Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges
September 17th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges

By Jamie Crawford

Editor’s Note: Over the next week, CNN's national security reporters and producers will be looking at some of the most poignant differences between the two candidates on the most pressing foreign policy issues. Watch for the stories all week on CNN. More from Election Center

The protests and violence at American diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa last week steered the 2012 presidential race into somewhat unchartered territory - a debate over U.S. foreign policy.

While the topic certainly has not been absent in the rhetorical sparring between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, most of the campaign's focus thus far has been a battle over who has the best prescription to jolt a seemingly sluggish economic recovery.

But that changed last week. Romney's charge the United States was too quick to condemn a film that insulted Muslims before condemning the violence directed at American diplomatic missions abroad spurred Obama's claim that Romney had a tendency to "shoot first and aim later." And all this talk has opened a window on an area that is sure to consume a great deal of attention for whomever sits in the Oval Office next January.

The list of foreign policy challenges facing the United States is daunting - including an awakening in the Arab world with a direction still unknown, a looming nuclear crisis with Iran and an uncertain future in Afghanistan (and neighboring Pakistan) once U.S. troops withdraw in 2014.

And let's not forget a bloody civil war in Syria, where the fate of thousands of biological and chemical weapons also hang in the balance. Then there are fiscal issues, from debt crises plaguing Europe to economic and geo-political challenges posed by a rising China.

Here is a look at some of the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States, and how the candidates who seek to lead the country approach them.

IRAN

As the tension over Iran's disputed nuclear program ratchets up in the face of Israeli discord over the pace of current sanctions designed to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, both Obama and Romney agree that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.

"We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Obama said in a press conference earlier this year alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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The Obama administration and European Union have launched parallel sanctions designed to squeeze Iran's petroleum sector and bring the economy to its knees as an incentive to get Iran to give up any military dimensions to its nuclear program.

In a recent interview with ABC News, Romney said he would draw the same line as Obama when it comes to Tehran's nuclear capacity.

"My red line is Iran may not have a nuclear weapon," he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "It is inappropriate for them to have the capacity to terrorize the world."

What ultimately constitutes that red line, though, is seemingly different for both men. For Obama, the Iranian government would have to take direct steps to actually acquire a weapon (which U.S. intelligence does not believe has happened yet), while Romney has said merely having a "nuclear capability" without actually moving ahead to produce a weapon would be a tipping point.

More: Netanyahu urges U.S. to set 'red line' for Iran

SYRIA

In Syria, where the carnage of the last year and a half has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the fate of the country's large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and whether to arm the opposition forces battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has drawn out differences between the two candidates.

What would trigger either overt or covert military involvement from the United States inside Syria?

"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to the other players on the ground, that a red line for us is (when) we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized," Obama said in a White House press conference last month. "That would change my calculus. That would change my equation."

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As to supporting al-Assad's opposition, the administration has provide funds and non-lethal equipment like communications gear. In addition, the CIA is aiding in vetting rebel members for other countries who may be providing arms on their own.

For Romney, the Obama administration's policy of not providing arms to the Syrian opposition - whose character and composition is still uncertain, according to administration officials - is a mistake. The former Massachusetts governor supports greater American involvement in Syria.

"Instead of watching what's happening in Syria from a dispassionate distance, I would be leading in Syria by encouraging our friends there like the Turks and the Saudis to provide weapons to the insurgents in Syria," he said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual briefing this summer.

More: Syria explained: What you need to know

And Barbara Starr on Obama and Romney's red lines for Iran and Syria.

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

No single foreign policy issue has bedeviled more U.S. presidents than the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Unlike previous presidents, for whom Mideast peace was mainly a focus in their second term, Obama entered office determined to work with all parties involved in the process to find a workable plan. But the effort did not go far, as the Israeli government continued to construct settlements in Palestinian areas and a unilateral quest for statehood by the Palestinians at the United Nations brought talks to a halt.

The relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cool, and while they have put on a public face of U.S./Israeli solidarity when they meet, it is understood the two don't have much of a personal rapport. Romney and Netanyahu, on the other hand, have a relationship that goes back decades from the time they were colleagues at the Boston Consulting Group.

While the style and rhetoric of Obama and Romney's approach to the Middle East may differ, there are rather modest differences in the substance of their positions on the conflict's root issues. Both men say their personal view is that Jersualem is the capital of Israel, but that issue must be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians - a policy shared by previous presidential administrations, from both parties.

In a May 2011 speech at the State Department, Obama called for a two-state solution based on borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day war. He also proposed "mutually agreed swaps" of land as a basis of negotiations. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer during a visit to Jersualem this past July, Romney would not comment on what borders he'd propose, but said, "I will leave that to the negotiating parties themselves."

Throughout the campaign, Romney has accused Obama of "throwing allies like Israel under the bus" and not giving due credence to Israeli concerns over Iran. He has also pledged Israel would be the first country he would visit as president.

But while the personal relationship between Obama and Netanyahu is well documented, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN in July that the bond between Israel and the United States are "stronger and deeper than ever" under Obama.

Both presidential contenders have said they respect Israel's sovereign right to defend itself against perceived threats - an apparent reference to Israeli apprehensions over Iran's nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN

With the war in Afghanistan set to enter its twelth year in October, U.S. forces are on schedule to end their combat role by the end of 2014. The current plan calls for only a small number of American troops to remain to train Afghan forces.

After years of military focus on Iraq, Obama ordered a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in December 2009. At its peak, there were about 100,000 U.S. forces in the embattled country, intent on wrestling back control of areas in southern and eastern Afghanistan that had been taken over by the Taliban. That boost of troops was temporary and, by the end of September, all 30,000 extra troops will have been removed.

While Romney has called Obama's policy in Afghanistan a politically timed retreat, there is little evident daylight between them as to how they'd approach the U.S. military effort.

"Our goal should be to complete a successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014," Romney said this month in a speech before a National Guard Association meeting in Reno, Nevada. "I will evaluate conditions on the ground and solicit the best advice of our military commanders," he said.

That's not much different than what Obama said last month, during a visit to the Army base of Fort Bliss in Texas.

"Next year, Afghans will take the lead for their own security. In 2014, the transition will be complete," he said then.

It's what happens once military operations cease where differences between the two candidates come into view.

"We are pursuing a negotiated peace. In coordination with the Afghan government, my administration has been in direct discussions with the Taliban," Obama earlier this year, explaining his administration's policy of supporting reconciliation by all elements of Afghan society so long as minority and women's rights are respected, and violence is renounced.

Negotiating with the Taliban is a dangerous prospect, according to Romney.

"We don't negotiate with terrorists. I do not negotiate with the Taliban. That's something for the Afghans to decide how they're going to ... pursue their course in the future," he said last year during a Republican primary debate.

More: 'Green on blue' attacks in Afghanistan | Attackers wore U.S. uniforms

FUTURE OF THE MILITARY

As commander in chief of the U.S. military, President Obama differs from Romney on what they see as the types of weapons and numbers of troops needed to defend the country.

In his remarks and position papers released by his campaign, Romney champions a large conventional force supplemented by 100,000 extra troops, which would bolster the entire military force to over 1.5 million.

"We must have a commitment," he said last week at an event in Virginia, "not just to more ships and more aircraft, but also, in my view, to more members of our armed forces."

In addition to extra troops, Romney has pledged to increase the Navy's shipbuilding rate from 9 to 15 new vessels a year, modernize existing weapons systems and establish a multilayered ballistic missile defense system. Romney has not said how he would pay for any of these measures.

With the war in Iraq over and military operations in Afghanistan winding down, Obama has said he wants to cut $500 billion in defense spending over the next decade. He does not support a second round of $500 billion in cuts that may take effect in January if Congress cannot reach an agreement on the federal budget.

The cuts in Obama's budget would get rid of older ships while delaying the construction of newer ones. His military would place more emphasis on small special forces teams that can deploy to hotspots worldwide, as well as the continued use of unmanned drones.

While drones and special forces would also play a role in Romney's defense strategy, the former governor says a strong and robust military is necessary to preserve America's leadership position in the world.

More from Barbara Starr on Obama and Romney's competing proposals for the U.S. military

CHINA

From the early days of his campaign up to the present, Romney has maintained that China - through its monetary policy and trade practices - is cheating Americans out of good jobs and opportunities, as well as stealing its intellectual property and know-how.

"If I'm president of the United States, I will finally take China to the carpet and say, 'Look you guys, I'm gonna label you a currency manipulator and apply tariffs unless you stop those practices," he said at a campaign event earlier this year.

Like previous administrations, Obama has not taken the step of designating China a "currency manipulator" out of concern such a move could start a trade war with a nation that enjoys a $200 billion trade surplus with the United States and holds even larger sums of U.S. debt. But Obama has brought lawsuits against Beijing at the World Trade Organization.

"We're going to continue to be firm in insisting that they operate by the same rules that everybody else operates under," he said last year at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

On the sensitive issue of Taiwan, Obama has signed off on arms sales to the island - which China considers a renegade province - but he has refused to sell them advanced F-16 fighter jets. Romney has said he would sell additional arms to Taiwan and confront China more forcefully on its human rights record.

