During Romney’s trip to London, Israel and Poland, he spoke frequently about his Foreign Policy ideas. However, when speaking about Iran, he framed his discussion about National Security more than when speaking about Israel.

In this 4thEstate article published on August 3, it was concluded that during Mitt Romney’s trip to London, Israel and Poland, he spoke frequently about his Foreign Policy ideas. Almost half of the statements about Foreign Policy in the month of July came from him, and overall discussion of the topic spiked to 30% out of all election coverage.

Chart shows percentage of statements from Mitt Romney distributed by topic in articles that mention “Israel” and articles that mention “Iran”.  Time frame is July 20 – August 3.

Chart shows percentage of statements from Mitt Romney distributed by topic in articles that mention “Israel” and articles that mention “Iran”. Time frame is July 20 – August 3.

Two major talking points during his trip were Israel and Iran. While he spoke mostly of these two countries in the context of his Foreign Policy ideas and objectives (maroon), he also spoke about them in the context of US National Security (purple). In articles that mentioned the word “Israel” between July 20 – August 3, 11% of Romney’s statements were about National Security. In articles that mention the word “Iran” during the same time period, 17% of Romney’s statements were about National Security. The 6% difference in discussion of National Security in articles with “Iran” versus “Israel” shows that Romney views Iran as a major National Security threat and framed the topic of their nuclear capability as a problem for the United States.