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FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Jon Huntsman

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Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is, well, an ambassador. He knows something about the world, he says, because has lived overseas four times. So when it comes to foreign policy, Huntsman sounds decidedly like a grown-up in a room full of politicians serving up primary red meat.

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FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will not apologize for America. That’s been Romney’s go-to foreign policy talking point and is a good description for most of his national security proposals.

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FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Rick Santorum

The former Pennsylvania senator, having spent eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been touting his foreign-policy and national-security experience on Capitol Hill in his presidential campaign.

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FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Michele Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., often hints at her vast knowledge of classified information due to her position on the House Intelligence Committee, and has consistently referred to herself as the candidate “who understands problems that are going on internationally.”

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FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Newt Gingrich

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is well-versed and very comfortable talking about a wide range of foreign policy and global issues. As such, Gingrich has targeted President Obama from his first days in office as a naïve foreign policy amateur who’s too soft on American adversaries, too quick to abdicate hard-line American leadership, and doesn’t listen to his generals.

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FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Rick Perry

Perry’s foreign-policy philosophy overall appears contradictory: He says he doesn’t believe America “should fall subject to a foreign policy of military adventurism,” while in the same breath he insists “we must renew our commitment to taking the fight to the enemy wherever they are, before they strike at home.”

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FOREIGN POLICY DOSSIER: Herman Cain

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain insists he’ll be able to get smart on foreign policy issues the same way he learned about running a pizza franchise. “I had never made a pizza, but I learned,” he told an audience at the National Press Club.

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