July 27th, 2007
03:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney: America doesn't want a Democratic 'left turn' in '08

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a campaign stop in Adel, Iowa Friday that Democrats shouldn’t be “measuring the drapes and getting the carpet all ready“ for the White House.

“American is not happy with how the war in Iraq has gone, and is angry, but is not ready to put somebody in the White House who would turn America into a European-type state,” he said.

Romney took shots at each of the three Democratic front-runners. Specifically, he charged Hillary Clinton with promoting economic policies that are “out with Adam Smith and in with Karl Marx.” He also criticized John Edwards for his May comments referring to the War on Terror a “bumper sticker slogan,” and painted Barack Obama’s willingness to talk with enemy states as “a left turn Americans don’t want to take.”

–CNN's Mark Norman

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  1. DonnyCantonOH

    Come On Republicans.... Put Romney on your ticket so Hillary can tear him apart!

    July 28, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Neal - Nevada City, California

    Out with Adam Smith and in with Karl Marx. A good sound bite, Mitt, but how terribly sophomoric. I feel for you Republicans out there when your leaders sound so desperate, throwing around simplistic, mindless rhetoric on the national stage. How wildly they grasp; hoping to gain some momentum, to stir you in some way, even if it means invoking that same old, tired, fraudulent Ayn Randian, Cold War, Trickle-Down rhetoric.

    Does Mitt actually think the United States has a capitalist economy? What we have is a MIXED ECONOMY. Don't let them keep talking to you like you're 10 years old. Don't let them stir you with empty slogans – that's how we got stuck with W. Twice.

    If you want an intelligent, moral, deeply Christian family man to follow, check out Obama. His party affiliation should not matter. My guess is that his ideas and ways of looking at the country are not far from your own.

    July 28, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Ross, Philadelphia, PA

    I hope that Mitt Romney is the GOP choice for the general election. He is the John Kerry of the Republican Party, and Clinton or Obama would beat him in a walk.

    July 28, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. David, Gilbert Arizona


    You missed the point completely. If you go to Mitt's website the discussion was health care and how would Mitt change the system we have today. The man that asked the question of Mitt was a doctor dealing with child ailments and obesity.

    Everyone of Mitt's responses put the problems solely on the individual. Specifically Mitt said the problem of insuring the 40 million people without insurance is a matter best dealt with the individual and healthcare insurance providers, like insurance companies are going to cut their prices.

    Child obesity is a social problem that affects low income folks the most. Families on low incomes or subsidized incomes cannot afford healthy diets. For whatever reason healthy foods cost more than foods which are high in fat. Is child obesity the fault of the parent? Sure it is but what other options do parents have available to them? Mitt's answer to parents is twist in the wind. It isn't his problem.

    Every child, regardless of the situation, is INDEED the responsibility of the President. He or she represents every person in the country. That's what he or she is elected to do.

    Mitt's answer to the tough issues is to not deal with them at all. I'd vote for spongebob squarepants before I'd vote for Mitt Romney.

    Fred Thompson makes a MUCH better choice.

    July 28, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    "If you want an intelligent, moral, deeply Christian family man to follow, check out Obama.

    Gay marriage isn't deeply Christian, regardless of party affiliation.

    July 28, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Andrew Rivea

    How could an elitist like Romney know anything about what real America wants or needs. Empty rhetoric continues to plague these cons. In reality the general public is not that interested in politics. I believe they are starting to pay attention to these political salesmen.

    July 28, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. mike l pottstown pa

    Shawnie, the Republicans don't get into peoples' lives and tell them how to live. Since when? They tell us not to have abortions and continuously try to change the law of the land. They tell us not to criticize the government that is supposed to work for us. They tell us taxes are bad, but continually look for tax breaks for their friends and promote tax-funded pork in their districts. They want surveillance on everyone in the name of "national security." They want to get rid of "activist" judges and replace them with their own activists like Alito and Roberts. Etc., etc., and so forth.

    July 28, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By Shawnie – Grants Pass, OR: "Gay marriage isn’t deeply Christian, regardless of party affiliation."

    Either is pluralist marriage, or getting baptized for someone who has already died, or that Native Americans were originally decended from Isrealites.

    The Dead Sea scrolls actually exist. Where are the golden tablets?

    July 28, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. kevin, san diego

    i pry Mitt gets the nomination. That way we could easily win the white house!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 28, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Greg Fair Bartlett, IL

    A thought on Romney's comment about "measuring the drapes" in a possible Democratic White House in November... "America... left turn... Karl Marx... Karl Marx? The "mainstream" conservative of today is much closer to Facism than "mainstream" liberals are to Communism. How dare they compare any Democratric cantidate or philosophy (sp.?) to Karl Marx. When will the American people wake up and realize what these barbarians are doing to progress, decency, and our status in the eyes of the world community? It appears that any Republicn administration will produce the same 19th century cabal of religious fundamentalists, intolerant bigots, and an anti-intellectual stantard of thought which will only continue our downward spiral into a darkness of racism, meaness, hatred, and greed that may have been acceptible in the late 1800s, but in the modern age will only result in further dividing us at a time when we should be pulling together, and make us the laughing stock of the civilized world! Thank you, had to get that out. PS.. A little criticism of the left... Get some guts! I understand that liberals are in general more civilized than conservatives but America loves a winner! Stand up to these people and give as good as you are getting!! Even if it is not in your nature, when the barbarians are at the gates, you better respond with "tit for tat" or they will win every time.. If it was a Democratic administration that "outed" a CIA operative, Republicans would be screaming for a trial for treason and the death penalty for the guilty. What have we heard from Democrats on this issue? Nada!! Is there nobody in America to stand up to these people and allow us to progress into the 21st century? Well, thank you for allowing me to comment.

    Greg Fair

    July 28, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  11. Marwan

    I lived in a country where the government handled every aspect of the individual's life. It failed and it fails every time. The role of government should be to guarantee individual freedom to run their own affairs. Government sponsored health care is a disaster. Socialism kills innovation and prosperity. I immigrated to this country when i was 25 and had nothing except for the determination to have a better life. I attended school, again and became a successful professional. The government had nothing to do with that except provide me with the freedom to follow my aspirations. That is what I want for future generations. Don't be naive thinking the government knows best, only you know what is best for you. Keep that in mind regardless who is in office. I don't know what Mitt stands for but I do agree with him on not turning America into European-type state.

    July 29, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    But the liberal geniuses "who always know what is right for us" think socialism is great and the government should take more from the people who earn it and "share" it with the people that don't earn as much.

    That way you have a voting block for decades, who based on your false promises will have NO incentive to better themselves and you will continualy blame the "other" party (with the medias help) for their downfall.

    Now that is genius.

    July 30, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. sesom, atlanta, georgia

    Come on Mitt the world is tied of this boom x2 rhythm. Give planet a break and talk peace. We need peace even though submerged in the sea of poverty, peace and unity in diversity is the answer.

    July 31, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Peg Mallett Wayland, MA

    If you never set foot in Massachusetts again, we'll be happy for it! You should be ashamed of your disloyalty and manipulative posturing. I pray that it backfires!

    August 5, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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