focus of Monday’s third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

The questions are expected to range from the war in Afghanistan, tensions between between Iran and Israel, the rise of China and what happened in Benghazi.

Analysts say President Obama and Mitt Romney share some views key foreign policy issues, like the 2014 withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

But both candidates are likely to focus on their differences in the debate, starting with their very different views of how to implement U.S. foreign policy goals.

How do their foreign policy stances stack up to the realities on the ground, in Iran, China and Syria?


  • Michael Kranish, Washington correspondent for The Boston Globe. He is co-author of the book ‘The Real Romney.’
  • Thanassis Cambanis,  fellow at The Century Foundation and a columnist for The Boston Globe.  He’s author of  “A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.”

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  • Robert R. Smith

    I’d like to know what the President and the challenger think about:

    “Why do “they”, still, hate us?”  and what they intend to do to invest in peace as well as defense.

  • Clloyda

    In the debate ask, “Do you promise to honor and obey Bibi Netanyahu?”

  • Mat B

    I am a registered Republican who voted for President Obama. Unlike some who voted for him, I have not been disappointed. With that said, President Obama needs to step up and say: “Yes we dropped the ball on security in Benghazi, and because I am the president, I accept full responsibility. We will do everything we can to protect American personnel overseas in the future. ” I believe this would go a long way in bolstering his record on foreign affairs, or at least acknowledge that he bears some culpability in what happened in Libya.

  • Ralph

    What happened to the old maxim of politics stopping at the shore.  Seems like there’s already been damage to our foreign policy by too much talk?

  • Dewdle

    I have a one word Foreign Policy question for Mssrs. Obama and Romney:

    MEXICO ???

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