Romney on to Israel
July 28th, 2012
09:45 AM ET
2 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. huxley

    Now that Romney has set back US-UK relations by 200 years, he's off to do the same for Israel.

    July 28, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Reddog9500

    "Mitt The Twit"......Got a certain "ring" to it. Don't you think? Maybe it'll take hold and go viral.

    July 28, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. kim

    If Willard would just stay on that plane and keep flying around, never to return to the U.S., that would be the best possible senario for America.

    July 28, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Hopefully those advisers will help Romney avoid repeating his London performance. The last thing anybody needs is a "bomb" in Jerusalem.

    July 28, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Reddog9500

    Interesting that in another article about Mitt's next destination (Israel) reporters will not be allowed to report on his fund raising efforts. Somehow that doesn't surprise me, in view of the fact that his campaign's "war chest" is chock full of money from secret wealthy donors. He is seriously trying to "buy" the Presidency.

    July 28, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Do you think Romney will start talking about America's "Anglo-Saxon heritage" in Israel?

    July 28, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Jim

    When it comes to depth of character, Romney's a puddle. If people were voting with their brains even his wife and kids would vote for Obama.

    July 28, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. degazmatic

    Do mormons like jews? Do jews like mormons? No press mitt? Is this the best the republicans have? I know that they cant be pro romney. They have to all be anti obama. Bring back W!

    July 28, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. JimB

    Can you imagine this man as President? He has embarrased England during one of its most important moments. He has embarrased the U.S. as well. The GOP thinks Obama as lessened America status abroad? Did they just watch Romney alienate an ally? What would he do with the rest of the world is just frightening.

    July 28, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. This Is Israel

    Welcome Mitt Romney.
    Have a nice visit.
    Please make it short.
    We have more important things to deal with.

    July 28, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. New World Order

    Repeat after me.....

    You will vote Romney
    You will vote Romney
    You will vote Romney.........

    July 28, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Feed Your Head

    Since the state of Israel came to be.
    Every single American president has had to walk a fine line.
    between supporting Israel and remaining neutral in the fight.
    Go too far in any direction, and the other side will see you as playing favorits.
    Clinton did well, but Arafat after signing a peace treaty, walked away from it.
    Its better to be rich and powerful than to work for peace.

    Obama has done well, he supports Israel but does not sleep in Israel's camp.
    Romney is looking for something in Israel that he wont find.
    Romney can throw all of his support behind Israel,
    but after so many changes in policy (Flip flops) Isreal wont believe him.

    Even today, you have to have some kind of....Believability.
    Some kind of trust.
    Romney has............ZERO.

    July 28, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Teena

    Oh and don't forget he took his multi-million dollar donor Sheldon Adelson to make sure mitts words are acceptable
    to the highest bidder!

    July 28, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Ralph The Dog

    I just want to tie Mittens to the roof of my dog house.
    Roof Roof Roof !
    Dogs of America, UNITE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 28, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Crank Harder

    *** 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.

    Slow media.

    July 28, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    LMB

    The venom on the above posts reminds me that these people must be in the same "majority" that crucified Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Unfortunately there will always be that kind of people around. Mitt is no where near perfect but he is far from the idiotic representations of the above posts. He's a good man but evil people will always hate him.

    ------------------------------------------------

    You can't be serious??? Romney so far has proven to be completely unqualified and more of a gaffee machine than GWB. By the way, Jesus Christ stated; "It's harder for a rich man to enter the kindgom of heaven than to pass a camel through the eye of a needle". That alone should let you know what Jesus would think of your "good man" Mitt Romney.

    July 28, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Crank Harder

    The best way to cover the fact that this man has nothing to say,
    and nothing to offer, is to.....
    Make him a media darling.........Not working
    make him tuff on the current president.......not working
    send him to England and the Oylimpics.......disaster
    send him to Israel.........bad idea
    running out of ideas......create diversion.....not working
    create sympathy......how ?????
    Hhahahahahahahahahahah
    good luck with that.

    July 28, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Rick in Phx

    LMB

    The venom on the above posts reminds me that these people must be in the same "majority" that crucified Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Unfortunately there will always be that kind of people around. Mitt is no where near perfect but he is far from the idiotic representations of the above posts. He's a good man but evil people will always hate him.

    ------------------------------------------------

    You can't be serious???? The only things Romney has shown is that he is unqualified and more of a gaffee machine than GWB. By the way, wasn't it Jesus that stated; "It's harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than to pass a camel through the eye of a needle". That alone should let you know Jesus' take on your "good man" Mitt Romney. You need to read your bible more, It was the "Rich" jews that conspired with the "Rich" romans that held a fake trial and had Jesus crucified so, in essence it was the "RICH" that proved to be evil. Good man WOW! ! ! not even sure how to respond to that one.

    July 28, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. BobP

    My, my the leftie boo-birds are out in force. As ignorant as usual

    1. Romney is personally aquaitned with Netanyahu.

    2. Romney is willing to let Israel protect itself rather than the sell-out that Obama did in Egypt.

    3. The evangelical vote in the south and west have already decided the like him a lot better than Obama AND that vote is very pro-Israel.

    4. Regan said the raid on Osirak was wrong. He also said that te Jews did such fine job that the could teach the US military something.

    5. The Brtis have long had an anti-Israel tendency – except for Churchill.

    6. Obama is a socialist and the US doesn't need a socialist present.

    7. Did the Rev Wright gove Obama his marching orders? Gd dmn America!

    July 28, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. SPLAT!~

    Mitt Romney?!!! *face palm*

    July 28, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. The Other Dale

    As most Americans who even think about Israel see our relationship with them as precarious even in the best of times, I'm sure most won't care if Romney does well there. ("Whew! At least he didn't make us all look like idiots the way he did in London!") If he doesn't do well, it's just going to be more to show the world that he's not ready for the world stage.

    It's a lose-lose proposition for Romney and another great step on the "Mitt in Mouth Tour 2012."

    July 28, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. jo

    Who cares for this foolish candidate.

    July 28, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. megin

    why would a bunch of socialist, queen loving brits like Romney he is the opposite of them. Its a good thing they cant stand him.

    July 28, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I am not really sure why Romney is such a pro war candidate. Maybe it is because he has the comfort of knowing it will not be the children of his fellow church members that will be fighting in any U.S. wars. The State of Utah lawmakers and other LDS/Mormon faithful lawmakers went to Washington in the 70's and made sure federal regulation was passed to exempt their 19-24 year old men and women from serving in the US Military. On any given day The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) – The Mormons has as many 40,000 young men and women missionaries in this age group serving their church worldwide.

    July 28, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. SeparateChurchState

    I am not really sure why Romney is such a pro war candidate. Maybe it is because he has the comfort of knowing it will not be the children of his fellow church members that will be fighting in any U.S. wars. The State of Utah lawmakers and other LDS/Mormon faithful lawmakers went to Washington in the 70's and made sure federal regulation was passed to exempt their 19-24 year old men and women from serving in the US Military. On any given day The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) – The Mormons has as many 40,000 young men and women missionaries in this age group serving their church worldwide.

    July 28, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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