Republican Candidates on Europe: Huckabee, McCain, Giuliani and Romney
of the Atlantic Community reviews the general suspicion and negativity which many US Republican candidates have demonstrated towards Europe and comments on their projected transatlantic policies.
Huckabee claims Europe is (unintentionally) to blame for some of the US’ biggest terror threats, Romney is using an anti-European stance to further his campaign, Giuliani is turning away from Europe to focus on Asia, while McCain appears committed to revitalizing transatlantic relations.
As the 2008 US presidential elections approach, Europe may be wondering where it stands in the eyes of the presidential candidates. This is particularly true for the Republicans, whose near absence of remarks on internationalism and cooperation with allies has been pervasive during this electoral season’s discourse. The few times the international community has been addressed by GOP candidates, the remarks have often been quite critical of both Europe and individual European nation-states. Though many in Europe, partially for this reason, are hoping for a Democratic president (with Barack Obama being a particularly popular candidate), at this point in the race it’s still anyone’s game.