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

Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Matt, Charlotte NC

    I think Mitt is a bit off base. I actually think that most Americans would agree that TALKING with enemy states is a good idea. How else do you resolve your issues? I've never understood how the current administration continues to abhor dialogue, despite the obvious fact that not talking to your enemies does nothing but engender greater mistrust and dislike.

    July 27, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    I've noticed a lot of Karl Marx/communist/socialist fear-mongering tactics thrown out by Republicans lately. I would be willing to bet the vast majority have no idea what socialism is, how it probably has been a benefit to them (minimum wage, child labor protection, etc.). Even the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist!
    The problem with the "Right", is that they generally don't consider anyone other than their own economic elite. Oh sure, they get the manipulated masses to vote for them with single issue distractions like abortion or the bible. The "Right" added the "one nation under god" segment to the Pledge during times of fear and warmongering not too much unlike today.
    I'm not even necessarily pro-socialism, but the fear tactics used lately is obvious and pathetic. "Communist News Network"? Duh!

    July 27, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Robert, Edwards AFB, CA

    Suppose we should "stay the course" then, Mitt?

    July 27, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. William, New York

    What's wrong with "European-type state.' again?

    Less corporate interest manipulation of the government?

    July 27, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Steve, Lyons

    Romney – like he matters.

    The biggest flip-flopper ever has no real positions, no real identity. If the far right wants a candidate who's been almost a decrier of the Republican party, please do nominate him.

    And yes, Mitt, Dems *are* measuring drapes. If you think this criminal party is getting another chance, you're sadly mistaken.

    Since there's no reason for us to be in Iraq, especially now, than whatever ol' "Get A" Mitt whines about concerning Dem positions is meaningless.

    July 27, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Jay Geary, Lakeland, Florida

    Get a grip, Mitt. No one's falling for this right-wing, red-baiting blather. The only Marxists anyone knows, let alone takes seriously, these days are Grouch, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo. I don't think Hillary's got any ideas about putting their faces on a new Mt. Rushmore.

    July 27, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Romney needs to be tested for Drugs – he is hallucinating again!

    July 27, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Justin, Chicago IL

    Mitt Romney is simply playing smart politics. Instead of focusing his energy on playing "catch-up" with the other Republican candidates, he is focusing his energy on the Democrats. And Hillary Clinton DID say that "this has been a do-it-yourself economy for too long. This needs to be a 'shared responsibility' and 'we're-in-it-together' economy. Sounds like socialism to me.

    July 27, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    As far as "most Americans" wanting Obama style foreign relations. Yeah, right.

    Romney is the best! Go Mitt.

    July 27, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Steven Archambault, Albuquerque, NM

    I for one wish we did live in a European style state....ah, it would mean safer cities, better access to health care, better transportation systems, better food, and particularly more style.

    July 27, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Kojo

    Romney is right,as someone who stayed in Europe for years before comming to America,i know how bad the European system is leading to a lack of opportunities as you can see the high unemployment rate in France.The Europeans have realised that and are now moving to the right.

    July 27, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Eric, Portland Texas

    Mitt is a stellar leader– a man of integrity who is methodical in his problem solving. He will also act as a representative of the people who elect him as opposed to serving his own interests. I don't think there is another candidate like that– especially not Clinton.

    July 27, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Travis

    Apparently none of you lived in the 1900's. Either that or you didn't learn the most important lesson of the era - socialism is awful.

    Deaths by socialist dictators:
    USSR – 61,911,000, China – 45,236,000, Cambodia – 2,035,000, Vietnam – 1,678,000, North Korea – 1,663,000

    Unemployment Rates:
    France: 8.9%, Finland: 8.5%, Germany: 9.2%, Spain: 11.3%
    United States: 4.4%

    Tax Rates:
    Denmark: 38-59%, France: 10%-48.09%, Germany: 15-42%, Spain: 15-45%
    United States: 0-35%

    Wow, sign me up for some of that!

    July 27, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I for one wish we did live in a European style state….ah, it would mean safer cities, better access to health care, better transportation systems, better food, and particularly more style.

