Congressional Digest

International Debates Archives October 2012 No. 7 Vol. 10
Foreign Policy and the 2012 Election

Foreign Policy and the 2012 Election

Divergent Views of U.S. Goals and Strategies

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At the beginning of the 2012 presidential election campaign, the consensus was that foreign policy would take a back seat to domestic issues for both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, in late August, speakers focused on attacking the president’s record on the economy and key pieces of his legislative record, such as the stimulus package and health care reform. The following week, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Democrats were quick to take credit for what they saw as Obama’s foreign policy accomplishments, but were more foc…

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