Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Republican presidential candidates can – and must – learn about foreign policy basics while on the campaign trail.
Asked in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” about the basic foreign policy gaffes that Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann have made, Rice asserted that a potential president needed – at a minimum – to master the basics of foreign policy.
“I would say to the candidates, you don’t have to know the ins and outs of foreign policy because nobody would expect that kind of exposure. But the basis of foreign policy, you can – you can master those during the campaign. And it’s important for the American people to know that you care enough about these issues to do that,” Rice said.
The former Bush Cabinet official noted that it was crucial for Republican presidential candidates to know the historical role America has played on the world stage.
“A potential president has to know the role of the United States of America and that it’s an exceptional role, that we have, in fact, been willing to bear a lot of burdens over the last 60 plus years in order to promote a balance of power favor – that favors freedom,” she said.
Some of the ones we have seen seem to know nothing and are proud of it. How can we be a world super power if the president has no knowledge of foreign policy? Even as candidates, these people are being watched around the world. Especially to those who don’t understand the democratic process fully, those who are unprepared simply embarrass the United States when they refuse to learn the basics.
A candidate has to be more than a set of sound bytes and cutesy expressions. A presidential candidate has to be able to communicate that he or she has a clear understanding of America’s role in world affairs and where the rest of the world is coming from. Right now our focus is on domestic policy but that is not to say that next week, month or year the focus will not switch drastically. All our candidates will have to pass muster. Some clearly are not ready to do so.
The Manassas blog Republican bad-boys are trying their level best to tie Candidate Deeds into the ACORN scandal. I guess the model is Cooch. (Eye rolling time) Give it up, bad-boys, it won’t work. However, it did start off a vicious circle of following the money.
Both gubernatorial candidates donations seemed to follow some patterns. Tobacco, transportation, health care/physicians and carbon based energy industries seemed to follow McDonnell. Verizon was a heavy contributor but they didn’t seem to follow a party. The pork industry seemed to follow McDonnell. Lots of money has come out of Smithfield, VA… Luters, Smithfield, etc.
The one that totally torqued me was Anthem. It wasn’t who they gave money to but the fact that they were giving away $180,000 to Virginia campaigns. Why? Where is this money coming from (she asks innocently.)? Why are these clowns in a position to donate this much money? Check it out for yourself at www.vpap.org.
Perhaps this is where health care reform should start. Those who insure us need to stop giving away money. If they stopped giving away money, perhaps our premiums would be cheaper. I got no further than Anthem. I was totally disgusted.
Only one glance at the TV set tells us that all is not well for ‘He Whose Name I Cannot Pronounce.’ Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, was declared the winner of the presidential election in Iran last week. He was declared the winner within hours after the polls closed, so soon that ballots could not possibly been counted.
Iranians have taken to the streets and the numbers continue to grow. Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad is galavanting around Russia as his country errupts into violence. He has declared the demonstrations unimportant.
Basically, what has happened, according to MSNBC:
Is Iran headed into civil war? Will the Iranian people take control of their own country? Is another Iranian revolution far off? Do these demonstrations protesting the election make the region more or less secure?
Saturday, June 20–
Foreign press has been banned. Citizens are exporting video and text on twitter, home video, cell phone, Facebook, Youtube, etc. Thousands are protesting.
Reminder, the actual leader of this country is the Ayatollha.Regardless of who is president, Iran is still a theocracy.
Breaking news from the Washington Post, Creigh Deeds pulls it through at the very end.
I have to admit, I love the underdog! I believe Creigh Deeds has a real chance to win against McDonnel.
Running with the least money and fewest ties to vote-rich Northern Virginia, State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds has won the three-way Democratic primary for governor, paving the way for a rematch with Republican Bob McDonnell in the fall.
“Three weeks ago, this was a two-man race between McAuliffe and Moran,” said Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University. “Deeds was going to win the rural vote and that’s it. People are going to be talking about how he pulled this off for weeks and months.”
Deeds, a 17-year veteran of the General Assembly, lost by a mere 323 votes to McDonnell in the 2005 election for attorney general. His victory today presents Republicans with a different challenge than they were expecting: a moderate with strong ties to rural voters and a political apparatus throughout the state.
We’d love to hear thoughts and opinions on three recent pieces from the Washington Post:
This editorial about redistricting and no-excuse absentee voting mentions PWC’s Jeff Frederick among Virginia House members who “hoped that nobody would notice their indefensible defeat of efforts to make Virginia elections fairer and more democratic.” Or, read Anita Kumar’s reporting on the vote.
This article characterizes our state legislature as “beset by partisan bickering and testy floor fights.”
At the root of the tension is an inescapable aspect of the 45-day legislative session that began last week: It’s an election year.
Terry McAuliffe, former Hillary Clinton campaign manager and former DNC chair from 2001-2005, has sent out a very savvy email, perhaps the most sophisticated I have seen to date, announcing his candidacy for Virginia Governor. Sorry I can’t attach it.
He will formally announce on Jan 8. He will be in our area Saturday, Jan. 10.
Terry is out of the gate running. He will be a very difficult candidate to stop.
Breaking News:Kaine to Become DNC Chairman.
Va. governor Timothy M. Kaine will operate in part-time capacity until 2010, when he’ll take over the job full-time after his term as Virginia Governor is up.