( 4UMF NEWS ) Mitt Romney Hits Obama Over Mic Slip:
President Obama took flak from his main GOP rival Monday after a hot microphone recorded him telling Russia’s leader he will have more wiggle room after the election to solve the hot-button issue of missile defense.
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense . . . this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said, referring to Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin.
“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama added.
The two nations have been at odds recently over plans for an American-led NATO missile defense system in Europe. Russia wants a guarantee it won’t be used against the Kremlin; the Pentagon insists it’s intended to combat the threat from Iran.
GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney said the unscripted moment shows Obama has a hidden agenda. “President Obama signaled that he’s going to cave to Russia on missile defense, but the American people have a right to know where else he plans to be ‘flexible’ in a second term,” he said in a statement.
Obama later said he was not “hiding the ball” and is “on record” in a past speech as saying he wants to make a deal with Russia.
Story @ NY Daily News
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