Monday, March 21, 2011

2012 Presidential Candidates Debate Libya

With less than one year to go before New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, President Barack Obama's decision to use military force against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is refocusing voters' attention on foreign policy.

So where do the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates stand on Libya?

Michele Bachmann: The leader of the House Tea Party Caucus is opposed to U.S. military involvement in Libya. Bachmann claims too little is known about the rebel forces opposing Gaddafi.

Haley Barbour: The Governor of Mississippi is calling for a cautious approach to Libya, while also expressing concerns about nation building.

Herman Cain: The former CEO of Godfather Pizza supports "covert" action on behalf of the Libyan opposition.

Newt Gingrich: The former House Speaker describes President Obama's approach to Libya as indecisive, but stops short of voicing support or opposition for military intervention.

Mike Huckabee: The FOX News host does not want to see U.S. troops on the ground in Libya.

Gary Johnson: The former Governor of New Mexico has voiced concerns about U.S. military intervention in Libya.

Andy Martin: The self described founder of the Birther Movement says "... the 'shame' of Obama's  dilly-dallying as helpless Libyan patriots are slaughtered confirms Obama's 'policy" is to render the United States 'neutered' in foreign policy."

Sarah Palin: "NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people," Palin wrote on Facebook back in February. She reiterated her support for the no-fly zone over Libya in India on Sunday.

Ron Paul: The Texas Congressman and two time presidential candidate is calling President Obama's decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya unconstitutional:

Tim Pawlenty: No word yet on Pawlenty's view of the situation in Libya. Apparently he's the silent type.

Buddy Roemer: The former Governor of Louisianna supports the no-fly zone over Libya, but thinks it should have happened sooner.

Rick Santorum: The former Senator from Pennsylvania has called for regime change in Libya.

Donald Trump: He's calling for a surgical strike to assassinate Gaddafi.

Mitt Romney: So far, the former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 presidential candidate has remained silent on Libya.

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