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Mitt Romney stirs up controversy abroad

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Monday in Poland, getting the endorsement of former Polish President Lech Walesa, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was cautious in his public appearances.

Saying in an interview he supports Jerusalem as Israel's true capital, he carefully sidestepped the sensitive topic of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv.

“I am not going to make foreign policy for my nation, particularly while I am on foreign soil,” Romney said.

Still, despite this friendly photo op, Romney was criticized by Palestinian leaders for saying today it's a difference in “culture” that makes Israel more economically successful than the Palestinian territories.

But on the stump in northern Virginia, Newt Gingrich dismissed any criticism that Romney made missteps overseas.

Appearing alongside the owner of Belmont TV, Gingrich insists the real blunder was made by President Obama - with his “you didn't build this” comment regarding business owners.

Trying to help win his home state of Virginia, the outspoken former speaker says he's happy to campaign for the man he once called a 'liar' during the hard hitting GOP primaries.

“Look it's very easy to support Governor Romney when the alternative is Barak Obama. And I'm very comfortable saying that given that choice that uh Governor Romney is a dramatically better choice for the president of the United States,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich also told ABC7 in a one on one Monday that “ultimately, I think there are voters here who are first of all pro jobs, Pro work ethic, pro balanced budget, pro-military. And I think they come together in a majority….I think that there is a very strong desire to have a change from where we are. The realization that - for example – that the Obama policies on defense could cost as many as 200,000 jobs here in Virginia.”

“Virginia has become a very complex state. But you can see how different parts of the state can come together to provide a majority for Governor Romney and a majority for Senator Allen,” he said.

Gingrich also renewed his defense of Republican congresswoman Michelle Bachmann over her controversial comments linking Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood. High profile Republicans including former presidential candidate John McCain have strongly denounced Bachmann for her comments. But today Gingrich reignited the controversy by defending Bachmann in POLITICO.

Today in his interview with ABC7, he said it was appropriate for Bachmann to question whether Clinton aides have any ties to “Islamic radicalists” and the Muslim Brotherhood, saying “I think without regard to personality, when you have a position that high up, you are always subject to questioning.”

But critics say Bachmann is unfairly maligning Abedin for indirect ties to the Brotherhood linked to her deceased father. Abedin, a Muslim, is married to former Congressman Anthony Weiner – who is Jewish.

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