CNN political contributor Erick Erickson says GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney needs to clarify recent remarks he made in Israel during his tour overseas, where he stated that the country has been more prosperous than neighboring Palestine because of cultural differences.
Erickson went on to say that Romney’s comments are receiving enormous amounts of attention simply because it’s August. Erickson explains, “Its only because we’re headed into August…where politicians consume themselves and others with random stories and this had the potential to blow up and consume his campaign for a couple of weeks. He needed to clarify it.”
In a new op-ed for the National Review, Romney writes that Israel has embraced freedom but Erickson says that the former governor’s comments “left the vacuum open as to what the difference between” Israel and Palestine is. Erickson says in Palestinian culture, “a lot of people teach their kids to put on bombs and fire homemade missiles into Israel than to actually go out and lift themselves up. There are multifaceted problems there.”
Erickson concluded by saying that Romney's tour cannot be categorized by success or failure because Americans paid little attention to his trip which was overshadowed by the Olympics.