Obama campaign video touts president’s Mideast travel retort

The Obama campaign apparently thinks that the president had a pretty good rejoinder to Mitt Romney’s criticism of him for not having traveled to Israel since taking office. The campaign has taken that segment of the debate and made it into an online video.

Here’s what Romney had said:

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Number two, Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to — to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to — to Turkey and Iraq. And — and by way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations and on Arabic TV you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations. Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.

Various anti-Obama groups have blasted the president on the Israel travel issue in the past. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker columnist examined the criticisms back in August.
 

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