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Midday Update: GOP Platform Short on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
August 23, 2012

Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait to meet Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Bettendorf, Iowa, August 22, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait to meet Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Bettendorf, Iowa, August 22, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters).

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus writes that there are few surprises in the GOP’s 2012 defense and foreign policy platform approved this week.

The plank calls for a “firm response to Chinese power and Russian provocations,” “unequivocal support for Israel,” restoring the special relationship with Britain, and establishing better ties with other countries of the Americas, according to Pincus. It also includes criticism of the Obama administration, ranging from “engaging Iran rather than deterring” its nuclear program, not adequately planning for protection against North Korea’s improving missile capabilities, and allowing leaks of classified information.


Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced  a new energy plan today (Reuters) that would approve the Keystone Pipeline, expand offshore drilling, and make the United States energy independent by 2020.

“He called for states to have control over drilling on federal land within their borders; opening new offshore areas to energy development; starting a fast-track approval process for energy projects including nuclear power, and limiting the ability of environmental groups to file lawsuits,” CNN reports.


After a week of both candidates hammering the issue, Medicare now ranks a the third most important issue to swing-state voters, behind the economy and health care, according to the latest Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll (NYT).


A Romney campaign adviser told reporters that a Romney administration would build a strategic partnership with India and develop new areas of co-operation (UPI).

Mitchell Reiss, senior foreign policy adviser to Romney, said the U.S.-India relationship has suffered from neglect under the current administration and Romney would strengthen economic, diplomatic and security ties with the world’s largest democratic nation.

– Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

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