April 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
10 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. Brian

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle...

    Er...wait. Never mind.

    April 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Peter of Oregon

    This man smells of dishonesty... did everyone hear is concession speech? It's regrettable that he entered the Presidential race in the first place, and I'm sure many are embarresse that they were swayed by him. He's false, and nothing he can tell me will hold any weight.

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. alice2

    Mitt forget it, I am not buying it. Does that mean that you are not? I guess your lifestyle does not qualify you as an elitist, Just a Zillionaire status.

    April 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. klk

    romney may be one of the biggest political opportunist i have ever seen.

    April 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. larry

    Patricia...the press did not ram Obama down anyone's throat...how many votes did the press cast...this is a democracy..people vote. It is not my fault or the press that Obama has more votes than Hillary.

    April 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Harvard Alumni for Obama

    WOW! Does anyone actually believe this drivel? Seriously, do they?

    April 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. bleah

    Obama must be scaring everyone – that he might be good for the presidency, er THE PEOPLE! and they must stop him. All the crap that has been going on in the government will be exposed.

    It only makes me like him more when they pull all this crap.

    April 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Matt, CA

    I'm a fierce Obama supporter, but for people to be calling him a quitter and a loser is just preposterous. The man did what was best for his party by dropping out when it was apparent he could not win; It shows he has integrity and is willing to serve the nation before himself. Only a shallow, senseless, selfish candidate would stay in a race when it's apparent SHE CAN'T WIN.

    April 18, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. The Truth

    Who is this guy?

    Who's going to comment next.......Hommie Da Clown?

    April 18, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    democrats really screwed this one up; they are actually going to manage losing this election. obama only got were he is for one reason: he's unknown. people vited for him solely because they perceived that he wasn't a part of the washington establishment, but he isn't qualified and his policies and plans are horrible, no matter what his endorsers who want cabinet positions say. obama is so inexperienced and unknowledgeable he will ruin this country more than bush.

    i don't agree with republicans often, but people do have to wake up to knowing the difference between what sounds good and what actually is good.

    this pro-choice, pro-gay, anti-war voter is going to be voting for mccain. everyone criticizes mccain for his war stance, but obama's the one who wants to attack iran and pakistan.

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Kentucky

    He has nerves – calling someone an elitist , isn't he worth millions and I agree pays more to maintain his hair sytle.

    Give me a break people who have had money for years has the nerve to put down someone else who is been working hard to achieve the American Dream.

    Would he Please go to one of your many homes and stay forever.

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Churchill

    America has been in teh bush for 8 years. Maybe the best they can fetch is a Cane.... Beware of lashes.

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Cliff Brown

    Romney, who personally put ten of millions of dollars of his own money into his presidential coffers is calling Obama "elitist?" This mult-millionaire, who far, far wealthier than even Obama (who himself probably qualifies to be in the top 10% income bracket nationally) could not possibly know what ordinary Americans endure, economically.

    Up is down and forward is backward; the sky is red, and the sun revolves around the moon.

    Can any thinking individual who is even remotely paying attention believe this guy?

    April 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Sharon Olds

    OMG! this is exactly how bad it is going to look when Hillary (if she does) starts to support Obama against McCain. I hope this is a lesson for the Dems – Once Obama gets the nomination, all his character abusers need to just QUIETLY vote for him.

    April 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Tom

    Just in case my longer discussion doesn't make it, here's the short version: I thought obamakins were supposed to be positive and focused on making us all as one, not acting like their "teenager in a suit" candidate. Teenager because he's arrogant, knows very little but talks like he does, can't take constructive criticism without becoming angry and sarcastic, is prone to childish behaviors and has delusions of grandeur. Sounds like a teenager to me.

    So.....what I really wanted to say is – Please learn to spell. How the heck are we supposed to take you seriously when you call "Rommney" (that would be Romney – it's right at the top of the article, just copy and paste if you need to) a "looser" (no, that would be your mouth and probably your pants) and a quiter (I'm not really sure what that is but "quiters never win" is pretty amusing – I may have to get my first bumper sticker that says "Obama supporters say Quiters never win!!"). I'm guessing here but did you mean to intimate that, in your opinion, he's a loser and a quitter? That's amusing. You and I are typing in a blog about whether a multimillionaire is a loser and a quitter.

    April 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. k

    I think Romney hit the nail on the head. No one really knew who or what Obama was about...but now all his skeletons and hidden prejudices (racism is a strong word) are coming out.

    Romney bit his business up and doesn't apologize for his money. Obama tries to deflect and act so disenfranchised. Obama has hidden agenda's. If Obama is such a great leader or could be then why hasn't he done anything..really.

    He only claims certain family members when it is convenient. He only claims certain race when it is convenient. His own wife's thesis has been sealed due to some potentially racist ideas.

    Obama is definitely another elitest politician. At least HRC doesn't deny that she and her spouse work hard came up through the ranks and did great for themselves. What is even funnier is that Her Taxes have been released for almost a month and they still haven't found any thing to "ding" her or bill on.

    Obama is ill prepared, stumbles on his words, is never specific about any of his plans. He lacks all the details and then claims he is a better candidate..hmmmm? makes me think....

    April 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Water Seeks Its Own Level

    Sen. Obama hs got these these Caligulas about to lose their freaking minds! LOL Hillary and Bill's heads are about to explode because the upstart derailed Bill's unofficial "third term" (or did you all really think Hillary was going to be in charge? Hahahaha); John McCain married to the Billion Dollar Beer Babe was all about a clean campaign and is now quaking in his depends, wagging the finger of hypocrisy over "reckless dishonesty" but gives a shoutout to Hamas on Barack's behalf; and now this elitest Hair Club for Men reject is putting in his two cents as well. What's next? Trotting out the family pets to attack Sen. Obama's picture? LOL

    April 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Pam from Canada

    This guy is so phony and anyone who believes needs to have their head read meanwhile he is a millionaire. Now who is the elitist.

    Oh by the way Romney, Clinton's attacks are hurting her do you not think that this will hurt your candidate YOU dummy.

    April 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Tony, Miami

    Leave Romney alone the guy is fighting for a job, you should respect that, after all he thinks he found a way to recuperate some of the money he lost in his shorttttttt campaign.

    April 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Paul

    Says the man with the silver spoon in his mouth and 5 wives by his side.

    April 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Mike B

    Most of you folks need to immediately see your physicians and ask for some chill pills. This is only the beginning if Obama pulls through as the nominee. And, guess what? The polls will start reflecting that the majority of Americans feel the same way as Romney.

    April 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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    April 18, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    This is just proof that Republicans are afraid of facing Obama in general election!

    Hillary Clinton has such a high unfavorable rating nationwide, so Republicans want help Hillary to beat up Obama so they can EAT UP Hillary easily!

    April 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. A.M. Saqib

    Mr. Romney keep trying and perhaps 'John McCain' will give some postion in his compaign adminsitration but no hope for you in any other kind of adminstration. I thought we only had one 'slick' that is 'Slick Willy (Bill Clinton)', but it appears you are getting close too.

    Way to go Mr. Romney; when you have nothing to talk about positive what this country is facing then talk bad and dirty. Keep pushing your ideas and opinions, does not matter how filthy and wrong those are. May be one of your comrades will listen.

    Eat your heart out.. 'Barak Obama' will be the next president of United States.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texcas

    April 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |



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