Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, torture divide the Republican nomination after the tenth trading televised in South Carolina (Southeast), the first devoted to security and diplomacy on Saturday.
On Iran’s nuclear ambitions, about foreign policy deemed most urgent, the Republicans stressed their company. But the two best placed took opposing positions.
Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, said that military action should be considered if the current sanctions fail to stop the Islamic Republic to acquire the atomic bomb.
The black businessman Herman Cain, himself appeared to exclude military intervention saying preferring to help the Iranian opposition.
Mr. Cain then drew criticism from his rivals openly questioning the value of continuing the alliance between the U.S. and Pakistan.
Divergence even on Afghanistan between Mr. Romney accusing Barack Obama of endangering the mission by a withdrawal of reinforcements in September.
Mr. Perry’s campaign was quick to clarify that Israel certainly fill the new conditions that would require administration Perry in exchange for his assistance.
But Mitt Romney has stepped into the breach, saying Sunday morning its commitment to increase U.S. military aid to the Jewish state.
The use of torture against terrorism, abandoned by Barack Obama taking office in early 2009, it is the issue that most divided the candidates. Some (Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann) consider waterboarding as a mere “enhanced interrogation”. Other (Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman) are strongly opposed.
Trying to show unity after all, the candidate Newt Gingrich has ensured that the eight Republican candidates had come “to tell the American people why each of us is better than Barack Obama.” But one year of the election, diplomacy is not the best angle to attack the president.
By killing Osama bin Laden, the Taliban by harassing attacks by drones, and associated with America in the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, “Obama robs Republicans of a traditional line of attack against the Democrats “noted the Sunday New York Times.
The latest Washington Post poll – ABC news, foreign affairs are the area in which the action of the U.S. President is the most approved (47%). In contrast, only 38% of respondents consider the positive management of the economy – the latter being by far the primary concern of American voters.