Romney begins to make his case, says Obama 'sad to watch'
January 27th, 2011
08:33 AM ET
7 years ago

Romney begins to make his case, says Obama 'sad to watch'

(CNN) – He insists he isn't running for president yet, but former ace businessman and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already touting his credentials for the top job.

"I don't know who all is going to get in the race, but I do believe that it would be helpful if at least one of the people who's running in the Republican field had extensive experience in the private sector – in small business, in big business," said Romney Wednesday, who made millions after founding a venture capital firm.

Still, during an appearance on Fox News' Hannity, Romney insisted he hasn't made any final decision about a second White House bid. But the former presidential candidate, most recently back from a swing through hotspots in the Middle East, acknowledged he's going through all the motions to lay the groundwork to mount a campaign.

"You know, no decision at this point," he said. "We'll give that some thought, obviously, and we're doing the things we need to keep in the public eye," he said, later adding "I don't have a specific time frame at this point. We're looking at different dates for making that decision."

But should Romney ultimately run, he is well prepared to land jabs at President Obama, declaring "it's sad to watch" Obama's presidency.

"It's sad to watch in some respects because obviously we care very deeply with what's happening with the country, we want people to get back to work," he said. "But he just doesn't know what the right things are that he's got to do to make that happen. He's really put in place over the last two years about the most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs regimen that we've seen probably in the past couple decades."

"He's trying awfully hard," Romney also said. "The problem is, he just doesn't know what to do."

The comments come two days after Romney was the guest of honor at an event hosted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose tough-guy style and popularity in a traditionally blue state in has impressed many in his own party.

About 12 people reportedly attended the event at the New Jersey's Governor's Mansion, but there was not talk of an endorsement.

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Marco

    How many jobs has Romney created during the last 2 years?

    January 27, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Mitch

    Ah, Mitch Romney....the only thing sadder I guess is to hear and read what you have to say.

    January 27, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Eat My Crotch

    I think you know what to do thats why the people voted for you for president. Oh Wait !!!!

    January 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    No, mittens, what is sad, is watching a narcissistic loser from 2008 trying to regain relevance for 2012.

    It is past sad, and well into pathetic.

    January 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    Yeah,and I am sure "Mittens"would have all the answers,and the whole country straightened out in a matter of days~NOT! Just as his Repub"friends" in power now dont have any plans or ideas.WHEN will people who SHOULD have a say in what happens to their children,get out and VOTE,instead of sitting home and waiting for America to be brought down,by these know~nothings? Lets retain OUR good President untill 2016,and pray he can continue to strenghten this Nation,so the ones who want to tear it apart,will be left on the sidelines where they belong!

    January 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. WTF, Mitt, you're spot on!

    I've been sad for America ever since the FIRST primary debate during which this empty suit Obama sleezed his way onto the scene, catapulted by the sleezy liberal media. ONE speech, two fictionalized, self-serving books, community organizing to produce ONE delapidated recreation center, part-time college lecturer, a wife not particularly proud of her country - and we expected THIS guy to lead us into a successful future? WTF! Pitiful!

    January 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. JFK

    Sad to watch? Thats a pathetic observation from an armchair quarterback. Win the Future was a moving speech to get this country into shape after decades of letting our schools and infrastructure crumble. Whats sad is that you missed the message and dont seem to care about America winning the future. Your obviously concerned with yourself and your career. Poor choice of words Mr Romney.

    January 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. katbell

    Mr. Romney keeps trying to sell himself as a business man who knows what it takes to be successful leader. His venture capital's business model was to buy companies, turn a profit ONLY by laying off workers and then selling for a gain. There was NO investment in those businesses, just cutting staff. I'm not interested in that kind of business leadership experience. Thanks anyway.

    January 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Nameann

    What's more sad to watch is mitt Romney. He's an Obama want-a-be.

    January 27, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Laverne

    What is sad to watch is Mitt Romney pretending to be something he is not trying to become what Obama already is, President. Too bad, so sad!

    January 27, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Kevink73

    Considering the state of the country the day Obama was sworn in I think he has done a good job. People think that the President can just create millions of jobs over night if he wanted to. Economists even say it will be awhile before the unemployment rate is down to normal levels. Unemployment always lag behind a recovery.

    Mitt and the rest of the Right claim they know how to fix everything but fail to even explain how. Every time I hear a Right Winger speak all I hear is talking points bashing our President instead of ideas, other than tax cuts and repealing health care reform.

    January 27, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Total truth

    Romney is funny... Like he was such an excellent Governor that he believes he has earned the right to critize. Mr. Romney, while you are talking, perhaps tell the people what you believe in...TODAY, as everyone know you change your colors like a chameleon.... do you belive in abortion rights or do you not? Or are you for Romneycare or were u against Romneycare..anything to get the top job.... geez

    January 27, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Lolo

    Please Romney, just because you cheated people out of their money to make money doesn't mean that you are qualified to be president. You are with Corporate Aamerica also. At least Obama cares about the little people. The republicans and tea partiers are not going to endorse you because of your religion. They want everyone to look and think like them. So you are wasting your time and millions

    January 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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