April 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney takes swipes at 'elitist' Obama

Romney had some sharp words for Obama.
Romney had some sharp words for Obama.

(CNN) - In a sign he's comfortable playing the attack dog for John McCain's presidential campaign, Mitt Romney issued stinging criticisms of Barack Obama Friday, calling the Illinois senator a "quintessential politician."

"He, in the debate, made a number of promises that he cannot possibly deliver - populist approaches that sound good to the public but that are counter to the growth and strength of our economy and the well-being of our nation," Romney, who abandoned his own presidential bid in February, told the National Journal.

In an apparent reference to Obama's recent comments calling some small town Americans "bitter," Romney also said the Democratic presidential candidate has "subscribed fully to the kind of elitist view of America that has long characterized those of the most liberal persuasion in our country."

"So I think what's happening is that people are getting a better sense about Barack Obama," Romney continued. "They didn't know who he was… but now we're getting a better view of Barack Obama as the - not just the liberal, but the political liberal that he is."

Romney was a fierce critic of John McCain when the two were primary rivals, though he has since repeatedly praised McCain and indicated his willingness to serve as the Arizona senator's running mate.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Mitt Romney
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Chris from San Antonio

    I'll be sure to take notes from a quitter.

    April 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Over It in Indiana

    Romney is a putz. Loser held out as presedential candiadate for what, 5 or 6 minutes, before he caved. This guy is a major flip-flopper on the issues. He is irrelevant.

    April 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    Funny coming from you Mitt and your $30 mil. salary. Calling the kettle black like you did when you attacked McCain about immigration, while illegal immigrants worked on your own house. Hypocrite

    April 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Adam, Plano, TX

    sorry Romney, but you are the epitome of elitism.

    April 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Roger

    Romney is as real as his hair!

    April 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Oh Mittens

    So Mittens comes out calling Obama an elitist? Honestly, we're supposed to believe this coming from a multi millionaire who basically bank rolled his entire failing run at the presidency? This has to be a joke right? Romney was bourne with a silver spoon up his arse. He didn't grow up with a single mom working hard to make ends meet. Same old Bush tactics, I'm glad to see Romney is so un-original. Oh Mittens.

    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Say What?

    I love how the most wealthiest candidates attack him for being "elitist". Romney, you are not relevant. Go away you flip-flopper.

    Last time I checked, MA wasn't exactly the most affordable state to live in and didn't you govern that state? Get real, Mitt!

    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Jason, Grundy, VA

    Mitt Romney calling Obama an elitist? Now that's funny.

    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. tell the truth

    Well, look whos is talking. We care about problems. Do not be tricked. Vote with facts not your heart.

    Vote Obama for you and your children. Please not another 4 years of Bush/McCain. I just pay 4.19 for a gallon of gas in CA. I'm Bitter and mad.

    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Peter

    It is clear that Clinton and the republicans have the same agenda. They are all attacking Obama. I wonder why? Is Hillary a closet-republican?

    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. GoHillary

    Obama you're little league trying to play with the big boys. Don't complain when you get hurt.

    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. obama 08

    oh stop trying get into the stop light. HELLO you are out of the race. and truly poeple who say he obama is an elistest beacuse of that bitter comment is taking it waaaaaaaaay out of context. its gettng to teh point of ridicuolous

    April 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Ross in MD

    What is up with these 100 million dollar politicians criticizing Obama for being elitist?

    Do they think they are fooling anyone?

    April 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. il voter

    looser, so he wants to be VP if McCain elected.

    April 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. your breath stinks

    Attack dog? more like a toy poodle in a sweater.

    April 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. tar

    Mitt Romney, how are we the American people suppose to believe anything you say. First of all, you lost big time to John McCain. Secondly, you criticize John McCain royally and is now praising him. So what do we suppose to believe now, the criticism or the praise? When John McCain do not select you, Mitt Romney as the VP running mate, will you then go back to criticizing him?

    Mitt Romney please shut up, because what you says have no validity, because you have none.

    tar

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. sean

    ha – that's "rich"...the guy who tried to purchase the republican nomination is pointing the "elitist" finger....um, yea, Mitt....you should probably let someone else make that accusation...coming from you, it's like Senator Larry Craig making a gay accusation....noone's going to be convinced..

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Grif

    Where have you been?? There's still a place at the Table! You do the Job you're best at... Why should you worry? You had you're Run..
    If you had been #1/... You would never have run out of Funds...
    Now you play the position, as a chosen defence...

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Walter, Long Beach

    Let's explore all of the exclusive and discriminatory doctrines of that cult Romney's so proud of and we'll just see who the "elitist" really is.

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Barry

    how those magical underwear holdin up mitt?

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Arkansas Undertaker

    Mitt Romney is aan elitist Ronald Reagan Mormon who is out of touch with the entire American Population.

    He tore John McCain down and now he praises him in order to get the VP spot on the McCain ticket.

    Mitt is as about as important to me as Karl Rove.

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    Romney? Are you kidding me? This is hysterical?

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Henry

    Obama is better than 111 Romneys.

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Jason

    Amen, Chris.

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Bob

    Shouldn't multi-millionaire Romney be singing "Who let the dogs out" in front of some minorities somewhere?

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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