Advisers for Obama and Romney trade jabs
July 6th, 2011
03:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Advisers for Obama and Romney trade jabs

(CNN) - A top aide to President Obama called former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a "political contortionist" at a breakfast forum Wednesday.

David Plouffe, who managed Obama's 2008 presidential bid, pointed out, "Gov. Romney has reminded us that he's a world-class political contortionist. He's kind of been all over the map on the president's leadership on the economy."

Plouffe, now a White House senior adviser, declined to analyze the rest of the 2012 GOP field.

Romney's campaign came back swinging in a written statement that challenged the president to a debate and compared him to a former president of his own party–Republican Herbert Hoover.

"We understand the difficulty of working for a president who is challenging Herbert Hoover's place as the greatest job terminator in U.S. history," Romney's campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, said in the release.

"Mr. Plouffe has our deepest sympathies. If he'd like his candidate to discuss real issues, Mitt Romney will debate President Obama any time, any place."

Plouffe didn't mention any debate preparations at the breakfast sponsored by Bloomberg, but he did admit Obama's re-election team is preparing for a competitive battle in 2012.

"It will be a very close election," he said.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    Get him Plouffe!!! Mr. Flip Flop goes whichever way the wind blows. "I did not say that" should be his campaign's slogan.

    July 6, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's only July 2011..... I gotta pace myself ....lol!!

    July 6, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. NC Independent

    Romney is putting the cart before the horse and taking too much for granted. He does not have the Republican nomination and already wants to debate President Obama.

    July 6, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. JS

    I am not a Romney fan, and I am definetly do not support Obama. But I know one thing, this would be an interesting debate. I don't think Obama can win a debate this time around.

    July 6, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "Mr. Plouffe has our deepest sympathies. If he'd like his candidate to discuss real issues, Mitt Romney will debate President Obama any time, any place."
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    He's getting a little bit ahead of the game, ya' think? He needs to be awarded a nomination at the GOP convention before any debate will take place.

    July 6, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Me

    So after Romney wins the Presidency, which states will he sell and send over seas?

    July 6, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. me

    I think instead of Romney's side slinging mud at Obama maybe he should offer something substantive to say. The bad thing about politics is that the only reason why smear campaigns are on the air and in print is because it works on the American public. So maybe we should get our friends and familes to see through both sides BS before they make their decisions.

    July 6, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Rickster

    If David Plouffe hadn't been complicit in foisting our current fraud of a president on us I might feel a little sympathy for the guy because he has to go out and defend the indefensible. I mean, how do you promote a guy like Obama who hasn't a single accomplishment to show for his term.....only one failure after another?

    July 6, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Ruth

    Why dont the republicans talk about President Bush because they know it was him a republican that drove the country into an economic mess. It took 8 years for the GOP to ruin the country and now they want to come back and wipe america out from the map

    July 6, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Slap him! He's sleep talking!

    July 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Mr. Plouffe has our deepest sympathies. If he'd like his candidate to discuss real issues, Mitt Romney will debate President Obama any time, any place."

    Mittens is so cocky and obviously thinks his winning the nomination is a foregone conclusion. I wouldn't be suprised if that very same attitude and smugness bites him in the a$$ and he loses the primary because of it. As for debate, ha...bring it on. Every GOPer will be flooding the internet with "Mitt won!" because Mittens regurgitated half-truth talking opints so well the entire time and tried to lay the total debt and deficit problem and unemployment all at Obama's feet as if GOP policies have nothing to do with it. Likely, Dems will do the same. We'll get myriad bobbleheads provding a smorgess board of kindergarten quality "analyses" that rage from Mitt winning to Obama winning to a tie. And then there will be the independents, who hopefully can't fathom trusting Roney when he's nothing more than a master at "assuming the position," i.e., bending over to take whatever position and say whatever nonsense he thinks will get him elected. can you trust a guy who was for it before he was against it? Who says he can create jobs when the only thing he's ever done successfully is buy up businessese so he could liquidate them AND THEIR EMPLOYEES for a profit? Look up the statistics on Bain. The guy is the Michael Myers of job killers.

    July 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Billy

    Romney has taken too many sides on too many positions. He's just a career politician and we don't need that.

    July 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on America and the truth

    And the GOBPbagger lies just get more and more vile. The Greedy Old Pigs were responsible for the vast majority of job terminations. Obama helped keep that number from exploding higher, with little help from the extreme right wing radicals. And Hoover was a Greedy Old Pig. Own it, teatards!

    Finally, Obama can't really "debate" Flippin' Mittens until he knows whether he'll be debating Flip or Flop.

    July 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. cindy

    mitt who?

    July 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. GL

    JS

    I am not a Romney fan, and I am definetly do not support Obama. But I know one thing, this would be an interesting debate. I don't think Obama can win a debate this time around.

    Please Romney is Mr. Flip Flop who do not stand for anything. He continue to chance his position every day so how can Mr. Flip Flop win a debate with the President?

    July 6, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    me wrote:
    ...the only reason why smear campaigns are on the air and in print is because it works on the American public.
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    No, the GOP smear and steer tactics don't work anymore. They have grossly overplayed their hand and are too arrogant to realize it. They still think that they have a messaging problem. The American voters know the difference; I cite the special elections held this past spring. Only the media is still falling for it.

    July 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. The Greedy Old Pigs want to sacrifice you to serve their ends

    There is only ONE question journalists should focus on with the GOBPbaggers:

    "What sacrifices are you calling on the wealthy to make when all other Americans are being asked to make sacrifices?"

    The responses, or lack thereof, will be interesting, to say the least.

    July 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. C. Howe Yulikit

    Puh-lease. I can only hope that Mitty is the nominee so Obama can call him out on his repeated flip-flopping. Romney has a rubber backbone.

    July 6, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, what jobs did Romney claim to create while in the private sector? I'd like to know where they were. If they weren't here in the US, then don't speak about them.

    @Rudy NYC - That is a good point. He hasn't won anything yet. He could lose to Michelle Bachman or Herman Cain.

    July 6, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. NVa Native

    As the President and Dems have worked very hard to restore our country to the greatness that it once was before the right wing fruit basket dragged through the mud – while the Repubs and the traveling freak show that is their celebrity leaders have done their best to further the corrupt our country.

    July 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "hy dont the republicans talk about President Bush because they know it was him a republican that drove the country into an economic mess."

    Because they are trying to bait Obama and the Dems into doing it by way of correcting the GOP's purposeful misrepresentations, particualrly the nonsense in that ad, which presents the $14T debt as though it is all Obama's fault and claims Obama raised taxes by $500B despite him having given tax cuts to EVERYONE via the Stimulus and payroll tax cuts. They want him to get up and correct them by pointing out that it was the BUsh tax cuts and the two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have created the vast majority of the debt and deficit...that the GOP passed those tax cuts without cutting spending FIRST specifically in order to create the current debt and deficit problems and then use those as justifications for destroying Medicare, Medicaid, SS, welfare, food stamps, etc. Once he corrects them, they'll just jump up and down screaming "He's blaming Bush again...can't this guy take responsibility for his own failuires?" It's Playground Politics. The GOP will not do even a single advertisement or stump speech that offers a proposed solution to any of our problems...they will simply bai Obama and the Dems, opint the blame finger and repeat their tried-and-true mantra of "tax cuts for the wealthy will trickle down" and "entitlements are dertoying our country, not military sspending and the plutocracy we've created."

    July 6, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Reggie from LA

    No Romney's guy didn't play the "job card". A republican? Slinging mud about jobs? You have to be kidding me. What is worse is that people believe it. They believe that Obama is behind job loss and just spends, spends, spends. They've lied about that enough that I'm starting to believe it. NOT!! The whole Greedy Old People outfit knows they are in it together to defeat the President, no matter what it does to the economy. Jobs. Sheesh. Has someone seen some initiatives that they have brought to the table? Oh yeah, that Ryan thing, right. Mark my words, in 3 months they will say Obama did the Ryan plan and people will believe it.

    July 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Any thing for a buck - GOPers

    GOPers never take responsiblity for what they do – in fact they always make up lies saying the other side is doing the evil they do.

    July 6, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Where Are The Jobs Romney Created in The USA? Anyone....

    What position is Romney going to debate with the president?...he was all over the place the last election cycle and he' is doing the same double dance now!

    I guess it's summer time and it's flip flop season for this deucebag Romney all over again!!

    Seriously, where are the Jobs Romney Created in the USA? Anyone....

    July 6, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Tony Z

    Lets start with healthcare. Candidate Romney- we should not have signed healthcare reform it does not work. President Obama- We designed the plan similiar to that in Mass which Gov. Romney signed. Rebuttal- I didn't sign that.

    Economy: President Obama- we have had job growth for the past 24 months. I admit it has been slow, but as I said before it would not be an easy process. Candidate Romney- I am a business man who know how to create jobs. India, China and other nations have seen the benefits of my job creation. President Obama- exports are up. I assume Gov Romney may have been running a export business. Candidate Romney- No! I created jobs in India, China and other nations. President Obama- what about in the US. Candidate Romney- I created wealth for the millionare class not the middle class. Oops did I say that. What I meant was I worked hard for the middle class.

    Before Romney debates Obama he should debate himself first.

    July 6, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |