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Rahm: Romney Not Ready for Oval Office

Former White House Chief of Staff says presumptive Republican nominee has "made a mess of being a tourist"




    President Barack Obama's former chief of staff is openly questioning presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney's qualifications for the White House in the wake of Romney's recent international trip.

    "I don't know how he'll handle the head of state job. He's made a mess of being a tourist," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said to the Chicago Tribune Monday.

    The mayor added: 

    "At every level, this trip has shown more of how Mitt Romney is not ready for the Oval Office."

    Emanuel also said he didn't "understand the political or intellectual basis" for Romney's remarks at a fundraiser Sunday in Jerusalem, in which Romney suggested culture as a reason for economic disparity between Israelis and Palestinians, according to the Tribune.

    In response, Romney spokesman Ryan Williams told the Tribune Obama is using "distractions and political attacks" and said Romney "will be a steadfast defender of the values of liberty and an unapologetic ambassador for them."