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Midday Update: Romney Preps for Big Foreign Policy Speech

by Newsteam Staff
October 5, 2012

Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney takes the stage at a campaign rally October 4, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney takes the stage at a campaign rally October 4, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

Still trailing President Obama in polls of who would better handle foreign policy, GOP nominee Mitt Romney has announced that he will give a foreign policy speech (WSJ) on Monday at the Virginia Military Institute.

Romney has sharpened the tone of his criticism of Obama’s foreign policy since the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, an incident that injected foreign issues into a mainly domestic campaign.

“Romney’s strong performance at the first presidential debate on the economy indicated that if he can link his critique of Obama’s handling of foreign policy to domestic fears—linking economic and national security issues—foreign policy just might be a more level playing ground than most observers have anticipated,” writes Robert Nolan in U.S. News and World Report.

Read what Romney is proposing for a number of major foreign policy topics in these CFR Issue Trackers.


The September jobs numbers released this morning could help President Obama’s reelection efforts (AP) by improving undecided voters perception that the economy is on the road to improvement.The report showed the unemployment rate dropping to 7.8 percent, the lowest rate since January 2009 (NYT).

“Coming a month before the presidential election, the lower jobless rate was a clear gain for the incumbent,” writes Shaila Dewan in the New York Times. “But it also allowed Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential challenger, to repeat his criticism that the recovery is too slow.”

The International Business Times, however, argues the new numbers may not have as big of an impact on voters as expected.

Read more about the candidates’ positions on the economy in this CFR Issue Tracker.


A Wells Fargo report comparing the impact of an Obama presidency and a Romney presidency over the next four years on several major industries concludes that there will be “slow growth ahead, no matter which candidate wins,” (CharlotteBusinessJournal). The report details the pros and cons of both candidates for industries from energy to hospitals to restaurants.

–Contributing Editor Kirsti Itameri

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