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Matt Romney Shops For Investors In Russia, Our 'Geopolitical Foe'

MattromneyMatt Romney, Mitt Romney's second oldest son, traveled to Moscow this week to find investors for his company Excel Trust, which runs shopping malls here in the United States. His father of course famously described Russia as "our number one geopolitical foe".

While there, the younger Romney also told someone close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his presidential candidate father doesn't really want to get too tough on the Kremlin. That's just campaign rhetoric.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Romney’s trip a week before the presidential election underscored the complex relationship between his family’s business and the political campaign. Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for being too soft on Russia, calling it “our No. 1 geopolitical foe” and promising to confront President Vladimir V. Putin’s government with "more backbone" if elected on Tuesday.

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But while in Moscow, Mr. Romney told a Russian known to be able to deliver messages to Mr. Putin that despite the campaign rhetoric, his father wants good relations if he becomes president, according to a person informed about the conversation.

During the third and final presidential debate, Mitt Romney tried to win favor by calling Obama out for that hot mic incident in which he reassured former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, "After my election, I have more flexibility" and can be more lenient with our former nemesis.

Said Romney during the debate, "I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin, and I’m certainly not going to say to him, I’ll give you more flexibility after the election." It sounds like Matt may have.

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  1. What the hell is a "geopolitical foe?" Is that a GOP term for "bad men?"

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 2, 2012 10:52:53 AM


  2. Ahh, political rhetoric, another euphemism for lies.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Nov 2, 2012 11:13:29 AM


  3. Potential investors will be impressed with the fact his dad will quite possibly be the next U.S. president and that's he's so highly placed. Pretty smart move and he should make some decent $. To be honest, there's nothing wrong with seeking out Russian investors to finance properties in the U.S. There is a sizable population billionaire Russians who need to invest [or launder?] their money.

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    Is Russia a foe or 'Geo-Political Foe' of the U.S.? Of course, as is our friend China. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 2, 2012 11:33:52 AM


  4. Okay...I'm gonna say it...Matt Romney is really cute.

    Posted by: Kiki | Nov 2, 2012 12:08:36 PM


  5. "Geo-political foe". WTF?

    Get with the program, Mitten Jr.

    The USSR closed up shop 20 years ago. Please stop watching action flicks from the 1980s and read a newspaper or a book for a change.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Nov 2, 2012 12:22:23 PM


  6. Damn, what a bunch of mormon whores that family is. Peddling influence before they've even got the influence.

    Posted by: Mo Ho. | Nov 2, 2012 12:33:02 PM


  7. I can't understand why so many people say that the Romney sons are handsome, cute, attractive, or whatever. I think that they are all pretty obnoxious and annoying, and they are just NOT appealing to me. Well, other than the youngest one, the one who is part Mexican and has the nice tan and the curly black hair. He's a real hottie, but the others are boring and bland and probably just as hateful as their parents. Just keeping it real, guys!

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 2, 2012 12:41:49 PM


  8. Oohh I want a sex scandal with him.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 2, 2012 1:02:09 PM


  9. Russia is essentially still a totalitarian state, has BIG ambitions, sees the U.S. and NATO as it's 'foes', and of course has THOUSANDS of nuclear warheads. So yes, they're a 'Geo-Political' foe, though a semi-friendly foe and not an in-your-face adversary like the USSR was.

    China is also a major geo-political 'foe' or adversary, even though we of course also maintain 'friendly' relations with them.

    As long as there are individuals, institutions, nations states, that have big ambitions and are just waiting to fill a power vacuum and flip the balance of power out of your favor even to the extent they could extort you or threaten you force, even nukes, then yes, they're a potential 'Foe'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 2, 2012 1:07:30 PM


  10. The youngest Romney son who is "part Mexican"? Did either Mitt or Ann have an affair with a Mexican? Was there a transplant from a Mexican donor? Which part of this son is Mexican? Is the skin darker only on that part? Sorry Tank, just keeping it real.

    Posted by: parkrunner | Nov 2, 2012 1:07:37 PM


  11. Hey, approaching Russian oligarchs for investment money is certainly a step up from the folks his daddy got money from, Central and South American families behind death squads and drug money.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 2, 2012 5:26:16 PM


  12. Like father the Romney boys avoid the military but now we've got a candidate's kid going as a private citizen to the leader of a country who is our "Number one geopolitical foe" (Romney's words) to involve them in Daddy's election by reaching out to Putin?? Are the other sons planning on traveling to China or Iran to influence foreign policy? I mean who badmouths Russia publicly and then sends their kid to let them know privately that it's all for show? Or is it that Romney is sending his mutts out on an apology tour around the world already?  
     
    How utterly insulting to our President not to mention potentially dangerous to the country and it also shows a huge flaw in Romney's judgement. 
     
    I'm sorry he has so many sons what with one owning interests in voting machines in several states and another wanting to take a swing at the president - it's possible we'll be forced to  
    hear about them in future decades. It's well worth it to keep an eye on them as should the Justice Dept., CIA, FBI and probably the IRS too.

    Posted by: 7punk7 | Nov 3, 2012 1:43:51 PM


  13. Mexicans come in all colors. The youngest Romney probably inherited 'black Welsh' genes from both of his parents, or 'black Cornish' genes.

    What about Obama and Clinton in the military.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Nov 4, 2012 9:47:20 PM


  14. This all smacks rather distastefully of the Bush family and they're financial interests in the countries of oAmerica's so called 'enemies.' A little bit of history repeating?

    Posted by: Tristram | Nov 5, 2012 10:39:51 AM


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