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Chicago Tribune: Republicans Lack Diplomacy in Economy-Focused Race

Author: Patricia Zengerle
January 18, 2012

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Patricia Zengerle presents criticism of the Republican candidates' approaches to foreign policy in a campaign that has centered primarily on domestic issues.

Rick Perry's comment that Turkey is ruled by "Islamic terrorists" is the latest gaffe by a Republican White House hopeful on foreign policy, which has been a minefield for the candidates vying to oppose President Barack Obama's re-election this year.

Whether it was former contender Herman Cain's making fun of "Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan, Newt Gingrich saying Palestinians are an "invented people," or apocalyptic rhetoric on Iran, the candidates have made a series of inflammatory statements that have drawn fire from allies and major trading partners.

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