Romney slams Obama’s comments to Medvedev (JERUSALEM POST) By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 04/05/12)
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WASHINGTON – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised
questions about US President Barack Obama’s approach to foreign
leaders Wednesday after he won three primaries and moved closer to
clinching the GOP nomination.
Speaking to the Newspaper Association of America the day after he
prevailed in the Wisconsin, Maryland and District of Columbia votes,
Romney attacked Obama for having been caught on a live microphone
last week telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would
have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues like
missile defense after the November election.
Calling the comment “deeply troubling,” Romney charged that “that
incident calls his candor into serious question.”
“What exactly does President Obama intend to do differently once he
is no longer accountable to the voters?” Romney asked.
“Why does ‘flexibility’ with foreign leaders require less
accountability to the American people?”
“President Obama has made clear his intentions on missile defense
both in word and deed,” a source close to the Obama campaign hit
back. “This administration has a strong national security record that
illustrates an understanding of today’s military and security
The source continued, “The real question is what kind of commander-in-
chief Mitt Romney would be when he still believes Russia is our
number one foe, showing a real lack of understanding of what the
world looks like today.”
Following Obama’s exchange with Medvedev last week, Romney had
criticized Obama for the assurances he had offered “our number one
geopolitical foe.” Obama personally increased the heat on Romney
Tuesday, for the first time attacking the GOP challenger directly by
Obama’s lambasting of Romney for his backing of the Republican draft
budget was a sign that the president sees the former Massachusetts
governor as his key competitor and the GOP primaries as heading
toward the finish line.
However, Romney’s main opponent, Rick Santorum, has vowed to stay in
the race and spent Wednesday appealing to voters in his home state of
Pennsylvania, where he once served as senator. Pennsylvania holds its
presidential primary on April 24.
But Romney’s triple win on Tuesday helped him consolidate his lead
and gave him an overwhelming advantage in delegates.
Romney now has 652 to Santorum’s 269. Former speaker of the US House
Newt Gingrich is next with 140 and Texas Representative Ron Paul is
last with 67.
Additionally, Romney prevailed in most cases among groups that have
been seen as his weakest constituencies: Evangelicals, strong
conservatives and Tea Party supporters.
According to exit polls, Romney swept all three constituencies in
Maryland, and took strong conservatives and Tea Party supporters in
Wisconsin as well. He did lose among Wisconsin evangelicals to Rick
Santorum, but only by 4 percent.
Romney’s focus during his Tuesday night victory speech and Wednesday
address was squarely on Obama and the general election in November.
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