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. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    McCain has all of his idiots working at once. Mr. Mitt Romney
    is not an elitist. Oh my God, what is happening to these Politicians.
    Romney did not win the nomination because he is the BIGGEST,
    BIGOT, ELITIST OF THEM ALL!!!!!!! Nobody liked his huge ego
    and his uppitiy attitude. Get the Hook. Is this the best the McCain
    camp. can do. What a shame.

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Patrice E. Oakland, CA

    To GoHillary,

    SHUT UP!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Catherine

    Ironic how these mega-millionaires worth $250,000,000, $109,000,000, and $100,000,000 call a man worth $4.5 million an elitist.

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. peace

    It' clear who the Republicans think their toughest competitor will be – Obama. They're not even bothering with Hillary.

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Mr. B.

    I actually laughed reading this....... Nevertheless, The only people truely stupid enough to believe this must have voted for Bush.

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Juan from L.A.

    hahahahah...look who is talking!!! Sheesh the biggest two face in America. A rich spoil man who would like to your face and stab you in the back. Thank God this guy is nowhere in being our President.

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Stacy Clarks, TX

    MISTER 250 MILLION DOLLAR IS CALLING SOMEONE ELSE ELITIST!!!

    THE HIPOCRACY!!!

    GO FOR IT OBAMA, BRING THESE REPUBLICAN IDIOTS DOWN!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. CJ in NY

    Romney, didn't you become irrelevant when the people in your own party rejected you and you dropped out of the race??

    Nobody's listening to you now..... YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWN....

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Walt

    Mitt, you don't want to get into this. You've got too many skeletons. Stay on the sidelines and let the grownups speak. Grandpa McCain will read you a bedtime story.

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Yes, and Hillary started the Republican charade? Hillary will
    get what she deserves real soon.

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. John - Maryland

    Maybe you should join the polygamy sect and leave us alone. Very lame.

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Shannon

    why isn't CNN addressing the fact that Obama looked right into the camera during the debate and lied to the American people. He said he didn't fill out the survey on gun control. His campaign has said it was his hand writing, When called on it, his first instinct is to lie, that says a lot about him. I guess it's all part of the politics of hope and change.

    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Tyler

    Mitt Romney is a joke
    he only wants to be a republican

    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Steve-O

    The guy has even less shame than Hillary.

    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Ardnuas

    Romney has OVER 100 million dollars....the gall of some people is amazing. He really, really wants to be vice-president.... but it's NOT going to happen, McCain doesn't LIKE you!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Carol

    So why isn't he calling Hillary an elitist with her 109 million?

    This is too funny.

    And that's why I vote for Obama or no one!

    April 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. CJ in NY

    And YES, I am BITTER...

    Finally somebody speaks the truth and doesn't sugarcoat it with champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. 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.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Tom from NC

    romney is a proven loser

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    Does this rube fail to realize the way he talks and the kinds of attacks Republicans employ are the very reason his very promising campaign was trounced almost before it began?

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. mike from texas

    You're kidding me right? Milt Romney doesnt even deserve a comment. What I want to ask though, is it just me or does it seem like
    Lou Dobbs from CNN has a personal vendetta against Obama.

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Obama 2008

    Romney is the last person, next to Karl Rove and George W Bush, to call anyone elitist.

    April 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Vig

    Aswe used to say in elementary school, "takes one to know one".

    April 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Neil K, Lake Forest CA

    Really, Mitt? You're the guy who spent $60 million *of his own money* on a failed campaign to get himself elected, and you're calling someone else elitist? Pardon the pun, but that's rich.

    Again, ANYONE who is in position to run for President of the United States is by definition a member of the elite. Next to referring to the other candidates as "politicians", the tag of "elite" has to be the most toothless charge anyone can level. In a word, "Duh."

    Anyone who thinks differently probably voted for the current President because they were delusional enough to believe that a good measuring stick for a leader was whether or not they could "have a beer with him." As if President Bush would open the door to the White House for them himself and hand them a cold beer.

    April 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Patrick

    Mitt who?

    April 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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