President Barack Obama took to the stage at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte on Thursday evening and took a shot at GOP presidential nominee and vice presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on foreign policy.
“My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that we’ve seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly,” said President Obama.
“After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy-and not al Queda-unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Russian President Vladimir Putin said that President Obama would be better at improving relations with Russia:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the re-election of President Barack Obama could improve relations with the U.S., but that he was also prepared to work with Mitt Romney, calling the Republican candidate’s tough stance on Russia “pre-election rhetoric.”
In contrast to what had been viewed as a chilly attitude toward Mr. Obama, Mr. Putin called his U.S. counterpart “a genuine person” who “really wants to change much for the better.” Speaking to Russia’s state-run RT television channel, he said a second Obama term could help solve disputes over missile defense.
The comments will likely be seized on by the Romney campaign, which in recent months has sharply criticized Mr. Obama’s so-called reset of relations with the Kremlin and pushed a harder line.
Relations with Russia first heated up the campaign in March, when Mr. Obama was inadvertently caught on an open microphone telling Mr. Putin’s predecessor, Dmitry Medvedev, that he would have “more flexibility” after the election to address Russia’s concerns over the proposed U.S. antimissile shield in Europe.