Last Wednesday, Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire Republican Primary with 39% of votes in his favor.
Appealing to the citizens of New Hampshire, Romney’s foreign policy initiatives are focused on enhancing America’s “strength” as a world power while maintaining its allies. Drawing together a dream team of advisors, including several ambassadors to the United Nations and Middle Eastern countries, Romney is focusing on preventing terrorist attacks and threats to national security.
“America and our allies are facing a series of complex threats. To shape them before they explode into conflict, our foreign policy will have to be guided by a strategy of American strength,” Governor Romney said*. “I am deeply honored to have the counsel of this extraordinary group of diplomats, experts, and statesmen. Their remarkable experience, wisdom, and depth of knowledge will be critical to ensuring that the 21st century is another American Century.”
However, the citizens of New Hampshire had the past Republican debates to consider before the primary started. Romney has made his mark in several discussions involving national security and foreign policy, yet his health care ideals and unemployment plans haven’t been too clear within his arguments. His wishy-washy views on abortion and employment programs land Romney in a sticky spot with evangelicals and conservatives when it comes to advocating a side; before 2005 Romney advocated abortion and after 2007 he began to support the abortion law despite his past opposition to it**.
Altogether, Romney is the polar opposite to Libertarian-Republican Ron Paul and plans to maintain foreign alliances and execute humanitarian missions with other nations. The edge Romney has with maintaining those alliances ultimately helped him in the polls, with Paul coming in second and Huntsman in third.