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Will Romney's Trip Overseas Improve His Image? Prof. Dan Drezner Comments

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Daniel Drezner is Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Romney Heads Overseas to Burnish Image

When the London Summer Olympics get under way on Friday, Mitt Romney plans to be there.

It’s the first stop in a three-country tour designed to beef up his foreign policy credentials.

The World’s Jason Margolis has more.

Four years ago, Republican presidential nominee John McCain was criticizing his Democratic opponent for lacking foreign policy experience. So, Senator Obama took a trip. He visited Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Israel. He also went to Paris, London, and Berlin.

There, an estimated 200,000 people turned up to hear him speak.

That speech and trip showed candidate Obama looking presidential on a world stage.

Mitt Romney could also benefit from an overseas trip like that, says Daniel Drezner with The Fletcher School at Tufts University

...“Romney as the challenger needs to at least meet some sort of credible bar of foreign policy gravitas. And the problem with Romney is that he doesn’t have any official foreign policy experience. He has a few things that he can point to, to highlight the fact that he has at least thought about world affairs. But it’s sort of a nice way that he can get a visual of meeting with officials or what have you. And the visuals look good.”

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