Republicans are forcing President Barack Obama to pay a political price for telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have more “flexibility” on missile defense policy after November’s election.
The remark has enabled the GOP not only to label the president a flip-flopper but also to pose the ominous question: What else is he hiding until after the election?
The comment also weakens the Obama campaign’s effort to portray Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper after a Romney aide said he will reset his general election campaign like an Etch A Sketch toy.
Obama, at a nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, told Medvedev over a microphone he didn’t realize was live, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility on missile policy."
Hours after the statement, the Republican National Committee produced a video called “After the Election,” challenging the president’s intentions. “What else is on Obama’s agenda after the election that he isn’t telling you?” the video says.
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Romney said in a statement, “The American people have a right to know where else he plans to be ‘flexible’ in a second term. Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage. This is a president who is telling us one thing and doing something else.”
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