February 22nd, 2010
11:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Romney: November still a long way off

Mitt Romney says conservatives shouldn’t be ‘counting (their) chickens before they hatch.'
Mitt Romney says conservatives shouldn’t be ‘counting (their) chickens before they hatch.'

Washington (CNN) - Conservatives are jubilant about their prospects for this fall's midterm elections, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - fresh off a rousing performance at the Conservative Political Action Conference - is urging them to temper that optimism.

"If the election were held today, I would anticipate Democrats would lose office and so would the president, but a week is a lifetime in politics," Romney told USA Today in an interview after his CPAC speech last Thursday. Video of the sit-down was posted on Monday.

"By November, things could be very different," said the Republican, who is plotting a second White House run in 2012. "We conservatives can't start counting our chickens before they hatch. We got a long way to go before November. And 2012? My goodness."

"A year ago a lot of people thought President Obama was going to be a three-term president like FDR, and now he's going downhill faster than Lindsey Vonn," he joked, name-dropping the Olympic gold-medalist skier.


Filed under: 2010 • CPAC • Mitt Romney
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. David Wells

    Hell No!!!!!
    To The Party of No!!!
    No Republicans in 2012!!!

    February 22, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. David

    jeez, most of the peope posts here are haters. Amazing. Obama is simply God to these people. Amazing.

    February 22, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Dave

    James might not be aware that Abraham was involved in polygamy in the Old Testament and that Mormons have not been involved in polygamy for over 100 years. Personally, I am not a fan of everything Romney has done or said in the past, but I think he is the best chance conservatives have at a victory in 2012. The last thing we need to do is put forward a weak candidate like we did in 2008!

    February 22, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    This suit has no chance in hell of being president, he is only a business man in a suit moving about sprewing his hate because President Obama kicked his butt. romney the morman stop wasting you money you will never be president youre an idiot. I bet President Obama see the WH in a second term, but mitt you won't get a first chance nobody wants you as our president, clown

    February 22, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Few people make me sicker than Mitt Romney. He's the most insincere, phake, phony, phlip-phlopper in the conservative movement.

    February 22, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. James

    Hey Romney
    Still fliying Coach with regular folk.
    Ah ha ha ha ha
    He almost got his ass beat on the Plane for mouthing off to a guy.

    Welcome to the Middle Class Romney.
    You dont want to mouth off to Middle Class People.
    We will put a Boot in your ass, it's the American Middle Class Way.

    February 22, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. walleye

    The economy that was destroyed during the last administraion is slowly coming back. Job losses, while still too high, are easing and people are starting to once again spend money. Americans have always voted on the economy, and once they see that things are improving they will vote Obama back in. This is the hardest working Pres. in my lifetime, tackling more inherited problems than he should have. He will be around for 8 years much to the chagrin of the GOP.

    February 22, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. katiec

    The republicans are too egotistical to even have a clue as to how disgusted, angry the American people are in their pursuit to further destroy our country.
    We have a president that is trying to dig our country out of the hole they created, and, without any credible, workable, acceptable solutions of their own, all they can do is point fingers, preen in front of the camera and continue with their usual hypocrasy.
    They have totally lost their way and are a disgrace to our political system, our country and us. They have become very evil, dangerous politicians.
    And, unfortunately, CNN and the majority of the media supports them.

    February 22, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Yas

    Keep on making off the cuff jokes (silver spoon) Romney...you and your holier than group are what is wrong with Washington.

    You have no idea what the average person is going through out here.

    Instead of your only goal being to break the administration why don't you try and work to help better the peoples concerns/problems and the country you supposedly want to represent in the future.

    I'd have alot more respect for your ACTIONS now than the GARBAGE you are spewing for political reasons.

    February 22, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. A veteran

    I don't think Mr. Romney is going to read any of your comments even if you address them to him.
    If you really want to a) write something that Mitt Romney will read, or b) do anything that is productive, this definitely isn't the best place to do it.
    USA!

