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NATIONAL
April 27, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 gave the Democratic ticket greater heft on foreign policy, often a perceived weakness for Democrats in presidential races. Now, just shy of the first anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the president's reelection campaign is trying to use Biden to turn national security into a political weapon against Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican nominee. In a blistering speech Thursday in New York, Biden quoted Romney as saying in 2008 that it was "not worth moving heaven and Earth, spending billions of dollars" trying to catch the Al Qaeda leader.
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OPINION
May 8, 2010 | Warren Christopher
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised he would end our diplomatic isolation and pursue "engagement" in foreign affairs. His opponent tried to turn his proposal against him by saying it would be reckless and naive. Obama regarded his election as a mandate for engagement, and no campaign promise has been more faithfully carried out by his administration. Engagement is not in itself foreign policy. But it is a crucial part of the process by which we seek to advance our international goals, and one in which the country can and should invest great human and political capital.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
In a campaign dominated by talk of jobs and the economy, the Republican presidential field has settled on a unified approach to foreign policy: Ignore it for the most part, unless forced to discuss. Then criticize President Obama. Part of that is reflex. As the opposition party, Republicans are inclined to oppose anything the president says or does, even if they applaud the outcome, like, for instance, the ouster of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi. But their silence also reflects the political reality.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Maeve Reston and Daniel Rothberg
OXON HILL, Md. -  For many of the 2016 presidential contenders who tested their messages at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine offered the perfect opening to pound President Obama's approach to foreign policy as weak and feckless - a sign of dimming U.S. influence around the world. But Rand Paul, whose non-interventionist foreign policy views have often been out of step with his rivals, did not mention Russia at all. And yet he blew the doors off Friday, drawing the most excited response of any potential contender as he blistered the Obama administration for its expansive surveillance of Americans and accused the president of trampling on civil liberties.
NEWS
October 21, 2012 | By James Rainey
While jobs and the economy remain their primary concerns, a strong majority of voters in the swing states of Ohio and Florida say they are interested in America's relations with other countries heading into Monday night's foreign policy debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, according to a new survey. The poll found that 61% of Florida voters called foreign affairs one of the most important or a "very important" issue, while 59% of Ohio voters reached the same conclusion.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- In a blistering attack on the Democrats' leadership abroad, Paul Ryan charged that President Obama has failed to show “steady, consistent American leadership” in the face of recent violence in the Arab world while accusing his administration of treating Israel with “indifference bordering on contempt.” The Republican vice presidential nominee, known primarily for his role in setting his party's course on domestic fiscal policy,...
NEWS
September 23, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, tangled over their varying approaches to foreign policy in dueling “60 Minutes” interviews that aired Sunday, with the president brushing off Romney's charge that he has been weak on national defense and charging that if Romney “is suggesting that we should start another war - he should say so.” The debate on the campaign trail is likely to turn to foreign policy once again this week...
WORLD
May 31, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
In a political race most analysts predicted would hinge on domestic bread-and-butter issues, foreign policy has emerged as a major battleground -- and a potential Achilles' heel for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney prepared Monday to travel overseas for the now-traditional “grand tour” portion of the presidential campaign. As it was for past White House hopefuls including President Obama, Romney's trip abroad is a chance to help voters see the former governor and corporate CEO as a statesman - a chance to take some photos that read “potential president.” According to custom, however, it's not a time to air political laundry...
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