March 26th, 2012
05:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney not worried about Santorum, labels Russia No. 1 'foe'

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday he was unfazed by recent ramped-up rhetoric coming from his opponent Rick Santorum.

"I'm not going to worry too much about what Rick is saying these days," Romney said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I know when you're falling further and further behind, you get a little more animated."

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Santorum made headlines Sunday when he claimed Romney would be the "worst" Republican candidate to match up against President Barack Obama in the general election, based on the issue of health care reform.

The former Massachusetts governor, he argued, would be poorly armed in a fight against the president after signing off on a health care law in the Bay State that critics now label a "blueprint" for the controversial federal health care legislation passed in 2010.

Romney argues, however, that he would attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act as president, saying states should have the right to regulate health care laws, not Washington.

"It's a power grab by the federal government. It violates the 10th Amendment. It violates the economic principles and economy freedom in this country," Romney said on CNN. "It needs to be repealed."

The candidate also blasted Obama over a private conversation caught by microphone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in which the president said he could be more flexible on the missile defense system in Europe after the election.

Romney joined other top Republicans in slamming the president over the remark on Monday and for making backroom deals with a country that Romney called America's "Number One geopolitical foe."

“Who is it that always stands up with the world's worst actors? It's always Russia, typically with China alongside. In terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that’s on the Security Council, and as of course a massive nuclear power, Russia is the geopolitical foe. The idea that our president is planning on doing something with them that he's not willing to tell the American people before the election is something I find very, very alarming,” Romney said.

The White House hopeful also opened up about how he spent some recent time-off from the campaign trail, saying he went to watch "The Hunger Games" with his grandchildren over the weekend.

"I read serious books, but every now and then I read just for fun," Romney said, talking about how he read the book before seeing the movie. "That was weekend fun, so it was nice to see a flick for the first time in a long time."

Also see:

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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I thought Mittens said Iran was our number 1 political enemy.

    March 26, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Dude thinks he has a brand new bandwagon every day depending on whatever the issue of the moment is. Today it's Russia because of an innoccuous statement made by Obama to Medvedev...tomorrow it'll be something else, like maybe NK and Iran wanting nukes and how we should send some poor peoples' children to die in an unwinnable land war over there. Someone needs to tell him that he's not dealing in badwagons...those are clown cars.

    March 26, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. TYpicalman

    And you wonder why Gas Price continues to skyrocket. These republicans will kill this country with the kind of rhetoric on the trail.

    March 26, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "The White House hopeful also opened up about how he spent some recent time-off from the campaign trail, saying he went to watch "The Hunger Games" with his grandchildren over the weekend. "

    He no doubt got off on it, considering it's sort of a vision of what a GOP/Teatroll utopia would eventually lead to. "Poor, minority, immigrant or female? Fight to the death for your food and our amusement!!!!"

    March 26, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "I thought Mittens said Iran was our number 1 political enemy."

    He later corrected himself to replace "Iran" with "rational thought."

    March 26, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. diridi

    where did you die when Gorbachev shook hands with Reagan? You talk of Law. Do you know the Law? Did you ever attend Law school? Nasty idiot. You need to shut up. You will realize when you lose your election In November. o.k, Entire the nation knows of you and of your Bain-Capital. o.k,

    March 26, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Bigereads

    This long drawn out fiasco of a campaign has resulted in each of the clowns to become more disoriented every day.
    Romney grasping at the flexible hoping to find some kind of sinister meaning to it. Gingrich calling the President disgraceful because the President said Trayvon looks like his son if he had a son. Sanctorum going apesheet over a reporter's question. What a lunatic group. Any decent Republicans left in the party must be hiding out in shame at what has happened to their party. We are so tired of the Larry, Moe, and Curly stooges invading our privacy with their We Hate America Campaign and We Can Prove It.

    March 26, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. carrotroot

    Russia is our No.1 foe now? Looks like someone is either playing to many video games or he's lived under a rock for the past 21 years. They might not be our allies, but they not are enemy.

    March 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Bobby Ray

    Russia is our number one foe? This is exactly what the Bush Administration said Sept. 10, 2001.

    March 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    How does Romney and these other "critics" think diplomacy gets done, via email. His comment that Russia is number one foe is a big red flag that his international policies wound be a disaster if he were president.

    March 26, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Roger

    Can Ro-money see Russia from he Cayman Islands?

    March 26, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. David in FL

    see a snake kill a snake demosnobs.. Putin longs for the past, you need to know who you're dealing with and I think a President Romney will have a pretty good bead on the situation

    March 26, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Picked up later by a hot mic, said by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, after hearing that Mittens had declared Russia the No. 1 foe of the U.S.:

    "President Obama, you are doing a great job as President and have helped your country and the world in so many ways; it must be very hard to do when these Republicans say such stupid things."

    March 26, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. bird.barbara@ymail.com

    Last week he said Iran was it. – Is he crazy? Does he want world war 3?

    March 26, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. rs

    What in the Hell is wrong with the GOP? An excesive desire to return to the past? Russia our number 1 problem? Really? I think the GOP is our biggest problem.

    March 26, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. GonzoinHouston

    Actually, the two biggest problems for the US are China and Saudi Arabia, but trying to deal with those two could play heck with next quarter's corporate profits.

    March 26, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Gareth

    Geez... Is Romney trying to provoke another cold war? Talk about alarming rhetoric!

    March 26, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    And you'll be "animated" in November Willard as the whole world will REALLY find out how stupid and uninformed you are.

    March 26, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. DBA

    Russia? Russia?! What the heck?

    If the President's 'open mic moment' had involved the Prince of Monaco, then Monaco would be enemy number one.
    Mitt the human(?) weathervane strikes again.

    March 26, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Jill

    Oh oh, the Rooskies are coming, the Rooskies are coming! The red peril phobia strikes again, just in time for an election. Haven't we seen this movie before?

    March 26, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. B

    Romney would have us all in another COLD WAR soon after being elected. He is part of the movie we all saw before and don’t want to go there again..

    He and his policies are a continuation of the Bush disasters !

    Same mindless arrogance thinking that we will rule the world and tell everyone what to do and threaten military consequences if they don’t go along with us- Idiiot

    March 26, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Wake up people

    This man is so pathetic, last week it was Iran and now today it's Russia. Oh Mittens, you change your mind the way most people change underwear, daily. You sir are nothing more than a garden tool.

    March 26, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Russia? Really? I disagree completely. I believe America's No.1 foe is the Republican Party and it's obstructionist politicians working to make this a fascist state. Russia didn't trash our economy. They didn't filibuster all actions in the Senate to block debate when we were trying to re-start the economy. They didn't start two wars and then fail to even put the costs of the wars in the budget. Russia's not trying to destroy the middle class and make the top 1% even richer. The last I checked Russia wasn't trying to force our women to get "probed" as punishment for a medical procedure. Not Russia... Republicans.

    March 26, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Wait, so in GOBP LaLaLand, Reagan both single-handedly defeated the USSR AND sowed the seeds for our "#1 foe" to rise from the ashes? That's not gonna look good in the history books.

    March 26, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Just Say No to Flipper

    Rmoney is clueless about foreign policy. However, he probably does know some Russian billionaires. Hey, they may even be donating to his campaign, or his superPACs.

    March 26, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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