More: Obama and Romney differ on approaches to China and Russia

RUSSIA

With Russia, Obama came to office looking to "reset" a relationship that become strained when George W. Bush was president. He negotiated a new arms control agreement, and Russian assent to opening crucial supply lines for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

As to Romney, earlier this year, he told CNN that Russia was, "without question, our number one geopolitical foe." He has said he will re-evaluate the arms control treaty, and will confront the Kremlin on its human rights record.

"Under my presidency, our friends will see more loyalty and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone," Romney said at the recent Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Romney has taken issue with the Obama administration's cancellation of plans, under Bush, to put missile defense components in Poland. But it should be noted that the United States is involved with, and supports, a NATO-sponsored missile defense shield that would host interceptors, ships and radars in Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey. Russia has repeatedly voiced its disagreement with the NATO plan.

TERRORISM

For an issue that was front and center for the past decade, and took the country to war, terrorism has not gotten the attention it once did on the campaign trail.

The Obama administration has emphasized the use of unmanned drones to take out terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. They have been used more frequently than during the Bush administration, and are seen as an effective tool of counter-terrorism that does not put U.S. troops in harms way.

But while the use of drones has expanded, Obama said deciding to deploy them presents significant challenges.

"That's something that you have to struggle with," Obama told CNN's Jessica Yellin in a recent interview. "If you don't, then it's very easy to slip into a situation in which you end up bending rules thinking that the ends always justify the means. That's not been our tradition. That's not who we are as a country."

And while he moved to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay at the beginning of his administration, those efforts were blocked by Congress. He supports military tribunals for accused terrorists, but says he would like to see justice in federal courts.

For Romney, terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants, jailed at Guantanamo and tried by the military. He has said he would also allow more aggressive interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects.

Obama eliminated the enhanced interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration such as waterboarding, labeling such practices as torture. Romney has not specified what type of techniques his administration would employ.

More: 11 years after 9/11: Who are the terrorists?

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  1. smh1999

    The deception and misinformation regarding GM
    It all started with a statement by President Obama, to paraphrase: We do not want to be involved in the day to day operations and decisions of the New GM, and we have no intention of micro-managing their new executive team.
    But....
    The administration forced out the CEO of General Motors, Rick Wagoner
    FOIA, (Freedom of Information Act), filings found that GM’s TV ad campaign last year that misleadingly* claimed that the company had paid back its government loan in full was approved by the administration. They also uncovered e-mails between GM CEO Ed Whitacre and various Treasury and other federal officials a month in advance of GM’s announcement of TARP loan repayments. These emails included draft schedules, draft remarks to be given by Mr. Whitacre, and draft press releases from both GM and the Treasury Department.
    *GM did not payback the TARP loans as their announcement appeared to say. They only paid back one particular loan package of $6.7 billion – not the $49.5 billion the announcement implied. Even worse was that GM also did not repay the loan with monies and profits from the newly invigorated company – they paid it back with more TARP funds from another TARP escrow account, none of the repayment funds came from GM monies.
    And Obama's administration knew this, and as shown above, actually helped compose and orchestrate the public announcements that deceived the public.
    The Obama administration also took to the airwaves, proclaiming GM's announcement of 2011 1st quarter profits of $3.7 billion dollars, as proof of the success of their bailout efforts in saving the auto industry. President Obama even held a press conference to proclaim this as a sign of of the success of his administrations bailout efforts.
    But, it wasn't true. $1.5 billion of that $3.7 billion came directly from the spin-off sale of GM's Delphi group, and a couple other smaller business units, and had nothing to do with sales and operational profits.. Leaving a real operational profit of only $1.2 billion, which was less than Ford's "non-government" assisted profits for the same quarter. The $1.2 billion number was even more misleading because it did not include any tax costs, (but Ford's numbers did), due to the $45 billion tax-loss "gift" the bankruptcy court allowed GM to carry forward onto the new company's books.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
  2. smh1999

    When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. Senator Obama said, "I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work."

    September 18, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • bb

      So your a crook , good for u

      September 18, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
  3. smh1999

    American diplomats were warned of possible violent unrest in Benghazi three days before the killings of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three members of his team, Libyan security officials say.

    The claim came as the country's interim President, Mohammed el-Megarif, said his government had information that the attack on the US consulate had been planned by an Islamist group with links to al-Qa'ida and with foreigners taking part.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
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    September 18, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
  5. Nav

    its obvious to the world that these puppets will have no say on the foreign policy. Its controlled by the rothchilds and the neocons. Its interesting to see almost all in the whitehouse have very similar aims when it come to israel and foreign policy. I read along the cnn forums and all i see is anti islam comments. Your anti islam hate will incite more american hate from around the world.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:08 am | Reply
    • timinfla

      VOTE FOR OBAMA! get free food, cell phones- hey, Im gonna quit my job. Isnt this country great!!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
    • timinfla

      VOTE FOR OBAMA- GET FREE STUFF- MONEY, CELL PHONE- IM GONNA QUIT MY JOB. ISNT THIS A GREAT COUNTRY! I WANT TO BE ONE OF THE 47% THAT SUCK YOU ALL OFF FOR FREE STUFF!!!!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
  6. xfiler93

    The Middle East is on fire and the DEAR LEADER is with Letterman and Beyonce!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • LoveFiction

      The world is on fire and Dear Leader can't be bothered to go to his Presidential Intelligence Briefings.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:19 am | Reply
    • JuJuBee

      After reading the Obama Administration's "foreign policy" views – it now become more apparent where the "shoot first, aim later" claim is coming from. His entire foreign policy is based upon a "wait and see" approach, not a proactive approach. It is now very apparent that the attacks on the Embassys were the result of the Obama Administration's approach to foreign policy. This Administration had evidence that our Embassys were going to be attacked 48 hours before anything occurred – and they did nothing – until it happened... Our Ambassador that was killed (Stevens) was not even in Libya until that day, as he was told it was safe to go to the Embassy.

      Really read the foreign policy approach of this President, especially concerning Iran. We want to see "credible evidence" before we'll do anything? We had CREDIBLE EVIDENCE before our Embassys were attacked – and we did nothing.... If you live the intrepretation of "credible evidence" to this Administration, we will continue to have more violence and more chaos and put the entire world in harm's way. It is irresponsible for any American to cast a vote for Obama given his stance....

      If you can't stomach voting Romney as the alternative – I would suggest that you just stay home that day....

      September 18, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
      • StanCalif

        All Romney cares about is tax cuts for the rich! Everyone else is "on their own"!
        Foreign policy? What's that?

        September 18, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Shucky

      We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but I am too busy to meet with Netanyahu.

      The attacks on our embassy were against the anti-muslim youtube video and were not planed?

      We had a three day notice of the attacks in Benghazi.
      It happened on 9/11.
      The security had slowly started to vanish days before the attack.
      THEY KNEW WHERE THE SAFE HOUSE WAS!!

      Do people really believe these liares? And the worst part of it all, is they continue to stand by it was about the video and not Americans, It was spontaneous and not a planned attack.

      What else are/have they lieing to us about?

      September 18, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  7. Ok9403

    I am amazed how people no matter what party can think about Romney/Ryan, Romney stated he does not care for almost half of american citizens, Ryan's plan to lower taxes for everyone to promote jobs, proven wrong with stats to back it up today. Blames Obama with a majority of congress GOP/Tea Party nutcases pledged to the norquist pledge no taxes, not the american people for the economy, they focus on aboration, womens rights, and just took a 7-week break, jobs, economy, alot could be done, GOP governors taking away voter rights, do you see a pattern here folks, wake up...

    September 18, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • merchantsdowneast

      No he said 47% of people depend on government. Where is the government going to get all of it's money if Obama stays in office fewer people will have jobs and fewer will pay taxes. It is time to restore good paying middle class jobs and end this China BS that the President states he doesn't want but he has no problem borrowing from China now does he. Obama is a grade A hypocrite...promises...promises.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
    • JuJuBee

      That is not what he said – he said 47% of Americans are dependent upon the government. Why the outrage if it's true? The question we should be asking ourselves is – is this the country that we want? People came to America for freedom and opportunity, not to live off the government. We need a change in direction. I'm happy that someone posted this about Romney – maybe it will get us talking about real solutions to getting people off of government dependence.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
  8. rory

    Clown production country.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
  9. MichellePasadena

    For your consideration. If President Obama is re-elected, who does he blame when the economy doesn't improve? Who does he blame when the layoffs of defense oriented businesses begin in January? Who does he blame when further violence occurs in the middle east occurs? When our credit standing in the world further diminsihes? What happens when unemployment raises? Please recognize the House and Senate has been controlled by Democrats since 2006. Until 2006 indeed our economy was thriving. The pundits only focus on 2008 (2 years after the demos controlled both houses). Frankly, maybe it may be well for BHO to win. The media will run out of excuses as will the administration currently in "control" That's the operative word "control" Take heart conservatives, if BHO wins we can sit back and watch the comedy of errors known as the current administration. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
  10. sandie shuck

    28 countries as we speak are having riots and CNN does not even report it.
    Obama will meet with Letterman and JZ but will not meet with Isreael's prime minister about the nuclear threat.. Obama makes a big deal about the California video but what about the film that netted 13 million for Jon Stewert, religious where he dogs religion and gives an ending of the movie with insulting Islam
    Obama's movie coming out will be showing Obama as the hero of killing Obama as in the Middle East they are chanting Obama, Obama we are all Osama's.
    And Obama was burned in effigy- I am scared to death and worringing what is happening and Obama is out talking about all that Romney does wrong.
    Will if Isreael bombs we will all pay dearly. We know that a nuclear strike form Iran or any other nation against Israel will be disastrous for the world and Obama and CNN, MSNBC will not show us what is going on?
    The Libyian president said that there were no protestors just a storm of 125 men and they even launched a small missle.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:32 am | Reply
  11. Putins Friend

    Obama's Policy towards Russia: " Tell Vladimir I will have more flexibilty after the election"
    Towards China: "ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-"
    Towards Terrorists: " We will work with terrorists, can't we just be friends?"

