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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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. American

    I used to respect Romney, but "it's been sad to watch" Mitt flip-flop all over the place from his positions of Romneycare, women's choice, etc.

    January 27, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. PennyStock

    "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,

    - How about experience in correct grammar, Mr. Romney?

    January 27, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Side Show

    This guy hasnt any agenda at all. Just another Gop elitist! He wants in the history books of " The Failure of the Republican Party" How Greed Downed A Great Nation!

    January 27, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Roscoe

    Experience in the private sector? Dick Cheney already proved that's not always good. A guy who thinks his sons are serviing the country by working on his campaign (rather than join the military) would seem better prepared to star on Big Love than in the White House.

    January 27, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. D Brown NY

    Sad to watch? I loved his speech!. As long as the republicans keep yo this negative and disparaging rhetoric going, they will continue to be a party of losers

    January 27, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. USA401

    Its sad to listen the absolute disrespect the republican party has of the elected president. This is one independent who has lost all confidence in the republican leadership.

    January 27, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. jack

    The fact that only 12 people attened the savior of N.J. and Mr. I can do it better event says it all.

    January 27, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. st. louis jake

    total b.s. – the prez knows what to do – but the party of no stonewalled him at most every turn.

    just yesterday the new republican house started an investigation into tarp (most of the money has been returned) chanting "failed stimilus! failed stimilus! failed stimilus!" and intimating that the prez has somehow "mishandled" the program.

    let's not forget that the tarp program is a bush deal and that the u.s. economy tanked under the republican administration's watch.

    if the sheeple buy into the fear mongering in the next election, (as they did in the last one) america will truly get the government they deserve and we will end up with 5% of the country being ultra rich and the rest of us living in third-world conditions.

    let the class wars begin.

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

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

    Shut up moron. If people had so much faith in your ability to lead you would have been giving the speech he gave. Were you? No you weren't. You were watching him deliver the speech as POTUS. You watched just like McCain, Giuliani, Huckabee, Palin, AKA losers of the last election of which you are a member.

    Shut up moron. You want the POTUS title. Tell me how you would improve my life as POTUS specifically Mitt? Tell me why you deserve my vote?

    I like how Obama told those cherrypicking insurance companies they can't do that deny kids with cancer. I like how he's not like the arrogant and absolutely unqualified idiot before him. I like how he wound down Iraq and is planning the same for Afghanistan. (Yes, that's two wars incase you misheard) – and tell me what did we gain from 5000 soldiers dead and trillions wasted?

    Shut up moron. Go enjoy your fortune fool and let leaders like Obama lead.

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

    Is this guy real?

    January 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Mike S.

    We don't need another Republican trustfunder, born into the lucky sperm club with a silver spoon in his mouth, appointed to the presidency by the Blue Bloods.

    January 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. lieNoMore

    Mitt Romney is a pathetic spoiled rich boy who should have gotten his sorry butt kicked on the play ground. He suc*ed as gov. in Massachusetts and his whining is worse than bonehead Boehner. Romney is so weak he can't hold onto a single position or point of view, one minute he support abortion the next minute no, one minute he support gay marriage the next minute no. Whatever is politically expedient this schmuck will jump on. Hey his healthcare plan is pretty much the same as Obama's where is he on that?? You guessed it whatever will get him elected he is a loser.

    January 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. tstorm

    Oh yes...Romney, from the party that brought us "The Great Recession" thinks Obama is sad to watch... hypocrite.

    January 27, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. JustMe

    The funny thing is if Obama had an (R) next to his name instead of a (D), Romney wouldn't say that. He would say what a great job he was doing.

    January 27, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Jon

    1) Sorry, didn't the private sector's greed get us into this whole mess in the first place? Why do we suddenly have this need to go back and worship at the feet of big business?

    2) Isn't Obama's health care bill just Romneycare on a national level? If not, what's the difference? Except the even more stringent mandate Romneycare had, of course...

