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Vladi­mir Putin says of Mitt Romney: At least he’s direct
The Washington Post ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | Will Englund

Posted on 09/18/2012 7:12:03 PM PDT by mandaladon

MOSCOW — Soviet leaders used to prefer Republicans to Democrats, in the belief that Republicans were tough but more sincere and, once they made a promise, were more likely to deliver on it.

There has been a whiff of that old way of thinking in recent remarks by President Vladimir Putin, even though plenty has changed in Russia’s relations with the United States. Speaking to reporters last week, Putin said he appreciates GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s bluntness in his denunciations of Russia — because thaSarcastic? Maybe just a bit.

“That Mr. Romney considers us enemy number one and apparently has bad feelings about Russia is a minus, but, considering that he expresses himself bluntly, openly and clearly, means that he is an open and sincere man, which is a plus,” Putin said after a meeting with Serbia’s president.

“We will be oriented toward pluses, not minuses,” Putin said. “And I am actually very grateful to him for formulating his position in a straightforward manner.” t stance lets Russia know where it stands, and reinforces Putin’s opposition to a missile defense shield in Europe.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: romney; russia
Are the Russians getting nervous?
1 posted on 09/18/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
Asked whom they would vote for if they could, 27 percent of Russian chose Obama, as opposed to 12 percent who opted for Romney. (In France, the split was 89 percent to 2 percent.)....................I guess Obama should try to run for President of France.
2 posted on 09/18/2012 7:14:07 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon

I doubt it. Besides, Putin thinks he’s a god.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 7:15:21 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: mandaladon

The last thing Romney needs right now is an endorsement from Putin. Vlad needs to stick with Barry.


4 posted on 09/18/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The United States of America apologizing to knuckledragging, cavedwelling Neandethals. Whodda thunk!)
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Please be very wary of ANYTHING this 'former' KGB thug says or does. His goal is to rebuild the Soviet Union, with Comrade Obama's eager assistance.
5 posted on 09/18/2012 7:22:26 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: mandaladon

The unofficial deal they had with Obama is in danger.


6 posted on 09/18/2012 7:23:33 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Putin has already endorsed Obama, so don’t worry.

I can see Putin’s thinking here. He wants to be the next Stalin, have people cheer his name, build his statues, and have a portrait of him on their walls. How will he achieve glory by defeating a weak loser like Bozo? He needs a challenge. Someone who will stand up to him. Hopefully he’ll get more than he bargains for when Romney wins.


7 posted on 09/18/2012 7:23:43 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nicmarlo

Lots of little gods running around out there today.


8 posted on 09/18/2012 7:23:43 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: mandaladon
“That Mr. Romney considers us enemy number one and apparently has bad feelings about Russia is a minus, but, considering that he expresses himself bluntly, openly and clearly, means that he is an open and sincere man, which is a plus,” Putin said after a meeting with Serbia’s president.

Even the Russians are tired of our 'teleprompter' president.

9 posted on 09/18/2012 7:27:51 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: taterjay

Yep. Ahmedinijad, Putin, Kim Jong Un, Chavez. It’s the new age of tyrants.


10 posted on 09/18/2012 7:28:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

I agree. Communists need a boogey man the way the old Soviet Union had the Americans and the DemocRATS have the Republicans. Without being able to convince the unwashed masses that the “government” is protecting them from the boogey man, the communists have nothing to offer.


11 posted on 09/18/2012 7:29:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The United States of America apologizing to knuckledragging, cavedwelling Neandethals. Whodda thunk!)
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To: mandaladon

It’s also very disturbing to see Russia meeting with Serbia’s leader. He would have been an ally if not for slick willy, just like all those other countries destroyed by communism, Poland, Lithuania, etc.


12 posted on 09/18/2012 7:30:56 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

Of course Putin wants Russia to be the number one enemy of the US. He misses the Soviet Union’s world status during the Cold War.


13 posted on 09/18/2012 7:31:16 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: FlingWingFlyer

You have that right. Prime example. China’s current frenzy over the ‘evil’ Japanese.


14 posted on 09/18/2012 7:32:04 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

Yeah. Romney won’t have the FLEXABILITY of Obama after the election to sway senators into another shitty treaty.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 7:32:22 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: mandaladon
Whatever else, you can't argue with his evaluation of the two men.

Spot on.

He'd rather deal with an honest man who puts his cards straight up than a shyster with friendly smile on his face and a derringer under the table.

16 posted on 09/18/2012 7:36:04 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: Viennacon

You did not mention Obama.


17 posted on 09/18/2012 8:08:49 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: Viennacon

I don’t see that, is he authoritarian, yes, but I certainly don’t see him wanting the “Cult of Personality” that Stalin had. No more so than Obama, at least.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 8:15:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: mandaladon
Mao Tse Tung said the same thing about Nixon on the eve of his famous visit to China. He said, "Nixon is a rightist. I like dealing with rightists. They are straightforward and say what they mean--not like socialists who say one thing but really mean another."

He was reacting in part to the actions of the Soviets who had been finding devious ways to stab China in the back for about ten years while professing "fraternal friendship." But still.

19 posted on 09/18/2012 8:28:17 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

That’s why also the Soviets greatly respected Reagan.


20 posted on 09/18/2012 8:31:00 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Just mythoughts
"Even the Russians are tired of our 'teleprompter' president."

Probably not - ObaMao is weak and razPutin wants a weak USA.

"Putin has also praised President Obama for his sincerity, with seemingly less spin. But even if Obama should win reelection, Putin said, someone like Romney might come along in four years, and then Russia would regret it if it had given in on the U.S. missile defense project.

21 posted on 09/18/2012 8:53:42 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: dfwgator

WSJ - EmergingEurope has a good article on how Putin puts his face everywhere and the growing sentiment that he is trying to come across as a strongman to appeal to the Russian public. Whether it’s working or not is very debatable, as many Russians know he rigged the last election. He’s no Kim Jong Il, but I’d say he definitely is modelling himself on early Soviet propaganda. For the record, nobody pursues the Cult of Personality like Obama. Did you see him slow-jamming the news? Did you see the Greek columns? The man wants to take the title “God Of America”.


22 posted on 09/18/2012 8:54:01 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: maine-iac7
I agree with your assessment. Spot on, as you say and worth repeating.

"""He'd rather deal with an honest man who puts his cards straight up than a shyster with friendly smile on his face and a derringer under the table.""""

23 posted on 09/18/2012 9:02:51 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: uncommonsense
Russia can hardly be pleased with Obama’s Arab Spring. They are having to work overtime keeping Syria in their trust.
24 posted on 09/18/2012 10:02:57 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: mandaladon
(Article, quoting Putin) “That Mr. Romney considers us enemy number one and apparently has bad feelings about Russia is a minus, but, considering that he expresses himself bluntly, openly and clearly, means that he is an open and sincere man, which is a plus,” Putin said after a meeting with Serbia’s president.

So Vladimir bellyfeels Romney because Romney's "open and sincere"? Really?

Then he's gotta love Sarah, who can see Vladimir killing lawyers and journalists from her front porch.

25 posted on 09/19/2012 12:55:01 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Just mythoughts
The question on the Arab Spring is - who does the Muz Brotherhood hate worse - Russia or the USA?

Russia is no friend of Israel, Russia is fascist at the core similar to sharia law, and Russia will sell weapons to anyone for anything. The MB is all about hate, so they work their way down the list of most to least hated: enemies, then non-Muz allies, then Muzs of a different sect, then those in their own sect who don't toe the line.

26 posted on 09/19/2012 9:48:11 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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