Election 2012: Voters and Foreign Policy
Just a few months before the first primary votes are cast, foreign policy and national security issues have received surprisingly little attention on the campaign trail. So when it comes to foreign policy – do voters care?


It’s become something close to accepted wisdom that the issues on which voters will decide the next election in 2012 will be almost exclusively domestic. But even the most cursory examination of the forces at work in this country today will tell you that what happens beyond American shores will change the way we live our lives over the next four years. Up for discussion this hour: How exactly do voters want the next president to handle affairs in Afghanistan and Iraq? What do Arab-American communities make of the US involvement in the Arab Spring? And – the billion-dollar question – which candidate holds the key to shielding American voters from economic turmoil in Europe?

Throughout the hour, Ray Suarez and a panel of experts discuss American perspectives on foreign policy, as the race for 2012 gets underway. The panel includes: Carroll Doherty, Associate Director at the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press; Susan Glasser, Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy Magazine; and Jennifer Rubin, columnist and blogger for The Washington Post.

Josh Rogers reports from Concord, New Hampshire on how Republican voters see American foreign policy for 2012.
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John Pemble reports from Des Moines, Iowa on Democratic voters and their take on President Obama’s foreign policy.
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Sarah Hulett reports from Michigan on what Arab Americans make of the US involvement in the Arab Spring and what they’re looking for in the next Commander-in-Chief.
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Economist Jared Bernstein explains why the economy is a foreign policy issue. He served as Chief Economic Advisor to Joe Biden from 2008 to 2011. He’s currently a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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Video Extra

Although the 2012 presidential campaign's focus has primarily been on the domestic economy, crises around the world could escalate and move foreign policy to the center of discussion.

AAM sits down with Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress to discuss foreign policy issues coming up in 2012, the Obama administration's record and the Republican critique.


Featured Experts

Carroll Doherty
As the associate director, editorial, Carroll Doherty is principally responsible for writing and editing the center’s reports, as well as playing a central role in guiding the overall direction of the The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
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Susan Glasser
Susan Glasser is editor in chief of Foreign Policy, the magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas. A longtime foreign correspondent and editor for the Washington Post, Glasser joined Foreign Policy in 2008 and has been spearheading
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Jennifer Rubin
Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement and the Republican Party.
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Election 2012: Voters and Foreign Policy / Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / Managing Editor: Sarah Gilbert / Producers: Monica Bushman, Mallory Durr, Josh Rogers, John Pemble, and Sarah Hulett / Additional production: Flawn Williams / Director of Broadcasting and Station Relations: Steve Martin / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo credit: Christopher Dilts.

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: Oct 2011

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