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Obama UN and CGI 2012 Speech, and Romney 2012 Speech: Suddenly Everyone Wants to Talk International Relations

Suddenly, campaign 2012 has entered the world of global politics.

And let’s be honest, for both candidates — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney — this isn’t exactly their forte.

President Obama, facing questions at home concerning his administration's handling of the deadly attacks in Libya and growing anti-American violence, told a gathering of world leaders at the UN on Tuesday that unrest in the Middle East and North Africa marks a critical juncture — a choice in the region between hope and intolerance. 

Watch Obama's UN speech here: 

Here are PRESIDENT OBAMA'S prepared remarks for the U.N. General Assembly: "The attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded. ... Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations. ... There is no video that justifies an attack on an Embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan."

On Iran: "America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. But that time is not unlimited. ... Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained. It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region, and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty. That is why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that is why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Obama UN Speech

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S prepared remarks for the U.N. General Assembly: "The attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded. ... Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations. ... There is no video that justifies an attack on an Embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan."

On Iran: "America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. But that time is not unlimited. ... Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained. It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region, and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty. That is why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that is why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

.... Obama then spoke at the 2012 Clinton Global Initative, a few blocks away from the New York City-based UN General Assembley (in the Turtle Bay neighborhood), at the Midtown Sheraton Hotel.

Romney also addressed CGI earlier, at 9 a.m.

Here's the Romney speech: 

It’s safe to say the sh@t hit the fan in the Middle East, and a month and a half before the U.S. general election no less.

The Middle East has exploded (once again) into domino-like turmoil … all linked to the American-made video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad. First there were mass protests which surged into the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and saw the American flag ripped down and burned. Then there was the tragedy in Libya which saw Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens brutally assassinated and killed three others. (Was it assassination, though? The waters are still murky). Then it was Yemen, Iran, Australia, Iraq, etc. etc. …. The Middle East has again become the centerpiece for U.S. foreign policy discussion in an election.

In his U.N. address, Obama still plans to discuss the film. 

"There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy," Obama said. "There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan." 

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