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Palestinian comments put Romney in more hot water

Published on Sep 18, 2012 9:44 PM
U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks to reporters in Los Angeles, California on Sept 17, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Mr Mitt Romney told donors the Palestinians "have no interest whatsoever" in peace with Israel and if elected president he would just kick the issue down the road, a leaked video showed on Tuesday.

The Republican White House hopeful had already faced a barrage of criticism over initial excerpts from the May 17 fundraiser in which he writes off Democratic voters as "victims" that are beyond his help.

The liberal news magazine Mother Jones revealed more excerpts from the US$50,000-(S$61,327-)a-plate Florida event on Tuesday, this time on foreign policy, particularly related to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

Mr Romney's commander-in-chief credentials were already under the microscope after he was widely condemned for launching a bitter attack on President Barack Obama in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi assault, which claimed the lives of four Americans, including the Libyan ambassador.

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