March 26th, 2012
05:18 PM ET
2 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 "It needs to be repealed."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:

Santorum: Romney 'worst Republican' to run against Obama

Ryan's open to V.P spot

Graham's 'comfortable' with Romney

Plouffe calls out GOP candidates over Obama reaction

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Filed under: 2012 • Dmitry Medvedev • Mitt Romney • Russia • TV-The Situation Room
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. gogo

    Hahaha.. If Russia is our number 1 foe then why are we thinking of going after Iran. Why not just "take over Russia" or "turn Russia into glass" or just "take 'em out" ?? Looks like Romney went to sleep during the cold war and just woke up. This guy is so far away from reality its amazing this guy is leading the pack ..

    March 26, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. w l jones

    Just a little political law the president said to the out going Russian president he could be more flexible on the European Missile defense system due to the fact he would be dealing with a new president. Now that Geo-politic.

    March 26, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. ohGod

    The Russians are not our enemy, politicians are the enemy! Especially politicians that start wars!!

    March 26, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. royboy

    Romney thinks it's the 80's

    March 26, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. nolimits3333

    The Republican Party is the greatest danger to America.

    Bush almost destroyed us.

    March 26, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. borisjimbo

    Bully needlessly picking a fight. Maybe we should rename you Zimmerman, Mitt.

    March 26, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Pat

    This dope, like most Republicans thinks it still 1952

    March 26, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. theunallied

    Clearly foreign policy is not mitt's forte. Scares me a little.

    March 26, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. ExPAVIC

    Face It Folks

    Anyone who votes for Mittens Romney as president is a complete moron without any sense at all.

    March 26, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. T1000

    Oh I get it, Mitty just shook his etch-a-sketch when he stated Russia, instead of Iran was our #1 foe.

    March 26, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. utah

    Oh geez the pubs are gonna start hating russian again

    March 26, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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