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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Republican Candidates Respond to President Obama's Speech

Posted by Paul Constant on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Unsurprisingly, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty both came down on the right of President Obama's Afghanistan speech last night. Pawlenty, especially, sounds like a neocon: "When America goes to war, America needs to win. We need to close out the war successfully." Romney, who is running on a platform of fiscal conservatism and running America like a business, says Obama should not base the Afghanistan decision "on politics or economics."

Jon Huntsman, bless him, is on the left of the president, calling for fewer boots on the ground and a smarter anti-terrorism initiative. He sounds a lot like candidate Obama in 2008, in fact. Ron Paul is against a standing army because he believes in the Constitution or something.

Santorum has an opinion, but it sounds just like Pawlenty's, so who cares? Herman Cain is crazy; he apparently believes that George W. Bush is the greatest president ever, but he also thinks we should be isolationists, which isn't very Bush-y at all. Nobody cares what Newt Gingrich thinks.

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