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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: 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 »

Midday Update: Obama, Romney to Debate Tonight

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Stand in presidential candidates are seen on a video monitor prior to Tuesday's presidential debate October 15, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Stand in presidential candidates are seen on a video monitor prior to Tuesday's presidential debate October 15, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will face off in a town hall-style debate tonight, a less predictable format (CNN) that either candidate could use to his advantage. 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: Romney Camp Criticizes Russia Arms Deal Halt

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign characterized a Russian announcement that it is pulling out of a twenty-year-long arms reduction pact with the United States (TheHill) as an indication that “they do not perceive [the United States] to be strong.” 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: Romney Continues Benghazi Criticism

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak during a campaign rally at a farm in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans continued to criticize President Obama’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack ahead of today’s first congressional hearing (Politico) on the matter. Romney has accused Obama of mischaracterizing the attack and taking too long to acknowledge that it was an act of terror (WashPost). Read more »

Midday Update: Debate on Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Obama speaks at a concert in San Francisco October 8, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Obama in San Francisco October 8, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

In a foreign policy speech Monday, GOP nominee Mitt Romney put forward policies that are similar to policies pursued by President Obama, reports Bloomberg News. Daniel W. Drezner in Foreign Policy agrees, saying that looking beyond the “overheated rhetoric” shows that Romney wants a lot of the same ends as Barack Obama.” Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Preps for Big Foreign Policy Speech

by Newsteam Staff
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. 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 »