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. mama for obama

    ok, he is telling McClinton : remember I am here.. dont forget..

    he wants a job

    April 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Democratic no matter who wins

    Guess Romney felt left out? Maybe if he's really nice he can get VP!

    April 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Tim

    From his radical stance on abortion to his prominence in the corruption scandals that has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media, Barack Obama is not fit to be Senator - not to mention the next President of the United States.

    Obama has declared his presidential intentions, but it is up to well-informed and energetic conservatives like you to spare our nation from the scourge of a far-left President Barack H. Obama

    April 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Sam

    Romney who??????

    April 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Paula please post this for once!

    This is rich!!! Unbelievable what a maroon.. but hey what do you want from a rich millionaire who believes the more kids he spawns the higher up in heaven he will be!! Now that is hilarious! Good one Romney !

    April 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Jim

    Mitt WHO??

    What he says must not be relevant.

    April 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Cami

    Michelle from Colorado: "I was just coming to the realization that if Hillary loses, a lot of people are going to defect their democratic vote to McCain because Obama is a blip on the radar. But if Obama loses, you'll be able to hear a pin drop. He has a big megaphone with nothing behind it. No one will even care."
    Blip on the radar, eh? Then why is he beating Hillary Clinton???

    April 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Simple thought

    ooow , i struck a nerve..........

    ps: why do people wish to be sober????????? JOHN WAYNE

    old cogger from Missouri

    pss: man bubba, i used spell check

    April 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Top Shelf

    And we care about Romney why? Oh that's right we don't. It has almost as much relevance as Michael Dukakis coming out and saying anything about McCain. Now, on the other hand, if he'd like to comment about teeth-whitening procedures and hair club for men, well, then it's time to stop and listen.

    April 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Carl Sloan

    At this rate, I expect Bill Gates to come out and call Obama an elitist any day now.

    The real question here is: Did Romney make this attack with a straight face?

    April 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. DB

    I will be glad when this is over and these supporters can GO AWAY!

    April 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Southerner

    It isn't money that makes Obama elitist, its the fact that he believes that he is one of a very few who understand what's "really" good for us and we would too, if we just weren't so stupid.

    By the way, to IL voter, Tedy and Vick, before you call someone a "looser" perhaps you should learn that the word is spelled LOSER. It really looks pathetic to call someone a loser and mispell it.

    April 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. JOHN


    April 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. James

    If you want a socialist government vote Obama or Clinton.
    Those two are a disgrace to our American heritage. My number one issue is honesty and patriotism.

    April 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Bob

    As a Mormon Romney thinks that some day he will be a god over many worlds. Can you possibly get more elitist than that? Romney just wants the VP slot and then outlive McBush to sneak into the Presidency like the weasel he is.

    April 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. kayla

    Romney you did well by getting out the race. stay out '! you nor anybody can help mcsame. he's TOASTED by the way tell him the blacks will never vote for him. not even for conde

    April 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Joe Green

    Careful guys, I was all prepared to vote for you until you went negative!

    John, if you are going to take over Hillary's campaign style, you are going to lose. Have you seen how well Carville tactics work for her?

    This Presidency is yours, if you play it right. If you do the "attack dog" nonsense (the polite word for what I'd really like to call it) you will insure an Obama victory.


    Change channels before it is too late. You'd make a good President, and this is your last shot at it, let's face it.

    April 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Ali

    First, you are out of the race so who cares what you think Mitt! Second, you have the courage to call someone else Elitist, you the richest one of them all?

    April 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Jason

    Thank you, Mitt, for calling it like it is. Obama's can't continue to hide his true personality forever. He's a great speaker, but he's got a lot of crazy-liberal ideas that are going to keep slipping out.

    April 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. JERRY


    April 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. robert, new york

    If the demorats primary process wasn't such a convoluted joke and disgrace and patterned more like the general election and the republican's primary, this race would be long long long over. Senator Clinton would have won in a landslide. New York, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Ohio, and now Pennsylvania. I am very surprised at the biased reporting from CNN and other media outlets. Obviously pro-Obama. Keep fighting Hillary. It's the dems only hope. Obama loses to McCain at least by 15%.

    April 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Jan, Pa

    Talk about being an elitist. Obama never paid $50,000 a delegate. Romney should shut up and learn from a master campaigner/fundraiser.

    Barack the "Rock" 08

    April 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Susan MO

    We are now strongly for Obama. Clinton lost our vote with all the lies and negative campaigning.

    Go to factscheck.com and you would never vote for Hillary.

    Come let's join the Obama train.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. James

    I suppose it is possible for one elitist to know another.

    April 18, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Roger

    Looks like I may be climbing aboard this train if Hillary isn't nominated. There's no way I'm voting for that double-talking, phony Obama.

    April 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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