Monday, March 03, 2008

Clinton vs. Obama vs. McCain: Russia

Hillary, Barack, and John issued statements on the election of Dmitriy Medvedev to be Putin's successor as Russian president. All three see the election as a farce, which of course it was. Here is a comparison of what they say about the issues the U.S. will have to deal with concerning Russia, as opposed to concerns about what is happening inside Russia. I have provided links to each of the statements. Huckabee made no statement. [my comments are added in red]

Hillary Clinton: ... "we are witnessing renewed disputes between Russia and many of its neighbors." [specifically she notes: Estonia, Georgia, the Balkans] ... [she then makes some comments about how she would do much better than Pres. Bush has done] ... "I will be ready to work with Russia where our interests intersect – fighting terrorism and nuclear proliferation are just two examples ..."

Barack Obama: ... "The United States, however, will need to work with President Medvedev on a range of issues of common concern, such as preventing weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists, addressing Iran's nuclear ambitions, reducing our nuclear arsenals, and securing stable supplies of oil and gas from Russia. ..." [His statement is far shorter than Hillary's but is a little more specific in some sample issues.]

John McCain: [McCain's was the shortest and only dealt with the tragedy of the election.]


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