Fresh from a warm embrace from iconic Polish leader Lech Walesa, Mitt Romney will wrap up a three-country trip overseas Tuesday with a major speech that he hopes will send a message that he’s tough and more willing to take a harder line with rogue nations than President Barack Obama is.
Romney arrived in Warsaw late Monday after a day in Gdansk, where he enjoyed the most enthusiastic reception of his six-day trip, which was marred by controversies at the first two stops, in London and Jerusalem. He was greeted in Gdansk by crowds that swarmed in the streets, though some were apparently there for an arts festival and one group held a 10-foot-long banner supporting Romney’s primary rival for the GOP presidential nomination, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. Others in the crowd chanted Obama’s name.
But the mood seemed friendlier than those few voices indicated.
“Poland and many other countries will certainly do their best to help the U.S. restore its leadership position,” said Walesa, a former president of Poland who last year refused to meet with the visiting Obama.