But on Monday, Romney looked to punch back at the president, reminding listeners of Obama's own Russia-related gaffe. During a meeting in March, the president was caught on an open mic telling then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that it would be best to negotiate a European missile defense system after the November election.
“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," Obama said.
Romney seized on the private remark again to knock the president.
“And I was appalled that the president said to Medvedev, 'Just wait till after the election when I have more flexibility,' " Romney said. "How is it that he has flexibility with Russia he won’t tell the American people about? My own view is that Russia has a very different agenda than ours and that we ought to recognize that, and that we should pursue our interests, but recognize Russia as having a different course.”