2012 Presidential Candidates: Mitt Romney

Posted on January 03, 2012 in Arab American Institute

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Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, is a leading candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination. He advocates a reversal in defense budget cuts, a reduction in government programs, the prevention of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, and the continuation of No Child Left Behind. In relation to the Arab Spring, Romney believes that the United States should “ensure that the Arab Spring is not followed by an Arab Winter” by not being neutral...

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Republican Nominations Start Today

Posted by on January 03, 2012 in Blog

No matter who wins in Iowa today, the caucuses will have a profound impact on the presidential race going forward. This impact, however, will not occur in ways that conform with our conventional political wisdom and established scripts for primary battles. A week before the primaries officially start, all signs indicate that the Iowa caucuses will sow the seeds for a long, drawn out race for the Republican nomination.

The outcome of the Iowa caucuses may not tell us who will ultimately win the nomination, but it will set the trajectory for the rest of the race in many ways....

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“We will degrade [Iran’s] facilities through airstrikes…”

Posted on January 01, 2012 in Campaign Statements

“We will degrade those facilities through airstrikes, and make it very public that we are doing that”


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APN Identifies “Top 10 Wackiest Congressional Actions on the Middle East of 2011”

Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Blog

Americans for Peace Now has a great list of the “Top 10 Wackiest Congressional Actions on the Middle East of 2011,” in a year where they had a pretty wide pool to choose from. We’ve covered a lot of these stories before, but this list does a great job of highlighting just how out of sync Congress can sometimes be when it comes to Middle East issues. Note the running theme throughout this list:

10. “…some members of Congress are determined to force Obama to move the...

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“Other candidates, like myself, would do exactly the same thing.”

Posted on December 21, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“I don’t think it’s unusual on the part of this president to have finally taken out Osama bin Laden...I think in a setting like this one where Osama bin Laden was identified to be hiding in Pakistan, that it was entirely appropriate for this president to move in and to take him out...In a similar circumstance, I think other presidents and other candidates, like myself, would do exactly the same thing.”


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It’s the Final “Countdown” (of the year)

Posted on December 21, 2011 in Countdown
If you’re not playing “the final countdown” in the background, you should be, because it’s the final Countdown (of the year). Don’t worry, we’ll be back after the Holidays, but you gotta hear the stories closing this year out
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: John Zogby, Allan Lichtman, Fuad Hussein

Posted on December 21, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

John Zogby, Founder of the polling firm Zogby International discusses the latest developments in the Republican presidential race and the latest polling figures associated with the contest.

Allan Lichtman, political historian, presidential scholar and author of the book The Keys to the White House: A Surefire Guide to Predicting the next President discusses the presidential election and predicts who will be the next president of the United States.

Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff to President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani, discusses...

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Key Statements from the Last Iowa Republican Debate (December 15, 2011)

Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Blog

By Jamila Benkato

Just weeks away from the Iowa Presidential Caucus, Republican Presidential candidates met in Sioux City, Iowa to discuss everything from to economy to Ronald Reagan. Below are key quotes from the evening concerning Iran, Israel, Iraq, immigration and foreign policy in general. Key quotations from recent past debates are available here, here, and here.


“Well, I have already called for a overfly zone -- no fly zone over Syria already. They are Iran's partner. They are attached at the hip. And we have to stand firm with...

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2012 Presidential Candidate Statements Test: Mitt Romney

Posted on December 19, 2011 in Arab American Institute

This election season has been quite contentious, and a lot has been said about the issues we care about. So who are the presidential candidates? What have they said about the Middle East? What are their views on racial and religious profiling? Do they have advisors that we should be mindful of? You can view their profiles to learn all that and more on AAI’s website by clicking here. Be sure to check our website regularly as the campaign progresses to remain updated on what the candidates are saying about our issues. It is crucial that we remain informed and...

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“Nobody is coming anymore. There is nothing to come for.”

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“But in terms of immigration, and illegal immigration, this president has so screwed up this economy, nobody is coming anymore. There is nothing to come for. I mean, there's not a problem today. Just take a look at the numbers coming across. 

I mean, the numbers, it was posted the other day, lowest in four decades. So I say, you know, we have got to secure the border, of course. We have got to deal with the 11, 12 million people who are here. But let's not lose sight of the fact that legal immigration is an engine of growth...

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