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Josh Barro

Foreign Policy Debate Omits Most of the Globe

Mitt Romney was in the odd position tonight of arguing that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is a failure, while advocating a substantially similar one.  Given the impossibility of that task, it’s no surprise the president soundly won tonight’s debate, according to CBS News's instant poll.

From Libya to Afghanistan to China, Romney sketched out positions virtually indistinguishable from the president’s. In some cases, that meant abandoning his past positions, most notably by endorsing the 2014 deadline for Afghanistan withdrawal that he previously opposed.