March 23 - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Dick Durbin debate Russia on Face the Nation. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in on the crisis in Ukraine on Sunday. Speaking on the CBS news program Face the Nation, the former Republican Massachusetts governor criticized U.S. reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea last week. He blamed President Obama for failing to see where Russia was headed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MITT ROMNEY, FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR, SAYING: "Well, there's no question that the president's naiveté with regards to Russia, and his faulty judgment about Russia's intentions and objectives, has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face. And unfortunately, not having anticipated Russia's intentions, the president wasn't able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you're seeing in the Ukraine, as well as the things that you're seeing in Syria." But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin disagreed. He didn't think Russian President Vladimir Putin could have been deterred by a more aggressive U.S. policy abroad. He did say that sanctions were having an impact. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SENATOR DICK DURBIN SAYING: "Well, they certainly rocked the stock market in Russia for a few days and weeks, and they might continue to. If Vladimir Putin is conscious and aware of his standing in the world economy, he has to understand that this aggression in Crimea is not helping the reputation of Russia as a modern nation where you can do business. He's back to the old Soviet ways, and a lot of folks are going to hold back and pull back as a result of it. I think he may have second thoughts." President Obama has warned Russia of more sanctions that could target entire Russian industries.