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. Theresa

    Romney might want to stay out of the spotlight or he just may be bombarded with questions about the mormon spin off sect that's all over the news.

    How many wives do you believe it takes to get into heaven, Mitt?

    April 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. John Boy

    Take off the quitter's hat and since you wanna talk I notice you're not wearing a flag pin! Guess that makes you un patriotic too!
    I think your hair need some gel!
    Sen. Obama is a far better presidential candidate than McBush McSame McLame McCain!
    It would be wise not to try and attack Sen. Obama where as he hasn't attacked Hillary because they are on the same party he will put the attack on McCain!

    April 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! Romney is one big joke.

    I wonder if his sons have enlisted for the army yet. Wasn't the excuse that they were being patriotic by running around in their bus helping get their dad elected. Perhaps the real Mr. Elitist should just shut up.

    April 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Patricia

    I'm surprised when the press even bothers to report negative comments about Obama. Oh, that's right. They've been running interference for him for more than a year now - I guess it's safe to let a negative comment through every once in a while. If Obama the Walking Disaster becomes president, I will place the blame squarely where it belongs: at the feet of the adoring press who forced this nomination down the country's collective throat.

    April 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. ...from Phoenixville, PA

    I think it's clear that Romney is an opportunist who will say anything in an attempt to stay relevant. That's a shame, and Americans will see right through it regardless of their political affiliation.

    I am an Obama supporter, but I deeply respect Sen. McCain's many years of service. Do I think Obama is the answer to all of America's problems? Of course not. But Sen. Obama has a 12+ year track record of reaching across the aisle, even when it's not politically popular, to do the right thing. Search on his successes in Illinois as well as in the US Senate and the proof is there. Couple that with his foreign, health, and trade policy stances, and I feel he is pinpointing the right direction for our country's future.

    Perhaps that's the reason Sen. Obama counts retired generals and Republican leaders among his supporters, and his campaign continues to roll with the financial support of working families.

    It's time for an approach to leadership that fulfills America's promise here and abroad. Our kids deserve no less.

    – From Phoenixville, PA

    April 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Rory

    Wow. I thought Romney was the elitist super-rich one...

    April 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. David in Illinois

    Romney's an even bigger elitist than Hillary. Since he was shown the door very quickly by the voters, I guess he's taken on the pitiful job of being McCain's lackey and attack dog.
    The voters made a very wise decision regarding his candidacy. Now McCain should repudiate this hate-filled rhetoric immediately.

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Simple thought

    have to agree with ya Mitt, this democrat will cross the party line just as i did in 1980, when we gave Carter(the hamas legitimator) the boot
    . obama already said he'd side with his muslin brothers, his words straight out of his book. obama will get beat badly in Nov. and the little ones and there backstabbing super delegates will be in utter shock.

    old cogger from Missouri

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

    come on little obamabots, jump aboard and cut me like a dog, but just remember, it dosn't matter, i still get the satisfaction of knowing that without a dought, i cancel one of your votes tetete

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Paul

    Poor Mitt, only know he probably regrets dropping out. If anyone should be called an ELITIST it's Romney. This man is the definition of Hypocrasy.

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Patricia P. in Austin, TX

    Romney, you're a joke.

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Ben

    Romney...you are a failed candidate....your words aint count much!! Oh..Why aren't your kids serving in Iraq...there just like you fall in the "elitist" group!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Chris in Va.


    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Mara

    You have gotta be kidding me. These guys should find somebody who works for living if they want to attack Obama for being elitist and send out a statement to the press:

    "subscribed fully to the kind of elitist view of America that has long characterized those of the most liberal persuasion in our country."

    Subscribe fully? What a joke. Between that and the "recklessly dishonest" crap from the McCain campaign, I'm starting to have hope that we might get a President who gets what real Americans need. And that's not Mr. Gazillionaire Romney or Married-To Gazillionaire McCain.

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Veterans for Obama

    What I really want to know is how does Huckabee feel?

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Roteneger

    Looks like business wing of the Republican party is setting the VP slot up for their boy Mitt. Unfortunately for them, millions of Americans have seen Mitt for what he is: a dishonest flip-flopping opportunist who will say anything to get what he wants. And those were Reublican primary voters! He is the Republican Hillary. Get lost Mitt.

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Cowboy Jack

    From one inexperienced politician without principles to another

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. HSD-NYC

    Let me see if I understand this: Mitt Romney is calling Obama "elitist"? Well that takes all!

    Here's my take: I'll take Obama's style of elitism anyday over what the hole the Republicans have put us in over the last 8 years!

    If I remember correctly – it was this kind of moron campain politics that gave us the other moron called Bush in the first place!

    Good try Romney. I'm not biting.

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. TEDY

    Is this guy working for Clinton? Who care about your comments? Hillary does! Right. We don't need a lesson from a quiter but from a winner. Shame on you Mr looser. Obama is already for 2008.. 2012.

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. bill in pa

    Looks like the repugs have figured out who the nominee is going to be.

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Walt, Belton,TX

    Well, there is no doubt in my mind that this mormon knows the definition of elistist. I just wonder how far removed he is from his buddies in San Angelo, Texas.

    April 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Lovely in VA

    Romney, I know you had to admit it, but you are old school. You can start your 'I know about ecomonics and his policies will fail' campaigns but what you can't grasp is that ANYTHING is possible with the backing of millions of people. The time is here to think outside the box.

    April 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Allan

    To Michelle in Colorado:

    In American politics the one with the most votes wins. That's Barack Obama no matter how hard you try to pretend that Hillary's still relevant.

    April 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Steve


    Here's one for the "pot, kettle" hall of fame.

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Sue

    Mitt, don't go there ! Have you forgotten about your own upbringing – pretty elite if you ask me!

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. mike,Iowa

    god forbid we have a president that wants to get things done instead of slinging mud at each other and putting a label on every move they make. Crying foul and everyone jumping on the crybaby band wagon. Yeah were getting stuff done with that lovely strategy!

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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