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. Dean Kent

    A.J. (and all those making predictions) – put your face on You Tube and make your predictions. Anyone can make an anonymous prediction, then slink away if it doesn't happen. A real man (or woman) stands up and gets recognized... just like the 3 candidates are doing. Despite all the derogatory statements, at least they are willing to take the heat. Most of the anonymous posters making rude comments are the real losers here.

    April 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. MD

    Oh please. Romney, with his vast fortune, has no business talking about anyone being elitist.

    America spoke loud and clear about Romney. Now he is pandering to McCain for the vice presidency. He is transparant and dangerous to the wellfare of this nation.

    April 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. slim

    democrats really screwed this one up. obama only is where he is because voters just wanted someone who they perceive not to be a part of the establishment, but in the meantime they chose the most unexperienced and unknowledgeable candidate. GO BACK AND WATCH THE DEBATE AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT A MISTAKE HE IS, regardless of what his endorsers who want cabinet positions will say. i always voted dem in the past but no way can i vote for obama.

    i rarely ever agree with republicans, but when will people wake up to the fact that just because it sounds good doesn't mean it is good? and at least mccain isn't the one who's already talking about invading iran and pakistan.

    mccain leiberman '08

    April 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Ann

    Forget it Obama supporters. The guy may win the Democrat nomination because he fooled you. Even if Hillary says all democrats will get united to support the nominee, this will not happen if Obama is the one. The type of bullying promoted by Obama and his dogs on Hillary supporters will not be forgotten. And this bullying style emerges from elitism.. he feels entitled to be handed the nomination and the presidency and he is mocking everybody and everything. Including ordinary Americans.

    April 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Joe Green

    Clif Says:

    "wealthier than even Obama (who himself probably qualifies to be in the top 10% income bracket nationally..."

    Try top one tenth of one percent. To be in the top 10% you only need to make $100,000 a year or so. Seriously.

    People who make millions of dollars a year are a very small minority, and a tight-knit group as well.

    April 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Susan MO

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

    Go to factcheck.org and you would never vote for Hillary.

    Come let's join the Obama train.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. b black


    obama 08!

    April 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Suzette

    Kenny in Canada,
    Part of Obama's plan is to pay for the tax cuts he's proposing by cutting out the wasteful, broken programs that Bush put in place.

    Obama is not perfert, but no man is.

    But the thought of an idiot like McCain, who thinks that America has made great economic progress under Bush, but at the same time some Americans are dealing with difficult economic times (moron); and the lies and deceit and scandals that follow the Clintons everywhere they go – is just too much to bare.

    How can anyone not see that Obama is the best choice.

    April 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Nick, Austin, TX

    Uh-oh! Now Romney wants to be Obama's VP.

    First he went after McCain and then followed him around like a lap dog to be his VP.

    Now he is after Obama- just think in a month he will be following Obama.

    Romney accuses everyone of his own change: First they are all "too liberal" as he supposedly was and then the are pretend conservatives.

    Anyway, didn't Romney lose?

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Craig, Seattle, WA

    Finally.. Romney says something accurate.

    April 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Chris - Penn State

    See, Obama just cannot win in November. The Republicans will eat him alive with this.

    April 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. ARGH!!!!!

    Why do Obama supporters always have to be so insulting and disrespectful? You are the divisive ones with your insults and threats!

    April 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. James

    Romney, we do not need your Mormon church advice.


    April 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. mike d.

    thats the $250,000,000.00 quote of the day.

    April 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. N Smith

    Mitt, I know you wanted to hear the five words, "President of the Unites States" behind your name, but you'd be better of hearing these: shut up and go away.

    April 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Allison R.

    A "quintessential politician" is one who switches between prochoice and prolife, or pro-gay marriage and anti-gay marriage depending on where he is running.
    Who takes Romney seriously anyway? What a joke.

    April 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. Johnny

    This is SO RICH! Having ENDURED Mitt as governor here for 4 years... I can honestly say that the message to Mitt is: YOU can not be trusted, nobody knows anything about YOU and nobody wants to know...

    April 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Julia

    Everyone is paying attention and understanding that Obama has had the same opprotunity to expand his personal wealth via investments and business practices. Obviously, the Senator has been too busy honing speeches.

    April 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. jtsainte

    Mitt Romney calling anyone elitist is cannibalism...

    April 18, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. craig Startt

    Hey all you Romney bashers. Please, please, go to school and learn to spell. At least Mitt can write and speak...which I admit has been missing in D.C for a few years. You don't have to have ANY MONEY to be an elitest and you can have billions, like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and be down to earth. Obama is OK but his wife is on cloud 39.
    No matter. They can both spell....which most of you cannot.

    April 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Byron

    Wow, we have the lifetime politican speaking out of the side of his mouth. He's critical of Obama as a elitist. He only ran as president for his own ego and not to help the people of this country. I'm glad that this Mormon ( A religion that didn't consider blacks as people until 1976) is out of the race.

    April 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Joe

    This guy has huge head almost big as O'Reillys

    Yes, he wants to destroy social security; so what he has $200 million in the bank!!

    April 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. LarryMo


    Mitt of the Silver Spoon...you are beyond being a tool.

    Maybe with another $60,000,000 infusion of your WEALTH, you will gain the VP nod.

    I certainly hope so, as a O'Bama supporter

    And I have to comment on the gutter snipes who are repeating the (debunked) venom regarding Barack.

    Your wording, spelling, and "logic" says far more than your kindergarten post do.


    Wash. State
    on the elite Left Coast

    April 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. SS

    I would say "It takes one to know one" but no one really cares about what Romney thinks. They are more concerned with his fellow rogue sect members of the church he belongs to Latter Day Saints.

    April 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Peter

    No, Mitt, Barry's not a "quintessential politician." If you don't believe me, just check out the war news from Iraq on January 1, 2010, if Barry wins the presidency. Care to make a small wager that our troops are not all withdrawn even though I specifically recall Obama saying he'd have them out in 2009?

    April 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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