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Posted: 03/26/2012  5:21 pm Updated: 03/26/2012  6:16 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Russia “without question our number one geopolitical foe” Monday on CNN.

Romney’s comments came in the context of President Barack Obama’s “hot mic” moment with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev Monday after a meeting in Seoul. Obama was heard telling Medvedev he would have “more flexibility” on missile defense after the presidential election.

“This is without question our number one geopolitical foe, they fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors. The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed,” Romney said.

Wolf Blitzer asked if he thought Russia was a bigger foe than Iran, China or North Korea.

“I’m saying in terms of a geopolitical opponent, the nation which lines up with the world’s worst actors,” said Romney. “Of course the greatest threat that the world faces is a nuclear Iran and a nuclear North Korea is already troubling enough.”

“But when these terrible actors pursue their course in the world and we go to the United Nations looking for ways to stop them; when [Syrian President Bashir al-] Assad for instance is murdering his own people we go to the United Nations and who is it that always stands up with the world’s worst actors, it’s always Russia, typically with China alongside,” he continued. “And so in terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that’s on the Security Council … and is of course is a massive nuclear power, Russia is the geopolitical foe.”

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The Huffington Post | By Jennifer Bendery  | Posted: 03/15/2012 12:48 pm  Updated: 03/15/2012  1:36 pm

WASHINGTON — In a fiery campaign speech on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden took direct aim at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for advocating that the auto industry go bankrupt instead of the Obama administration bailing it out.

“[Romney] said let Detroit go bankrupt. He said that,” Biden said to boos during a Toledo, Ohio campaign event. “He said what what we propose, and I quote, ‘is even worse than bankruptcy.'”

More telling, he said, is that Republicans like Romney were instead advocating that the private sector come to the aid of the auto industry, something Biden pointed out was never going to happen. He cited as proof the fact that Romney’s own private equity firm did nothing to help out during the crisis.

“Bain Capital wasn’t lining up to give anybody money,” Biden said. Romney said “the market, Wall Street, will help lift them out … Wrong.”

In the end, the administration bailed out the industry and it is now returning to stable footing. Romney said a government bailout “would make GM, quote, ‘the living dead,'” Biden said. “I say to Gov. Romney — his prediction of a living dead — we now have living proof: a million jobs saved.”

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Posted: 03/14/2012  3:59 pm

Mitt Romney became testy on Wednesday when discussing his appeal to lower-income voters, quibbling with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly after she said he is struggling with voters who make less than $100,000 per year.

“No, no, no, no — we don’t win a million more votes than anyone else in this race by just appealing to high-income Americans,” he said. “I’ve been able to have support … from Tea Party supporters, men and women … those aren’t all wealthy people.”

Romney, a multi-millionaire, consistently performs better among voters who make more than $100,000 per year than voters in lower income brackets. His personal wealth has caused some awkward moments, including two recent mentions of his friends who own NASCAR and NFL teams — not something the average American can relate to, as Kelly pointed out. Failing to connect with voters “has been a recurring theme” for Romney, she said.

He responded that the Democratic National Committee is attempting to make an issue of his wealth, but that voters would rather have a candidate that knows the economy, including someone successful who can help them to get there.

“Megyn, guess what. I made a lot of money, I’ve been very successful. I’m not going to apologize for that,” he said.

Romney made a jab at his opponents — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, all of whom served in Congress — by saying only he has real-world experience with the economy.

“I understand the economy not because I’ve debated the economy in a subcommittee of congress, I understand the economy because I’ve lived it,” he said.

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Posted: 03/ 8/2012  8:50 am Updated: 03/ 8/2012 12:10 pm

The Obama campaign on Thursday morning released the trailer for the 17-minute-long infomercial/biopic that it will unveil later this month.

The trailer doesn’t reveal much, save that the film — directed by Davis Guggenheim of “An Inconvenient Truth” fame — is narrated by Tom Hanks and features a wide cast of first-term characters. Even Elizabeth Warren, the consumer protection advocate turned Massachusetts Senate candidate who clashed with the president’s economic team, makes a cameo, discussing the dangers of not bailing out the auto industry.

And that’s sort of the point of the film: to shine a light on all of the tough decisions the president made without getting into the messier, staff-level drama that preceded those decisions.

The full trailer is below.

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