Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Australia: Romney's trip stirs controversy

The Sydney Morning Herald

Romney asks Poles for solidarity with US

While foreign affairs dominated Romney's overseas tour, the presidential race hinges on which candidate voters decide will best spur growth in the struggling US economy. The election is expected to be decided by one of the narrowest margins in recent history.

In the final full day of the overseas trip, the strain was showing on the Romney camp after the massive attention paid to Romney's insult of Britain over its preparation for the London Olympic Games and the anger he caused among Palestinians during his visit to Israel.

At one point on Tuesday, Romney's travelling press secretary Rick Gorka said "shove it" when asked why Romney has taken just three questions from American reporters during the trip.

That happened after Romney ignored shouted questions from reporters about his comments attributing Israel's strong economy to Jewish culture, with no mention of Israel's harsh restrictions on the Palestinians.
Those comments drew criticism from China. The country's state-run Xinhua news agency said Romney's "hawkish remarks" could worsen an already tense Middle East situation or even reignite a war between Palestinians and Israelis.

Romney's two-day trip to Poland was aimed at Polish-American and Catholic voters in the US and highlighted Romney's stance towards Russia. He has labelled Moscow as America's "No. 1 geopolitical foe", a characterisation that is not unwelcome in a country that still fears Russia.

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