Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin have often been cause for heated debates among the presidential candidates in the United States. Some observers seriously saying that the winner of the upcoming United States election has become Putin. This phenomenon appeared due to the policy of outgoing President Barack Obama.
The presidential campaign in the United States is gaining momentum. During the debates, passions grows to the limit. Candidates for President speak out on a wide range of issues. And every time one way or another it comes to Russia.
A few words about Russia
“Russia and Vladimir Putin since 2012, occupy an important place among the American debate, all the candidates in presidents of the United States”
During yesterday’s debate, the presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who at the moment is the undisputed favorite in the presidential election campaign of the Democrats, described his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “interesting” and “respectful”.
“We’ve had moments very hard to communicate with each other,” she said. – Now we know that he has, to put it mildly, a mixed track record — And we need to figure out how to continue to deal with him. I know he’s someone you need to defend,” admitted Clinton, comparing Putin’s “badass that can take as much as you can, until you agree”.
She noted that she was pleased the European sanctions against Russia due to events in Crimea and the Donbass. “We should be together and not to allow Putin took a more aggressive stance in Europe and the middle East,” added the candidate.
Earlier, Clinton made a joke about Putin’s ability to be re-elected for a new term. “Putin has not many qualities that cause my admiration, but the fact that he can stand up and say, “I’ll be your next President” in their own attractive,” joked the ex-Secretary of state last fall.
Following this statement Clinton has promised to exert additional pressure on Russia if elected President.
Another contender from the Democrats – Bernie Sanders – in the same debate said about the need to change the approach to priorities in the field of defense and more funds to the fight against global terrorism, and not on the “Russian factor”. “Unfortunately, much of our defence budget remains devoted to the cold war with the Soviet Union. A very small part of the budget – less than 10% goes to fight with the Islamic state and international terrorism,” he said.
Republicans about Putin: from love to hate
The policy applying for the post of President of the United States (infographic)the Democrats say about Putin and Russia on almost every televised debates. Similar to the situation in the Republican camp who say and argue about Russia no less. The most popular candidate from “elephants” is billionaire Donald trump, who strongly supports Putin. Although Russia says it was not alone. At the end of last week, the former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush stated that Russia and China defend their interests more successfully in the USA.
“I don’t understand why the President believes that everything is going well. The terrorists go unpunished, China and Russia promote their interests at the speed of light, and we give them,” Bush said.
In mid-December, Bush criticized trump for his sympathy for Putin. According to Bush, the Russian leader wants to challenge the United States globally. “We (the US) lose our influence in the world, and Putin, on the contrary, increases. He is not our ally,” said the former Governor, calling Putin “a bully” and adding that he believes the show of force the best way to confront Russia on the international arena.
Recall that in mid-December, the trump called Putin a true leader, unlike the current leadership of the United States. “He (the President of the Russian Federation) runs the country, at least he’s a leader, unlike what is available in our country,” said trump.
He acknowledged that flattered by the opinion which he gave it to journalists in Moscow the Russian President. “It (the praise) is always good, especially if comes from a man who heads Russia”, – said the politician.
Putin called trump a talented and very bright person, no doubt”. “Not our business to determine its strengths, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race… He says he wants to move to another level of relations – a more dense, deep Russia, who are we not to welcome? Naturally, we welcome that”.
Great attention to Russia in connection with the election is given and in the media. Columnist Fox News called Putin the winner of the upcoming US elections. “Putin is confident that the next American President who will take office in January 2017, will help him again to make Russia great,” writes the author.
In his opinion, this has been the most successful for the United States to leave the world stage. However, the statements of the leading candidates from both parties indicate that they seem to be moving in this direction. “And at this moment comes into play Putin, after all, while withdrawal from the world stage will cost US, for the Russian President it will become an unexpected success,” – says columnist.
Speaking of candidates in US presidents, the author notes that the statements of the majority of them put Russia in an advantageous position.
The Washington Post believes that neither trump nor Clinton are not fit to “put Russia in its place”. The columnist writes that among all of the strategic errors of the Obama administration the biggest concerns of US policy towards Russia. “After we gave Vladimir Putin a piece of Europe and the Middle East, he ceased to fear that his aggression will stop,” – says the publication, adding that the next American President needs to have sufficient strength and dexterity to “put Putin on the spot.”
Blame Russia not fashionable
The scientist-americanist Dmitry Drobnicki in conversation with the newspaper VIEW noted that Russia and Vladimir Putin is in the pre-election debate of candidates in US presidents is not too large, but visible place. Perhaps, after the issues of the American economy and ISIS is the topic of the relationship with Russia and Putin’s role.
“Russia and Vladimir Putin since 2012, occupy an important place among the American debate, all the candidates in presidents of the United States. There are people who are willing to agree with him, and there are those who are against dialogue with Moscow. Previously, the theme of Russia was used as a residual, but now she took a more prominent role. Overall, however, the international theme is not the most important in the debate of candidates in US presidents. Most importantly for American voters – the economy. It will choose the President of the United States,” – said the analyst.
The interviewee noted that a rigid and uncompromising stance towards Russia is considered outdated and unfashionable, wrote about the columnist Fox News channel, Sean Douglas.
“Among the members of the Democratic party is not ready to deal with Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton. Joni Sanders and Martin O’malley are quite prepared to go on contact, but their ratings leave much to be desired. Hillary Clinton almost 100% wins the primaries,” – said the expert.
“Among the members of the Republican party of the United States stands out Donald trump who is an advocate of dialogue with Moscow. He believes that the lack of normal U.S. relations with Russia – personal fault and error Barack Obama. Trump is sure he is the strong man will be able to negotiate with another strong man. Second in the ranking, Ted Cruz, ready to talk with Putin, but with great reservations. It shows a hawk-pragmatics. Neoconservative Marco Rubio is ready to fight Putin to the end. He wants to establish a no-fly zone wherever possible, and to strengthen sanctions against Moscow”, – said the analyst.Related posts: