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In the political marathon otherwise known as a presidential campaign in the United States, foreign policy is often used as a proxy for a candidate's "toughness".The focus on such "pocketbook" issues by U.S. presidential candidates may provide some insight into their worldly wisdom. But the point is to communicate candidates' responsiveness to the concerns of average Americans, which means that foreign policy usually takes a backseat in presidential campaigns.This year, however, foreign policy is front and center of the political debate between the candidates. As the threat to the U.S. becomes clearer with every terrorist attack, isolationists become ardent interventionists.For example, does a candidate believe that alliances are important to America's wellbeing?A sustainable foreign policy cannot be all things to all people, and the presidential candidates need to be clearer with voters about that.There's no shortage of such questions for the American public to consider in deciding upon a candidate.
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