Foreign Policy magazine has a roundup of four leading contenders for the Repub nomination, focusing on their known foreign policy views and where they are going for advice.
The two Minnesotans both made the list, along with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, which I guess constitutes that journal’s list of frontrunners.
Tim Pawlenty basically has the foreign policy views of a neo-con, but doesn’t want to be referred to with that term. One of TPaw’s two mentioned foreign policy advisors is former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber, who has been willing in the past to embrace the neocon label.
Michelle Bachmann is often labeled as the Tea Party candidate in the race, which might imply an isolationist we-can’t-afford-all-these-wars streak, but no, says Foreign Policy, she is quite a hawk and has been getting advice from John McCain. When I’ve listened to Bachmann in recent months, she always suggests that she is the candidate who can unite all kinds of conservatives, including what she calls “national security conservatives,” which is code for hawks.