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Foreign affairs, culture wars split GOP focus ahead of 2016

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Need evidence there's no clear path to the Republican presidential nomination? Consider the competing messages on Sunday's talk shows from likely candidates.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, relatively inexperienced on foreign policy, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a veteran on the issue, appeared aligned in openness to have U.S. ground forces take on Islamic State militants. At the same time, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was trying to win voters by likening being gay to using alcohol or profanity.

Each approach could ultimately prove successful. But both highlight the challenge for the crowded field of potential contenders to stitch together a winning coalition of national security hawks, evangelicals, social conservatives, business leaders and moderates who make up the modern Republican Party.

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