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July 31st, 2012
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Romney's overseas trip: Success or Failure?

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is wrapping up an overseas trip meant to boost his foreign policy credentials.

Romney has made a series of gaffes, first questioning London’s readiness to host the Olympics, and then making remarks in Israel that many Palestinians found offensive and some even called racist.

Today, he responded by criticizing the media for focusing too much on those incidents.

We asked our OutFront Political Strike team about whether Romney would have been better off staying home?

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p ET for the results from our political strike team.

Here is tonight's OutFront poll:

Was Romney's trip 'a great success' or gaffe-filled disaster?

In the estimation of Mitt Romney and his top campaign aides, there were no gaffes, no mistakes, no ill-advised statements on the Republican candidate's overseas trip.

The poorly timed comments at the Olympics? No big deal. Theremarks in Israel that inflamed the Palestinians? Overblown. The off-color words to the press by a Romney aide Tuesday? In the heat of the moment.

A trip that was supposed to show off the former governor's foreign policy expertise during an election year has been plagued with distractions as well as marked by substantive highlights.

Team Obama seeks to convert on Romney "fumbles"

Still, as the candidate wrapped up his last leg in Poland, a senior Romney adviser said the campaign will land back in the U.S. late Tuesday, supremely confident of the results on the ground.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Political Strike Team • Politics
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  1. Schyler

    One more thought on the Romney London visit. If what he said to the Mayor was so rediculous, why then, pray tell, is Piers Morgan doing an entire segment on Olympic security? PS Did anyone at CNN think about how giving out information on the the inner workings of Olympic security might be dangerous? I'm sure there are plenty of terrorists out there willing to listen.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
  2. Schyler

    Put CNN on the rediculist. A week or so ago it was in the news how cab drivers in London were going on strike because they weren't to be allowed to use the "fast lanes". (finally, when they could earn more to help feed their families) Unsettling news in the days before the Olympics. Anyway, it doesn't matter who visited the London Mayor, what country he/she was from, or really what comments they made. The Mayor of London was GOING TO BE STRESSED AND DEFENSIVE.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  3. Schyler

    CNN on the rediculist. On the Aurora CO shooting. I heard a whole lot about how damaging your reporters think the "power of the NRA" is in congress and is to blame for the shootings but seriously? What about the government officials who decided it was OK to sell over 2000 ak's that had already been taken off the streets to. . DRUG DEALERS? Like the man said on AC360 yesterday, "not one person in the meeting who decided to go ahead with that operations said..What? That's just wrong"???? I'm not a member of the NRA. Just a solid conservative "undecided" voter with a little common sense.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  4. Schyler

    Seriously? A longer segment on the "supposed" drug use of a Chinese athlete than was done on the drought in the middle of our own country. Not sure what the exact figures are today, but a while back each farmer in the US fed 200 people. If like Erin said "so far only 27% of crops are good" what does that mean in real terms? It means that about 6 months from now city folk are going to be walking into their grocery stores wondering why the cost of everything went up and they can't afford to eat any more. Hello! We're not talkiing about waiting a week or so for rain and that will "fix" everything here people. A lot of the wheat, corn, etc is just GONE. IE: no more till NEXT YEAR. Can you wait a year for your next meal? Caused by what? Global warming. Caused by what? Question: if you were barefoot would you rather be standing in a cornfield in the shade or on the scalding blacktop of one of a gazillion asphalt parking lots. Which one put's out more "global warming"?????

    August 1, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  5. Schyler

    Put CNN on the rediculist. I guess I'd like to see more of Romney's tax returns. About as much as I'd like to see Obama's birth cirtificate and draft reg. info. What do either of them have to hide, right?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  6. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Richard... Please don't interrupt the General.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  7. Andrew

    mitt the twit, need i say more? lol
    Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) did a good piece on romney's overseas adventures last night.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  8. tunji

    I will give romney f words for his trip because it he dosnt performe very well

    July 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  9. Kevin A. Lewis

    Mitt Romney's doing about as well as a programmed corporate android could be expected to; he's entirely as good or bad as his "Company Policy"... If he finds himself surrounded by a Democratic Supermajority in Congress & the Senate, he'll sign off on universal healthcare and massive infrastructural repair; if he looks out his window and sees the Tea Party, he'll bring back slavery and require women to wear veils; he honestly couldn't care less as long as he gets to be CEO. By the way, why does Anderson Cooper's comment site reject every attempt to say anything? It's like the whole site is "awaiting moderation"...

    July 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply

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