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. Oy Vey Az

    Maybe 2012 will be Mitt’s year … `but then he got thrashed early on last time by a dizzy grizzly ... who knows what kind of turkey the Tea Party folks will wheel out to gobble him up this time... how sad.

    January 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Corinne

    I know it must be sad for any white man to watch a Black man lead the country. These guys and thier "white entitlement" ia an old, sad game. The president has introduced many innovative, forward thinking ideas that require investing in our future. It's really sad what you old, bitter "establishment" guys continue to throw around. After 2 years, you still can't believe he won. Go shoot yourself if you can't handle it....loosers

    January 27, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. kd

    Romney is a lying piece of slime. He'll say and do whatever ugly thing the political winds seem to dictate.

    The worst thing that could happen to this country is to have Romney in any office anywhere. Yes, worse than Palin who is a joke.

    January 27, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Dan A

    The only one that is sad to watch is Romney !! He has ran and lost so many times thatyou would think he would have a clue and realize the average American voter has no desire to vote for him. His own State of Massachusetts doesn't even care for him. Bottom line is this -Go away Mitt ! Shooting your mouth off about Obama will get you nowhere -it has already been proven that you have very little to offer this country so go get a job or do something else so we don't have to listen to your crap anymore !!!

    January 27, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Debra

    It's a laugh riot to see Romney slither around and change colors and stripes, depending on his audience and his political fortunes and it's even funnier to see the crude white trash Palin talk about things she has no idea about and who has never done any of it but talks as if she knows the 'truth' because it's so obvious. I guess they are the truly 'sad' things to watch.

    January 27, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Barry

    Hmmm, corporate profits are setting records, interest rates are the lowest they have ever been, and Obama is bad for business?? Hey Romney, you and your rich friends have never been richer.

    January 27, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. AEK

    Another ultra rich Republican businessman/politician claiming to have the "cure" for the ills of America. How many times have we heard this. Well, let's see, the last Republican President we had was also a former big businessman, and where did that take our country? Two illegal wars that were are able to win just to pay off the other big businessmen who had supported his candidacy. This businessman also changed the regulatory climate in the United States to the extent that it almost bankrupted the country. So, as with many people in our country, I am a little dubious of Republicans touting their "business" credentials as a way of gaining support from those of us STILL suffering from the last one.

    January 27, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Indy

    So tell us O great wise one, what would you do to snap your fingers and create a robust economy ? Never an answer from Republicans. Maybe Mitts is not smart enough to realize you do not have to be POTUS to create employment, that would be socialist like to count on the President to create employment.One of the greatest things about freedom in the US is that anyone can help the economy and create jobs, but you can't just compalin and blame as we all know that will not create jobs. What a doufus Mitt's is, and his business background is filled with scandal

    January 27, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. John Reed

    Mitt, if it so obvious to you what to do in this diverse country of 300,000,000+ people, and it's so obvious it inspires pathos, maybe you could share some specifics with us. It's probably just as simple as taking the dog on vacation.

    January 27, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Dale

    I am a Mormon myself, and I would not support Romney for President. In my humble opinion, he is a self-serving warmonger. Like many Republicans, he is a chickenhawk that has little or no aversion to war, as long as it isn't him that is putting their lives on the line. He serves corporate interests, not your interests.

    January 27, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. vic nashville tn

    “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

    Yes He is running

    What is sad to watch ? "Government takeover health care” biggest lie spread by republicans, tea party and FOX

    January 27, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Ohio Man

    LOL... thats the same thing i was thinking about you Romney when i see and hear you.. wow .. and what have u done Revive the economy with those Mutli-millions u have??? i'll wait for ur answer .. tic toc.. tic toc ...

    January 27, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. DonBeal

    We narrowly averted another Great Depression. The economy is improving. Businesses are making money hand over fist (but not hiring). Romney is an opportunist. He evidently listened attentively to the words of Bob Dylan, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." As governor of Massachusetts he developed a plan for that one state not unlike President Obama's health care plan. Now, of course, he disowns the plan. John Kerry was skewered for saying something to the effect that he was for something before he was against it. Mitt is going to have to re-word that somehow in his situation. But he can do it. He's slick.

    January 27, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Dnick47

    Romney is sad to watch.... No one in their right mind would consider this mouth-piece good for anything but heckeling.

    January 27, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    Romney is the one who is "sad to watch:" he appears so presidential, as if from a casting agency, but he never catches on.

    January 27, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Mark

    What's sad is Romney, come on dude this is just sick. What's sad to watch is the political nastiness spewing from some of these republican wannabe's. There are many republicans I would be happy to vote for, and he was one, till he came out in this condescending manner. Finally, I think Obama has done a excellent job cleaning up the mess from the prior administration.

    January 27, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Dobbs Beleo

    Do we really want a Mormon in the White House? Could we survive someone as presicent who believes that some guy in upstate NY got direct instructions from God to form a religion that stranger than fiction? Talk about putting lipstick on a pig!!!

    January 27, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. BB

    Romney made millions in the private sector, but what about the people who worked in those same companies?? Ask people in Massachusetts...

    January 27, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Sees All Evil

    Wow 12 people attended, he's a threat lmao! eye of Newt had 85 people at his farce, now thats what i call sad! hahahaha! they feel sad for our Prez LOL! OMG HAHAHA! Tough guy popularity how did he get those 12 people at gunpoint? ROFL! HAHAHA oh man too funny! were they relatives

    January 27, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Its also sad to watch a man who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth( daddy was president of American Motors and governor of Michigan, and a Cabinet officer), who used draft deferments to get out of military service, and who made his millions by firing thousands of workers from the firms he "saved", touting himself as some kind of business guru when he only served one term in public office. He has roughly 18 months more of government experience than Palin, does that make him qualified?

    Ask yourself, my conservative friends.

    January 27, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Truthseeker

    Romney, I don't think you got the memo- business folks really like what O is doing. You potential 2012 candidates are just going to recycle old, outdated, disproven ideas, aren't you? Man, this is going to be "sad to watch."

    January 27, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Chumlee

    Right Romney – you know it all and have it all.

    Frankly, Romney "it's sad to watch" you! Let us not forget the olympics, and what back-handed role did you play
    while in charge? Some ghosts in Romney's closet that need to be released. And then, what experience do you
    have in anything except nut job whining.

    January 27, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. NJ Mom

    I believe it's incredibly sad that the repubs have no new ideas, use fear to lead their followers and refuse to work for the people who elected them. Remember Mitt, the pile that Bush left was so high and so deep and so wide that the President needs more than 2 years to shovel all of it.

    January 27, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Josaphat Daniels

    I must say that no matter what ever romney does he will never be the next president in 2012 or 2016 because it is obvious
    that he can't keep his intentions hidden. All you fools that think he can beat Obama what makes think that someone like him
    deserves to lead america. The reason why he can't win any election ever since Ted Kennedy trashed him in the senate
    race is because of how he is behaving now, he talks as if he has a plan but he has nothing all he does is the same old
    tricks that got him lucky to be governor. Even the far right knows that romney no matter how loaded he is will not win them
    white house if he is nominated and as for me I doubt if he would survive the gop primaries

    January 27, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Whatever

    Romney you cannot take the U.S. government and run it like a business. Way too many branches for that thought. Good luck trying to run away from healthcare when they modeled your plan. Easy to talk ish now... Hmmm stock market is over 12,000. Most if not all of the TARP (started under Bush) has been paid back! Unemployment has not moved and the President can't make businesses hire people. He would really be called names then... WHEW!!!

    January 27, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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