    September 18, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply
  12. mark

    obama is a prik!

    September 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  13. Rudy Gonzales

    Comparing Romney's recent gaffs to president Obama's steady concentration to detail on foreign areas and people, there is no comparison. Romney comments over the past seven years, coupled with recent primary accounts by himself and his contenders, make me wonder more about what he hasn't told the public. There are those who will never accept that McCain lost decisively to Obama. No budget numbers, no tax returns, no votes for Romney!

    September 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • DrRH

      Are you serious? Attention to detail? At the bidding of the White house, Susan Rice has made a complete ass of herself trying to peddle that story about the assassinations in Libya. She contradicted the assessment of the Libyan President AND members of our own Intlligence committee. This is Obama's attempt to cover-up deaths for which he is responsible. His foreign policy of apology has competely FAILED! Only those who don't really care about this country would vote for this bumbling idiot again.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
  14. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are good and decent men. I might consider voting for Romney if the Romney that was Mass. governor was running instead of the Romney who so wants to be President that, to gain the Tea Party and religious-right votes, he has, indeed, become someone he is not. Many times when he is speaking Tea Party "speak", he truly looks embarassed. This is the price Mr. Romney is paying for desperately wanting to be president. President Obama is a man of education, common sense and a man of principal. He believes negotiations before war while Romney, at the urging of the nuts in the Republican party, stated he would absolutely bomb Iran. Just what we need – another Republican lead Middle-Eastern war. I fear greatly for our country should Mr. Romney or, actually, any Republican be elected. We are a country of good and decent people and the world looks to us for leadership and guidance let's show them we are worthy of our leadership by electing the man most-able to lead us effectively, President Obama.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • Angie2

      Romney-Sleeze1, Ryan-Sleeze2, Fleischer-Sleeze3. 3 sleezes- God bless you. You will need it. Obama 2012-YES

      September 18, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
      • MichellePasadena

        Our diety God was booed at the DNC convention. As was Jerusaleum, the capitol of Israel.

        September 18, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • DrRH

      If Obama is re-elected you can kiss your freedoms goodbye–and maybe your nice southern backyard after Iran sells its first dirty bomb. (And Oh, yes, they will.) Think less about "niceness" and more about survival.. This country is on the verge of economic disaster (why do I have a hard time believing that you ever read anything about economics?) and if Obama gets his way, your children and grandchildren are going to suffer like the burning of Atlanta. Stop being a sissy and act more like a yankee girl. There's a reason the north won war.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
  15. bobbie

    Does that mean the OBAMA can go to jail ?

    September 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  16. dd

    Obama's foreign policy looks like a mess. Libya has evidence of a planned attack and Obama claims the attack was spontaneous. Obama thinks all Muslims walk around with RPGs on their shoulders and surround the US embassy such that RPGs can be fire from three positions. Purely coincidence says Obama. Does Obama have his head in the sand or up his butt? And the mainstream news media is failing to let the people know that everyone disagrees with the Obama story except the Obama excuse and lie machine – called appointees and corrupt Democrats.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • republicaderp

      Ignorance is bliss.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
  17. Common Sense

    Who built a buisness by there self? It is true one can build a product or site or building themselves, but a business can not exist without customers or consumers. I repeat, A business can not exist without a SELLER and BUYER!!! I.E. Obama was right YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT!

    September 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  18. Baa Weet

    I don't care much about another protest over there.Like all other fires,they burn out until someone starts another.This will soon not be news worthy.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • bobbie

      HAVEN'T YOU HEARD! THEY HAVE THREATEN US. TO KILL ANY ONE WHO DOES'T AGREE WITH THEM EVEN HERE IN THE U.S.A. WHERE THEY HAVE THEM READY TO ATTACK. If we the old generations know why don't you!!

      September 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  19. Marco Hsiao

    [Biggest scandal: the US kills 100,000 innocent Iraqi Muslims by lies and violence]

    The US uses lie and violence to slaughter 100,000 innocent Iraqi Muslim, lots of innocent Muslims in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Yemen are killed by the US violence, too. Thus the US is worst country on violating human right in 21st century.

    Furthermore, now lots of lies are used by the US to murder 100,000 innocent people in Syria. Besides, after 2019 the US will decline continually and China (Mainland + ROC Taiwan + Hong Kong) will rise steadily; that is the destiny.

    Religions and lives both need to be respected. Change, apology and compensation are the best policies for current the US.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • bobbie

      Sir The truth is the Muslim are lying. YOU know STOP it. We AMERICAN ARE FREE. STOP COMPLAINING BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT. YOU BLINDLY FOLLOW ANY ONE WHO HAS A WEAPON. YOU ARE WEAK ALONE. YOU OBEY YOUR LEADER YOU HAVE NO THOUGHT OF YOUR OWN. We AMERICAN THINK FOR OURSELVES AND KNOW WE LIVE IN A FREE COUTRY. TAKE OBAMA BACK WITH YOU. HE IS A MUSLIM.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  20. LaCour

    I think that the newly released video on Mitt is about the most inhuman thing I have ever heard. He let us know that if you aren't rich that you are not paying tax. Mitt THAT IS SO SMALL OF YOU AND OUT OF TOUCH. I am going to work hard to keep you from being my PRESIDENT. By the way you talked about people not telling the truth. You have to be out of your mind with all the lies you and paul have told and polled by the fact checkers. Oh I am sorry you two don't belive in fact checkers. So out out o touch.

    September 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • kb

      Yeah he has the nerve to single out half the population as worthless tax paying government milkers when he wont even present his own tax proof.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • JuJuBee

      Are 47% of Americans dependent upon the government or not?

      September 18, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
      • Retard Alert

        @JuJu – How's that SS and Medicare treating you? If you are not using it now, you will be and you will need it.

        September 18, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  21. John

    We're drowning in debt and still give taxpayer money to every country where we want friends. They still hate us for a variety of reasons, mostly our own fault. Let's pull all of our people from everywhere, stop the welfare, and let the world know that while we focus on saving ourselves we will respond to any direct attack on the US with overwhelming force delivered with extreme prejudice!

    September 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • tor5

      The root of the problem is oil dependence. That’s why we can’t do what you suggest. “Drill baby drill” won’t work because there is not enough domestic oil. We need alternatives, which Obama pushes and Republicans block.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • JuJuBee

        There is enough domestic oil and it can support the US. If we actively begin drilling in America – we put people back to work producing a product that will generate a return to the American citizen directly. We will break out dependence on the Middle East and we will be saving billions of dollars by our money in our county. We will generate more tax revenue, which goes back to us. We can get some people off of welfare and into a productive life. And we won't be supplying outside governments with our money – which is used to hurt us and hold us hostage. Take the money away from them – then what can they can do to us?

        Drilling doesn't happen overnight – which is why we need to start the process now. We need to protect our country and bring our citizens back to prosperity.

        Alternative sources of fuel should be actively sought as well, but that is a very long term and expensive solution that most Americans cannot afford yet. It's not an effective answer to our problem yet – but it should be actively sought as a long term solution.

        September 18, 2012 at 7:56 am |
      • Retard Alert

        @JuJu – There's more oil drilling today in the US than any time in history. Check out the drilling in ND. ND surpasses Alaska. Dolt.

        September 18, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • kb

      Agree 100%

      September 18, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
  22. Blondshagg

    President seems to be missing in action!

    American needs a President available 24-7 and on the job 100%!

    VOTE – ROMNEY/RYAN 201 -– NOVEMBER 6, 2012!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • pogojo

      The phone rang at 2am, no one answered.

      September 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • JamesinOKC

      Amen to that. While americans died overseas on american soil our so-called-president was hanging out with rappers and celebrities raising money for himself. Meanwhile, a sister country for several decades now wanted to meet up and was willing to come to him, but our so-called-president said no way, I have to fundraise. But low and behold, the president of egypt, the muslim brotherhood, called and our so-called-president FLEW TO THEM!!!!!! Which side is he on???????? What are his intentions???????????

      September 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  23. fredjones95

    SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/secret-video-romney-private-fundraiser

    September 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  24. Latinos

    Legal :Latinos are voting for Romney/Ryan.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • willram1

      In your DREAMS!!!!, We don't need an IDIOT like R&R who'll DESTROY the Middle Class. now far as your name I know your NOT a fellow LATINO but a SELLOUT who's trying to put their 2 Cents in. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
      • Madrep

        Obama hasn't destroyed the middle class already??? What planet do you live on?

        September 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  25. Pnm9pnm

    Both have good vaueponts who to vote for? Both are well invested like all world leders koo koo 4 coo coo puffs.i gess the one that has the most shares.?pnm.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  26. The Realist

    Mark Twain on "The Book of Mormon" 1861

    "The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so "slow," so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle --keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate. ... The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history, with the Old Testament for a model; followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament. The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound and structure of our King James's translation of the Scriptures; and the result is a mongrel–half modern glibness, and half ancient simplicity and gravity."

    September 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  27. The Realist

    The sad reality is that Mitt Romney's foreign policy "advisors" are the usual retreads.

    If he's elected, ( and it could happen ), you can count on another war, ... or two.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Madrep

      A war is only because the Obama Admin has weakened our security. Just as Clinton did. Typical Libs, cut the military, put our Country in jeopardy and them a Repub got to fix the issue....See you in November.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  28. WachetAuf

    When Clinton was president the GOP criticized him for taking charge in Eastern Europr. We are not nation builders, they said. But, when Bush II send troops to Iraq and Afganistan, we spent our treasure, The GOP's argument is merely rhetoric without principle to support it. It is just a politically convenient as are ALL arguments made by this current gang of GOP leaders. The GOP would send the wrong message to the rest of the world and commit a new set of young men to their deaths. We cannot be the policeman of the world and we must let the free world know it. Once they get the message they will handle it. The French got the message and stood up in Libya. Maybe they will enjoy the role and do it next time in Syria or assist Israel in its fight against Iran. Let the Saudi's step up. They have many young men who want to die for Allah. Give them a fish and they will eat for a day. Teach them how to fish and they will eat for a lifetime. We can sit back for a while and lick our wounds and heal our treasury. We supported bin Laden in Afganistan. bin Laden arose against us. There is a reason and a season for all things.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  29. Manofcolor

    We should call this election a" blood drive"!

    American politicians- selling Americans blood-one drop at a time!

    They're all like leeches!

    September 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  30. PAULIENY

    What could anyone possibly expect from either party in dealing with the population of foreign countries. These people will not like the United States no matter what we do. It's a done deal. Let's stop wasting our time with these fanatical countries. I'm sorry. I know democracy is the new thing, but let's fix our democratic process first.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  31. Pnm9pnm

    Well it should be clear where jihad joesafens hot spots are from the move down with jihades now these are allso known as strong holds so have a booms ready at all times as in we the people may miss an hit the peramints.))))))))))))singd the meek an pnm.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  32. Rod M.

    CNN said "Romney's [made a] charge the United States was too quick to condemn a film that insulted Muslims".

    No he didn't. He said the president was sympathizing with the protesters. No wonder CNN is going down the tubes – Can't you guys report anything accurately?

    September 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • Duke

      Exactly, The liberals can't help themselves. It has become any means to an end and their end game is to re-elect a radical socialist, regardless of the facts.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
      • tor5

        Do you know what a fact is? Please provide one fact that shows Obama to be a radical socialist. Just one substantiated act or quote that is consistent with radical socialism. Do you know what radical socialism is?

        September 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
      • Duke

        Barack Obama was, in fact, a member of the socialist New Party in the 1990s and sought its endorsement for the Illinois senate–contrary to the misrepresentations of Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, and in spite of the efforts of Politico's Ben Smith to quash the story. Stanley Kurtz, author of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism (2010), has released new "smoking gun" evidence at National Review Online. It is evidence that the mainstream media can no longer ignore–and Obama can no longer deny. Source: Breitbart

        September 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
      • Duke

        *Demonized corporations

        *Abandoned Barack Obama Jr. when he was 2 years old to continue at Harvard (teaching son that ideology is more important than family)

        Stanley Ann Dunham (Mom)

        *Communist sympathizer

        *Practiced ‘critical theory’ (aka Marxism)

        *Influenced by Nietzsche and Freud

        *Left Hawaii for Indonesia, Pakistan

        *Attended a leftist church nicknamed the ‘little red church’ because of its Communist sympathies

        *Left Barack Obama Jr.

        Mentor

        *Barack’s grandparents introduced Barack Obama Jr. to poet and communist Frank Marshall Davis (Link)

        *Davis becomes a mentor as young Barack struggled with abandonment by parents

        College & Church

        *Admittedly sought out ‘Marxist’ professors (Link)

        *Admittedly attended ‘socialist conferences’ (Link)

        *Began attending a Marxist church – led by pastor Jeremiah Wright (attended for 20 years) (Link)

        Career

        *Tragedy of the Warren Court: No redistributive change (Link)

        *Voted for TARP (Link)

        *$787 billion stimulus redistribution bill

        *Healthcare bill admittedly about ‘redistributing the wealth’

        *Single Payer Healthcare proponent (Link)

        *President Obama now also President of GM & Chrysler

        *President Obama seizes control of insurance giant AIG

        *President Obama is leading America to single payer healthcare

        *President Obama seized control of Student Loan industry in order to ‘cut out middle man’

        *President Obama seizes control in massive land grabs

        *Repeatedly vilifies ‘the rich’

        *Obama believes race problems can be solved through redistribution of wealth… he said "race is still an enormous factor in our society. But economics can overcome a lot of racial division."

        *Trying to regulate the Internet via FCC

        *Forces mortgage co’s to cover people who aren’t paying mortgage (Link)

        *Extends unemployment benefits to 99 weeks (Link)

        *Told Joe the plumber ‘it’s better when you spread things around’ (Link)

        Family, Friends, Advisors & Administration

        *Wife Michelle Obama said “The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

        *Jim Wallis, Obama’s spiritual advisor & forced redistribution of wealth advocate

        *Van Jones, disgraced Green Jobs Czar & Communist

        *Ron Bloom, Manufacturing Czar & anti-free market

        *John Holdren, pro-redistribution of wealth

        *Andy Stern, SEIU President & redistribution of wealth fan

        *Anita Dunn, fan of Chairman Mao

        *Mark Lloyd, FCC ‘Diversity Czar’

        *Carol Browner, socialist

        *Robert Creamer, socialist

        September 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
      • Vryadli

        "Practiced ‘critical theory’ (aka Marxism) *Influenced by Nietzsche and Freud "

        Marxism influenced by Nietzsche and Freud! That made my mornng.

        But why you didn't add in the list Sauron and Dar Wade? That would make my whole day.

        Seriously, it like saying "he died heat stroke beacause he walk in winer naked too long". BEacuse both heat and cold are lethal, anyhow, and you don't care about small stupid details. yes? Is how
        they teach you in Duke?
        Chicago monetary theoretists – that is what is influenced by Nietzsche and Freud. Those are both individualistic stuff, one with mystic, other with "subconscious" flavor. Marx tryed to be rational and "thermodinamical" in an approach (big ensemles of peole, classes etc.). iIt's

        September 18, 2012 at 9:50 am |
      • tor5

        That’s quite a list, Duke. Of bizarre internet conspiracy theory. But not exactly facts. I didn’t know that being influenced by Nietzsche and Freud made someone a radical socialist. That would include just about anyone who attended college since the 19th century. Thanks for clarifying.

        September 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
      • pogojo

        nice list Duke

        September 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
      • Retard Alert

        Go lay down by your dish Duke!!! Good boy!!!!

        September 18, 2012 at 9:32 am |
      • MuskogeeOkie

        Your ignorance is very entertaining, keep it coming

        September 18, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Madrep

      Thank you. CNN is a lib media outlet and their ratings suck....good riddance CNN, take Wolf, Anderson, and Martin with you.

      September 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  33. Jackie Treehorn

    Hard to take this article seriously after "unchartered territory" in Line 1. Is that what they teach you in charted school?

    September 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  34. Pauline

    Romney would have attended all his intel briefings and would have pro-acted on the info before it blew up! Obama and Hillary miss over half the meetings and are always surprised and caught off gaurd playing catch up. We need a president that takes the job seriously. We need Romney.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • tor5

      Did you get this from the same crack reporter who discovered that Obama was born in Africa, is a practicing Muslim and a radical socialist? If you don't like Obama, don't vote for him. But stop spreading this idiotic nonsense that has no validity whatsoever.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • Duke

        So your going to vote for a socialist? You support a bigger, more intrusive government? You support more and more people on welfare? You approve of our President bowing down to dictators? You believe the President when he thinks a video caused the attack on our consulate? You like how he has pandered to every imaginable interest group? You support his bailout of wallstreet? You support more debt? You support more empty promises? You support more regulations and more taxes? If you vote for Obama, this is exactly what you are, a socialist. Admit it, why is this so difficult liberals to say? Just say it!

        September 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
      • tor5

        Duke,
        Obama grew government outlays by 6% in his first 4 years. By comparison, Bush grew government outlays by 23% in his first 4 years. So if Obama’s a socialist, what is your label for Bush? Wake up. Your political opinion is dictated by mindless talking points.

        September 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
      • Duke

        @tor5 The GOP Controlled House of Reps is why ANY spending has gone down or was slowed down. I agree that President Bush was very liberal like in spending. Bush couldn't find a veto of the dems or Repubs spending... I don't support any liberal spending on either side of the isle.

        September 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
      • Duke

        Google the Following: Fact Checker: The facts about the growth of spending under Obama

        September 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Josh

      Nice to know you have a crystal ball about Romney. Where did you get the attendance record for Obama and Clinton?