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

    American businesses are fundamentally incapable of competing in the global market because they're obliged to provide health insurance to their employees. Every other industrial economy makes health insurance a government responsibility. This allows businesses to keep talented older workers on their payrolls longer. It encourage entrepreneurship as well. We don't have that in this country.

    Mitt Romney knows this, of course. That's why he promoted a socialized health insurance system in Massachusetts.

    January 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. Hotdog

    And he does. Give me a break.

    January 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Again this idea that a businessman can govern from the right....

    GOVERNMENT IS NOT A BUSINESS, it has a completly different GOAL you nimbrods....
    After all it is not the government who got us into this trouble, it is UNCHECKED and UNREGULLATED BUSINESS PRACTICES because of GREED (yes GREED, that thing that Reagan said was good even if it is one of the 7 SINS)

    January 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. bookreader

    Romney finds it sad to watch Obama, because Mitt isn't in the Oval Office. Green eyed beast has Romney by the tail.

    January 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Susan

    I can not imagine a bigger decision than to throw your hat in the ring as a candidate for President of the United States. First and foremost you will hardly be a "private" person again, especially during the campaign. The media makes certain of that, and the people demand to know all. So it makes sense to me that one who is thinking about running for the highest office in the land would remain silent until the right moment. To me it would be illogical for anyone considering such a step not to move forward in preparation. A serious candidate better do their homework and have a direction to take this nation in their minds eye long before they put themselves out there to the public. How foolish to come in unequiped and ill prepared for such an important task. Shame on anyone who comes into the Presidential race without full commitment, experience, moral character, and determination to give their all to the building up of the United States of America. More than anything I think Romeny's preparations witness of his repect for the office of President of the United and respect for those whose lives will be affect by the one holding that office

    January 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Colorodan

    Sad to watch?! Let's see we have now had 12 consecutive months of private sector job growth after the Republicans closed out their administration with 13 consecutive months of private sector job losses. The stock market is up about 80% since early March of 2009 just a few weeks after Obama took office. We have moved from recession to several consecutive quarters of economic growth. Is Romney really this out of touch with where we were and where we are now? Imagine if Obama had inherited 3 consecutive years of budget surplus with the opportunity perhaps to retire the entire National Debt as Bush inherited from Clinton, instead of the mess the Republicans left him.

    January 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Romney hasn't put forth any specific proposals either. Half a dozen of one, 6 of the other.

    January 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Jim

    This moron needs to get back under the rock from which he came. The same old clowns barking about everything but never come up with anything they would do different. Chris Christie oh please. That slob of a man looks like a walking, talking heart attack waiting to happen. They can't keep cheeseburgers in stock in the grocery stores in Jersey. Chris Christie the rising star of the GOP looks like he buys his clothing at Good Year! Go away loudmouth Romney and please never come back. Didn't this moron learn in 2008 that nobody likes him but those suffering from vacancy of the cranium?

    January 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. JustMe

    Oh and another thing ... about putting someone in the White House that has business experience. Seems to me like we tried that from 2000-2008 and it didn't work out so well for our economy.

    January 27, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Susan

    I can not imagine a bigger decision than to throw your hat in the ring as a candidate for President of the United States. First and foremost you will hardly be a "private" person again, especially during the campaign. The media makes certain of that, and the people demand to know all. So it makes sense to me that one who is thinking about running for the highest office in the land would remain silent until the right moment. To me it would be illogical for anyone considering such a step not to move forward in preparation. A serious candidate better do their homework and have a direction to take this nation in their minds eye long before they put themselves out there to the public. How foolish to come in unequiped and ill prepared for such an important task. Shame on anyone who comes into the Presidential race without full commitment, experience, moral character, and determination to give their all to the building up of the United States of America. More than anything I think Romeny's preparations witness of his respect for the office of President of the United States and respect for those whose lives will be affected by the one holding that office.

    January 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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