Mitt Romney, failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate
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Mitt Romney appears to be a sore loser.

The failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate told NBC News that he thinks Russian leader Vladmir Putin has outperformed Obama “time and time again on the world stage.”


During the interview, he described the U.S. and Russia as “geopolitical adversaries,” hitting Putin for giving cover to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and saying National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s asylum in Russia was a “bit of a stick in the eye of America.”

"We are, and I've said this before, geopolitical adversaries,” Romney told NBC. “Not enemies but adversaries geopolitically. And Putin lines up with Assad and gave Assad the cover that he needed and won a diplomatic battle with regards to Syria …

"And I think most observers of the international political scene suggest that Russia has elevated itself in stature and America has been diminished" as a result, Romney said.

But White House spokesman Jay Carney obviously did not agree, saying, "I obviously disagree with that."


Romney, who managed the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, said he does not have a problem taking his family to the Olympics in Sochi next month, despite the threat of terrorism.

“The hard sites will be safe,” he told NBC. “The athletes will be safe. Spectators when they’re in the venues will be safe.”

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