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That is Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu Mitt Romney wants to be.
The president of the United States Benjamin Netanyahu is.
The prime minister of Israel and Mitt -- thinks it may -- Benjamin Netanyahu can help him achieve his goal.
And maybe Netanyahu thinks that Romney can help them achieve -- as it relates to.
Foreign policy protocols for the United States this is power play.
And Mitt Romney has just announced that he is going to go to Israel.
And we were talking in the previous segment about vice presidential picks you know who -- to be -- in Israel a couple of weeks ago.
Rob Portman maybe do a little advance work for his enlightening to say it.
Let's talk about how foreign policy might intersect -- you actually talk about Jewish voters let's talk about Iran all that fun stuff.
We've got at at last Michael Barone.
My my former colleague my friend from the Washington examiner.
He is also of course fellow at the American Enterprise Institute that he is the principal editor of the almanac of American politics which you should all have because you are like he'd like to know all that stuff.
This -- well nice to -- -- Couldn't -- and -- really.
-- Chris the you've you know he directed around -- going to Israel in the Jewish -- the real -- there that that he's concerned with there are Christian evangelicals worthless strongly pro is.
I -- -- told the Internet all the good news Bob Cusack is here he is also here is also a pretty big deal because he's the managing editor at that bill.
Which is the.
But only when Michael I think that's very important -- and you look at the Jewish vote in certain states like Florida and Nevada -- that's CNN's is about 5%.
In both those states and and I -- Could make a difference.
Yes all right so.
This is it a tricky bit and if in fact Foreman was ever Portman who did as I was reminded.
By Brad Blake -- of this and -- -- about this.
Portman was an advance man he did advance for George H.
Bush and now with the advance man does in.
Politics is he goes and has conversations with people that the principal can't have that people who are really in the -- the campaign can't have so there's I can imagine -- was over -- trying to Netanyahu and -- this what we want this the kind of meeting we want.
This where we can do it Netanyahu says -- can't do this but I don't mean to the Wailing Wall and we'll do this you've come to the private residence but not the data that and a does that make Portland look better to you in terms of who Romney might pick.
Well I think Portman is just a very congenial guy from Romney's point of view he's sort of person that shares the same outlook he's got.
Sort of the same background I -- -- described Romney -- ticket is doubles and -- -- you know that's French not French.
But sometimes that's an advantage we think about the Clinton gore ticket in 1992.
To relatively young people from southern.
Backgrounds with reputations as moderate they really reinforced each other and sent a message that that proved to be prevailing one -- In 92 so I think.
With Romney business background.
You know problem solver.
Court and it's had more experience in the federal government that might be a complimentary ticket like -- 92 Clinton -- you look at their web site.
-- -- -- think -- apartments that leading contender he's ready to be president.
He's not very exciting but I think that goes into their -- they say well we're not flashy -- gives great speeches but we're substantive.
And I think that Portman isn't -- -- watching inside and around.
Under bush -- budget chief house member but you know that these same things that Democrats actually liked liked him and and personally.
They won't attack.
Is he's he's genial fellow here's what Greg king says Greg thanks as Ronnie must be must show -- US interest can be served by his policies in the Middle East.
And how the -- winner can be contained going to Israel is not enough you must articulate -- deeper understanding.
Of the Middle East and Obama.
So the challenge for Romney as he talks about foreign policy is the two closest he's come really he didn't serve as a missionary France.
He'd been as some international business -- got.
Friends overseas but he doesn't have a portfolio on this.
What what is he knew how far can he go.
Well I think you know he's got a challenge because he's it was foreign policy experience than any candidate that.
I can think of going back except Bill Clinton of of the governor of Arkansas in 1992.
Or Barack Obama is so he's you know he's given some speeches he talks pretty convincingly about foreign policy.
He hasn't actually done foreign policy right.
You know I think that.
There was some of the Republicans want -- say well Obama wasn't prepared in 2008 that's a moot point right as far as most voters are concerned obviously he's had four years of experience so.
And when he gave that speech.
That was that like what do you want from me now rent.
But the and he I think they made it a big mistake in not going to Israel and in fact that a -- -- yeah.
-- right unnoticed and regret as president he was -- fascinating didn't have to Democrats alike Gary Ackerman from new York and he said.
I've been urging them to go and take -- -- because it looks too radical.
And so it was Smart of Romney to get there before -- -- we get there before there was -- depending -- what the polls -- in South Florida were showing.
They had had to get there.
I want to ask you guys about this whole I want to ask both of you about this poll this news CNN poll that shows Romney up 5143.
Now I will.
Pour in in the fifteen swing states and -- -- to -- -- again there are not fifteen swing states in this poll is going to be skewed Republican because it includes.
-- -- and Missouri which that'll Barack Obama in gonna win and our red states so so that -- it but that looks like a pretty competitive.
-- it looks like competitive race Chris and it's is sort of goes contrary to what we saw on the NBC Wall Street Journal poll last week which said that in -- what they considered to be the closest states you have.
Mitt Romney by a similar margin and it indicates to me that.
You know there's a considerable amount of flux in the selection we've tended to judge this likely 2004.
Election when we had very steady voting -- -- for a period of ten years -- inside a narrow and we've had doesn't deviation in a much wider band over the last several years so I think that our assumption that we know which states are -- which states -- blue which states are purple.
May turn out to be subject to revision.
And -- authority has been.
For example -- Wisconsin.
Within themselves and isn't that actually about that in the states I thought by now that Romney's good state best swings data beat Florida Virginia.
That those that those groups -- to be swinging back to -- to the red and he'd be struggling in places like Pennsylvania.
Wisconsin and Michigan but he's doing pretty well out there he's having a hard time in Virginia he's having a hard time in Florida but the trend seems to be his friend in the Rust Belt.
Yeah the military in the midwest is way to looking right now but things can change dramatically mean.
This is a jump ball this is going to be decided by two things obviously the economy I think that it's going to be huge.
This and then Michael you talk about this before when there's thirty seconds each of you -- on these debates is.
The business strategy you see from Romney now this sort of ninja -- the shadows come out and strike and then go back when he gets to the debates is he going to be able to do that with Obama.
I think he is a -- on the Republican debates that he was willing to.
Hit some pretty tough knockout -- kind of punches there he seems sort of polite and dissident but when he has to come through with.
Tough negative he's capable of doing he and Rick Perry did not like each other.
-- -- -- And remember that Florida debate with Gingrich went when Romney was on the ropes.
Romney came -- aren't you one.
And and the rest is history.
If it -- good gentlemen we thank you have a great Independence Day thank you for being here.
And yes happy birthday America happy birthday all of you out there they do we're so happy that you share the day before with us.
I hope you're taking off work and -- and doing all that fun stuff.
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