Campaign 2000: Global Warnings

While Gore pushes a values-driven foreign policy, Bush is reluctant to intervene. Who is fit to lead?

For one brief moment earlier this month, it seemed that foreign affairs might actually matter in the U.S. presidential campaign. Yugoslavia was roiled by revolution. International financial markets were tanking. Arab-Israeli tensions in the Middle East imploded. Terrorists attacked a U.S. warship. Surely voters would demand to know how Al Gore and George W. Bush would handle such crises as President and Commander in Chief.

Think again. During last week's 90-minute debate in St. Louis, Mo., the candidates were asked a total of two questions about foreign policy. Don't blame Jim Lehrer: of the 130 questions submitted by the audience...

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