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When Mitt Romney faces off against President Obama on Tuesday night in the first of their debates to involve foreign policy, the Republican challenger will take a page from Ronald Reagan's playbook by attempting to portray the Democratic incumbent as the second coming of President Carter, and himself as the champion of the Gipper's "peace through strength" mantra.
Taking a brief turn from the domestic issues that have dominated the campaign, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney kicks off a three-nation overseas trip Thursday that gives him the chance to showcase his differences with President Obama on the foreign policy front and to convince voters that he has the political chops to be a major world player.
Mitt Romney has assembled a foreign-policy platform rooted in the belief that adversaries such as Russia must be confronted for backsliding on democracy and that Israel must be supported in the face of common threats such as a nuclear-armed Iran.
Alex Wong, the Romney campaign's foreign policy director, told reporters during a conference call last week that the former Massachusetts governor's philosophy is one "of peace through strength that began with Truman, that continued through Kennedy, continued through Reagan and now to candidate Romney."
"The only two exceptions," said Mr. Wong, "have been Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama."