His October 22nd foreign policy debate with Governor Mitt Romney may
hold some clues. Naturally, you wouldn’t expect either debater to focus
on Ukraine, but it’s still striking just how little attention was paid
to Ukraine’s neighborhood—Europe and Russia.
Neither Obama nor Romney mentioned Europe or the European Union, even
once. Ditto for Germany. France, the United Kingdom, and Poland got one
mention apiece, but only in passing, while Greece got two, but only as a
metaphor for a fate that needs to be avoided. Russia was mentioned  10 times, mostly in the below exchange:
OBAMA: Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaeda is a
threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest
geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaeda; you
said Russia, and the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign
policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.