      September 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  35. roy

    Their strategies are Romney = WAR ; Obama = DIPLOMACY.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      Open your eyes...Apologies and pacifism have not won any nation.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
      • TheTraveler

        So, do pacifists use drones? Do pacifists give executive orders to have people like Osama bin Laden terminated?

        I think not ...

        September 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  36. fire0bama

    0bama is the worst US president we have ever had – he is so empty, weak, fake and lousy. If we say that he is Jimmy Carter, Jr, it would be an insult to President Carter.

    Vote 0bama out in Nov. 2012!

    September 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • sparks2000

      nope--Bush was the worst by far--Obama just inherited the bologna Bush and others began--he is just continuing the junk Bush started

      September 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Duke

      I'm with you man. If you vote for Obama, you are one or more of the following:
      1) A socialist.
      2) You get a check from the taxpayer
      3) Your a welfare queen
      4) Your very uneducated on how the economy works
      5) Your stupid

      September 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • libraryandcommunity

        *you're

        September 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
      • ariday

        How can you call someone else stupid when you can't even spell YOU'RE right?

        September 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • Lisa

        I will vote Obama and at least I know the difference between your and you're :-)

        September 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • Danny

        *you're stupid

        If you choose to insult people openly on a forum like this, maybe you should consider not sounding stupid yourself. Romney may have said it best, the educated will never join them.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
      • Johnson

        Yall that want to talk smack about Obama... Think about what he is acheiveing by passing the dream act though... Even though unemployment rates might be up... Guess what. It's all those people's fault for being so freaking lazy and not doing crap for this country. We are in an economic crisis as we speak... But believing in the future generations of kids and immigrants that will go to college, have a future, and also get a job. You people out there know how it feels to become successful and non successful. There are kids in this world that get treated like crap. There are kids that cannot read and write. There are kids that have no health plans and so they can't live up to but a few years of their lives. Think about yourself. Look at what you have done in the future and what you learned in the past. Relying on some people that will not do anything for you just makes your life worse. All these people at work that do not do their work and go just to play around... Stop smoking people. Stop Drinking. Stop texting and driving. Do you know what this world has come to ? HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE. VOTE FOR OBAMA! That is all.

        September 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
      • MuskogeeOkie

        Duke's ignorant banter is pretty entertaining. He cites google as his main source, quite credible. He also is quick to through around the word "socialist" when he doesn't even know the meaning behind such a term.

        September 18, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  37. Duke

    Why is it that liberals cannot tell you the truth. That they support bigger and bigger massive government, they support the welfare state, they support cutting down American pride and strength in the world, they support higher debt, they support bailouts, they support higher taxes, they support government run healthcare, and that they are socialists and some are Marxists... Please just admit that this is who your are... why is this so difficult for you? If you vote for Obama you are for all the above and that's just a FACT. Look at yourself in the mirror you moochers, poachers, welfare queens

    September 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • longtooth

      You are hilarious! More! More!

      September 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
      • Duke

        You obviously do not want to address any of the points I made because it hurts to admit that you are a socialist. I know it's got to be hard to admit your a welfare queen or that you like the nanny state. Why is it so difficult for you to admit who you are? Just say, I AM... A.... S O C I A L I S T and I depend on my big nanny. Go ahead, you can do it... You should be proud of who you are. I have yet to hear ONE liberal say so.

        September 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • TheTraveler

      Bravo Duke! Please another performance! I can tell you're just getting warmed up.
      You're the kind of right winger that I find constantly reminds why I will vote for Obama this election. Romney should have gotten you for a running mate ...

      September 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Retard Alert

      Go lay down by your dish Duke. Good boy!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
      • JeannieM

        The way I see it every time romney the flip flopper and lying ryan open their mouths they tell another whopper. The 716billion$ lie, that everyone now knows is a lie. The welfare to work lie, everyone knows the truth about that one as well. The lie they don't plan to touch medicare or medicaid except to turn it into a voucher program. The biggest whopper of them all is that he will create 12 million jobs during his first term. That is impossible. He just pull that number out of the air. Besides, he'll never be president. Even with all the gop attempts at blocking the vote they still won't win.

        September 18, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  38. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Obama owns Afghan war. Why is he and them Democrats who accused Bush for everything accuse themselves for the failures? Even after failure of their own policies, they are ready to accuse someone else.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Duke

      Because liberals are like emotional children. They have little logic and reason.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
      • Retard Alert

        You must really like voting AGAINST your own interests.

        September 18, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  39. Ron

    Where is any of this information actually from? Israel and Netenyahu are no friend of Obama. Obama does not think Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel

    September 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • fire0bama

      very true.

      Vote 0bama out in Nov. 2012!

      September 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
      • sparks2000

        vote out both of them-–nobody in our gov't can be trusted,least of all a politician.You can spew out the Romney vomit if you want--we all know none of them are trustworthy.You just have political zealots who ignore reality,because they want their party to be elected.please

        September 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  40. truth teller

    obozo stands on the principle of apologizing and bowing down to terrorists while romney stands on the principle of saying it like it is.

    TruthTeller

    September 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • sparks2000

      haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahah you believe that do you? I have to wipe my eyes,hold up......he's a politician.....are you kidding me?haaaaaaaaaaahahaha hoho hehe heehee

      September 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
      • Duke

        Why is it that liberals cannot tell you the truth. That they support bigger and bigger massive government, they support the welfare state, they support cutting down American pride and strength in the world, they support higher debt, they support bailouts, they support higher taxes, they support government run healthcare, and that they are socialists and some are Marxists... Please just admit that this is who your are... why is this so difficult for you? If you vote for Obama you are for all the above and that's just a FACT. Look at yourself in the mirror you moochers, poachers, welfare queens.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
      • wesley

        in reply to Duke: well im a lib dem and im voting obama, because what romney stand for only makes the rich richer, and the poor and middle class poorer. I do not support going to war when its none of our business. I support social health care, I would rather pay a tax then die of a curable sickness. and bailout? yes I strongly support the US auto makers, if they had went under like you wanted, look at all the jobs lost. then the US. a world power would have no cars, only forign cars.

        but you on the other hand Duke, you enjoy giving all your money to the rich, enjoy going to war with everyone, dont support the US auto makers, would rahter drive a honda then a GM or ford. would rather die then pay a tax to save your life. then YOUR party added most of the debt in the bush days, 1.2 trillion in tax cuts for the rich. so is this really what you support?

        September 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • cleareye1

      How about some truth about taxes?

      September 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  41. wesley

    well obama has the best policy. where as romnney has the worst. romneys: if your not 100% for the US, your 100% against and prepair to be invaded, conquered, and occupied. romnney already has his little list of countries to wage war against, hummm lets see theres
    1. iran
    2. iraq
    3. syria
    4. afganistan
    5. russia
    so those of who love romney, love rich people, you better be thinking about which armed forces you'd like to join, and where you would like to be deployed to, then how your going to pay for 5 wars at the same time. with this list he will bring the draft back.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • Houston

      You forgot China too!

      September 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  42. Volcano0201

    Now that every single leaders of the country are saying present in United Nation at 45st and 1st ave in Manhattan New,York you should go after the police deparment of that City for coming after me for no reason at my living place like times during 2007 where I was living a great life where I needed to leave it to go to a different state in which is Florida because nobody was able to help me with this police misconduct where the police deprtment Violated the 4th Amendment rights of a person for entering his holdhouse for no reason because I was not selling no illegal drugs or hand guns ladies & gentlemens

    September 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  43. upwardquest

    President Obama is far and away smarter, wiser, caring, more dependable and trustworthy than Romney in regard to foreign policy and everything else. President Obama helped me keep my home. He has my vote!

    September 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • cleareye1

      Obama's burden is that he is young, agressive and competent. Lot's of people fear that combination, particularly in an off-white person. Romney is an old dude, with old people habits. They puff him up so he looks good but he's a generation older than Obama. We need young ideas, not old ones. We've tried all the old ones.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      I am in the Middle Class, a white collar worker, married had we have a teen, I have a job, and I am paying my mortgage every month. Sounds great, right? Well folks, the reality is I am NOT better off now than I was 4 years ago. I am paying more taxes, the cost of living has gone UP, along with gas now around $3.65 a gallon, not $1.98 as it was on January 20th, 2009, utilities (Electricity, Gas, and, Water) has also gone up. As for Healthcare, my premiums keep going in one direction – UP – while my coverage keeps shrinking! And don't get me started on how the past 4 years have badly affected my Wife's Grandmother and her Medicade/Medicare. I, like many other people I know, did not get a rise for 3 years, so the bottom line is this: I am voting for Romney because I can NOT take another 4 years of this deplorable administration. It IS a matter of survival, nothing else.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  44. John M.

