Next Big Move for Romney: Go Abroad?
Foreign-policy tour would take him to Britain, Israel, Germany, Poland
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2012 6:15 AM CDT
FILE - In this July 27, 2011, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in the warehouse at Screen Machine Industries during a campaign stop in Pataskala,...   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's message has thus far been all about the economy—but that could change in a few weeks. The candidate is mulling an international tour that would take him to Britain, Israel, Germany, and Poland. The trip could help push back against Democratic questioning of Romney's foreign policy credentials; some Republicans also fear he's been too quiet on the international front. The tour would kick off stateside, with what Politico describes as a "news-making address" to a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada later this month.

Things would then really kick off in Britain, where he'd offer a foreign-policy-themed speech and make a stop at the Olympics—reminding voters of his own work on the Salt Lake City Games. Then he'd head to Israel, where he would meet with Benjamin Netanyahu as well as opposition figures, the Palestinian Authority chief, and Obama's envoy to the country. The trip could help woo voters and donors frustrated with Obama, who hasn't yet visited the country as president. In Germany, Romney could meet with Angela Merkel, while his visit to Russia-wary Poland would lend support to his tough stance on the Kremlin.