Dem platform leaves out 2008 stance on Jerusalem
September 4th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Dem platform leaves out 2008 stance on Jerusalem

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – The Democrats' official platform, released late Monday, omits a clause from the party's 2008 document proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a subject of intense diplomatic scrutiny that Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney has put at the center of his position on the Jewish state.

In 2008, Democrats wrote in their platform, "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."
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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Israel
August 20th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP lawmakers reprimanded after swim in Sea of Galilee

(CNN) – It was the end of a long, hot day in Israel when it happened: Republican lawmakers, along with a smattering of aides and family members, dived into the Sea of Galilee, a holy site for Christians where the Bible says Jesus walked on water.

Several GOP sources familiar with the events on August 4, 2011 said one of those Republicans, Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, wasn't wearing any clothes. Others say they dived in for religious reasons.
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Report: GOP lawmakers scolded for Israel antics
Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas apologized after a report indicated he skinny dipped in the Sea of Galilee.
August 20th, 2012
08:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Report: GOP lawmakers scolded for Israel antics

(CNN) – A group of House Republicans were scolded last year for their behavior during a fact-finding trip to Israel, including skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee, a spokesman for GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor said late Sunday after reports of the incidents were published online.

"Twelve months ago, [Cantor] dealt with this immediately and effectively to ensure such activities would not take place in the future," Cantor spokesman Doug Heye wrote in a statement.
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Filed under: House of Representatives • Israel
America not a 'kibbutz,' says Romney
August 7th, 2012
06:20 PM ET
2 years ago

America not a 'kibbutz,' says Romney

(CNN) – America's economic engine is fueled by individuals working hard, Mitt Romney said Tuesday, not by a government-run cooperative akin to a kibbutz.

"It's individuals and their entrepreneurship which have driven America," Romney said at a fund-raising event at Maggiano's Little Italy in Chicago. "What America is not a collective where we all work in a kibbutz or we all in some little entity, instead it's individuals pursuing their dreams and building successful enterprises which employ others and they become inspired as they see what has happened in the place they work and go off and start their own enterprises."
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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney
Team Romney lambasts Obama in two new ads
August 5th, 2012
09:43 AM ET
2 years ago

Team Romney lambasts Obama in two new ads

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released two new television ads Sunday hitting President Barack Obama on two fronts: the United States' ties with Israel and the still-recovering economy.

The first ad, "Cherished Relationship," comes exactly one week after the presumptive GOP nominee made a high-profile trip to Israel.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Economy • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Romney defends 'culture' remark, which drew Palestinian ire
July 31st, 2012
11:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney defends 'culture' remark, which drew Palestinian ire

(CNN) - In an opinion piece published online Tuesday, Mitt Romney defended a comment he made in Israel that drew the ire of Palestinians.

On Monday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee pointed to a wealth disparity between Israelis and Palestinians and referenced a book which argued that "culture makes all the difference."
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Filed under: Israel • Mitt Romney
Romney trip may not matter much to voters in November
July 31st, 2012
05:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney trip may not matter much to voters in November

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's high-profile trip to England, Israel and Poland featured cheering crowds, iconic settings and forceful speeches, but may be remembered more for diplomatic gaffes.

Whether any of it will matter when American voters choose between Romney and President Barack Obama three months from now is less clear.

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Filed under: Israel • Mitt Romney • Poland
Team Obama: Romney trip an 'embarrassing disaster'
July 31st, 2012
03:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Team Obama: Romney trip an 'embarrassing disaster'

(CNN) – A few hours after Mitt Romney departed Poland to return to the United States, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign piled on to its criticism of the presumptive GOP nominee's foreign trip, calling it an "embarrassing disaster."

"As he left, he set the lowest expectations imaginable for a foreign trip," said Robert Gibbs, senior Obama campaign adviser. "He certainly didn't prove to anyone that he passed the commander-in-chief test."
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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney • Poland • President Obama • Robert Gibbs
Romney talks tough but differs little from Obama on Iran
July 30th, 2012
08:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney talks tough but differs little from Obama on Iran

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney seeks to assure Israel and Iran, as well as Jewish voters in the United States, that he will be tougher against Iran's nuclear ambitions than President Barack Obama.

So far, though, the main differences on the issue between the presumptive Republican nominee and the president he hopes to defeat in the November election involve tone and nuance more than substance.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iran • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'
July 30th, 2012
05:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney 'fumbles'

(CNN) - If Mitt Romney has indeed fumbled the football overseas, President Barack Obama's campaign may well be seen as spiking it.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the Republican presidential candidate's overseas trip has put his readiness for the Oval Office in question.
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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney
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