    I never heard or saw the president apologize for the U.S. and I've been watching politics before and since he's been elected, although it is clear someone should. I am a proud American, but i don't except the idea that America is without mistakes. I was always told it takes a big person to admit when they are/were wrong. Does exceptional mean perfect? Didn't think so.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  45. ciaopaparazzi

    Obama has zero leadership ability (even for his own agenda) and is incredibly naive. He turned his back on Eastern Europe and kowtows to Putin's Neo-Soviet Russia, and his only idea of combatting terrorism is to use drones so they stay off the news.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Me

      Great, Romney wins. Another war. I bet you none of his family members will be going Over There.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  46. CarolinaKate

    The author seriously needs a proof reader.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Me

      this is CNN.com, you got to go with the Spirit of the article, not the letter of the article

      September 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  47. Greenaxe

    I think Romney has a well thought out plan for foreign relations: Bomb Iran, and ship manufacturing to China.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  48. zzxzzc

    Believe me Romney would know about anything as much as obama would. Im not sure obama even knows he's president., though if he does he sure doesnt know what to do with it.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • MCFx

      It all picked for Pres Obama when campaign season started...ahhhh!!!!....then he felt right at home. "Intelligence Briefing meeting??? Why do I have to bother with that? They love me out there in the world."

      September 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  49. w

    Romney has no clue about foriegn affairs.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • WP4E

      Dummy only stands up for 1% so wouldn't know what to do about anything else.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
      • viknat

        Stop with the Liberal Propaganda and look up the facts at factcheck.org

        September 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • keyser

      Neither did Obama before he was elected president. All presidents rely upon the foreign service officers in the State Department to advise them as well as their own experts, such as Henry Kissinger for example. The ultimate decision is theirs but they don't make it in a vacuum. That's why you can never rely on what a presidential candidate says on the campaign trail.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
      • jeansees

        the point that Obama was inexperienced on Foreign affairs when he enter office is a reason Romney should be elected is Hilarious.... OBAMA is experienced now by your own admissions... Why put an inexperienced person in there when our country is at an international crisis..? Be kind of dumb you think? Romney being a business man would not hire and inexperienced worker to head one of his companies would he? And his so called experience of business control and success is not demostrated to us through any kind of proof of paper such as his INCOME TAXES... I was a human resources Office Manager for some Big companies in my career and I would NEVER hire anyone without proof of what they said they are and inexperienced...
        Dont make sense... and when it dont make sense then their is no truth in it... Maybe this is why Romney/Ryan are caught in so many lies..

        VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN Save America!!! Save Social Security!!! Save Womens Rights!!!! Save Medicare!!!! Save our service men and women!!!! Save our Veterans!!!

        September 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      We are seeing Obama foreign policy 101.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  50. MCFx

    Shame on CNN for not even mentioning why Romney said the word "flexibility" in his speech. Because Obama was caught with the mic on telling a Russian diplomat the once he was reelected he would have much more "flexibility". Wink/Nod! The media sucks doesn't it. ANything to get Obama reelected.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Me

      Listen, I was around when the media was kissing Ronald Reagan's butt. The media like who ever is popular. Why don't you nominate someone popular.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • sparks2000

      I guess that would be mirror image to FOXNEWS and their bullcrap coverage of Obama.FOXNEWS,unbiased news-yeah,sure.....

      September 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  51. nc1965

    Real Clear Politics

    Fox News 48% 43% Obama +5

    Thank Tea Party People

    September 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • NIck

      The Tea Party is what is wrong with politics today. Isolationism, fear of and anger towards people who don't agree with you, refusal to work with your fellow Americans to restore the country. We need to move past the visceral anger and immaturity of the Tea Party, and work together again.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • cleareye1

        Reagan must be puking in his grave to see what has happend to the party he represented.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Nicholas Crossette

      But these polling companies readily admit that they use the 2008 voter turn out to calculate their numbers. In '08 many republicans stayed home because they didn't want to support another bush (McCain) and so 7% more democrats turned out than republicans. Because of that the numbers these poling companies use are not straight up "this is what the american people say"... But rather if 50 people said they support Obama and 50 people said they support Romney the polls would show Obama have a 50% to 48% lead. simply because these companies use the 2008 statistics to run their numbers through. They also don't tell you who the "likely Voters" are or how they determined who is a likely voter. So It's very difficult to believe that the polls will stay with a 7% advantage to democrats. since '04 '00 and historically it's nearly always dead even. '08 was the exception not the rule.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  52. jerry archuleta USN ret.

    Remember Rommey has no foreign relation experience anywhere, he still thinks Russia is our mortal enemy. The extreme GOP right hates everyone that is not white. The person that stained the kuran and Mohammed is a extremists on the far,far right (neo nazi's)(skin heads). Rommey should not even run for the office of the Presidency or even dog catcher. He is too sneaky to run this country.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • cleareye1

      Mormons are a sneaky lot. All of a sudden they are advertising!! What's with that? Ever since they snuck into California to buy an election I knew they couldn't be trusted. Be careful with them, very, very careful!

      September 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • Jack Pearl

        I can't tell whether you're serious, trolling, or making a very subtle joke. Condemning perceived racism by attacking an entire religion seems rather odd, to say nothing of charging that an election was stolen, or interpreting a TV ad campaign as part of a sinister conspiricy.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • MCFx

      Could you be any dumber. Romney didn't say "mortal enemy". He didn't even say "enemy" He said "geopolitical foe". Log off of here, go get a dictionary, look up the word "geopolitical" then the word "foe". And THEN do a little research on how Russia votes at the United Nations. Also, take a look at their relationship with our REAL "mortal enemy" Iran. Then come back to this post and edit the stupidities you just spouted.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  53. SM McMahon

    Many of us have noted for years that Mitt Romney lacks a moral compass. That's why he has yet to articulate WHY he wants to be president.

    He knows nothing of the Middle East except that some Jews - and right-wing Christians hoping for Armageddon to arrive - might vote for him if he proves he's strong on Israel. He knows nothing of Islam or of the long-lasting power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran (and their various on-again/ off-again allies). He knows only what his right-wing "advisers" tell him, and has no independent means to judge when they're lying.

    Mitt knows one very narrow slice of the American banking industry – how to maximize profits by leveraging relatively small amounts of money, transfer it through many accounting tricks into profits rather than earned income, and avoid taxation by moving it overseas

    He's never made a small-business or mortgage loan – though he bought a set of existing loans as a guaranteed high-return investment package and now collects mortgage payments from unfortunate homeowners – or dealt with people buying CDs or trying to balance their checking accounts. He's never manufactured or sold a product, other than the soft soap of his leveraged investment opportunities.

    He's certainly never faced the vicissitudes of life that Americans face, like how to pay for your kid's braces, or Mom's doctor, the mortgage or the rent.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • mtbeau

      you so much "hit the nail on the head"!

      September 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  54. mary

    Romney scares me.. I see nothing in this man that makes me feel he has the ability to be at the head of a nation.. He might be able to run a company where bottom line excludes the humanity in his decisions. Where bottom line is money and productivity..
    But as the head of a nation bottom line is not money.. its about the people..
    He is better suited as a dictator..

    September 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  55. Me

    Obama just seems like he is smarter.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • mtbeau

      Romney is just plain strange. He is not in touch with most folks.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
      • Me

        But mtbeau, Romney and Ann shop at Costco. Didn't you hear?

        September 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Seems? Obama, in half the time has accomplished more than Romney's entire family tree, magic undies and all. Very view people knew who Obama was before 2004. Romney has been on the fringes of his party forever. I guess they just thought they might as well put him up and be done with the Mormon thing. They had no other candidates with a realistic chance anyways.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • bobbie

      SMART DOES'T BREAK IT. WE NEED A TRUE AMERICAN IN CHARGE NOT A MUSLIM OK!!!

      September 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  56. NIck

    The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has been and even bigger failure than George W Bush's eight years. They have blocked, obstructed, kicked and screamed, and refused to do their jobs since Obama won. Even more so in the last two years. There has been a jobs deal on the table for a year that the Republican whiners have blocked, while they haven't introduced reasonable legislation on their own to create jobs. Where are the jobs these so called "pro-business" republican majority legislators have promised? They hate the president more than they love their country, and they need to go. This is probably gonna make you cry again Boehner, but you gotta go!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • jeansees

      I agree they all have to go... VOTE DEMOCRATIC!@@@@@@@ alll the WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
      VOTE OBAMA/
      BIDEN 2012

      September 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • bobbie

        you are voting for your children dying in a WAR on our homefront. Please research for yourself as I have. Tell me how many electons have you seen where the reporters agree. NEVER!!! SOMETHING IS GOING WRONG FOR US. FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF. OK!!!

        September 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  57. Mitt R.

    Hi my name is Mitt. I am the proud father of five boys and the Husband of a beautiful wife and I'm voting for Obama, trust me you should too.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • Me

      you are a genius of comedy

      September 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • bobbie

      YOU WILL BE SAYING BYE TO YOUR SONS IF OBAMA DOES'T DO SOMETHING WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST NOW NOT AFTER THE ELECTIONS. OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT.OK!!! Thanks

      September 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  58. dean

    Mitt the Twit could even get his facts right on the tragedy in Benghazi. How can anyone expect him to be credible on foreign policy and national security issues.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  59. 2tor

    It's obvious where Obama stands. Right smack dab in the middle of a lie, the latest one anyways. There's three different sources saying he had warning three different times of an impending attack on the embassy. How do the parrots spew this one?

    September 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • sparks2000

      and........you think he is the only politician to have ever lied?perhaps you should follow politics a bit longer,friend.They all lie--Reps and dems included

      September 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  60. Anne R.

