Voters rank how much they trust 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to handle international crises and war

FILE PHOTO - Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) takes the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. September 7, 2019.      REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

Insider polled voters and got them to rank the 2020 Democratic candidates based on how well they think they would handle US international relations and conflict.
Foreign policy isn’t typically at the top of voters’ priorities, but if the eventual Democratic nominee beats President Donald Trump he or she will have a lot on their plate in the global arena.
Voters overwhelmingly saw Former Vice President Joe Biden as most prepared to handle international crises and conflict, which isn’t that surprising given his name-recognition, experience, and frontrunner status.
But the poll also showed that having a lot of foreign policy experience didn’t necessarily translate into voters trusting a candidate more on the issue.
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If the eventual 2020 Democratic nominee for president defeats President Donald Trump, he or she will face myriad challenges when it comes to foreign policy.

From climate change and trade disputes to rising authoritarianism and global terrorism — there’s a lot going on in the world.

Insider polled voters and asked them to rank the 2020 Democratic candidates based on how well they think they would handle US international relations and conflict, with the contender in the first (1) position being the best and the contender in the highest-numbered position being the worst.

Voters overwhelmingly saw Former Vice President Joe Biden as most prepared to handle international relations and conflict. This isn’t particularly surprising, given Biden’s name-recognition, overall popularity, and experience in foreign affairs as vice president.

In a foreign policy speech Biden delivered in New York City in July, the former vice president slammed Trump’s approach to international relations and presented himself as a return to normalcy.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who came in second, tends to focus on domestic issues and isn’t particularly well-known for her views on global affairs but is currently rising in the polls and considered a top contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

The Massachusetts senator outlined her foreign policy vision in a speech at American University in November and said the US needs to “refocus our international economic policies so that they benefit all Americans, not just wealthy elites.”

“At the same time, we must refocus our security policies by reining in unsustainable and ill-advised military commitments and adapt our strategies overseas for the new challenges we see in this coming century,” Warren added.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who came in third, was often criticized for not being more polished when it came to foreign policy as he ran for president in 2016. He’s made an effort to sharpen his foreign policy platform as part of his 2020 campaign.

In an op-ed for Foreign Affairs in June, Sanders expressed concern about Trump sparking a conflict with Iran and called for the US to “take a step back and rethink what we are doing, both in Iran and in the broader Middle East.” The Vermont senator, who voted against the invasion of Iraq as a member of the House, said …read more

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