Romney: I would be 'opposite' of Obama on Israel

ByREUTERS
June 17, 2012 01:10

US Republican presidential nominee says Obama "sounds more frightened of Israeli military action than of nuclear Iran."




Presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney waves 390. (photo credit:REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

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.

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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.

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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.

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