    I want a president that can actually relate to people and not simply pretend to relate. It is not Mitts wealth that turns voters off, it is his lack of sincerity. Mitt should try being human and not the robot we often see. The way he interacts with the public just seems practiced.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  61. Don

    Romney doesn't know what his policy is.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • ohreally

      pffft

      all the current bonehead knows how to do is bow, and appologize....

      September 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  62. jonat

    Obama thought apologizing and backing away from support of Israel would endear Islam to the USA...he was grossly mistaken

    September 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  63. sparks2000

    Interesting to note the strong rhetoric Romney spews out regarding China and Russia--especially in a time when we have become so dependant on them(China for trade and Russia for logistical support with its allies in the Afghanistan region).If indeed Romney becomes president,starts a war with Iran(which China gets 60% of its oil from),sells advanced arms to Taiwan and goes on the rampage against Russia and China he could very well lead us into the abyss of WW3.We may end up there either way,who knows?But,it seems the path Romney wants is destructive to say the least.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Trix

      Anyone that votes for Romney is a greedy person or wants to send young men to war. Romney is a Mormon and you will be sorry if you vote for him. They are a bunch of weirdo's, for lack of a better word and they care about no one but those that are in the church. They really don't like people of color and oh sure they have their token colored people in their church but they have their own stake centre they don't pray with the masses. Beware of Romney!!!!!!!

      September 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  64. Richie

    You can always tell a failed President by SNL skits. The one of Obama was great!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  65. clark

    You right wing nutjob bloggers forget your prez Dubya f***** up the country for 8 years after Bill Clinton had a surplus. How quickly we forget.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  66. BJ

    Flipflopping Mitt and Lyin Ryan have no policy.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • mtbeau

      Lyin' Ryan is like a deer caught in the headlight!

      September 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
      • cleareye1

        and in under 3 hours too!

        September 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  67. lo

    Romney can stand on anything because he stands for nothing.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • staplehawk

      Romney stands for jobs and money. I'm pretty sure those two things have not changed and that's what America needs most right now. Nobama had his chance and failed miserably at making that happen. Your words have no merit left. Next President please!

      September 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  68. George W.

    Seriously Americans... How can you take the word of a man that can't support his own rhetoric. Mitt Romney should be the poster child for undecided voters, because he too is undecided on nearly every issue. He feels he should be president merely because he is the alternative. He is purely a narcissist, how many times will he run for president, only to add it to his list of achievements. President of The United States should not be on ones bucket list. Romney would find a way to go to war with Iran, China, Russia, and any other country he deemed necessary because he lacks personality and the ability to resolve conflicts diplomaticaly.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • mtbeau

      He and the GOP seem to have to make-up lies in order to deal with their platform.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • rory

      Generally speaking US politician and administration is impotent and amateur.They run out of idea to lead domestically and internationally.Their policy made is not to lead but to react.They have no clear picture of the world would be and the behavior of human nature.Americans are very nice people and behave very sensible and responsible but by somehow once move up to the international and world stage level,US behave completely unpredictable, erratic and even unreasonable

      September 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  69. George

    We need to give Obama four more years so that he can imporove the economy George Bush and Ripublican screwed up

    September 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • mkat2

      and, exactly WHO screwed it up the past four years?!!

      September 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        When something is sufficiently screwed up and we have a traitorous group of politicians believing that it's more important to make Obama fail than to make the country succeed you're going to need more than 4 years to get things working right again. If you think things were bad after Bush hold on to your hats if Romney is elected.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Nicholas Crossette

      you're joking right. Reagan inherited a much worse economy than Obama did. The unemployment rate for Obama has been above 8% for 43 months. that's more than all the presidents from 1948 to the present combined. To say give him four more years just is absolutely asinine. Socialism is not Capitalism!! Socialism's strength is not wealth and prosperity. That's capitalism. Capitalism is scarier. it allows people to be rich and poor depending on how much they work. Socialism's main goal is to make no one rich and no one poor. The problem with socialism is that there are other countries and places for people with money to go to. If you tax them they will leave. you don't get their money to redistribute. But stop pretending that Obama wants Capitalism. If you support him fine. But don't be ignorant about what his stances are. If he wanted this country to be rich he would approve the Keystone Pipeline, Remove the drilling moratorium he has in place, and start other programs like nuclear power plants or drilling in An war. But these are all firmly against his party's beliefs.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
      • NIck

        Obama isn't socialist, numb nuts.

        September 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  70. Gurgyl

    Mitt is flip-flop. He goes to Iran war leaving his five sons in safe place, sends jobs to china, India. He is duplicate FERDINAND MARCO of Phillipenes, takes all the money to cayman Islans. Watch YouTube when mitt Romney came to town-enjoy.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • eviltaxpayer

      Cmon stop sounding like an msn robot, obamas "job cza"r" (jef emelt) pays no taxes and just sent thousands of jobs to china-

      September 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  71. staplehawk

    I think it's more important to be having interviews with TMZ and talking about 'love life with Michelle'. These points shouldn't be considered when voting, right?

    September 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Richie

      I like that better that BHO's stuff.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  72. eviltaxpayer

    5o days of obamas arrogance and lies left, then we can all go back to being proud of our country again!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      After four years of Romney and Ryan there wouldn't be much country left to be proud of.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  73. andrew

    I don't approve of Obama's over-tolerance to our enemies and I don't approve of Romney's GOP as being a party capable of proper leadership. I believe Obama is too soft and Romney is all about wealth. Unless Obama grows a backbone and until Romney SWEARS he'll not let Paul Ryan kick granny off food stamps, I'll not vote for either man. Obama needs to grow some brass and Romney needs to take control of the wigged-out far right neo-nazis in the GOP, so that we can trust republicans again, which NOW we don't.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • eviltaxpayer

      Andrew-
      \ Whats this WE stuff?

      September 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Nicholas Crossette

      A president can't kick people off of food stamps. That's totally congressional realm. The president has very little power over something like that. Sure it's talking points for a debate but the truth is neither can really do much. Presidents real power is in relation to foreign affairs and the Economy. And with the economy he is very limited. But can do things like stop oil drilling, or decline the keystone pipeline being built.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  74. Nicholas Crossette

    It's true that Obama didn't really cause most of these issues in the middle east. And for those retarded enough to accuse Bush of it – remember Thomas Jefferson had a Koran on his desk because he wanted to understand his enemies better. We have had serious issues with the Terrorist Muslim part of Islam for 200+ years. This is not our fault except to the fact that we don't all convert to islam and kill our daughters when the sleep with someone we don't like. Most Muslims are great people. But there are terrorists out there that want to kill people. Osama Bin Laden's biggest enemy was the Saudi Royal Family because they kicked him out of the country. He only started attacking America as the real enemy once it started to resonate. In fact according to most reports those that were trained under him rarely knew their targets were american ones until the day of the attack – because most of them were hoping to attack local authorities. The difference between the two is Romney cares more about America than he does other countries. He'll do what it takes to keep America on top. Obama on the other hand is a very socialist utopia type who believes appeasement and kindness will cure all of the worlds problems. If you believe that America is the cause of other countries griefs and pains vote for Obama. If you believe that other countries are sometimes evil and have evil desires to attack innocent people and start wars than vote for Romney.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  75. williamsunset

    ROMNEY JUST PUT A NAIL IN HIS COFFIN... WATCH THE VIDEO THAT JUST LEAKED ALL OVER TWITTER!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • cleareye1

      It was nailed shut before now.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • bobbie

        STOP TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT DOES'T MATTER. WE ARE BEING THREATEN MAN. WE NEED A STRONG PRESIDENT TO STOP THE WAR THAT IS A BREWING IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THEY WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE ELECTIONS BUT WE DONT HAVE TIME. IMPEACH OBAMA AND PUT SOMEONE STRONG NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!! I am old but I don't want to lose my GRANDCHILDREN. WHERE IS OUR LEADER ASLEEP AGAIN. HE SLEEPS MORE THAT WE OLD PEOPLE.

        September 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  76. omar

    Romney's policy adviser is Clint Eastwood.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • JCQueipo

      After all that Dick Cheney have done for Mitt and you are going to give all the credit to Clint ???

      September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      Fine... What happened the the wise advisers of Obama?..... More than 20 countries are against US now.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  77. ethan

    Romney consults with Bush's staff. Sounds like the same old crap to me.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  78. jeff tartt

    Once again...This president and his administration are a joke.Finding the wall street protesters again? What won't they do to win again?

    September 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • jeff tartt

      Excuse me,FUNDING the wall street protesters.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • mkat2

      He'll do ANYTHING! Even more than his ideology, is the narcotic drug of 'power'! 62% of California's Latinos are for Obama & THEIR narcotic of welfare! I know, I live in California! Under the same Liberal, Socialist system as Obama espouses that has changed Calif. into a third world cesspool!

      September 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  79. T. E. Lawrence O. A.

    ***

    WOW – ROMNEY BASICALLY SAYS: "OBAMA'S POLICIES ARE NO GOOD! MINE ARE THE SAME, BUT BETTER! (um, what little specific detail I have actually provided, which is not much...)"

