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. Pete

    I feel like I am in a movie like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Obama is their leader and people get bodysnatched. Their minds are gone and are in control of the Obamasnatchers. Please tell me this is all a dream.

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Wow!!! From all the comments here it looks like my fellow Americans are no longer falling for the same old crap. We're all awakening to the real truth. America will not only be what it once was... it will be better!!
    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Peter in CA

    A true 'elitist' is one who feels his sons are above serving in our military. Now that they are not 'needed' on the campaign trail, why are Mitt's boys not signing up?

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Shaik from Oregon

    Yes, Obama is an elitist (after knowing his background and upbringing)....but, Romney, McCain and Hillary are "friends of the people."
    Why is Mitt even talking....who is listening?
    I like Roger's comment – "he is as real as his hair..."

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Vera from Long Beach

    Mitt u are some kind of joke!! how many votes did u get ? about 5 (LOL) richer than rich and u have the nerve to make a comment, because you kissing butt to get the VP position..what a joke!!!!! McCain won't be president but he would have a greater lost with you on board...remember folks don't like you!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. LD

    Mitt shut up. Republican is dismissed right now.

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Mike from Texas,

    Trust me it is not just you, it has been so obvious I just don't listen to him anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Its True

    Romney is a tool, but hey lets give the 2nd place loser a break, NOT.

    April 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. TX


    April 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Vera from Long Beach

    Mitt trying to buy a position.....VP
    it cost a little more than slinging dirt.

    April 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Dick in Sioux Falls

    I challenge the computer or whoever often tells me that I have already said something, which is really not true, except for a word or two. I fear the misleading questioning of Stephanopoulis and Gibson, the hatchet job column by Pat Buchanan, and the vicious attacks of Clinton will lead to a 20 point win in Pennsylvania by Clinton. I pray otherwise, but have little confidence in the ability of the average American to see through Hillary, like those who have known her best during the Clinton years.

    April 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Hillary Skank on myspace

    Um, Mitt, you get your credibility from where? You called on Huck to drop out of the race, then he still outlasted you. You lost your voice does not count. Go back and gel your hair.

    April 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Romney, with all due respect, don't get your mittens dirty supporting John McCain because he is what you've already said he's not. Support Obama.

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Willis Portland OR

    My calender says 2008, I guess that was a misprint, I need to get the 1984 calender to understand this kind of Orwellian "double speak"

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Coleman R. Brice, Asbury Park, NJ

    Mitt "bling bling" Romney calling Obama elitist? Now that's the WASP calling the kettle black..

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Mike

    Too Too Much, The multi Billionaire from the North East who holds high office in a secretive religion thinks Obama is eliteist. Has the definition of this word been changed?

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. HC

    What he really wants to say is: thank yu Hillary for giving me amunition!! Thank you democratic party for a free ride as VP

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. alexis

    Hmmm...Romney calling someone else elitist. Are we gunning for a top spot in the McCain administration? Methinks so.

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Jim

    Obama supporters have fully demonstrated they are Vitriolic, not Patriotic.

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. E

    Wow, okay good for you for picking a side

    April 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Richard

    Most people seem to think that having lots of money automatically makes you elitist. That's not really fair now is it? Elitist points to how you behave not on how much money you make. Ergo, saying that Obama is not elitist because of his upbringing is a weak argument, as well as saying Romney is elitist because he made 30some million dollars. If you think about it, there are lots of people going from poverty to being rich that are extremely elitist.

    April 18, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Steve from FL

    Mitt freakin' Romney is calling Obama an elitist? Are you kidding me?

    April 18, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |

    we know who the elitist in this society are,when you asked them questions they say things, like none of your business,or we can talk about that at another time or get angry and scold their questioner like mccain did on a certain airplane ride,the elitist say how dare you to question my authority.

    April 18, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Neil

    Romney – the King of elitists.

    April 18, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Peter

    Republicans got one thing right.....That is Obama will be their democratic oponent in November. Did you hear that Hillary supporters and HRC? I've seen more polictical ticker from republicans going after Obama than Clinton. Even though they nominated and stood behind a numnut called George W. Bush for all these years, they got this one thing right!

    April 18, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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