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“The Vice President will contrast the administration’s record with the empty rhetoric of Governor Mitt Romney, who continues to distort and mischaracterize the President’s accomplishments on foreign policy and national security without offering policy alternatives of his own,” the campaign announced in a preliminary salvo.


“My purpose today was not to catalogue our interests in every corner of the planet. My purpose was to argue that the world is a better place because of American engagement in it, and it will continue to get better only if we continue to engage.

“I disagree with the way in which the current administration has chosen to engage. For while there are few global problems we can solve by ourselves, there are virtually no global problems that can be solved without us. In confronting the challenges of our time, there are more nations than ever capable of contributing, but there is still only one nation capable of leading.”

The aforementioned Sen. Marco Rubio, during his speech before the Brookings Institution on Wednesday. See the 34-minute address here:


“Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by 17 percentage points, 54 percent to 37 percent, among very religious voters in Gallup’s latest five-day presidential election tracking average. Obama leads by 14 points, 54 percent to 40 percent, among the moderately religious, and by 31 points, 61 percent to 30 percent, among those who are nonreligious,” says Gallup director Frank Newport, who released poll findings on Wednesday identifying “religiousness” as a key factor in voter support (

“One confounding factor in these results is the reality that black Americans are highly religious and highly likely to be Protestants, while at the same time very likely to be Democrats. In the latest weekly election aggregate, for example, 48 percent of black voters are very religious and only 12 percent are nonreligious, but at the same time, 89 percent support Obama,” Mr. Newport later adds.

“Thus, with nonwhites factored out of the analysis, Romney leads by 24 points among white Protestants, and by 41 points among very religious white Protestants. This latter group is the functional equivalent of the group of voters often called evangelicals.”


• 49 percent of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than to control gun ownership.

• 72 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats agree.

• 60 percent of men, 39 percent of women, 57 percent of whites and 35 percent of blacks agree.

• 43 percent overall oppose legal marriage among gays and lesbians.

• 68 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of independents and 31 percent of Democrats agree.

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