Romney on to Israel
July 28th, 2012
09:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney on to Israel

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has boarded his charter flight from England to Israel for the next leg of his overseas trip.

Joining him on the flight are his wife Ann Romney, son Josh and a slew of policy advisers.

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After a bruising trip to England, the GOP contender did not make any comments to his traveling press corps in the rear of the plane.

The aircraft is adorned with photographs of Romney on the campaign trail.

Aides on the plane briefly held up then lowered an Israeli flag a few rows ahead of journalists seated on the plane. It was a brief reminder of the high stakes that lie ahead for a visit to a region that poses a more challenging diplomatic test than the nation Romney is leaving behind.

Prior to their departure from England, Romney and his wife watched an Olympic swimming event.

Romney commented to several staffers about the swimming event aboard the plane. "It was good, it was good, yeah," he said.

Ann Romney added, apparently referring to his finish in the 400 meter individual medley, "Michael Phelps barely made it. Barely. .07 seconds."

In an interview on Friday, Romney weighed in on the rivalry between US Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, saying he thought it "more likely" Phelps would come out ahead.

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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Rick in Phx

    Lets be honest here. I'm sure the people in England aren't sad knowing that he left their country, and I'm sure the people in Israel aren't all that excited about the fact that he will soon be in their country. This trip does nothing for the American voter, the people in this country that are going to vote against Obama have already decided and this trip won't change their minds. I say against Obama because I honestly can't think of one person that is Pro Romney. If Romney angers the Israeli's the anti Obama crowd won't care one bit.

    July 28, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. fbythesea

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

    July 28, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. pork&beans

    It took an entire country mere hours to see through the Romney charade and see him for what he truly is.
    It's a shame that half of America has trouble doing this.

    July 28, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Michael

    Is he related to Palin or Bachmann ???

    July 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Wake up people

    @porkandbeans....England isn't full of inbred, racist rednecks like America is either.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 28, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    Fiasco in the beginning. Fiasco in the end. The little, rich man is a disaster. Particularly in the educated world.
    Now let's see how he can screw up his stay in Israel.

    July 28, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Another failure by Mittens.
    How sad.
    Did Ann's horse lose ?
    Are Israels defense warnings going off ?

    Romneys bash Obama trip isnt going so well.
    He fled America so he didnt have to answer questions
    about Bain Capitol or his taxes,
    but those questions will still be here when he gets back.

    So, Willard, go to England and Israel and Poland, and try hard not to put foot in
    mouth, but your handlers seem to have let you off your leash.

    All you idiots who like to make jokes about Obama and his "teleprompter"
    maybe you could suggest that "Kittens" needs one bad.

    July 28, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Fearless Freep

    Mittens flee's England with his foot in his mouth.
    Just wait till he gets to Israel.
    They wont be so forgiving.

    July 28, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Fearless Freep

    *** BADGUY

    Note to the GOP: "Are you SURE there's no one ELSE in the "clown car"? You're SURE? Have you checked? Have you DOUBLE checked?"


    The Koch Brothers have been furiously trying to stuff "anybody" into that car.
    Nobody else wants to go.
    The stentch is too thick.

    July 28, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. democrat4life

    We need Romney. An honest, true American, who worked as a young man, bringing himself and his family success. America needs a leader who has a proven successful track record!

    Obama is nothing. Two unproductive years in the U.S. senate, and a failed presidential administration. We will be paying back Obama's mistakes for many years. He doesn't deserve a second chance.

    This is what American needs. Certainly not another four years of a proven incompetent Obama administration. If we give Obama four more years, our country will be in ruin.

    Elect a true American! Did I mention Romney worked in the 2002 American run Olympics? Has Obama any kind of American service in his past before his senate work?

    July 28, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Fearless Freep


    We would be lucky to have Mitt Romney as our President. He is in politics to serve his bank account.

    July 28, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. CedarRapids

    "American – Al you read here is liberal hate!"

    Well if you will feel more at home you can always go to fox and bask in the conservative hate.

    July 28, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Arun

    This guy makes W. look like the best president we ever had!!

    July 28, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Jack

    Hello folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit –

    July 28, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Rom Knee

    My programming is malfunctioning.
    The makers of the Rom Knee prototype robot
    are hard at work fixing the programming error.
    We are sorry for the inconvieniance.

    We will........
    we will........
    we....hic, coff, burp....
    we will......

    July 28, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Cherub

    Romney is part of the problem, NOT part of the solution.
    He is a vulture capitalist who robbed Americans of their livelihood, weakening the USA doing so.
    I trust Israelis understand what weakening the USA means for them.

    July 28, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. luvtucson

    First diplomatic trip...and he blows it. Just try to imagine him handling our many intricate diplomatic affairs around the world. God help us if he were elected President.

    July 28, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Larry L


    Al you read here is liberal hate!
    Maybe... I don't see any of the famous "conservative love" like that shown by the "birthers", Ted Nugent's rants, the racist signs at the Tea Party rallys, the folks who refer to "Obammy". Conservatives are known for their compassion for the poor, their tolerance for diversity, and their willingness to reach out to those in need. Check out the Fox News sites for examples of their love and understanding...

    July 28, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    I wish the right wingers that are always talking about the "Obama Apology Tour" can tell me where to find this and when it happened because I am having no luck finding it on YouTube plus when I go to FactCheck it says that it never happened.

    July 28, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Say what you want about Mitt Romney but this guy is the first politicain I've ever seen who can lie, flip-flop and be non-transparent with the American people and still be neck to neck with his opponent.
    Romney has the most important attribute for modern Republicans... he is white... very, very white.

    July 28, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Larry L


    Well, Romney needs to save this country from ruin just like he saved the American led Olympics in 2002.

    Don't elect a two-term senator to try and be president. He had no idea and still doesn't. Elect a governor. It's much similar to the responsibilities of the president.
    The American taxpayer bailed out the Olympics to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars. Romney failed and now lies about it.
    "W" was a former governor... How'd that work out?

    July 28, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Larry L

    I expect Romney to get off the plane and start looking for a good place to eat pork ribs. He's clueless just like his idol – "W".

    July 28, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. MikeL

    All liberals are liars.

    July 28, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Desert Denizen

    Romney will be the first visitor to is Israel wearing a muzzle for the entire trip.


    July 28, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Looking forward to Romney's next verbal gaffe in Israel. He can't help himself. He contracted the Palin foot in the mouth disease.

    July 28, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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