Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama both have a vested interest in appearing consistent when it comes to their foreign policy positions. Nobody wants to repeat the kind of nuanced, qualified statements that left presidential candidates like Sen. John Kerry vulnerable to charges of "weakness" or "flip-flopping."
But both candidates have also contradicted themselves on a number of major foreign policy issues -- issues that lie at the heart of the national debate about America's role in the world.
We've gathered previous statements from Obama and Romney -- on topics ranging from Guantanamo to Palestine, Iran to Russia to Osama bin Laden -- to show just how far the candidates' views have evolved. Take a look in the video above.