WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney's
campaign tried to keep the domestic political focus on the US
economy and jobs on Monday, although the effort was overshadowed
by more controversy from a foreign trip after he made remarks
that upset Palestinians.
Hoping to take advantage of President Barack Obama
didn't build that" comment, Romney's campaign sent teams of
high-profile supporters to 18 events in a dozen swing states to
hammer home its message that Obama is an anti-business lover of
One-time Republican presidential rivals Newt Gingrich
, who is now a vice presidential possibility, were
among the Romney supporters who fanned out across the country to
push attacks on Obama for saying, "If you own a business, you
didn't build that."
But Romney was forced to fight off his own controversy after
he called Jerusalem
the Israeli capital and said later that
differences in culture powered Israel
's economic success
compared with the Palestinians.