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An expert's take on Mitt Romney's essential problem

By Salon Staff
Published August 1, 2012 3:00AM (UTC)
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After a gaffe-ridden international trip, Mitt Romney returned to America and tried to explain what had happened to Fox News' Carl Cameron. Excuses and accusations against the media aside, Romney's international trip shed doubt on his diplomatic and political abilities. Perhaps no one expressed those concerns better than Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, when he spoke to the Washington Post:

“He kept tripping over the message,” Alterman said. He then added, “It felt like—for somebody who’s been campaigning for year—he’s still got a learning curve.”


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