As Sarah Palin continues to ponder a possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, she is embarking this weekend on a major overseas trip visiting two key U.S. allies.
Several other prospective GOP candidates – Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour and Mike Huckabee – recently visited Israel.
“She has to be able to say in case she hops in she went through the motions like the other guys,” GOP consultant Ford O’Connell, who worked on the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008, told CNN.
Palin’s foreign trip is expected to help her bolster her foreign policy credentials. O’Connell said that issue is probably Palin’s weakest. He pointed out with the recent events in Japan, Libya and Egypt international are back in the forefront.
“Foreign policy is moving up the ladder. If you want to be president you have to have a good understanding of the global economy in the 21st century” as well as these issues, he said.
Such a trip, as the one she is undertaking, is a must for someone considering a run, he said. “If she doesn’t do it, it will hurt her,” he said.