Questions for Romney About Israel and China

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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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