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article imageMitt Rommey's son, Matt Romney presents father's case in Russia

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 3, 2012 in Politics
The New York Times reported on Friday that a son of Mitt Romney did some negotiating of a sort with the Russians on behalf of his dad. Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, has been critical of Barack Obama for doing something similar.
Matt Romney, 41, Mitt's second oldest of five sons, traveled to Russia for a few days earlier this week to drum up financial support for the real estate firm he works for, Excel Trust. The younger Romney's company owns shopping centers in California and other U.S. states and seeks international funding.
Barack Obama: flexibility with Russia
While there he may have done for his father what his father, back in March, had criticized Barack Obama for doing. The N.Y. Times reports that "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 an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer back in March, Mitt Romney responded critically to a report that Obama told then-Russian president Dmitri Medvedev he would have "more flexibility" when dealing with Russia after he won a second term. Mitt Romney told Blitzer "...this is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe, they fight every cause for the world's worst actors, the idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed."
A Russian government official told media that they had not known the younger Romney had been in their country.
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