April 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
7 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. Charles

    A couple things are happening. First, Hilary Clinton supporters are starting to see the end of the tunnel and are really, really starting to lose their prospective. Second, republicans think all you have to do is have an (R) next to their name and they can accuse a democrat of being an elitist. That is the ONLY WAY Rommey calling Obama an eltisit makes sense. If I were a republican strategists I would start getting nervous because they are really underestimating the mental capacity of the America people. They need to throw away the elitist thing and play the Reverend Wright, angry black man card from now to November and pray for the best, and hope America's fears and demons can put McCain into the White House against 85 percent of America's best interest.

    April 18, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Dennis

    That's got to be the biggest joke of the campaign. Come on quitter, why don't you go away and go get another $30 haircut and have some water with a lemon slice! Memo to all wealthy republicans...trying to hang the elitist label on Obama is not going to work! We ain't buying it. He makes much less than all of you. That's like saying spud webb was one of the greatest guards during michael jordan's time...lol

    April 18, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Sean

    Wow the Billionaire called Obama an elitist. The guy who funded his campaign with his daddies trust fund called Obama an elitst. Who still listens to this fool anywa? His campaign was almost as pathetic as Guiliani's, but hey at least he had the sense to quit when he knew he was beatin.

    April 18, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Unshrub

    Which side of the mouth is he talking with this time? Mitt has more view points then the View. What a self righteous bag of wind Mitt has become and who is a bigger elitist then Mitt.

    April 18, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. EDW

    Kenny in Canada,
    Obama has spelled out a game plan regarding taxes and Iraq. If you check the recent debates, his web-site, or listened to any number of times that the man has been on the new you wouldn't be asking this question.
    'Mitt Romney, McCain, and Clinton can shove the silver spoons that they were born with...let me stop.

    April 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. noemi in los angeles

    Who is this guy again??

    BTW, he looks creepy.

    Mitt, just shut up!

    April 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Bernice

    He's right we are getting a better picture of who Obama is and being inspired to hope more and more!

    as for Mitt's statement Of Obama's policies, he needs to tell that to all the highly qualified leaders that have endorsed Barack Obama too include those that have left Clinton.

    "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,

    Mitt, the fact that you had to abandoned your bid does little to qualify you to criticize Obama. You are hoping for the office of Vice.

    Your fellow republicans set -up of that Mormon compound as a means of dealing with you should be your biggest worry! Those that strongly insisted you not even be considered for Vice are doing a pretty good job to ensure you don't. Spend your time on that issue.

    April 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Ben, KY

    An elitist is someone who hawks war, and has FIVE sons who've never served their country. Got that Mitt, go back to your caviar, and leave this race to someone who hasn't been in an ivory tower all his life.

    Don't stick your head out, unless you're ready to play with the big boys.

    April 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Cyndi

    That's hysterical, coming from Romney. I think Obama should take this as a compliment, it seems the Republicans usual corrupt talking heads are scared of him.

    Romney is a clueless epitome of millionaires politicians who believe same old politics should be the standard.

    April 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Sandy

    Have you noticed your commentaries dealing with Hillary get next to zero comments.

    McCain doesn't get many responses unless the commentary has something to do with Obama.

    This crowd loves Obama and I think you will see that reflected on Tuesday in PA.

    Go Obama!

    April 18, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. JD

    Obama's looking down on America while Romney is still trying to figure out who let the dogs out.

    April 18, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. EG FROM TORONTO

    SO THIS IS MACAIN'S MODUS OPERANDI? COME ACROSS AS A DECENT , ETHICAL , FATHERLY FIGURE, WHILE UNLEASHING HIS LAP DOGS LIKE ROMNEY TO DO HIS DIRTY WORK. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, OLD MAN MACAIN IS SLICK AND HONEY SMOOTH, BUT A REAL VIPER IN REALITY.

    April 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. margaret quinn

    following your political situation with interest from scotland
    Obama seems to be the most sincere with best sense of the
    local, national and international issues. He is also ver y
    charismatic.........a breath of fresh air as we say as we say here

    April 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Len

    A liberal elitist will never be President.

    Obama should get another latte' and have a metting with Hamas too.

    McCain 08

    April 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Churchill

    The "other" man who knows no shame is back. What a country. I hope these fellows know the world is watching. The kids are also watching. The shame is that the so called RELIGIOUS RIGHT [WRONG] SEE NOTHING MORALLY WRONG WITH THIS KIND OF POLITICS. How do these clowns sleep at night?

    April 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. BL

    Obama does act like an "elitist"...

    I can't wait to NOT vote for him!!!

    April 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Jay FL

    nothing like believing you are god-in-the-making to get folks started to look down at others
    The mitt even believes he "allows" others to have their own religion/s

    April 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. JD

    Mitt Romney is a terrible human. Wasn't he the guy who said gay marriage would lead to bestiality? Nice thinking, Mitt.

    Obama 08
    The Right Choice.

    April 18, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Key West Sun

    Google peter Paul it is an old story, the FEC has thrown it out 4 times and this guy has been drop by both of the left wing legal groups, it isa bunch of bull, google it look for yourself,,,,then google BLT and Ayers and Obama lobbyist policy and see some truth. Obama talking to William Ayers about policy is enough to scare me off.

    April 18, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Kenny - Canada

    It's sad to see every here arguing about who is a bigger liar or who is a bigger loser, or who is a bigger racist, etc.

    It's time you people start arguing about your Candidates plan for Iraq, the economy, the housing market, etc.

    April 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Ted From Edmonton

    Better get used to it Obama fans this is the tip of the iceberg. You ain't seen nothin yet. !!!

    April 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Ron

    Umm, did the $400 million dollar mormon just call someone an elitist? That is just laughable. Yeah the half black guy raised by a white mother on food stamps during the 1960's is the elitist. LOL.

    April 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. alh

    Hey....he's just telling the truth you Obamabots.

    April 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Grif

    Imagine! John, Two, High, Prophile Women, Romney, Huckabee, Etc.

    All on the Same Ticket???

    April 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. OUR USA!

    CAREFUL ROMNEY, OBAMA LIKES TO THROW FINGERS AT PEOPLE THAT DON'T AGREE WITH HIM!!

    April 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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