GOP candidates tackle foreign policy in debate
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Fromer House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at Saturday's debate
November 12th, 2011
11:08 PM ET

GOP candidates tackle foreign policy in debate

The Republican candidates for president outlined their foreign policy and national security visions in a debate Saturday, tackling issues that have largely taken a backseat in a presidential race that has been shaped by the troubled economy.

Two of the contenders, former pizza executive Herman Cain and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, said they would allow U.S. military and intelligence agencies to waterboard suspected terrorists.

President Barack Obama banned the practice shortly after taking office in 2009.

"I would return to that policy," Cain said. "I don't see that as torture. I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique."


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Bachmann: CIA interrogation is lacking
November 12th, 2011
11:01 PM ET

Bachmann: CIA interrogation is lacking

By CNN National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

During Saturday night's Republican candidates' debate on national security issues, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said the United States has nowhere to take terrorists for interrogation and said the CIA does not interrogate anymore.

The statement: "When we interdict a terrorist on the battlefield, we have no jail for them. We have nowhere to take them. We have no CIA interrogation anymore," Bachmann said.

The facts: The controversial CIA "black site" prison program, where the suspect of the USS Cole bombing and others were interrogated immediately after arrest, has been dismantled. In an April 2009 letter from CIA director Leon Panetta to employees, Panetta wrote, "CIA no longer operates detention facilities or black sites and has proposed a plan to decommission the remaining sites."

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