Foreign policy debate an opportunity for Romney

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have plenty of ammunition when he debates President Obama on foreign policy next week.

In order to bolster his foreign policy credentials, the former Massachusetts governor made a major foreign policy speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. The GOP presidential hopeful said the risk of conflict in the Middle East has grown under President Barack Obama's leadership, and that it is time to change course in the region.

Romney is calling for the U.S. to take a more assertive role in Syria. He also wants new conditions on aid to Egypt and would impose tighter sanctions on Iran.

Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council. He says thanks to the alleged "Arab Spring" supported by the Obama administration over the last couple of years, the Middle East is more dangerous than when Obama took office.

Maginnis, Bob"They were trying to encourage a democratic takeover of Egypt, failing to recognize that that democratic takeover would be by Islamists who would then use that opportunity to radically change the direction of that country and, as a result, would hurt the United States," the Pentagon advisor summarizes.

Maginnis adds that Obama's policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament has also been problematic. "I think the bottom line is he wants to reduce our nuclear arsenal well below what is safe," he states.

The FRC spokesman also says there is no question that Obama's foreign policy is ideologically driven. He believes it will be interesting to see what the Romney camp does to challenge Obama on his policies.

The next presidential debate will take place Tuesday evening (9:00 p.m. Eastern), October 16, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The topic of that town meeting format is foreign and domestic policy.

Debate #1 showed 'stark contrast'

A political analyst and former U.S. congressman believes Romney's recent debate performance is a major reason the presidential race has tightened in Colorado.

In 2008 Barack Obama won Colorado by a whopping nine points over John McCain -- and in May of this year, polls showed the president up by an average of six points over Mitt Romney. But a recent RealClearPolitics compilation of polls shows the president with a mere half-percentage point advantage.

Beauprez, Bob (former CO congressman)Bob Beauprez is a former Colorado congressman who attended last week's debate in Denver.

"I think given [his] performance -- and especially that it happened right here -- I think is a big advantage for Romney," he tells OneNewsNow. "... I think it bodes well for his chance to carry Colorado, and I expect a whole lot of other swing states were watching too."

Beauprez sees a very clear difference between the two candidates.

"[I saw] somebody who's maybe a good campaigner, and the other guy who is somebody who's ready to be president -- a stark contrast in leadership style and [in] capability," says the former lawmaker.

"Mitt Romney approached it like a business CEO would -- and Barack Obama was still out there spinning like a politician, just pandering to his constituency."

Beauprez believes the momentum is now very much on Romney's side.

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