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.
I live in Oregon and although Gordon Smith runs as a Republican, if he were in an eastern state he would be solidly a Democrat. Jim Webb (D-Va), for instance is considerably more conservative than Gordon Smith. So it's hardly a case of reaching across party lines to work with him.
Seems to me as if Sen. Obama cant get a break from these blood-sucking GOP's. That's alright, because Sen. John Kerry will back Obama and wage an attack against Mitt.
What is Mit Romney's policy? He was govt govt healthcare and now he is against it. He was Anti-abortion and then he was against it.
Romney is an amazingly stupid and opportunistic politician. He reminds one of Bush but with better luck in business. What wouldn't he say or do to become McCain's VP?
He is a politician in the meanest sense. What Romney certainly is not is a public servant of the American people.
Silly liberals try to increase fuel efficiency. Why can't they simply see that we can drill for more oil? It's not like there's a limited supply or anything.
Twit Romney for VP.
Mr. John King, what did you expect the mitt to say? he is just a repugnant simple mind
Face it: it's not as if the republicans have been truly 'conservative' ever since Reagan, and especially since Bush. That's why millions of us left them.
Or did you think that foreign interventionism and record deficit spending are 'conservative?'
Vote Ron Paul! Vote to respect the Constitution! Vote for change you can TRUST in!
By definition "(bi)partisan" highlights parties! To say the "non-proliferation measure" and "increasing gas mileage requirements" are "liberal" measures does not negate their 'partisaness'. I hope you were able to point out Romney's category error—responding to your remarks with “liberal” is arguable, but more importantly, it renders the statement “never been a part of a bipartisan group that came together to solve a controversial issue” FALSE.
McCain has successfully "Out-Bushed" Mitt Romney to become the pub nominee and hence McBush. Mitt is just licking his wounds.
Compared to the neo-con Mitt Romney, McCain is a democrat!!!
Why do you think the term 'neo-conservative' was coined? It's because we, true conservatives left the republican party, disgusted by their foreign interventionism, their excessive federalism, and record deficit spending!
Vote Libertarian! Vote for freedom!
Mitt Romney has what eight kids? Can I relate to him. no.
This dude really needs to get a life because right now he does not have one.
GREAT JOB INTERVIEWING JOHN!!
I had a Tim Russert flashback because you made Romney face commonsense questions when attacking false claims.
Continue that vigor with EVERYONE politician, Democrat & Republican...
It's the silly season folks. Parrots are coming home to roast. Romney will sing like a canary just so McCain will put him as a VP. Thanks to Romney I am paying more for my medical out of pocket.
Karl is that you?
Angus McDugan = Karl Rove
I heard someone say that if McCain won they were moving to Canada.
But if Obama wins where can one go?
Using the term "liberal" as a dirty word is so yesterday. Today "liberal" means progressive and looking forward instead of backward.
I really hope McAncient is still considering this dolt for VP... then the landslide will be an avalanche of epic proportions.
It's amazing they consider these things liberal issues. It's kinda like global warming. I never understood why it was a political issue. Oh, wait I remember. Big Oil, Coal, Auto, and Industry paid the Republicans to fight against something that would be bad for business for them. It's criminal that the goverment took part in that deception.
A lot of these issues become politicized because someone gets paid to support an agenda, and despite how much sense a particular position makes, they take the other side.
Too bad mitt wasn't the repub nominee, the beat down the GOP would receive would have been even fiercer in November....what a tool.
It is funny how legislating better gas mileage will help. Just because congress tells automakers to get better mileage doesn't mean it is possible. Of course one fast and easy way to do it is to cut down on the steel and add more plastic in cars. Which of course hurts the steel industry and makes the cars more prone to being death traps. Talk about lives for economy......
Any criticism of Obama from losers like Romney are worthy only of the laughter they engender.
So sorry "swift-boat" liars, it's not going to work this time.
Mitt was my least favorite of everyone that ran this year. I'm an Obama supporter but I’m VERY glad that McCain won the nomination. Now I just hope he doesn’t select him for his running mate.
If Barack Obama puts Hilary Clinton in as the "VP" look out McCain.
Obama/Clinton will be leading in triple digits.