    Not to mention rampant unemployment, and ridiculous out of control taxation. Go live there if you want Europe's system so badly..

    July 27, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Scott Austin, TX

    Wait a while, you'll see Romney flip-flop on this one, too.

    July 27, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I remember similar comments made by Republicans about Democrats "measuring for drapes" before they got their 'thumpin in November...is this a sign of things to come?

    July 27, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Roaming Romney!He will roam with any idea to get elected.What has Bush's capitalism left America?Run away deficit benefitting Socialist China,outsourcing and millions of insured Americans.Enough of roaming economics,vote out Republicans!

    July 27, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Brendan, Corryton TN

    The people who will decide the 2008 presidential race are the ones who are sick of right-left baiting.

    I haven't heard a thing from Romney about what he would actually do as president. All I've seen him do is throw the people of Massachusetts under his campaign bus.

    And dammit CNN, get a copy editor for your blogs. 'American is not happy'?

    July 27, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. S Bengtson, Pheoinx AZ

    who's Romeny?

    July 27, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. David, Gilbert Arizona

    America doesn't want a wishy-washy flip-flopper who changes his mind more often than Imelda Marcos changed her shoes.

    It's easier for Mitt to criticize other candidates than it is for him to discuss his own campaign.

    "We can't have as a nation 40 million people saying I don't have insurance and if I get sick I want someone else to pay" Mitt Romney -

    So, Mr. Romney, what do you do with those 40 million uninsured people? Surprise! Indirectly we are all paying for those people already in higher insurance and healthcare costs.

    "It's a conservative idea insisting that individuals have responsibility for their own health care. I think it appeals to people on both sides of the aisle – insurance for everyone without a tax increase." Mitt Romney -

    So, Mr. Romney, how exactly do you cover 40 million uninsured individuals without a tax increase? If these people can't afford insure right now how can you say they should be responsible for their own insurance and at the same time say insurance for all at with no tax increase?

    Oh that's right, it's a market driven system Mr. Romney proposes. Allow insurance companies to offer affordable insurance to those 40 million people in need so that everyone can get the care they require. Well surprise! There are already low cost insurance programs available. The problem is that they don't cover many ailments. In other words Mitt's plan is to do nothing for the 40 million un-insured.

    Those quotes come right off the Mitt Romney website.

    When asked how his presidency would deal with childhood obesity Mitt says the states' school systems should deal with the issue. The federal government should not get involved. Way to pass the buck on that one Mr. Romney. So, once again, Mitt's answer if to do nothing. It isn't his problem.

    July 27, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Mike, HI

    I'm no socialist, but I think funding military operations in Iraq and around the region for the next ten years is far more dangerous to us economically than a President who would be willing to sign in some universal health care plan.

    Of course, I'd rather have neither, which is why I'm a Paul man. And if he can't get the presidency, I'm hoping Republicans will somehow take back Congress and we can get a Democratic president. Assuming it's possible for them to work together.

    July 27, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Trang Vuong

    Why is this has to be either or scenario? There are good aspects about the socialist system and there are good aspects about the capitalist system or the ideas that inspire such a system. We just have to find the right balance.

    July 27, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Stephen

    democratic socialism is different then a socialist dictatorship. The only elected socialist In the US is a senator from Vermont.

    July 27, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Jeremy, Gastonia, NC

    That is all the republicans ever do, play on fear. When in actuality if you look at the facts, Republicans are using the War on Terror as a bumpersticker, or otherwise known as playing on fear. I would also wager that History argues that talking with enemies helps situations, now I wouldn't neccesarily willie-nillie, but where we can protect a certain image. Three Administrations talk with the Soviet Union when it was Communist. And I agree what is wrong with a "European States".

    July 28, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  25. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    David – I disagree with your "pass the buck" conclusion.

    Republicans aren't about big government reaching into everybody's lives and telling them how they should be or how to live.

    The responsibility for obese children lies first and foremost with their parents, then their community and schools, then the city, then the state... etc. It isn't pass the buck, it is put the power to act where it rightfully belongs.

    By your logic, if there is a fat child in your neighborhood, then the blame lies with the U.S. President? Talk about passing the buck!!!

    July 28, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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