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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / campaign 2012

Medvedev: Mitt Romney has 1970s Hollywood Views on Russia

The Russian president says the GOP presidential candidate needs to look at his watch.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens to a question during a campaign stop Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Collinsville, Ill. Romney wrapped up a shortened campaign trip to Puerto Rico on Saturday in favor of spending more time in Illinois, where polls have shown him slightly ahead of chief rival Rick Santorum. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday criticized Mitt Romney for saying that Russia is America’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

"Regarding ideological clichés, every time this or that side uses phrases like 'enemy number one', this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times (of the past)," Medvedev said, according to Reuters.

Medvedev was responding to comments the Republican presidential candidate made to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday.

 

"In terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that's on the Security Council, that has the heft of the Security Council and is, of course, a - a massive nuclear power, Russia is the - the geopolitical foe," the former Massachusetts goveror said. Russia, Romney said, is "the nation that lines up with the world's worst actors."

Medvedev said that the Romney's comments don’t reflect present-day realities.

"I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates ... to do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one's head, one's good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate," Medvev said, according to Reuters. "Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s."

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