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Overnight Roundup: Biden to Defend Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
April 26, 2012

Photo of the Day: Supporters listen toPresident Barack Obama at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, April 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters listen to President Barack Obama at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, April 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).


Vice President Joe Biden is expected defend President Barack Obama’s national security and international affairs record and criticize GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s foreign policy (AP), linking it to the policies of former President George W. Bush.

“Americans know that we cannot afford to go back to the future,” Biden plans to say, according to a speech obtained early by the Associated Press. “Back to a foreign policy that would have America go it alone, shout to the world you’re either with us or against us, lash out first and ask the hard questions later, if at all.”

Romney foreign policy advisers have in turn been criticizing President Obama’s mainly multilateral approach.

“They seem content to watch from the sidelines as events go past,” former Bush State Department official and Romney adviser Pierre Prosper, who pointed to Iran, Russia, and Cuba as examples of what he said is Obama’s willingness to let other nations dictate the agenda. “America has lost its voice.”

Though some U.S. economic indicators are picking up, voters’ financial comfort has hit an all-time low according to a Gallup poll and the loss of comfort seems to be much more acute for non-college graduates and Republicans.

While college graduate financial comfort has change relatively little (80 percent today compared to 86 percent a decade ago), non-college graduate financial comfort has dropped from 71 percent ten years ago to 51 percent today, which could become a factor as lawmakers and candidates debate the role of education and federal financial support.

Gallup also notes that Republicans experienced a major decline in financial comfort. In the time that President Obama has been in office, Republicans polled showed an 8 percent drop in financial comfort while the comfort of Democrats polled showed little change. The poll finds that Republicans’ financial comfort also dropped more than 20 percentage points in the last decade compared to less than 10 percent for Democrats and Independents.

After weeks of continuing to push for less reliance on foreign oil but facing waning attention from voters and the media, Newt Gingrich may be leaving the race for the GOP presidential nomination, says the New York Times.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called for stronger U.S. leadership to achieve greater international consensus in world affairs in a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institution Wednesday.

“In this new century more than ever before, America should work with our capable allies in finding solutions to global problems, not because America’s gotten weaker, but because our partners have grown stronger,” Rubio said in the broad and strikingly bipartisan speech, which also touched on China, Syria, North Korea, Russia, and commended former President Bill Clinton’s handling of violence in Kosovo in the late 1990s.

The speech came days after he appeared on the campaign trail with Romney, fueling speculation (Fox News Latino) that he is a contender for vice president on the ticket this fall.

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