Obama, Romney differ on U.S. exceptionalism


By Scott Wilson – President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made clear this week that they share an overriding belief: American political and economic values should triumph in the world.

Where the two differ most is in how a debt-burdened United States, weary after more than a decade of war, should engage other nations to pursue that goal.

A proponent of American exceptionalism, Romney has consistently outlined a far tougher approach to the world than Obama has practiced. He has emphasized rewarding traditional allies such as Israel, punishing rather than cultivating difficult nations and embracing a possible military confrontation with Iran.

Obama, whom Romney has accused of “apologizing for American values,” delivered his strongest defense yet of free speech and human rights at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday (Sep 25). more> http://tinyurl.com/9tp4aj5

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