Barack Obama took his campaign to the world in 2008 and received rock star-like treatment. Mitt Romney and his campaign couldn't have envisioned the same reaction for him. Romney's stop in Poland, wrapped up his international tour ,over the last week and a half. His campaign was hoping the trip would be a boost for the presumptive Republican nominee. But some political observers are calling it a "bust."
David Redlawsk, a political analyst, at Rutgers university opines, "I don't think the trip to Europe has turned out quite as well, as they would have hoped. Romney had a challenge in London. He had a hard time finding a balance, between speaking out and being diplomatic” . When Romney traveled to Israel, he made statements that the US should move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He also called Jerusalem the capital of Israel. This angered the Palestinians, who also lay claim to part of that city.
"Evangelicals, are huge supporters of Israel. I think the whole reason Romney is there, has nothing to do with the public or Israel or Palestine. It has to do with connecting with this demographic, who have to get out and vote, if he has to win,” adds Redlawsk.
Many political insiders, believe the trip highlights Romney's shortcomings, not his strengths.
Redlawsk summarizes, "What he's showing on this trip, is that he is a neophyte. He has no experience in this arena. He has been a governor, but they don’t deal with foreign affairs.”
So Romney doesn't duplicate the Barack Obama international boost from 2008. But some experts say, it may not hurt him, since many voters aren't paying attention yet.
"For Romney, this was an opportunity to present himself, as having some sense of international issues and foreign affairs. Something Obama is rated very highly on. At the very best it's a wash. He gets nothing really significant out of it," concludes Redlawsk.
The last stop in Poland was not a total wash-out as Romney praised the late Polish Pope, and thaniked the nation, for its support to the US. Some would say, all's well, that ends well.
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