(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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I live in England and if you get your news from the Mail and Sun it doesn't show much intellect on your part.
They are are nothing more than gossip mongering rags and and what we call here gutter press.
Mr. Romney and his wife are a pleasant couple and if you want to drag them through the mud , I suggest you do it in your own country .
The long awaited Olympic Games are here and we should allow some decorum to foreign visitors.
You all behave like a bunch of children.
Mitt Romney looks exactly like the character "J.R. "Bob" Dobbs of the fabulous book Church of the Sub-Genius.
@biologixco...Your blogs indicate a small cerebral person. Take a long nap.
@ Just a thought.. When you have an intelligent one (thought) , please share it with us. You must be related to the "fool on the Hill" Pathetic!
It's pretty comical how some of us tend to confuse their own opinions with the opinion of the "entire country"... or even several countries.