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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 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 »

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 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 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 »

Midday Update: Campaigns Head Into Home Stretch

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Delegates in the crowd during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Delegates in the crowd during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama officially accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president (WashPost) on the last night of the convention Thursday, delivering a speech that included appeals to voters for more time to shepherd the United States through a slow economic recovery and to continue improving its global standing while warning of the setbacks (NYT) that would come with a Republican presidency. 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 »

Convention Update: Dems’ Spotlight on National Security

by Newsteam Staff
First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Democrats kicked off their convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, highlighting Obama administration accomplishments on defense and foreign policy as well as domestic issues such as healthcare, education, and economic policy.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine outlined the policy promises he says President Barack Obama has kept in his first term (Fox), especially national security. Read more »

Convention Update: Romney Accepts GOP Nomination

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday night with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination for president. Romney and the other speakers focused primarily on domestic issues, such as education, and how they impact U.S. global competitiveness. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Touts Education’s Economic Role

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice-presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), in Manchester, New Hampshire August 20, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, New Hampshire August 20, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama is expected use a two-day campaign trip to Ohio and Nevada to outline his differences with Mitt Romney on education and its role in U.S. competitiveness (WSJ). Read more »