Questions for Romney About Israel and China

Here are some of the questions (from this column) that I hope Bob Schieffer would ask Mitt Romney tonight:

You've said that on the first day of your presidency, you will label China a currency manipulator. What will be your response if, the next day, China announces that in retaliation it will no longer buy airplanes from Boeing and instead move all its business to Airbus?

You've promised that the first country you will visit as president is Israel. Why not Canada, Mexico or the U.K.? Is Israel America's most important ally?

-Can Israel survive as a Jewish democracy if it continues to rule the West Bank?

-Unlike President Obama, you've said you will act to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapons "capability," rather than a nuclear weapon. Right now, Iran has the capacity to produce enriched uranium sufficient for several weapons, a credible ballistic missile program, and, most likely, designs for a nuclear warhead. Would you strike Iran today if you were president?

Your running mate Paul Ryan accused the Obama administration of allowing Russia to water-down sanctions against Iran. Do you believe it is possible to effectively sanction Iran without Russian support?

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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