Candidates Make Subtle Jabs on Foreign Policy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) - The presidential candidates have been laying out their visions of America's role in the world today -- while also taking subtle political jabs at each other.

Their foreign policy speeches in New York have been shaped by the violent protests taking place in the Middle East, prompted in part by an anti-Islamic video produced in the United States.

Obama told the United Nations that the violence in Libya that took the lives of the U.S. ambassador and three others were "attacks on America" -- and he called on world leaders to help confront the root causes of rage across the Muslim world.

Romney, speaking at Bill Clinton's gathering of global leaders, called the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a terrorist attack -- language that Obama himself hasn't used, but that his spokesman and secretary of state have used.

Romney said, "We somehow feel that we are at the mercy of events, rather than shaping events."

In his U.N. speech, Obama didn't refer to the video that surfaced last week of Romney telling donors that he didn't have much faith in peace prospects between Israelis and Palestinians. But Obama said, "The future must not belong to those who turn their backs on the prospect of peace."

Romney told the Clinton gathering that his foreign policy would encourage open markets and free enterprise in exchange for U.S. aid.


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