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More than any other candidate, Ron Paul, an Air Force veteran, stands alone for his outspoken, Libertarian-guided foreign-policy beliefs that the United States has gone too far, acts like an empire about to go bankrupt, and is making more enemies in the world than friends.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:40am


Mitt Romney will not apologize for America. That’s been his go-to foreign policy talking point and is a good description for most of his national security proposals.

Backed by a reputable group of conservative Washington foreign policy advisers, Romney has constantly dogged President Obama over his efforts to repair America’s reputation with foreign countries after President George W. Bush’s departure from office.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:40am


The former Pennsylvania senator, having spent eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been touting his foreign-policy and national-security experience on Capitol Hill in his presidential campaign. He’s talked up his sponsorship of both the 2003 Syria Accountability Act, which led to economic sanctions against Damascus, and the Iran Freedom Support Act, authorizing funds for opposition groups in Iran. And he has plenty of words for what he calls President Obama’s “confused foreign policy in the hottest spots in the world.”

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:40am


Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., often hints at her vast knowledge of classified information due to her position on the House Intelligence Committee, and has consistently referred to herself as the candidate “who understands problems that are going on internationally.” She's unequivocally in support of Israe l-- going so far as to say the United States will be cursed if it doesn't support the Jewish state -- and insists that both Iraq and Libya should pay Washington back for its military operations.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:40am


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is well-versed and very comfortable talking about a wide range of foreign policy and global issues. As such, Gingrich has targeted President Obama from his first days in office as a naïve foreign policy amateur who’s too soft on American adversaries, too quick to abdicate hard-line American leadership, and doesn’t listen to his generals.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:40am


He's from conservative West Texas, and served five years as an Air Force pilot -- a pro-military background that differentiates Texas Gov. Rick Perry from some of his competitors who are advocating for a more limited and isolationist foreign policy and national security. He has criticized President Obama's withdrawal of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq, and even hinted at being supportive of Israeli military action against Iran's nuclear program.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:40am


GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain insists he'll be able to get smart on foreign-policy issues the same way he learned about running a pizza franchise. "I had never made a pizza, but I learned," he told an audience at the National Press Club.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 8:40am

Gingrich Says Romney Can Manage Washington but He Can Change It

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Newt Gingrich began to take his measure against Mitt Romney on Friday, a sign of his emergence in the polls as a potential challenger to the Republican who for the past year has seemed to have the inside track for the party’s presidential nomination.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:40am

QUICK TAKE: Obama Comments on Penn State Scandal

Speaking to ESPN on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier Friday night, President Obama called the child sex abuse case against the Penn State football program "heartbreaking."

"I think it's a good time for us to do some soul searching," said the president, "Every institution, not just Penn State, (should know) what our priorities are and make sure our first priority is protecting our kids."

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Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:40am

Cain Vows to ‘Change Some of the Rules’ at United Nations

Herman Cain wants to “change some of the rules” at the United Nations so that the international body’s host nation is treated with more respect.
 “I would not allow a pip-squeak potentate dictator... to come here and insult our president,” the Republican presidential candidate said Friday in an interview with conservative talk show host Michael Savage. Cain’s comments on the United Nations came on the eve of a Republican presidential candidates’ debate that National Journal and CBS News will host Saturday on foreign policy and national security issues.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:40am