June 26th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Roberts: Those 'Liberal' non-proliferationists

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Watch John Roberts interview Mitt Romney.

(CNN) - Just when you think you’ve heard everything in this race for the White House, along comes something truly surprising. Such was the case on Thursday's American Morning. I was speaking with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about Sen. John McCain's new line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama. McCain hopes to paint Obama as a politician who puts party and self-interest above the needs of the nation, claiming that the Illinois senator has “never been a part of a bipartisan group that came together to solve a controversial issue”.

This morning, Romney faithfully repeated that charge. When I pointed out that Obama reached across party lines to work with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, on a non-proliferation measure, and with Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, on increasing gas mileage requirements, Romney shot back, saying that “Actually, on both cases, you’re talking about two liberal positions, non-proliferation as well as the gasoline mileage."

Watch: Romney attacks Obama

It struck me as rather odd – having covered five years of the Bush administration as a White House correspondent – that the governor would view non-proliferation as a “liberal” issue. I seem to recall a little ditty called the “Proliferation Security Initiative,” launched by President Bush on May 31, 2003. The aim of the initiative is to enlist the nations of the world to “stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern.” Whether the program is a success is very much in question (though the administration claims it is), but I’ve never heard anyone call it a “liberal” position.

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  1. Phil in KC

    That's an easy one. Anything that Obama supports will be labeled as "Liberal". And all the Ditto-heads will boo it and support that postion. Too bad for them that, for the majority of Americans, "Liberal" is not a dirty word – just a political position

    June 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Dave

    So typical and predictable… When a loud-mouthed conservative twit like Romney is faced with issues he knows nothing about (not an unusual scenario), he trots out the “liberal” label and attacks the positions of others while offering nothing coherent himself. This is exactly why this loser got his clock cleaned. Then again, one would think that a chickenhawk like Romney would know plenty about non-proliferation – at least on a personal level. Go home idiot…

    June 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    ROMNEY IS JUST A LOSING SCUM BAG.

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE THIS NATION A

    WELFARE STATE FOR THE RICH & SPECIAL INTEREST.

    SMALL GOVERNMENT MEANS NO, NO, NO TAX DOLLARS

    ARE SPENT ON AMERICAN TAX PAYERS.

    WE OWN THE GOVERNMENT. WE OWN THE TAXES COLLECTED.

    WHAT COULD WE DO WITH THE BILLION A DAY SPENT IN IRAQ.

    June 26, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    hey lisa you asked barrack for 30 dollars did you trying asking mccain let us know please you pathetic!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Mitt is a rich elitist who is for the war as long as he and his family doesn't have to fight in it. COWARD!

    June 26, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. David Goldman for OBAMA

    WE ARE GOING TO RID OURSELVES OF THESE SLEAZOS

    IN OUR WHITE HOUSE & LEGISLATOR & JUDICIARY.

    WE ARE GOING TO SPEND AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS

    ON AMERICA & AMERICANS.

    WE ARE GOING TO

    1) TURN OUR ECONOMY AROUND.

    2) BRING OUR TROOPS HOME.

    3) GET HEALTH CARE.

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Scott

    Selective political memory at it's finest.
    The problem is that the "Red-Staters" will gobble up what McCain and/or Romney says without question. Only us truly informed voters will know the realtiy and based on what happened in 2000 and 2004 I fear forthe results of the 2008 Presidential election.
    Beleive it or not I am a registered Republican who voted for the Democratic candidate in 2000 and 2004.
    Like any well-inromed voter I vote the issues, not the candidate.

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Anne

    Vote No to the flip flopping husband
    Vote No to the man saying a woman can have no choice in birth decisions
    Vote No the man who speaks in such a derogatory manner to and about women
    Vote No to the man who thinks terrorist attacks and fear will help him out
    Vote No to McBush

    June 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Len in Washington

    "Fact over Fiction"

    Good for you, John Roberts. Thanks.

    June 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    McCain/Romney, 08 LOL, that'll get all the Evangelicals. Is Romney a polygamist???

    You guys make me laugh. McCain use to tick me off, now I see him and company as a comedy routine, spouting the same nonsense over and over....

    June 26, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Will-South Dakota

    Rommey is running as a HAS BEEN, why does any news media give this guy air time? Remember everything he said about McBush.....

    June 26, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Ms. GA

    Didn't Romney lose??? Why is he still talking?

    June 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Romney couldn't even win re-election in MA. As trash commissioner.

    June 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Debby

    I agree with Romney about Obama raising taxes. There is no way his economic plan is going to work if he doesn't. I disagree that Obama doesn't work across the isle even if Romney said those were liberal issues but Obama did make the effort to work with Republicans.

    June 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    Mr. Romney wants to be Vice President – enough said.

    June 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    MCSLEAZO & HIS SUPPORTERS HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER

    AND AS USUAL THEY START SLEAZING. THEY HAVE MADE

    AMERICA A WELFARE STATE FOR THE RICH & THEIR LOBBYISTS.

    OUR TAXES BELONG TO ALL, ALL, ALL, OF US. NOT TO SLEAZOS.

    HOW CAN THEY'D RATHER SEND A BILLION DOLLARS A DAY TO

    IRAQ THAN SPEND IT ON THEIR CITIZENS? IF THAT ISN'T

    UNPATRIOTIC & DISHONORABLE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Obama is The One

    Let's all bow our heads and pray for our Mormon brother for he is off the path to righteousness... and "rightedness". This guy needs a clue! He's wrong wrong WRONG!

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Down with Obama,

    For your info
    Obama never says ME
    wes WE can,
    get over your issues

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Mitt Romney may be a smart man but to me he is a real "ODD BALL" and it is unclear what his agenda is.

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Rational1

    Is putting your foot in your mouth is the new "high five"? So much for the "fist bump". Their transparency is blinding. Has anyone noticed that almost everything these guys have said, has come back to haunt them in some way? Is it just me?

    June 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. PG

    Ian stated: "Mitt Romney is a tool. If he's so for the war in Iraq why hasn't one single one of his sons gone over there to fight?"

    I agree. Bush, Romney, McSame, all want this conflict in Iraq to continue but their children/family members are not willing to step up to the plate and fight their war for them. There too busy making wedding plans and spending money.

    June 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Case in point that Mitt Romney has no content – only talking points. And, of course, the core of all Republican talking points is the following formula: 1) avoid the facts, 2) if the facts don't fly, call them a name (in this case "arrogant" and 3) if 1 and 2 don't work...just call them a liberal.

    It worked on the playground when we were kids, but the political equivalent to "And your mom wears combat boots" just makes Mitt Romney look partisan ans silly. Besides....the tired use of the "L-bomb" is so hackneyed – America is so over the old style political games.

    June 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Tim Weiss

    Way to bring in the straw-man, Mitt...

    June 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. britney spears

    Thanks for confirming that Repubs don't consider nuclear non-proliferation to be an important issue.

    Which would help explain why our Repub Admin outed a CIA operative working on that very same issue.

    Pathetic ya'll....

    June 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Romney is such an idiot. So the two things that Barack reached across the aisle dont count cause they are liberal?!? Better gas mileage and proliferration benefit ALL Americans!! Especiallly in the world we live today. Not only are you and your Republican buddies out of touch you're also too stupid to know just how stupid you are.

    June 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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