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Published: Friday, Aug. 3 2012 4:09 p.m. MDT

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Pragmatic
Salt Lake City, UT

It would have been so easy to have said something nice....Ahhh.but Alas, Romney acted like a technocrat and put foot in mouth. OUCH..

red state pride
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is the biggest, overhyped non-story I've ever seen in my life. A gaffe is not when you speak honestly. A gaffe is when you are President of the most powerful nation on Earth and you bow to the King of Saudi Arabia. A gaffe is when an American President gives a fist bump to the biggest Communist in Latin America other than Fidel Castro. A gaffe is when you return a bust of Winston Churchill to the British Embassy. A gaffe is when you put your arm around the Queen of England (Michelle Obama). A gaffe is not pointing out that there are significant cultural differences between Israeli and Palestinian culture. The Associated Press is so in the tank for Obama that you may as well be reading Pravda. It's pretty stomach-turning.

JD Tractor
Iowa City, IA

How in the world does this even become a story? Desperate, deceitful, left...that's how.

SoCalChris
Riverside, CA

Uh, you left out that Walesa enthusiastically endorsed Romney. This piece seems to fit nicely with the media spin.

Well said, red state pride!

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Romney didn't do very well, but Americans don't care. That's what it comes down to.

scottks
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The title of your article shows me that you follow the pack mentality of the MSM. Once I read your title I knew this was a non-story. Not until the tabloids in London blew up a small comment Romney made about readiness did the American herd trounce. Then at each stop, the media took something Romney said out of context, mixed in more half truths, and a fabricated a whole trip full of fantastic gaffes. Your headline is a gaffe.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

It seems that Romney's concept of diplomacy is to suck up to Israel and insult everyone else. If he becomes president, at least we'll have one ally left.

KTC John
Wetumpka, AL

The liberal media of decaying Britain, which is constantly enamored with either royalty or pop culture figures like Twiggy, was quick to pounce on an honest observation. That was the only possible "gaffe" that ocurred, and the use of the word in that context is a stretch. There is no quote available to support a "gaffe" for the Palestinian racism charge. Romney's pro-Israel comments and his close friendship with the prime minister throughout the trip would naturally incur the wrath of the Palestinians. The only flack in Poland came from the unions. So there you have it. What was spinned by the liberal mainstream media as a gaffe-ridden excursion was anything but such. If you want an honest observer with a genuine pro-Israel stance who is disliked by the unions, then Romney is most certainly the better of the two.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Jowers is hardly an unbiased academic to be quoting. The U's political management program is suspect for me because of his hyper-partisanship. And this article further proves that this paper is a Romney organ. What a load of rationalizations. Perhaps the trip won't matter to Utahns because of their odd adulation of the man, but without polling, at minimum, the writer or Jowers can't say the trip will have no effect on the race. And it seems to imply that that the trip was indeed a disaster.

kreese
Taft, CA

What a world! You speak the truth, and it is a gaffe.

This is not a story....just manufacutured like most of the MSM.

Igualmente
Mesa, AZ

There were no gaffes, only leftist media bilge.

Shelama
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Gaffes hurt Romney less than shallow, contrived, political dishonesty and the crazy anti-Obama rhetoric from the Right. Romney should be far ahead in the polls even now and a slam-dunk in November. Maybe counter-intuitive honesty would help: a recession compounded by a debt/mortgage financial crisis worse than almost anyone realized doomed any program to disappointment if not failure (with the possible exception of a larger stimulus); neither Romney nor anyone on the Right can say what they'd have done differently that would have guaranteed a better outcome; Romney has no experience creating the consumer spending and demand that drives job growth; Tea Party's hostage-taking on the debt-ceiling hurt the economy; more revenue may be needed and unavoidable in the short-term; global economy make it unlikely that anything Romney has to offer will help; Romney was totally incidental to the success of the 2002 Olympics; RomneyObamaCare; his trip to Israel has more to do with pandering to the evangelical right and to Sheldon Adelson than anything else; the center dislikes him personally and has more disdain for his contrived, political dishonesty than they do Obama's.

coleman51
Orem, UT

This whole race is so politically charged that pundits will claim anything as being significant. However, to the voting public, little attention is being paid to what either candidate is saying or doing at this time. More attention will be paid once the conventions get going and more significance will be paid during the presidential debates. The needle won't be moving much until then. Right now, Obama doesn't look good because his poll numbers are not indicative of an incumbent.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Great post Red State Pride. You write truthfully. Also, a gaffe is using tax payer money to fly off to Europe to make a personal presentation to the International Olympic Committee and fail to bring the Summer Olympics to Chicago.

The Palestinians are mad? Only the liberal press would characterize Romney's comments as a gaffe. The fact is that the UN and the Arab League have been issuing research reports for over a decade calling upon the Palestinians to develop and improve their culture in order to raise the opportunities for the Palestinian people. Romney stated nothing new here and only agreed with previous research done by the Arabs themselves. Of course all this is conveniently ignored by the liberal press and passed along by the Deseret News.

Romney's Poland speech was superb and under reported.

Shazandra
Bakersfield, CA

Oh, don't post my gaffe about your gaffe on Mitt's gaffes.

Puhleeze! How disingenous a world we live in. And how about checking Harry's church membership, or does dishonesty and slander mean nothing any more? I'm not LDS, but Biblical churches are called to discipline unethical behavior with the goal of contrition and restoration. If it turns out that Reid needs to apologize and doesn't, we'll see who's the spineless gaffers then.

Jesus sure must be proud that politics trump ethics in some circles.

grip
Meridian, ID

Liberals are expert at making mountains out of mole hills. Compared to letting the family dog ride in the open aire and a hair cutting incident in hight school, Mitts commentas are mountains or will be. Most voters will not even notice these statements until millions have been spent on advertising them and making them sound like terrible mistakes. I am looking for a leader to correct our nations problems - not a statesman who talks. I believe Mitt is that person. I am pleased to have someone to vote for rather than vote for the lesser of two persons.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Romney's trip abroad won't have a huge negative effect on his popularity, but it will add to the growing narrative that Mitt is the candidate who is dying from a thousands cuts. It seems like from the start of this campaign there have been countless small details that cast Mitt in a poor light. From his rich guy comments, to his car elevator, to his police uniform, to his refusal to release his tax returns, the list seem almost endless. None of these individual things is serious, but the sum of them paints a picture of a very ambitious person who is socially awkward, and has no strong central core of political beliefs.

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

Where is it mentioned in the reporting that Romney along with his true statements about London's olympics and the Palestinians flaws that he also declared Poland's economy triumphant over the socialist collective of European nations through the promotion of free enterprise and entrepreneurship?

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

Romney went specifically to buck up his international cred and foreign policy clout. He failed miserably. He barely knows how to relate to Americans and is completely ignorant of other countries.

And he wants another war. The little people can fight it for him. His kids (grandkids considering how long Repubs wars last) won't be at risk. You are expendable compared to his wealthy defense contract benefactors.

worf
Mcallen, TX

This is all media gaffes to deceive the foolish.

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