News / USA

Romney Seeks to Build Foreign Policy Credentials Abroad

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addressing 113th VFW convention on eve of foreign tour, Nevada, July 24, 2012.U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addressing 113th VFW convention on eve of foreign tour, Nevada, July 24, 2012.
x
U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addressing 113th VFW convention on eve of foreign tour, Nevada, July 24, 2012.
U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addressing 113th VFW convention on eve of foreign tour, Nevada, July 24, 2012.
VOA News
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seeking to boost his foreign policy credentials as he starts an overseas tour with stops in Europe and Israel.
 
The presumptive Republican Party nominee starts the trip Wednesday in Britain, where he will spend time for the opening of the Summer Olympic Games and meet with Prime Minister David Cameron. He then travels to Israel, where he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before wrapping up his trip in Poland.
 
President Barack Obama embarked on his own European trip with speeches to large crowds while he was the Democratic nominee in the 2008 election.
 
On Tuesday, Romney gave a strong critique of President Barack Obama's foreign policy record, accusing the Obama administration of not being tough enough with Iran, China and Russia, and not being supportive enough of Israel.
 
And while Romney's campaign says he will avoid criticizing the president while overseas, the former Massachusetts governor had to respond to criticism that nearly coincided with the start of his trip Wednesday.
 
A report from the Britain's Telegraph quoted an unnamed Romney adviser as saying that President Obama could not fully understand the depth of the relationship between the United States and Britain because he cannot fully appreciate the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage." Representatives for Romney disputed the comments and said they did not reflect the candidate's beliefs. The Obama campaign strongly criticized the comments quoted in the report.
 
Public opinion polls suggest that foreign policy issues will not play a crucial role in this year's presidential election, which will likely be dominated by economic issues. The polls also show that Americans consider foreign policy a strength for the president, while Romney gets higher ratings on how he would handle the economy.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP.

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid