Mitt Romney took time out on Saturday from a five-day tour aimed at shoring up support among small-town voters in battleground states to touch base with another critical party constituency - Christian conservatives - and include some tough talk on US relations with Israel.
Speaking by satellite to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in
Washington DC, Romney said he would represent "the opposite" of Obama
on US relations with Israel and Iran. "He's almost sounded
like he's more frightened that Israel might take military action than
he's concerned that Iran might become nuclear," the Republican nominee said of the US president.
A Quinnipiac University survey this week showed Obama is ahead of Romney
46 percent to 40 percent in Pennsylvania, with support from women and
independent voters. The poll, taken June 5 to 10, had a margin of error
of 3 percentage points.
Democratic activists are trailing Romney's five-day "Every Town Counts" tour with their own "Middle Class Under the Bus" tour, appearing at campaign events to make counter-arguments.
About twenty protesters caught up with Romney at his final stop for the day, at the Cornwall Iron Furnace historic site, holding signs supporting public education and women's rights.
A recent poll
, commissioned by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, the Bar-Ilan University Center for International Communication and the Anti-Defamation League – found that while 51 percent of Israeli Jews believe Obama is “friendly” or “very friendly” toward Israel, more people think the expected Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, would better promote Israel’s interests.
Jpost.com staff and Herb Keinon contributed to this report.