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Foreign policy could play major role in 2022 midterm elections, GOP candidates say

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In 2020, foreign affairs ranked 12th among issues voters consider “extremely important,” behind the economy, health care, crime and education, according to a Gallup poll. But several candidates running in competitive precincts believe President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan and Russia’s war with Ukraine could put foreign affairs front and center midway through 2022.

Anna Paulina Luna, a veteran running for Congress in Florida’s 13th District, told Fox News that digital foreign policy is now affecting things like gas prices in America, making it a major issue in the next semesters.

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“I really think that people, even though they may not understand the inner workings of it, they understand that if you have a bad foreign policy, it’s going to hit you in your wallet. And that’s really how I break it down for voters,” she said.

Morgan Ortagus, who is running for Congress from Tennessee and is also an active U.S. Navy reserve officer, told Fox News Digital she thinks Americans are “embarrassed” by Biden’s actions on the world stage, putting foreign policy first in their minds.

Ortagus singled out Afghanistan and Ukraine as Biden administration failures that Americans would remember.

“I think it will forever be ingrained in the American psyche, the images of young people, teenagers in Afghanistan clinging to the American plane as it takes off,” she said. “I mean, what a disgusting national embarrassment.”

New York candidate Liz Joy said the global crises in Ukraine and Afghanistan left her voters “frightened”.

“Across the border, beyond Afghanistan, Russia and Ukraine, they feel like their livelihoods are under threat,” she told Fox News Digital. “They feel like they feel less safe in America. … America is much weaker, and on the world stage, people don’t like that, and they’re going to vote, I believe, very strongly.”

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Despite these concerns among voters, most Americans do not cite foreign policy as the top issue facing the United States. In a recent Gallup survey, 17% of Americans cited the high cost of living and inflation as the most pressing problem facing the country, while 22% cited poor government and leadership, and 9% mentioned the situation with Russia and Ukraine. Those most concerned about the situation in Ukraine have increased by 7% since February 2022, while concerns about the coronavirus and immigration have decreased.

House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik says Biden and congressional Democrats created multiple crises, and Biden’s foreign policy mistakes were just one, but it affected lives daily life of Americans.

“Inflation, they feel firsthand,” she said. “Energy prices, they feel firsthand. Safety and security. World Scene.”

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“In just over a year, Joe Biden’s foreign policy has collapsed, whether it’s Israel under attack, the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan or the most important war in Europe since the end of of World War II. And Americans know they want peace by force,” Stefanik added.