Vice President Joe Biden stood by Obama’s side on the hot mic controversy after the leading Republican presidential hopeful,attacked the President for politicizing foreign policy decision with the Russian President.
At the nuclear Summit held in South Korea, President Obama was over heard talking to the Russian President,over requiring some ‘space’ on the Missile defense system in Europe. "This is my last election," Obama said. "After my election I have more flexibility." Medvedev in response told the President that he will pass on his message to Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.
Mitt Romney was swift to respond that “without question, Russia is our number one geopolitical foe”, accusing Obama of keeping the American people in the dark when making a decision on America’s missile defense system and its foreign policy. But on Sunday, Vice President, Joe Biden attacked Romney calling the front running presidential hopeful uninformed on America’s foreign policy. “He just seems to be uninformed or stuck in a Cold War mentality,” Biden said. “I think what the exchange did is it exposes how little Governor Romney knows about foreign policy.”
Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen said that the White House seems to have forgotten all Russia has done to cripple sanctions on Iran and obstructing US stance on Syria. He said that “Americans can expect more such ‘flexibility’ if President Obama is re-elected. In contrast, Governor Romney is clear-eyed about the geopolitical challenge Russia poses and will restore America’s strength abroad and prosperity at home.”
When asked to explain Obama having “flexibility after re-election” statement, Biden said that the President meant that heated political climate in the country due to the election year might not allow him to make a sustainable foreign policy decision until the elections are over. We're not going to have the flexibility to sit down and talk with people in this Congress that are going to be able to listen and be able to work with us - probably between now and Election Day," Biden said.
He later on turned the table to the front runner, “Speaking of flexible, Governor Romney’s a pretty flexible guy -- on his positions,” Biden said.
Biden’s recent remarks reinforce what he has been most of the times found accusing Romney of. The wealthy former corporate takeover executive and former Massachusetts governor is not aware of what a middle class American wants for the country.