October 15th, 2007
10:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Craig: Romney 'threw me under the campaign bus'

Craig is not happy with how the Romney campaign treated him.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican caught in a Minneapolis bathroom sex sting this summer, said presidential candidate Mitt Romney "threw me under the campaign bus" when news of his arrest came out.

"He not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again," Craig told NBC's Matt Lauer in an interview set to air later this week on the "Today" show.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, said Craig's behavior was "disgraceful" and called for Craig's resignation when news of the senator’s arrest came out at the end of August. (Ticker: Romney: Craig has to look at his conscience)

Craig was Romney's Senate liaison before resigning from the campaign.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden defended the presidential candidate's response. "Governor Romney simply believes that a public office is a public trust," Madden said. "He believes when a public official enters a guilty plea, they have broken that public trust and should step aside for the sake of their constituents."

Related: Sen. Craig says he'll appeal

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Keith Franklin, Tn

    Hypocrisy at work!!

    All we need know is Karl Rove to come out and show that Romney set Craig up with the cops.

    How does any regular Republican stomach this Hall-of Shamer??????????

    October 15, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |


    October 15, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. RightyTighty

    As he should have..

    October 15, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    First of all, I think Craig should do the people of Idaho a favor: either step down as senator, or admit to being gay (or both).

    Also, if found guilty as admitted, Senator Craig will hurt Romney's campaign as a result of the association.

    October 15, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Mariella

    Let's all cry for poor Senator Bathroom Craig! My gawd – the guy speaks and acts with forked tongue and then he wants someone to feel sorry for him! Yeesh, that's what is wrong with politics from Hillary to the White House!

    October 15, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Mike F., Kalamazoo, MI

    Well, duh... when corruption and scandal are what the Republican Party is being known for in the minds of most lately, there's something to be said for draining the swamp... Sen. Craig thought he could try to hide from his actions, and it's right for members of his party to ask him, for their own sake, to step aside.

    Larry Craig probably thought he could stay a respected member of the party through all this... unfortunately for him, he's not in the same party as William Jefferson, Barney Frank, or Ted Kennedy, but rather a party that is actively trying to clean up their image.

    October 15, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. looneytune

    Romney should have held his head in the toilet and given him a couple of good swirlies. Maybe that would make him think twice before tap dancing in the men’s bathroom next time..

    October 15, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Raman, Plano TX

    My mama used to say it makes you feel good when you talk about a particularly bad experience and get it off your chest.

    Whether Mr. Romney set you up or was it Karl Rove does not matter (as proposed by Keith Franklin, TN).

    What matter is "In the end, the universe tends unfold as it should".

    October 15, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. No name, just for the CNN staff

    Is there a group counseling session available for those high people in the public eye who have embarrassed themselves in front of a mass audience or in front of the public medium of reporting?

    George Michael, Pee Wee (Paul Reubens), Jerry Lee Lewis, nearly every teen idol...

    October 15, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. RJ, SV, AZ

    Larry Craig is one of the biggest whiners in American politics to date. "What do you think about that 'Senator'?"

    October 15, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. MediaJunkie, Washington, DC

    Many GOP leaders have put their support behind Larry Craig, and Romney did indeed throw him under the campaign bus. But is that really that surprising? Romney is trying to court fundamentalist Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin. And Craig is deluding himself if he thinks he wouldn't do the same thing.

    October 15, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Travis

    Lets see, you embarrass Romney and somehow it is his fault?

    October 15, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Larry Craig threw himself "under a bus" by violating the trust placed in him by Idaho voters, his wife, family, and country as a whole.

    Evidently Craig has no shame and does not care that he is harming the Republican Party during this critical presidential race. My sincere sympathy to his long suffering wife.

    Anyone with an ounce of political fairness knows that Larry Craig does NOT represent all Republicans any more than Marion Barry and Bill Clinton represented all Democrats during their respective sex scandals.

    October 15, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. CJ, Richmond VA

    Senator Craig, you pled guilty. Now you say you're not guilty. LIE # 1. You said you'd resign if the guilty plea was not retractable. You haven't. LIE #2. Why should anyone want you on their team?

    October 15, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Magliovelli, Menlo Park CA

    Maybe these two boys should take it outside....or into the men's room.

    October 15, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Raman, Plano TX

    CJ, Richmond VA

    I hope you understand we are past the stage of whether Sen. Craig lied or not.

    In his speech he mentioned he intends to resign, and had not tendered his resignation.

    So will you please move on.

    Now as Sen. Craig mentioned, he has strong suspicion he was setup. And I cannot fault him for thinking that. I also do not imply that officer Dave had the intention to incriminate Sen. Craig.

    But somehow Sen. Craig's story does ring a bell somewhere that he was setup. And it would be worth while to explore that possibility.

    Remember that Sen. Craig is elected memeber of senate from Idaho and he has support from his people, so your worthless talk about team does not wash.

    October 15, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Newton, Chicago, IL

    While looking for anonymous, homosexual sex in an airport bathroom is irresponsible, it probably doesn't disqualify Craig from being a senator. What does is his sorry, naive attempt at covering up the incident. He's a cheat and a liar, plain and simple.

    October 15, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Mia

    Oh Waaah. You've got your spot in the Idaho Hall of Shame. What did you expect. The red carpet?

    October 15, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "unfortunately for (Larry Craig), he's not in the same party as William Jefferson, Barney Frank, or Ted Kennedy, but rather a party that is actively trying to clean up their image."

    – – –
    The Republicans are trying to clean up their image? What about Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska? What about Bob Allen, McCain's Florida co-chairman soliciting for sex? What about Thomas Ravenel, Giuliani's South Carolina Campaign manager facing cocaine charges? What about Sen. David Vitter's infidelity? No Republican wants to discuss the man who replaced the similarly disgraced Sen. Robert Livingstone. Republican morality ends if there's a chance he would be replaced by a Democrat. What did the Republicans do about Dennis Hastert and the others who knew about Rep. Mark Foley? What about the pardoning of 4-time felon Scooter Libby? If they care about their image so much, why do so many want Newt Gingrich to run again?

    Republicans have jumped on Craig because they know they can pretend they are not hypocrites and safely get him replaced with another Republican.

    October 15, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Mia

    Raman said: "I hope you understand we are past the stage of whether Sen. Craig lied or not."

    "We" - as in the people of Idaho? If Bill Clinton did this would you be "over it?" Yeah, like flies on dung. As soon as the GOP stops enabling these hypocrites, the sooner they can get their self-respect back and win some elections. Can't blame Romney for not wanting to shake his hand...

    October 15, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Dale, Boise, ID

    Well let's have a pity party for Sen. Craig! So he thinks what he did is not disgraceful? Please resign.

    October 15, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Daniel, NY

    Craig is proving to be a constant distraction to the GOP. Which is the best possible scenario for Democrats who are an uphill fight in ID but might just have a chance if Craig continues to exercice a shadow over his party.

    October 15, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. cary lowell, in.

    until Craig can explain his foot in the other stall and placing his hand on the stall divider, yes, he was obscene!

    October 15, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Brian, Decatur, GA

    The only person that threw Craig under a bus is himself! He needs to take responsibility for his own actions instead of blaming everyone else for his problems. It is his own behavior that caused his problem. He needs to resign and go back under the rock that he climbed out from under.

    October 15, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. MB, Orlando, FL

    Craig is the worst kind of person – a hypocrite. Who got exposed as clear as day what a hypocrite he was. Go clean your act up Craig. You have no business in the halls of the Senate.

    October 15, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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