Political Gaffes

By Lauren Vicary - 2012-09-20T17:59:04Z

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Over There

Mitt Romney's overseas trip in July was meant to showcase the former Massachusetts governor's foreign policy skills. It did. Romney made international headlines by donning his Salt Lake City superhero suit to worry out loud about shaky preparations for the London Olympics. "The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging," Romney told NBC. Then he tried to bring Israelis and Palestinians a little closer together by pointing out how much better Israel's economy is. The Sun, Britain's best-selling newspaper, knighted him "Mitt the Twit," and the Guardian's Rachel Shabi called it "Romney's Insult-the-World Tour." Team Romney rallied, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal telling reporters, "We're not worried about overseas headlines. We're worried about voters back here at home in America."