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Washington Week Round Table: Candidates Discuss Economic Recovery

GOP presidential candidates debate the economic recovery. Other topics include Rick Perry's memory lapse, Herman Cain's harassment scandal, and a Newt Gingrich surge. Also covered is the potential impact of the Euro debt crisis on America and the motivations of U.S. voters. Pete Williams hosts with: John Harwood, CNBC/New York Times; Michael Duffy, TIME; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Greg Ip, The Economist.

Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 9:40am

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Jon Huntsman

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is, well, an ambassador. He knows something about the world, he says, because has lived overseas four times. So when it comes to foreign policy, Huntsman sounds decidedly like a grown-up in a room full of politicians serving up primary red meat.

“We need to transform our foreign policy for the modern world,” Huntsman wrote last month in Politico. “Simply advocating for more ships, more troops, and more weapons isn’t a viable foreign policy.”

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

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Ron Paul

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

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Mitt Romney

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

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Rick Santorum

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

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Michele Bachmann

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

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Newt Gingrich

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

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Rick Perry

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

FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Herman Cain

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