    February 22, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Pragmatic

    IF he's all that talented, why did Ron Paul come in first – and why didn't McCain pick him as #2 ... I know McCain really, really wanted Lieberman but if he didn't have the backbone to make that happen ... why not Mitt? Religion and the lock evangelicals have on the GOP?

    February 22, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    CPAC is the Republicans comedy club to out match one another on who can crack the biggest joke. It's no joking matter when Americans are looking for jobs while these jerks crack jokes, it just doesn't make sense. But then again it does when they have no solutions which means nothing to offer.

    February 22, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. notfooledbydistractions

    I don't think the republicans should start counting their chickens just yet.

    Over 80% polled don't believe that our government is working. They're seen as part of the problem, so I don't think I'd start measuring for curtains just yet.

    February 22, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. russell

    Simply hilarious ............this is a little off the subject , but can you imagine what kind of trouble our country would be in if Mcain and Palin would have won the 2008 elections............America dodge a really big bullit......

    February 22, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Bubble of Sanity

    Any serious Democrat will give money to support Romney's campaign, because if he gets the nomination and, gasp, the victory in 2010, he will do more to destroy public support for the Republican party than even Richard Nixon did.

    Mitt would sell his soul to the devil if he thought it would win him an office. Just look for his senatorial debates with Ted Kennedy on YouTube and ask yourself how anyone could be that two-faced.

    February 22, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. B

    How can anyone expect Obama to be popular when he has to instigate programs that require spending to move the economy forward?

    Just cutting taxes for 2% of the wealthiest people in the country was tried for eight years and failed. Deregulating everything in the universe also did not work, so where is the Republican solution? NO to everything.

    They had two terms to do something about- anything- except WAR, and couldn’t even help the people after the Katrina devastation..

    So now everyone wants to go back to that !

    February 22, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Bruce

    You go Mitt! He's the only one that can bring us out of the abyss. ROMNEY IN 2012! Odummy is one and done!

    February 22, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. strong

    Well, I guess Mittens will have to fork another $40 million of his own money (or more this time) to run in 2012.

    Must be nice to have that kind of money.

    February 22, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    "Mitt"... Catchy name, huh!? So, why should we trust a guy named after something used to catch fly balls?

    "If the election were held today, I would anticipate Democrats would lose office and so would the president,..." Don't count on it, Mitt. You may THINK many of your fellow countrymen are "smitten with "Mitt" or other "Mitt nitwits", but I wouldn't be too cocky.

    Give me some political candidate with a name like Earl or Waldo or Hector.

    "Mitt"? Yeah, it's catchy, but can he catch anything other than a slow pitch?

    February 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. c spurgeon

    the plastic man...ugh!

    February 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Peejay

    "A year ago a lot of people thought President Obama was going to be a three-term president like FDR, and now he's going downhill faster than Lindsey Vonn," he joked, name-dropping the Olympic gold-medalist skier.

    Mitt – you didn't get far enough up the hill to GO downhill!

    February 22, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Fenarkleman

    Ah, Guy Smiley. Sorry, but we do not elect baseball gloves to be president. Oh, better luck next time. You should have just campaigned as Willard.

    February 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Confucuis

    Anyone with an ounce of common sense contemplating to again usher in the Repubs- to repeat the devastation of their miserable failed policies- needs a few thousand sessions with the best psychiatrist money can buy. Memories obviously fades but the decimated state of our country (unfunded illegal war, tax breaks, Rx benefits) resulting in borrowing from China and a trillion dollar deficit , will haunt us for generations. Lets rally behind Obama and supports his agendas that benefit the hard working citizens and not the obsence wealthy.

    February 22, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Paul

    So at the end of it all, how much money will Mitt have wasted on failing to get the Republican nomination in 2008 and 2012? Because he has the same weakness now he had in '08: insincerity. The man is a wind vane.

    February 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    I think the GOP should continue to drink their own cool-aid ...LOL They are believing their own hype. 11% does not a winning combination make. Keep going though, you guys are fun to watch.

    February 22, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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