“It will be a difficult one for Cameron because his relations with Obama are still very good,” says John Dunabin, an expert on Anglo-American relations at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University. “He doesn’t want to blot his copy book either way.… Tony Blair [Britain’s former Labour prime minister] managed to have good relations with both Republican and Democratic presidents.”
He added that Romney had some strong links with some senior members of the Conservative party, “and he will no doubt want to play these up.”
While some Tories are outspoken fans of the Democrat party, another group of Conservative politicians has set up an organization to strengthen the links between Republicans and Tories called Atlantic Bridge.
Romney will also meet Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrat party who is deputy prime minister within Britain’s coalition government. And Romney has already met with Mr. Blair and Ed Miliband, the head of the opposition Labour party.
The trip to London – which is followed by stops in Poland and Israel – is an important opportunity for Romney, a former one-term governor who is widely traveled but inexperienced on the world's political stage, to demonstrate he has a sophisticated handle on foreign affairs.
That did not get off to the best start yesterday after an unnamed advisor reportedly told the Daily Telegraph that Romney had a better understanding of the countries’ “Anglo-Saxon heritage" than the White House. US Vice President Joe Biden called the remarks "disturbing."