The Madeleine Brand Show for July 30, 2012

Romney raises money and heckles on overseas tour

U.S. Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Visits Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JULY 29: (ISRAEL OUT) U.S. Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers a speech outside the Old City on July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Romney stated that he backs Israel's right to defend itself against the threat of a nuclear Iran. He is in Israel as part of a three-nation foreign diplomatic tour which also includes visits to Poland and Great Britain. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrived in Poland Monday. It's the latest stop in an overseas tour that has provided its fair share of gaffes, as well as some hefty fundraising.

Romney rankled Britons on his earlier visit to London, when he suggested the country may not have been as prepared as necessary to host the Olympic games. In Israel, he stated that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, a position that challenges the Obama administration and international law that designates East Jerusalem, including the Old City, as occupied territory.

Romney's trip is part of a long tradition of candidates visiting overseas. Reporter Philip Rucker, who is traveling with Romney for the Washington Post, said Romney is trying to establish himself in voters' minds as someone who can command the international stage, meeting world leaders and making speeches. His comments in Israel were sure to please the conservative base of Evangelical voters, who are strongly sympathetic towards Israel.

Guest:

Philip Rucker, reporter with the Washington Post who is traveling with Romney abroad.


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