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Saturday
Feb052011

Potential 2012 Candidates Flock To Israel

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Besides the key early primary states, few destinations appear to be as important to potential 2012 Republican presidential field these days as Israel.

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee has spent the past week in Israel, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was there last month, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour left Friday for a five-day trip, and Sarah Palin has indicated she has plans to go later this year.

The trips offer potential candidates a chance to burnish their foreign policy bona fides with one of America's most important allies, and boost their standing with the Jewish and evangelical voters in the U.S.

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