2012 Presidential Election

The Major Issues: Side-by-Side Analysis

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As we secure the world’s most dangerous weapons, we are fighting a war against a far-reaching network of hatred and violence. We will disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qa’ida and its affiliates through a comprehensive strategy that denies them safe haven, strengthens front-line partners, secures our homeland, pursues justice through durable legal approaches, and counters a bankrupt agenda of extremism and murder with an agenda of hope and opportunity.

- Barack Obama National Security Strategy

The greatest dangers we face – terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cyber and biological attacks – cannot be solved by any one nation alone ... President Obama is committed to maintaining robust security cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council states and our other partners aimed at deterring aggression, checking Iran’s destabilizing activities, and building a regional security architecture to counter terrorism, proliferation, ballistic missiles,and other common threats.

- Democratic Party Platform 2012

A Romney administration will strengthen old partnerships and alliances, and inaugurate a new one, to address the threat of Jihadism.

Romney's strategy is to expand and accelerate actions meant to combat nuclear terrorism whil also working to make nuclear trafficking a crime against humanity.  He will work with Russia to contain the threat of nuclear terrorism.

- Mitt Romney Official Website

Radical elements like Hamas and Hezbollah must be isolated because they do not meet the standards of peace and diplomacy of the international community ... We support the transition to a post-Assad Syrian government that is representative of its people, protects the rights of all minorities and religions, respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors, and contributes to peace and stability in the region.

- Republican Party Platform 2012

“It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That’s not how moral authority is claimed; that’s how it is surrendered …. To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, recognize Israel’s right to exist.”

- Barack Obama (June 4, 2009)

"I do not believe that the cause of freedom ended with the close of the last century, nor that America can afford complacency in its defense. America is still the hope of the world. We must confront clearly and courageously the threats to freedom, and we must resolutely sustain the capabilities we need to protect our security and sustain the cause of liberty."

- Mitt Romney (June 1, 2009)

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