Ryan: ‘Mitt Was Right’ about Russia

by Andrew Johnson

With the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, Paul Ryan can’t help but imagine how much more prepared a President Mitt Romney would have been to handle the situation.

“There are moments when I just look down, shake my head, and say ‘I can’t believe we lost to these guys’ — this is one of those moments,” said Ryan, Romney’s vice-presidential pick in 2012, on Fox News on Tuesday. “Mitt was right.”

Ryan labeled President Obama’s approach to Russia as “naïve” and a “total failure.”

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Romney was routinely mocked for saying that Russia remained a geopolitical threat, including in debates with President Obama. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” the president said at one point.

Ultimately though, Ryan said, the administration’s inability to recognize the threat of Russian president Vladimir Putin led to the country’s current aggression in Ukraine, and he has seen few indicators that President Obama will appropriately address the situation. “I’m not sure that he’s going to be leading as he ought to be in this situation,” he said.

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