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Romney advisers: Why not call Russia our no. 1 foe?
By: Hope Hodge
The tone for a policy clash on Russia between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was set early in the race, and somewhat by accident.
In late March, an accidental “hot mic” caught Obama apparently asking then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for time until after Obama’s election so he could be more flexible to negotiate with Medvedev’s successor Vladimir Putin on missile defense issues.
Responding to the ensuing scandal, Romney chided Obama for making deals with America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe” and became the center of his own media backlash for the comment.