Mitt Romney Takes Shot At Obama Over Russian Invasion

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) released a blistering statement late Wednesday after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

What did Romney say?

Noting that Russia’s invasion is the “first time in 80 years that a great power has moved to conquer a sovereign nation,” Romney said in a statement that Russia was emboldened by “tepid” responses by the U.S. in response to previous Russian aggression.

“Putin’s impunity predictably follows our tepid response to his previous horrors in Georgia and Crimea, our naive efforts at a one-sided ‘reset,’ and the shortsightedness of ‘America First,'” Romney said, referring to foreign policy initiatives of the Obama and Trump administrations.

“The ’80s called’ and we didn’t answer,” he added, taking a direct shot at former President Barack Obama.

By invoking an unanswered call from the 1980s, Romney was referring to a pivotal moment in the 2012 presidential election. In March 2012, Romney described Russia as America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Democrats seized on the remark as evidence that Romney was unprepared for the presidency because he lacked the foreign policy experience necessary for the job.

Obama then pounced during the final presidential debate. After Romney acknowledged the threat of al Qaeda, Obama delivered what may have been one of the most memorable and effective one-liner — ever — in a presidential debate.

“I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaeda. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Obama told Romney at the time.

Romney’s remarks — and the critical debate moment that helped cement Obama’s re-election — have been revisited several times over the last decade, especially when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and after Russia engaged in cyber-manipulation of the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Although Democratic strategists have since admitted that Romney was correct or “had a point,” the biggest mea culpa came from CNN analyst Chris Cillizza on Tuesday. Cillizza called the 2012 debate moment a “mic drop” — but now he admits Romney was right.

In an essay published on Tuesday with the headline “It’s time to admit it: Mitt Romney was right about Russia,” Cillizza wrote, “What looked like a major flub during the 2012 campaign — and was used as a political cudgel by Obama — now looks very, very different.” Earlier in the essay, Cillizza defined “different” by saying, “And by ‘different,’ I mean ‘right.'”

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  1. Biden is a puppet !! Put there by his own party. Harris was just the right sauce for the recipe
    Do you think Hunter is upset with his Ukrainian deals. Daddy has to tread carefully so his true ties don’t come out. Putin knows we have the weakest government America has ever had. He’s taking advantage of it and wants to break the Bidens ties to Ukrainian. Democrats took advantage of a man made crisis for personal gain. Is there anybody out there smart enough to just call it as it is. Harris worked her way to the top on her back. Biden work his way to the top on the blue collar workers and lied to to the gullible minority’s who want free money and don’t realize it until they see gas and food prices hit historic highs. It’s easier to run a country who’s people depend on a government who can give them everything. They just don’t realize when they can give you everything they can take everything away easier Shut the borders down . We have been taken over and no one fired a shot. We are weak pathetic lemmings

  2. Mitt Witt had the half honky on the ropes and let him go. Looked for all the world to see like he was trying to throw the election, which he did,,,,,but one thing that did come out of that obamanation, President Trump.

  3. This is such FAKE news, Russia has NOT invaded Ukraine, Russia is on the border to eradicate the 10 bio Hazard Labs that are a threat for another World wide pandemic, that Bill Gates said will come.
    7 of those labs are American owned and operated !
    This is a False Flag !

    • Ellen ! Will Wake Up. U were dreaming If U think ghat Russia isn’t in Ukraine. U must must be Brain Dead and Blind Eyed just like Ur Pertaining President Beijing Joe O ‘biden..

  4. Mitt was right but didn’t have the guts to stand up for himself, let a Commie become President and through that we now have a dummie as President. Too late Mitt you should your spine.

  5. Of the last four presidents only real President Trump kept Putin at bay. Romney was right but too much of a pathetic pansy pantywaste to stand up for himself against communist muslim Odumbo.

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