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Midday Update: Candidates Campaign for Military Votes

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Veterans at a campaign event for GOP candidate Mitt Romney in Springfield, Virginia September 27, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Veterans at a campaign event for GOP candidate Mitt Romney in Springfield, Virginia September 27, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in front of military audiences in Virginia yesterday, where Obama talked up his jobs plan while Romney criticized Obama over $1 trillion in potential defense budget cuts (AP) that was passed in Congress with bipartisan support. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama’s UN Address Aims for U.S. Voters

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly today, and although White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said it won’t be “a campaign speech,” (The Hill), it seemed to be aimed at a domestic audience as well as an international one. Read more »

What They’re Saying: Israel and Iran

by Newsteam Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem September 11, 2012. (POOL New/Courtesy Reuters) Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem September 11, 2012. (POOL New/Courtesy Reuters)
On Iran

The Sacramento Bee editorial board has accused GOP nominee Mitt Romney of “parroting Netanyahu on Mideast policy,” describing the similarity of their comments as “an unseemly injection of a foreign leader into U.S. elections and foreign policy.” Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Talks Immigration on Univision

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Univision in Miami, Florida September 19, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Univision in Miami, Florida September 19, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney attempted to increase his support among Latino voters last night at a forum sponsored by Univision by softening his tone on immigration (BuzzFeed).” Read more »

Midday Update: GOP Blames ‘War on Coal’ for Job Losses

by Newsteam Staff
A senior advisor to U.S. GOP nominee Mitt Romney listens to questions from reporters on campaign plane September 18, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) A senior advisor to U.S. GOP nominee Mitt Romney listens to questions from reporters on campaign plane September 18, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, blamed the Obama administration’s “war on coal” for the announcement of 1,200 coal mining job cuts by Alpha Natural Resources. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Advisers Talk Mideast Response

by Toni Johnson
Photo of the Day: A supporter of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Fairfax, Virginia, September 13, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A supporter of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Fairfax, Virginia, September 13, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign advisers on Thursday said that the deadly protests in the Middle East would not be happening if the Republican nominee were president (WashPost). Read more »

Midday Update: Romney’s ‘Subtle Contrast’ on Afghanistan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters in Jacksonville, Florida, September 12, 2012. (Jim Young/Reuters) Photo of the Day: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters in Jacksonville, Florida, September 12, 2012. (Jim Young/Reuters)

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney discussed his plans for the U.S. military and the drawdown from Afghanistan in a speech at the National Guard Convention Tuesday that some say “drew only subtle contrasts with the president’s foreign policy” (WashPost) and mainly “echoed the current U.S. policy” (Politico). Read more »

Midday Update: Campaigns Pause for 9/11 Rememberance

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, September 11, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle observe the anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the White House, September 11, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden will be off the campaign trail today to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks (Politico). GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan issued statements about the anniversary. Political ads will also pause today (FoxNews). Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Plays Defense on Afghanistan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia September 8, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Virginia Beach, September 8, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

In an appearance on Meet the Press, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney defended the absence of Afghanistan policy in his convention speech and criticized President Barack Obama for not being tougher with Iran. Read more »

Convention Update: Touting Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Most of the 2012 campaign has focused on domestic policy, particularly the economy. But President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the close of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., made room for foreign policy concerns as well, tying them with his plans for the U.S. economy: Read more »