WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson was critical of both candidates' stands on foreign policy made during Monday night's debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
"I have been greatly impressed by Gov. Romney in his previous performances in these debates, but when it comes to the foreign policy positions expressed by both he and President Obama, I must take exception," Johnson said in a written release.
Johnson said the United States has "over-extended our stay overseas both financially and diplomatically."
"I'm not sure our relationship in any country with which we are engaged is any stronger than it was four years ago," Johnson said. "In the Middle East, in particular, we have spent billions of dollars and lost thousands of people and to what end?
"In Afghanistan alone we've spent some $643 billion, lost over 2,000 soldiers and the country remains in chaos while the House of Representatives still can't pass a $33 billion Farm Bill.
"Our priorities are backward. We should be nation-building at home, not in the graveyards of oppressive empires."