Romney begins to make his case, says Obama 'sad to watch'
January 27th, 2011
08:33 AM ET
4 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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  1. zb

    So besides giving himself a big tax cut what would he do.... fact is that the Republican policies are responsible for getting us into the mess and their current polices are more of the same. Please note that they are exactly the same policies that triggered the depression. Romney, like all the republican wanna bees are nothing but low life politicians.

    January 27, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    "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."

    We saw 12 straight months of private sector job growth Mitt. The DOW reached 12,000 yesterday. What more do you want from the President? Whether you want to admit it or not, the stimulus bill saved and created jobs. Point , blank, period!

    January 27, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Richard

    If the Republicans were serious, they'd say slap a tariff of 25% on ALL Chinese goods until the Chinese stop artificially devaluating their currency and stop all barriers to U.S. trade IN China.

    January 27, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Wil

    Romney, you are sad to watch. Where was all this "talk" when Bush were in office for 8 years. What makes you think you can work wonders?

    January 27, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. JustSaying2U..

    I'll tell you what's truly sad to watch....this chameleon change his colors as the moment dictates...

    January 27, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Dave

    It must be really hard for a silver-spooned big mouth like Romney to know deep down that he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected. He's a complete flip-flopper who has no clue about what every-day people deal with. It will get really interesting when the campaign starts and the stories come out about how he made his millions on the back of the thousands that lost their jobs as a result of his business ventures.

    January 27, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. more bs from big mouths

    Where were you during the Bush administration ? We could have used your god like insight to avert this recession. Obama never said his plan was a quick fix and would take a few years. He wanted lay foundation to avoid maket bubbles of the past. I may not have liked Bush, but I feel he tried his best and no one would have been able stop this train. So Mr Rommney if you care so much, don't wait 2 years to provide the fix. Ask for a conference with the Pres. Let's fix this the economy and this would give you credibility. Until cut the big mouth bs.

    January 27, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Michael

    Romney represents the majority of the mega-rich, whose objective is to impoverish, demoralize, and disenfranchise the middle class to the point that 95% of the populace is begging for jobs and will accept the kind of existence described by Industrial Age novelist Dickens in _Hard Times_. The difference between Romney and the TP'ers is that they are the ignorant pawns while guys like Romney are the power holders.
    21st century GOP consists of industrial abusers and their dupes.

    January 27, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Don

    As a long-time Massachusetts resident-and someone who wasn't at all disappointed when he first became our Governor, I find the "Mitster's" run for President neither surprising nor helpful for our nation. He would have an awfully hard time winning a general election in Massachusetts today after his disastrous term as Governor. He changed his spots so often that I thought I was watching some kind of political chameleon, rather than any truly serious man interested in anything outside of his own ego-fed run for higher office.

    January 27, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Think4amin

    He did not "make millions", as a venture capitalist, he invested money in companies that needed it to fulfill demands. If they were successful, they paid Mr. Romney a share of the financial results. The fact that this share amounted to millions shows his talent to pick mostly successful endeavors. However, we should see clearly that the money was "made" by successfully fulfilling a valid demand. So, ultimately, his money was made by the masses of consumers, the driving force of the economy.

    Once again, just like with the MA health care system, Mr. Romney himself should enthusiastically support the Presidents's "investment strategy", for he knows from his bank account that it does bring results.

    January 27, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    The problem is we elect people to CONGRESS who don't know how to write policy to do the sorts of things Romney is proposing. Obama may have pushed for many of these policies, but it is ultimately up to CONGRESS to write the laws. The President should be seen as the figure head, and too many people think that whomever they elect as President is going to be able to do all these things that they just can't do. Sure, they have veto power, but Congress has ways of combating that as well. All the Republicant's in Congress should stop blaming Obama and start trying to govern effectively. When will they see that if they are willing to make concessions in some areas, the other side will make concessions too. What happened to United We Stand, Divided We Fall...We are very divided right now and ALL sides need to step up and think about the best interest of the country, not getting re-elected.

    January 27, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. PAUL W!

    Well, at least he is no different than any other GOP. Full of criticism for the Obama Administration without a plan to improve things beyond cutting taxes.

    January 27, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. American

    That's incorrect, Romney. The most anti-(American)jobs and anti-(American)business over the past couple of decades happened under President Bush, as he pushed for misguided loopholes that sent our jobs overseas. President Obama correctly wants to close those loopholes to bring the jobs back to America.

    January 27, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. melvin goombah

    This bonehead is simply full of bull and has no credibility to question the fine job Obama is doing.

    January 27, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. carrotroot

    The two big issues right now are lack of jobs and the struggle to save money. Romney can talk all he wants, but calling the President "sad" is not a plan.

    January 27, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. julibear

    anti jobs??? Mittens, I respectfully disagree. What is most important to a head of a company or small business? The Bottom Line. Profit at all costs. Trimming jobs to keep a healthy bottom line? Is that what this country needs?

    January 27, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. marty

    "...obviously we care very deeply with what's happening to our country"; "we want people to get back to work"; are quotes by Mr. Romney, a self proclaimed successful business guru. So, why are businesses continuing to send work out of the U.S. to other countries? Why are businesses having U.S. workers train foreign workers who will literally take over their jobs? Why hasn't Mr. Romney and company formed a business coalition, here in the United States, to effectively apply pressure to reverse the outsourcing of jobs and begin hiring here in the States, if he feels so deeply about helping? Or, is this simply a lot of hot air from Mr. Romney to gain public support for his ultimate concern and goal .... POTUS and power.

    January 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. Tam

    Where were you when Bush was president? Was that SAD to watch or what? That was scary and awful to watch. Shame on you.

    January 27, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Tam

    Let's consider the source, folks. Romney would have his marching orders from many other people.

    January 27, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Alex

    Yeah, that's what our government leadership needs – more greedy, elite capitalists.

    NO thanks!

    January 27, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. MikeInSA

    "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..."

    Romney's right. Support Herman Cain!!!

    January 27, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. Mickey, NY

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

    And you do? If it's all about "landing jabs" at President Obama, then Mitt is severly out of touch with reality. It's easy to go on GOP-TV (FoxNews) and spew hatred and bigoted remarks.

    Face it Mitt...you, along with the rest of America's Conservatives and Republicans hate President Obama because he is black, not because of his policies.

    You do not fool the real patriots of this country, only the sheep you keep fed with soundbytes backed up by NO FACTS.

    January 27, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. KC Rick

    Obama has placed his own agenda above the needs of the country which is the economy and jobs. Green jobs are not going to cut it until they are economical. Case in point clean coal. The Illinois legislature killed it because the wholesale rate of electricity (that is what industry uses) costs 2-3 times more than conventional power. What company is going to move to Illinois to pay that??? Plus Illinois just raised corporate taxes 40% and individual income taxes 60%. This formula just does not work!

    January 27, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Seattle Sue

    Romney was a jerk in 2008 and it looks like he will be a total jerk in 2012. If he has all this wisdom why didn't he help Poor George create more jobs between 2001 and 2009? There was only 1.1 million jobs created during this period of time. How many jobs did Mitt created for his State when he was Governor? I believe anyone can sit on the side lines and complain but it's a whole different story when you are the one in charge.

    January 27, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. GonzoinHouston

    The party runs right, and Romney runs right. As gov of Mass, the state ran left and Romney signed a healthcare bill very similar to Obama's. This guy has been running for president in 12 since the day he quit the '08 primary race. And he will say anything that anyone wants to hear.

    January 27, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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