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. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Please Mitt, go home and sit by the phone..Don't fault someone who had the courage to stand and fight.. We can really take you seriously, you are the most elite.

    April 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. It is a joke

    It is really funny. Why are these rich people (Clinton, McCain, and Romney) so generous now? They all want to take the "elitist" labels from themselves and give them to Obama who was raised by a single mom? Would the labels stick?

    April 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Steve P. , Atlanta GA

    Clinton campaigning for 2012????

    Yes. It is the only logic behind her and Bill's behavior. Their strategy is simply to precipitate the destruction of the Democratic Party and shanghai Obama's chance of becoming the first non-white-male president of the US.

    This way, after four years of John McCain, the country will be craving for someone else – other than from the mainstream parties; someone they think they can rely on to make things better.

    Up steps Madam Hillary to fill the void. Obama's had his chance 4 years earlier. She then becomes the first to breach our two-party system; first non-white-male; first female; and first former-lady to become president. Trust me; she puts her place in history far ahead of the interests of the Democrat Party and thoset of our country.

    April 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Simple thought

    josh from Washington,

    a man brother, a man.

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

    old cogger from Missouri

    April 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. GARY

    Lou Dobbs does not like any shade of brown.

    April 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Marc Tacoma Wash

    All he did was tell the truth. You can try all you want, but in the long run, the people do not want 4 more years of the Republican in the White House. Obama has a better plan on dealing with the issues and McCain doesn't even know how to handle the economy. Didn't McCain say that you are not ready to be the President Mitt Dummy? Go meet up with Hillary. You two can go sing the blues.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. RE: Michelle from South Park, 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."

    Hehe, are you a bitter Clinton supporter or an elitist under sniper fire? Obama inspires people; Clinton repulses all those who can think about substantive issues. Inspiration is the catalyst of WORK.

    For the first time in over a decade, Americans have the chance to change the direction our country is headed. So you must realize that many people will vote for McSame or other candidates if Obama (the democratic delegate leader) is not the nominee. Now guess which party gets ANOTHER FOUR YEARS to destroy America, Iraq, etc?

    Obligatory: Obama '08.

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Noans, South Pasadena

    Hey Mitt,

    Why not use some of your millions to help those 400 plus children of your brothers and sisters removed from the Moron compound in Texas? They need help and why not put your money where your mouth is? Your sons didn't enlist to help fight in Iraq but maybe now you can help these abused children. Obama an elitist? You're kidding, right?

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. white ink

    If Obama thinks being out of work and losing your homes makes one bitter and gets labled as an elitest, what possibly could Hillary be labled she mistook a young girl giving her flowers in Bosnia for gunfire.

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Henric, Amsterdam

    "Romney takes swipes at 'elistist' Obama" ... says the $250 million dollar, Harvard educated, former CEO....

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. julie

    hello all you Obama supporters, elitist is really not about wealth, its thinking your better than someone else , that he is superior to others! You know like his nose in the air arrogance, that we have seen more times then we can count. He is UNFIT to be president, HILLARY OR MCCAIN NO TO OBAMA...

    April 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. KMS

    A Liberal elitist sounds pretty good to me. Especially when my other options were an insane man who believes in magic underwear (Romney), a bible-thumper who doesn't believe in evolution (Huckabee) and hot-tempered ex-pow who wants to bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb Iran (McCain)...

    April 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    How many wives does have?

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

    You guys are real geniuses. How about you open up your Webster's Dictionaries and see that financial wealth has nothing to do with elitism. It's all about looking down on people and feeling a sense of entitlement which Barack "Middle Finger" Obama most surely does.

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. No Way Obama08

    It is good to hear Romney tell it like it is. Wake up AMERICA


    anyone but . . .

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Chuck in Oregon

    Elite: A small, privileged and often powerful group, the best or superior member of a society or group. Let me see, who truly fits this description.

    Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chelse Clinton, John McCain (because of his wife), Mrs McCain, Mitt Romney, The Bush Family, The Kennedy Family, Bill Gates, Jimmy Carter, CEO's of large corporations, Anyone born with a spoon in their mouth, ... these are elitists.
    Lets take a look at Obama, born to a poor family, struggled most his life and worked very hard to get where he is. Yes he made a few million this year, but how did he earn it. This man is no more an Elitist
    then the man standing on the corner selling news papers. He was just in the right place at the right time, wrote a few books, and worked real hard to make something of his life.
    So get off it will you, and lets talk about some real issues.

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Wise guy

    what an idiot! This guy will say anything to get in the good books of the hard right of the republican party

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Billy G in Las Vegas

    if you look in a dictionary under "ELITIST", you will find a picture of Mr "Downsizing & Outsourcing" Romney and his Silver Spooner Sons.

    April 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Jerry, NY, NY

    obama..is like every other politician.. as soon as the people he has fooled wake up, they will then see that he is not ready to be president.. hillary may be a lot of things, but one thing she is for sure is a seasoned politician who knows how to take on whatever comes her way.. what is obama going to do when there is a international issue?? walk away when the foreign leaders, btw who are laughing at him, don't tell him what he wants to hear... if you want to know what this is going to look like after he is elected, look at his buddy in boston who he lifted his speech from.. he is getting horrible reviews...WHY!!! because he does not know what he is doing!!!!! if he is nominated i will be voting for mccain.

    April 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Lethem

    Isn't Mitt Romney Old Mutual?

    April 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Meghan

    Romney's hair is probably worth more than Obama is.

    April 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Grif

    The Best Political Team????? How dare you. What do they call it? Just Word's According to Obama... Go Mac!

    April 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. King of NJ

    Huckabee had more more heart than this QUITER!!!


    Rommney = Loser!

    just give up rich boy no one hears you!

    April 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. joel

    We should rename the Republican party the "Lieing Hypocrites" while we're at it. Then would this news actually be print worthy.

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

    No one shakes a tree unless it has some fruit on it. There is a reason why they are targeting Obama negatively. GOP and Clinton are afraid of this movement of change and are trying to stop it. We can't let that happen!!

    Obama 08!

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