News / USA

    Romney Raises $1 Million at Jerusalem Fundraiser

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers a speech in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.
    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers a speech in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.
    Chris Hannas
    U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has closed his trip to Israel by telling donors about the spiritual connection he felt in Jerusalem.

    The likely Republican Party nominee spoke to a group of about 40 people Monday at Jerusalem's King David Hotel.  The breakfast event was expected to bring in more than $1 million for his campaign to defeat President Barack Obama in the November election.

    "I come to this place, therefore, with a sense of profound humility, as I look around here at great people who've accomplished a great thing, and also a sense of spiritual connection, acknowledging the hand of providence in establishing this place and making it a holy city," Romney said.

    His comments came a day after he declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.  The remarks angered Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

    • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland, July 31, 2012.
    • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave to people on the street before his meeting with Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the Old Town Hall in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012.
    • Romney meets with Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Gdansk, July 30, 2012.
    • Romney pauses next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.
    • Romney greets the crowd after his visit to the Western Wall.
    • Romney meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.
    • Romney walks down Grosvenor Place to avoid a traffic jam and is recognized by bystanders. He was walking to meet Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Embassy of Ireland in London, July 27, 2012.
    • With the headline "Mitt the Twit", The Sun newspaper criticizes comments regarding the London Olympics made by Mitt Romney in London.
    • Romney meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Irish Embassy in London, July 27, 2012.
    • Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium London, July 27, 2012.

    Monday's fundraiser included billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson and other major Republican donors. 

    After the event, Romney went to Poland, where he met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk before a scheduled visit with former president Lech Walesa later in the day.

    Romney is also expected to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Westerplatte memorial, the site of a Nazi attack that launched the Second World War.

    While in Israel, Romney spoke about the country's economy, highlighting the gap between its gross domestic product and that of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  He said there is a "dramatically stark difference in economic vitality."

    The World Bank issued a report last week saying Israeli restrictions are "major constraints" to Palestinian economic activity.  The report said the Palestinian Authority is unlikely to become fiscally stable until there is a political settlement in the Middle East.

    "Growth will not be sustainable until Palestinians have access to resources and are allowed to move freely," the report said.

    Romney also compared the amount of money Israel and the United States spend on health care, saying the U.S. must find ways to provide care to more people while lowering costs.

    You May Like

    Top US General: Turkish Media Report ‘Absurd'

    General Dunford rejects ‘irresponsible' claims of coup involvement by former four-star Army General Campbell, who led NATO forces in Afghanistan before retiring earlier this year

    Video Saving Ethiopian Children Thought to Be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at efforts of one African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children

    Protests Over Western Troops Threaten Libyan 'Unity' Government

    Fears mount that Islamist foes of ‘unity' government plan to declare a revolutionaries' council in Tripoli

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: VT from: USA
    July 31, 2012 12:59 PM
    they are His People and we love them

    by: heshukui from: China
    July 31, 2012 9:25 AM
    Romney the trip to several countries, in a lot of ugly!

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    July 31, 2012 7:00 AM
    The much expected president! Romney is a man who will not hide his feeling 'because it is election year'. Therefore Romney is the kind of man the world wants - cupid and straight to the point, like him or not - he has to be himself. What he says is Palestinians have to drop violence if they want peace, for the two are incompatible. And peace is not achieved in a state of acrimony. Palestinians, Arabs and all muslims make a duty of hating Israel when hatred and peace cannot coexist, even as strange bed mates. So those pretending to love them should teach them the rudiments of two-state coexistence - acceptance and tolerance - besides which 2-state solution cannot work hence it's impossible to create another Hitlo-Admadinejad holocaust to wipe out the people God chose all by Himself.

    by: john from: Washington DC
    July 30, 2012 1:31 PM
    Wow maybe the Chinese will give him 3 million if he promises all US manufacturing will be outsourced to China. Wake up Sheepeople ... You only think you are free

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunitiesi
    X
    VOA News
    July 25, 2016 5:09 PM
    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
    Video

    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Calm the Waters: US Doubles Down Diplomatic Efforts in ASEAN Meetings

    The United States is redoubling diplomatic efforts and looking to upcoming regional meetings to calm the waters after an international tribunal invalidated the legal basis of Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the story.
    Video

    Video Four Brother Goats Arrive in Brooklyn on a Mission

    While it's unusual to see farm animals in cities, it's become familiar for residents of Brooklyn, New York, to see a little herd of goats. Unlike gas-powered mowing equipment, goats remove invasive weeds quietly and without adding more pollution to the air. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this is a pilot program and if it proves to be successful, the goat gardener program will be extended to other areas of New York. Faith Lapidus narrates.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Wall Already Runs Along Parts of US-Mexico Border

    The Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, gained the support of many voters by saying he would build a wall to keep undocumented immigrants and drugs from coming across the border from Mexico. Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
    Video

    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
    Video

    Video African Youth with HIV Urge More Support

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the top killer of teens in sub-Saharan Africa. But many youths say their experience with the virus is unique and needs to be addressed differently than the adult epidemic. VOA South African Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
    Video

    Video Pop-Up Art Comes to Your Living Room, Backyard and Elsewhere

    Around the world, independent artists and musicians wrestle with a common problem: where to exhibit or perform? Traditional spaces such as museums and galleries are reserved for bigger names, and renting a space is not feasible for many. Enter ArtsUp, which connects artists with venue owners. Whether it’s a living room, restaurant, office or even a boat, pop-up events are bringing music and art to unexpected places. Tina Trinh has more.
    Video

    Video Scotland’s Booming Whisky Industry Fears Brexit Hangover

    After Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government wants to break away from the United Kingdom – fearing the nation’s exports are at risk. Among the biggest of these is whisky. Henry Ridgwell reports on a time of turmoil for those involved in the ancient art of distilling Scotland’s most famous product.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora