Romney’s anti-Russian stance just politics?

November 2, 2012

The Post's WorldViews blog analyzes a message Mitt Romney's son reportedly sent to Vladmir Putin during a recent trip to Moscow.

According to the New York Times, Matt Romney "told a Russian known to be able to deliver messages" to Putin that despite frequently taking a harsh line on Russia during the campaign, his father hopes to have a good relationship with Putin if he becomes president. Here's Max Fisher's take on what that implies: 

 Assuming that Baker’s source is correct that Romney’s son is downplaying that rhetoric, and assuming that Matt Romney is correct about how his father would govern, it would seem to portray the presidential candidate’s anti-Russian stance as more about campaign politics than about the foreign policy of a hypothetical Romney administration. In other words, it suggests that Romney would follow a Russia policy a bit more like Obama’s.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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