Romney-Ryan light on foreign policy credentials

August 15, 2012 - 2:40 PM
GOP Ticket Foreign Policy

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012 file photo, Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his Vice Presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., left, campaign in Mooresville, N.C. For the first time in decades, the Republican presidential ticket has little substantial foreign policy or military experience, a marked shift for a party that has long sought to project strength on those issues. That may not hurt Romney, a successful businessman, and Ryan, a congressional budget expert, in a tightly contested election dominated by sluggish economic growth and high unemployment. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in decades, the Republican team running for the White House has little substantial foreign policy or military experience.

It's a marked shift for a party that has long sought to project strength on those issues. But it may not hurt Mitt Romney, a successful businessman, and Paul Ryan, a congressional budget expert, in an election dominated by sluggish economic growth and high unemployment.

Still, intense voter focus on the economy doesn't diminish the series of pressing foreign policy concerns that could still shake up the race before November and will be necessary priorities for whoever wins the White House.

Romney's campaign says Ryan boosts the GOP team's foreign policy credentials because of his congressional experience working on international trade issues and the defense budget.