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Midday Update: Obama, Romney Close on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Obama and GOP nominee Romney in New York October 18, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters) Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Obama and GOP nominee Romney in New York October 18, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are nearly tied in a new Pew survey on which candidate would do a better job making wise foreign policy decisions, with 47 percent favoring Obama and 43 percent choosing Romney. This represents a gain of fifteen points for Romney since September. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Understate Nuances on China

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A father holds up a baby to catch a glimpse of President Obama during a campaign rally October 17, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A father holds up a baby to catch a glimpse of President Obama during a campaign rally October 17, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

While both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have spent significant amounts of time talking about how to deal with China’s trade practices, the reality of currency manipulation is far more nuanced, reports the New York Times. Read more »

Midday Update: Moderation on China Expected After Election

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A member of the media walks past a demonstrator before the second U.S. presidential campaign debate October 16, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A member of the media walks past a demonstrator before the second U.S. presidential campaign debate October 16, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters)

Both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have used increasingly tough language on China (NYT) during the campaign, but analysts predict that based on the experiences of past administrations, either candidate would likely moderate his position if elected (CNN). Read more »

Debate Two: China & Benghazi Provoke Heated Exchanges

by Newsteam Staff
GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the second U.S. presidential debate October 16, 2012. (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters) GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the second U.S. presidential debate October 16, 2012. (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters)

Tuesday’s debate between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney focused heavily on domestic topics, but the subjects of Chinese trade policies and the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi provoked two of the most heated exchanges of the second debate (NYT). Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Criticizes Currency Report Delay

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A supporter of GOP nominee Mitt Romney holds a flag during a campaign rally October 12, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A supporter of GOP nominee Mitt Romney holds a flag during a campaign rally October 12, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s decision to postpone the release of a government currency report (WSJ) until after the election, saying the president declined an opportunity to label China a currency manipulator. Read more »

Midday Update: China Remains Focus of Debate on Economy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Beaverly Barry picks up a poster of the U.S. vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky October 10, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Beaverly Barry picks up a poster of the U.S. vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky October 10, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters)

The United States upheld tariffs on Chinese solar panels (AP) Wednesday as GOP nominee Mitt Romney warned that China’s economy is “gaining fast” (AFP) but that the United States can remain the world’s top economy if fair trade practices are upheld. Read more »

Midday Update: Iran’s Unrest and Romney’s Narrative

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver October 3, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver October 3, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters)

Protests in Tehran over the sharp decline in value of the rial, caused in part by U.S. sanctions, potentially upsets “GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s efforts to paint President Barack Obama’s Iran policy as ineffectual,” reports Politico. Read more »

Midday Update: Poll Shows Voters Shifting on Immigration

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) (R) order food at a Chipotle Restaurant in Denver October 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) (R) order food at a Chipotle Restaurant in Denver October 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

In a CNN/ORC International poll released yesterday, 56 percent of U.S. voters surveyed said that immigration policy should focus on finding a way to legalize undocumented immigrants instead of deporting them and trying to seal off the borders.Thirty-nine percent advocate deportation, according to the poll. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Says Mideast Needs New Strategy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wave as they arrive at a campaign event September 29, 2012. (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wave as they arrive at a campaign event September 29, 2012. (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters)

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney discusses U.S. policy in the Middle East and said President Barack Obama  is “misunderstanding” and “misapplying” U.S. values in his dealings with nations in the region, especially given the growing security situation. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Differ on Path to Engagement

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama high-fives a young supporter in the audience at Kent State University September 26, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama at Kent State University September 26, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

High-profile addresses, at the UN and the Clinton Global Initiative, this week have reaffirmed both candidates’ desire to project U.S. political and economic values to the world, but GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama differ in their path of engagement, reports the Washington Post. Read more »