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5 Times Democrats Collaborated With Russia for Political Gain

5 Times Democrats Collaborated With Russia for Political Gain

1. Obama Live Mic Comment

U.S. President Barack Obama speaking with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, March 27, 2012. | (Photo: Reuters/Larry Downing)

In March 2012, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement to the press regarding the subject of missile defense.

However, the bigger story for many was what a live mic caught President Obama saying to his Russian counterpart about having "more flexibility" following his reelection.

"On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it's important for him to give me space," said Obama to Medvedev, the "him" likely being current Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This is my last election," added Obama, "After my election, I have more flexibility."

Medvedev responded that he "will transmit this information to Vladimir."

"The exchange provided a rare glimpse of a world leader speaking frankly about the political realities he faces at home," reported The Washington Post in 2012 regarding the unscripted incident.

"... in an unscripted moment picked up by camera crews, the American president was more blunt: Let me get reelected first, he said; then I'll have a better chance of making something happen."

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