2 November 2012, 21:57

Romney’s son: to Russia with message for Putin

Romney’s son: to Russia with message for Putin

Mitt Romney has made a point throughout his campaign to refer, with teeth, to Russia as our country's "number one geopolitical foe" and promising to have "more backbone" than Barack Obama when dealing with the Kremlin. But that's all just bluster, says Romney's second-oldest son Matt, who made a sojourn this week to the former Soviet Union in search of investors for his real estate company.

According to Matt's colleague, it was just a "harmless trip," but the New York Times has the juicy geopolitical gossip via an anonymous source:

[...] while in Moscow, 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.

Now we're used to these rascals saying things they don't mean, but that sure sounds like some massive foreign policy undermining just days before the election. Can a grown man get grounded?

The Romney campaign has opted not to comment, but we can imagine Mitt's defense in his own words: "Look, I got five boys. I'm used to people saying something that's not always true and just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I'll believe it." Who's getting fooled here?

Romney’s son visits Moscow in search of investors for his firm

While Republican nominee Mitt Romney is presenting Russia as the U.S.’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe”, his son Matt Romney, obviously driven by the “investors matter most” principle, is travelling to Moscow to advertise business opportunities to potential Russian partners.

According to western media, the second-eldest son of the Republican presidential nominee visited Moscow this week in search of investment for the retail holding Excel Trust, where he has been serving as senior vice-president of capital markets since 2009.

“It is a harmless trip,” Greg Davis, the firm’s vice-president, is cited as saying. “It would have nothing to do with anything governmental.”

But, as become known the media’s sources, Matt Romney managed to deliver a message to President Vladimir Putin that, despite the campaign rhetoric, his father wants good relations with Russia, if he becomes president.

During his campaign, Mitt Romney repeatedly accused his rival Obama of not being tough enough towards Russia over such issues as the Syrian crisis and Iran’s nuclear program.

US presidential race: breakdown of candidates' campaign trail expenditures

As the next US presidential elections are only a weekend away, and both candidates are on their final stretch to sway voters to their sides, mass media are already tallying up how much the campaigns have spent.

The campaigns are compared in terms of money spent on advertising (TV ads since April 10, 2012), raised and trips made by the candidates.

What we see is that Obama’s advertising budget has surpassed twofold that of Romney’s: $307 billion to $145 billion. The most considerable sums were spent surely in the swing states – Florida, where Obama paid out $61 million and Romney only $35 million, followed by Ohio, $54 million to $29 million, and Virginia, $44 million to $26 million.

When it comes to fundraising, the same picture is displayed: Obama’s campaign is leading Romney’s, but only by a one-third: $556 billion to $340 billion. The figures for September 30, 2012 show that California’s financial support for the Democratic party has been the most extensive: $51 million. While Texas, a strongly Republican state, has donated as much as $26 million.

Meanwhile, the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, has defeated Obama as the most travelling candidate. During the campaign he has made 266 trips, Obama – only 198. Their destinations have proved both candidates have been strategically concentrating on specific states: Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Iowa.

And finally, calculating the average figures of all polls conducted till October 31, 2012, the outcome will show President Obama is holding a mere 1 point edge over Romney.

Obama and Romney’s campaigns sending lawyers to polling places

Next Tuesday the presidential campaign will enter its next phase: the candidates’ supporters will vote, and the votes will be counted. Both campaigns are going to send legions of lawyers to polling places to observe the voting process and, if needed, initiate legal actions.

The Democrats will send about 2,500 lawyers to Ohio, one of the major battleground states. 600 lawyers will be working in Cuyahoga County, one of the biggest counties of the state. The Republicans will have a smaller team in the county – about 70 people. But they are recruiting volunteers to work at the polling stations.

Robert S. Frost, the chairman of the county Republican Party, said their volunteers would be at those polling places where they were thinly represented in past elections. He thinks that the Democrats do not rule out the option to move the race, which is bound to be close, to courts, that’s why they need such a huge team of lawyers.

According to the campaigns, the number of their recruitment is neither higher nor lower to those of the past two presidential elections, they are similar. But, they note, this time the recruitment began earlier and appears to be more widely spread.

Fates of Obama and Romney to be decided by swing states

While polls continue to show a tight race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, it is becoming clear now that election outcome will be determined by results in the battleground states.

Major swing states like Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada will finally decide the candidates’ campaigns. These states’ records show different results for the major parties.

Voting results in other states are quite foreseeable. California (55 electoral votes) and New York (29) historically vote for Democrats, while Texas (38 electoral votes) and Georgia (16) have most often been marked red.

A look at the latest statistics is saying now that 538 electoral votes are proportionally awarded at the moment. That leaves room for a surprise on Election Day for the candidates.

Voice of Russia,  New York Times, RT, CNN

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