    September 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • BL Reed

      I guess the fact that Obama is a liar and Romney is not will be my deciding factor on foreign policy. It also will help in my decision that Romney actually acts like he is a proud American instead of ashamed of America as Obama is.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
      • mkat2

        Yup! How did Obama's "policy of apology" work out for us?! Too bad we can't ask Ambassador Stevens.....(RIP, Sir)

        September 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
      • cleareye1

        The history of the Republican party is one of appeasement and quitting the battle. In addition they are historically the big spenders, tax raisers, war profiteers, and draft dodgers. They have always left a bigger government in their wake...every one of them. If you want a safe country, or a war won, you had better call a Democrat.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • Paul

        Obama is a liar and Romney is not? You definitely should be on SNL.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Lisa

      good one.... LOL

      September 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  80. Mark P

    Fantasic! Romney dissembles, and Obama lays out specifics that have proven remarkably effective in, for example, taking out everyone ever known as #1, #2, or #3 in the Al Quaeda and Taliban ranks (even as the promotions to next top target continue...take 'em out over and over again. Romney said he'd not go into an ally's nation to get Bin Laden, harshly criticizing Obama for say he would. Wups. Bin Laden would be alive today if Romney'd had his way. Romney also famously declared, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt", as Obama gave Detroit a LOAN that enabled them to not only survive, but become #1 in the world again. Romney today claims "quite a bit of credit" for our auto industry's success, in spite of his having very publicly advocating for it's demise. Romney's already in our past....a very embarrassing one for republicans.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • cleareye1

      Agreed!
      Obama has been al Qaeda's worst nightmare. He is relentless in going after them and they know they will pay a heavy price for this act. They are not facing a Junior Bush this time as I'm sure Bin Laden would agree,
      I have always believed that bin Laden waited until Bush squeezed his way into office before they attacked. They knew his response would be a weak one and that they could easily trick him into doing their dirty work in Iraq. It worked like a charm.
      What they didn't count on was the American people choosing a man named Barack Hussein Obama to settle the score. The American people corrected their error, or should I say the Supreme Court's error.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  81. pnpt

    obama's incredible spending and over all failure to improve a failing america's economy did more to make china the new worlds most powerful country than the chinese!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  82. rad666

    Dumb and Dumber. Getting hard to tell the difference.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  83. regarding the "film", I thought liberals love free speech?

    the truth is, obama is lying to YOU, the american people about islam, muslims, and how we can make peace with them...we cant. get it through your liberal skulls. This aint about a crappy little movie...this is about crazy muslims who hate everything about us.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Lisa

      unfortunately all this riots and mess not about film at all......

      everything is political.... and some people have to pay with their lives...

      September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  84. lynchem

    You have mistaken confidence for arrogance. U Poor things!!! many people make this error. Now Romney looks like he is afraid of his shadow. But don't be fooled he is confident and arrogant in other areas like spending other peoples money and other white collar issues – you know the stuff you will hear about 10 years from now. LOL!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  85. 0rangeW3dge

    What happens when the Chinese attack our Embassy? Are you still going to by their virus-infected computers?

    September 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  86. John Richards

    Romney.. Like on every other issue has no position other than what is contrary to Obama, or what he thinks he can score quick brownie points with the far right on..

    September 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  87. flashtrum

    This is why Ron Paul was right. We shouldn't even be having these debates. Pull out of the region, take advantage of our own natural resources (this can be done without "killing" the planet) and half, if not all, of your debt issue is resolved. We did fine thank you very much during isolationist periods before WWI and leading up to WWII. After that it seemed like meddling in everyone else's business was like being hooked on crack – we can't get enough.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • Nicholas Crossette

      Yes because it was so Isolationists of us to start the war of 1812 with England instead of France simply because we wanted to take parts of Canada and Florida from Spain. Or when we invaded Mexico so that we could steal california, new mexico, and move the texas state line farther south. All that was very isolationist of our founding fathers. Or perhaps you Ron Paul supporters just don't know that much about History and so you make believe that our founding fathers believed the same way you did.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  88. Wade

    Obama is absent and distant and unresponsive and does not want America to lead. This has been a total disaster as this last week and the weeks to come will prove. Obama is a liar and the liberal media have been in full protect Obama at all cost mode this last week. Campaigning openly and cheering Obama and attacking Romney. Like his statement about the attacks in Egypt when IN FACT Hillary said the exact same thing. Romney does not want war but he will not surrender as Obama has done.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • mkat2

      A 'spontaneous' demonstration does not come equipped with RPG'S & armored vehicles, particularly on the anniversary of 9/11 !! Obama thinks the american people are imbeciles to believe THAT fairy tale! Well, maybe we ARE, after all he got elected didn'nt he?

      September 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  89. Ivar Tangen

    How come Mitt Romney have to disagree with Obama on every issue?
    And lying seems sometimes the only way to support his views.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  90. Dan Klein

    Gotta go with Romney on foriegn policy. He'll put the security of the country first before golf!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • 0rangeW3dge

      That's a big DUH, Dan

      September 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  91. TomGI

    Did Romney check with Ed Gillespie, Dan Senor, Alex Wong and the 2 dozen other former Bush neoconservative retreads before he enlightened us about "his" foreign policy insights?

    September 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • KWS

      At least they'd probably keep Romney from bowing to Islamic leaders and apologizing to our enemies.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
      • Senior Citizen

        Obama has NEVER APOLOGIZED if you take the time to read and if you'll google "Bush Saudi Oil" you will see W kiss the Saudi Prince.

        September 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  92. disgustedvet

    Gotta give the edge to Obama in screwing up foreign policy. His diplomacy has "endeared " us to our enemies and p/od our friends.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • TomGI

      You mentioned "our friends" and who exactly would that be?

      September 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
      • disgustedvet

        I meant our ex-friends.

        September 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Hadenuffyet

      Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
      • bobbie

        WHICH IS OBAMA? FRIEND OR ENEMY? LOOK AT MIDDLE EAST THREATS ON US. ENEMY TO AMERICA.PLEASE OPEN YOUR EYES BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.Thank you.

        September 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
      • MichellePasadena

        Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. The dems owned both houses since 2006. When did the economy tank? 2008. So endith the lesson

        September 18, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  93. KWS

    Is CNN secretly supporring Romney?

    Look at the pictures above. You HAVE to admit that that finger-pointing know-it-all pose by Obama is at least a LITTLE annoying. I know it's hard to find a picture where he doesn't look arrogant, but anyone who doesn't already hate one of these men is going to lean toward Romney with images like these.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • disgustedvet

      It's hard to find a flattering picture of him because the " Mussolini " pose is his favorite. I think he practices it because if you research Mussolini the superficial; resemblance is uncanny. Try it.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • mkat2

      His 'RANTS' remind me of another well known politician from the 30's coming out of Germany..........RILE UP THE MASSES!

      September 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
      • MichellePasadena

        Divide and conquor. Saul Alinsky, the community organizer and Obama mentor.

        September 18, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  94. Vidyashanti

    Whether V like it or not. The truth is Romney knows only about Swiss banks, Cayman island and France (may be). All thes late uttering are from Bush advisers who created the mess in Islamic world.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • jeff Haupt

      It's fun watch Obama faulter on the world stage. The only thing is can do is dump on Romney.

      September 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • disgustedvet

      David Brock loves his little herd of sheep.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      Vidaya,
      Who created the mess in India with the Muslims?
      Why the govt had to ban SIMI?
      Did the GOP or Romney do anything against Indian Muslims?
      Before you criticize please evaluate everything.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  95. tomclements

    Where was the hate crime agaiinst Bill Maher in his film Religuous? Where were the riots? The overthrow of embassy's? The arrest and condemnation of the President?

    September 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  96. Calcommuter

    Romney's stance on foreign policy: "Syria? Yeah, I have a factory there. They work cheap. Well, you know my opinion on factories and fences, heh heh...."

    September 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  97. Bill

    My name is Mitt Romney! I am not as likeable as my opponent. But I am running for President of the United States, not student council president! Vote accordingly.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • edgyone

      No, Mitt is pretty likeable, affable guy, but he will make a terrible president.

      November 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  98. George Holmes

    The Russia Times is not covering the Anti-Putin Riots in Moscow.
    Spain, France, Portugal also in major public demonstrations/riots.
    Muslims in (20) cities and now China in (20) cities. In deep humiliation Occupy Wall Street resurrects itself in New York and steals the headlines.
    MSM NBC, CBS, ABC, AP, CNN, Fox News all seem to be missing the World Wide September Rages of 2012.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  99. tonyl

    Romney stand on his head on all the policies including the foreign policy. Etch a sketch.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  100. Fedup

    Curious as to why this does not include the NDAA? This bill is endorsed by BOTH candidates. It allows the United States government to arrest anyone in the world for committing a "belligerent" act. This type of arrest can be done without charges and allows the accused (if you can call it that without formal charges) to be indefinitely detained. The wording of this bill does extend to US citizens although the Obama administration claims it would not use it in that way. Obviously then, it fall under the heading of foreign policy. How could such legislation that tramples our Bill of Rights, that both parties have supported on record, not be included in this discussion?

    September 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Amanda

      It also states that citizens engaged in "terrorist like activities", including speaking out against the Government, can be indefinitely detained without charges or trial.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • bobbie

        Does that mean OBAMA too, what did he tell that foreign DELEGATE IN HIS EAR , WHILE THE MICS WERE ON ? FIND OUT LOOK IT UP. OK!!!!

        September 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
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