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

    So I guess what we're hearing from Mr Romney is that President Obama doesn't know what to do, but – by implication – he does. But – hang with me here a sec – he's not going to tell us what he knows unless he's elected. What a ditz.

    January 27, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Eric in Manhattan

    This from a man who changes his mind every few minutes whenevere it's convenient.

    January 27, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. 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 you think that he is able and
    qulified 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, he would lose again.

    January 27, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Meteorite

    Romney = elitist religious nutjob hypocrite.

    January 27, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Florida Joe

    Made your money by buying companies and ruining peoples lives.........You were a disaster in MA and now you want to run the country...thanks but no thanks

    January 27, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Mr. Moderate

    And tell me Mitt, what SPECIFICALLY would you do. Your party seems long on whining but very short on SPECIFICS beyond "cut taxes, smaller government" which aren't solutions, but slogans.

    January 27, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. LA

    "Sad to watch"? Well, let's see how this "sad to watch" presidency compares to watching Romney launch yet another failing presidential campaign.

    January 27, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Tired of the nonsense

    Nothing sad about the Obama presidency. Intelligent president who understands what a Constitution is and what it's for and why we have it. A president who respects the American people.

    Actually, it's sad but amusing to watch these GOP posers. They want so much to be the little dictators but the American people see them for what they are - posers. They had their chance for a full takeover for 8 years during the Bush dictatorship. Now, they're licking their wounds because the American people ousted them. They're running around trying to steal back what they tried to destroy before - our civil liberties and Constitutional rights. Only we aren't letting them win.

    Tell me, will there ever be an intelligent GOPer or is that a contradiction in terms? Something that has become extinct or has never existed?

    January 27, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. The Dude

    Um, Mitt, in case you didn't notice, Obama enacted a Health Care bill that is practically identical to the one you enacted in MA. So, clearly you both think alike.

    January 27, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Robb

    It's nice to dream Mitt. Unfortunately, the country has only voted for one person that wasn't Protestant, Kennedy. Your Mormon religion will keep you from the White House. Not fair, admittedly. But I don't see the mainstream, especially the Christian right, voting for someone in a religion many traditional Christians consider fringe at best.

    January 27, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Sees All Evil

    "We want to see people get back to work" did anyone ever think some of those on unemployment are actually not ready to go back to work and pay in to ssi not knowing if they'll ever see the fruits of thier labors? I tell you one thing if the republicans get the control again we might as well buy tents and move to the warmest state because we'll all be homeless. they are the reason we're all in this boat to begin with! Now they say they care DO NOT BELIEVE THIER LIES! they want to raise retirement age but not allow us healthcare that speaks volumes to me.

    January 27, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. The unsub

    I thought the speech was excellent! Obama is the right president for these times. Romney could never be president!

    January 27, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. annie s

    This man that Romney says "doesn't know what to do" saved America from financial disaster, protected consumers from financial abuse, negotiated a nuclear treaty and brought gays a step closer to equality. I'll take him any day over the "return to the past" Republicans

    January 27, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Greg Smith

    Once again, throw spitballs and offer no solutions. What is the right thing to do Mr. Romney and why? Tell us the specifics and how that would change things. Oh, and please don't say cut taxes and reduce the size of government without explaining the specifics of how that is going to motivate private sector business that is suffering from lack of demand. Lower taxes and smaller government won't do anything to create demand. BTW, didn't you make your money in corporate raids that then split up companies and sold them with the result of putting hundreds of people out of work? Yeah, we need your private sector experience.

    January 27, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. JASON

    again, repubs can only complain. Mr. Romney if you truly KNOW what to do and CARE about America, WHY DONT YOU GO TELL HIM MORON! No, you would rather complain to Americans to make yourself look good.

    January 27, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    No wonder Mitsy is the chosen one by the Koch brothers to run for president. How can this moron deny that corporations have made record profits this past year in spite of some consumer regulations, because of the business friendly climate that our president has created. It is sad that not one republican can report the truth.

    January 27, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    What's sad, is that Obama thinks he can run this country on good speeches, rather than on good management, and good policies.

    He thinks he can talk his way into job creation, rather than passing legislation to enable that to happen.

    He thinks he can talk his way into an end to wars, with people who have no desire to end the wars.

    Obama is largely, self-delusional.

    January 27, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. diridi

    I told you long time ago...this is real idiot in this nation...no view point nothing....no brain....what not, Obama sad to watch...if not what....After Reagan and Bush messed this nation, very exalted nation on earth, these two, one deceased one alive thugs robbed and messed this nation....yes, Obama is sad to watch to tell the truth that this nation desperately needed....just ignore these idiots...go for Obama in 2012....no questions asked no answers told...o.k...

    January 27, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Russ

    What's sad is the fact you couldn't win a Primary against an old man last time. What's sad is people like you sat back and watched Bush run this country into the ground and then blame Obama. What's sad is you have no respect for your own government. Do think Obama just make this crap up like Bush did. Sorry, he has a very intelligent team backing him up. As much as you Repulicants like to rant and rave about the country, it has really improved dramatically under the Obama administration compared to Bush and you all hate it. Whaaa, Whaaa, Whaaa

    January 27, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Ancient Texan

    He was head and shoulders above all candidates of both parties in the 2008 election, but McCain slipped in the back door while we were deciding who was most conservative. It sure wasn't McCain or Obama.

    January 27, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. mfhpr

    Romney, I'd bet you haven't the slightest idea of how to run a real business. Venture Capital is simply taking money from one place and putting it in another. The daily grind of running a REAL operational business is far from venture capital investments. I challenge you to prove your savvy against little 'ole me – small business owner for twenty years.

    Second, no matter what Obama has proposed or will propose in the future, you and your buddies on the right will do all you can to make sure it will NOT happen. No, you're not in place to vote on those proposals, but the idiots on the right listen to you and yours to make sure they do ALL they can destroy him...all at the cost of America's prosperity while he's in office. YOU"RE CLUELESS, truly, about what it takes to manage a COUNTRY vs. a Venture Capital investment firm. But please do feel free to run again to prove your ignorance...

    January 27, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Ben Ben

    So if this loser wins and Americans still do not have jobs what will be his excuse?

    January 27, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Angie in Denver

    Mitt, trust me the Right wingers will never give you a real chance.

    January 27, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Romney is an IDIOT

    It's sad to watch Romney have a $500 hair cut in this down economy, brag about his millions, travel all over the hotspots in the Middle East without having any one of his four sons serving in the military, and to criticise president Obama who's working as hard as he can to get this great country back on track!

    yeah, its easy to criticise...but what are your solutions?!

    This dufus Romney just sit at home for four years just to run for public office one election cycle after another...getALIFE idiot!!!

    January 27, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. PalmReader

    Got a question for Mr. Ace Businessman Romney. Things have been bad for a few years ... rather than jet setting around the country (and world) trying to decide if you'll get enough primary votes to become a presidential candidate, why haven't you been putting together work initative round tables with you business associates to help improve the suffering of the many unemployed, or is this just another John McCain moment of *I know where bin laden is, elect me first, and then I'll get him*? Indeed, why have ALL the prospective GOPer candidates been willing to use the jobless situation to their benefit, but unwilling to lift a finger to help solve the problem?

    January 27, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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