Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney (right) meets with former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa, during a meeting at Artus Court, in Gdansk, on 30, 2012. White House hopeful Mitt Romney is to hold talks with Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the anti-communist icon Lech Walesa, as he makes his first venture beyond the old iron curtain. On the final leg of a three-stop tour designed to burnish his foreign policy credentials, the Republican contender has chosen to visit a country which has notably testy relations with Russia and is now a key pillar of NATO and the EU. [Getty Images]Mitt Romney's Disaster Tour continues as he flies around the world in what I'm presuming is a gold-plated jet, insulting our allies, inflaming centuries-old tensions, and generally being a dildobrain.
AP—Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians: "Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. Romney's campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized."
Harriet Sherwood at The Guardian—Mitt Romney 'providence' comments in Israel outrage Palestinians: "Palestinian leaders expressed offence and outrage at comments by Mitt Romney during his lightning visit to Israel, in which he said the Jewish state's economic success compared with its Palestinian neighbours was due to 'cultural' differences and the 'hand of providence', and declared Jerusalem to be 'the capital of Israel'."
Amanda Peterson Beadle at Think Progress—Romney praises Israel's universal health care system, which includes individual mandate: "Throughout his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has been running away from the individual insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act... But during his trip to Israel, Romney inadvertently praised the individual requirement and universal health care. '[F]or an American abroad, you can't get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Israel,' he said. And according to The New York Times, Romney spoke favorably about the fact that health care makes up a much smaller amount of Israel's gross domestic product compared to the United States... Israel spends less on health care because of a universal health system that requires everyone to have insurance."
Yiiiiiiiiiiiiikes. This guy should be president of Whooooooooopsylvania.