Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The Importance of Foreign Policy Experience (or not)
--Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Correspondent

Does foreign policy expertise matter in this scary post-9-11 world? Four names: Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, John McCain. Go look up their resumes on www.cnn.com and then check out their poll numbers.
Posted By CNN: 9:23 AM ET
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Candy, I think that foreign policy experience is one of the most important "skills on the resume" for these candidates.

We need a president who can repair our foreign image. I will also look to the new president to reinstitute the diplomatic approach to solving some of the major problems that are brewing such as Iran.

BTW, you have my dream job!
Posted By Blogger Sheryn : 9:36 AM ET
I think that foreign policy matters to an extent but it isn't the most important thing that the candidate should have in their resume. The most important thing to me is how they plan on dealing with the issues and problems that we have going on here in the United States. They need to deal with us first and then they can deal with the foreign affairs.

I could care less what any other country thinks of us! We need to stop trying to be so PC and get a backbone...solve our problems and then deal with the other countries!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 9:50 AM ET
Their resumes are impressive, especially Richardson's and Biden's. Foreign policy experience as well as experience on the issues that the American voter looks at first - the economy, illegal immigration, and health care. While their knowledge and experience are high, their poll numbers are low - mostly in the single digits. Foreign policy experience is important - just look at our current position in Iraq because of the current administration's lack of experience in that field and the need should be self-evident.

Perhaps we need to pay more attention to these gentlemen and less to the current front-runners. Electing someone with the experience the office needs and the intelligence to match would be a nice change.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 10:46 AM ET
I think it's a mistake to assume the world is not in extreme turmoil. 9-11 did happen and now that we are such a global economy we can't pretend we live in a vacuum.
I know there are many who believe if President Bush were just out of office, roses would bloom. However, I think they will come to see that even with a new President, life on the international stage will still be a very dangerous reality. Just my opinion.

Lorie Ann
Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 10:49 AM ET
Candy,
First of all, there are way too many polls, and in several times they contradict one another. Second, I believe that many of the people who are responding verbally to a phone poll often give the candidate they have seen most often on TV.

Let's face it, even CNN has not given equal time to each of the candidates during the campaign. A case in point is what Senator Dodd did yesterday on the Senate floor to protect the Constitution and help prevent retroactive immunity being given to the telecom companies who took part in warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.

Dodd could have been out campaigning, but chose to be in Washington, to stand up for this very important cause. Actions like that are seldom reflected in the polls, especially when "the best political team" doesn't even give it mention.

BTW, I am not campaigning for Senator Dodd, nor have I made any financial contributions to his campaign. But I do greatly admire his character and actions to help right a wrong.
Posted By Blogger Jan from Wood Dale, IL : 11:09 AM ET
Candy, experience is a lot less important than what one intends to do with that experience. A hypothetical candidate could have a wealth of experience in foreign policy, but if they plan to use their skills to take over all the world's oilfields and colonize the middle east with homesteading americans, evicting the native inhabitants and causing massive humanitarian upheavals, I would say their 'experience' is worthless. A less experienced, more realistic and less imperialistic candidate would be a much better bet for our continued survival.
Posted By Anonymous Arachnae, Sterling VA : 1:00 PM ET
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