Romney campaign looks ahead to Israel visit after gaffe-filled day in London
“I think it’s one of those threshold tests,” Yepsen said. Americans “expect (presidential candidates) to be good and competent political leaders. I don’t think they get any prize for doing that. I think they’re expected to do that. When they make mistakes, when they look bad, that could hurt them.”
Romney’s campaign signaled its desire to move beyond the missteps in London by arranging a conference call with senior Romney aides about the plans for his visit to Israel. He arrives on Saturday afternoon and has talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials on Sunday.
Romney, who has declared Obama’s handling of the key relationship with Israel a failure, will deliver a speech in which he will underscore “that the challenges and the threats to Israel are challenges and threats to America, and the opportunities awaiting Israel are the opportunities awaiting America,” according to senior aide Dan Senor.
“Romney must now focus his attention on Israel and Poland to show that can accomplish international diplomacy without turbulence,” Republican consultant Ron Bonjean said.
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