Romney tries to keep focus on Obama, not Perry
August 17th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney tries to keep focus on Obama, not Perry

(CNN) - Listen to Mitt Romney, and it's plain to see that the former Massachusetts governor is running against President Barack Obama rather than any of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

For a third straight day on the campaign trail, Romney, answering reporters questions following a campaign event Wednesday morning in Berlin, New Hampshire, focused his attacks on the president and tried his best to not to discuss the other GOP White House hopefuls, including the newest candidate in the contest, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Reacting to news that Obama will speak to the nation in early September about a new package of initiatives designed to grow the economy and create jobs, Romney said "he (President Obama) and his academic and political friends don't understand what it takes to get this economy going again. And it's a too little, too late, but we appreciate the fact that he's trying to devote some time to it and not just be on the bus tour and not just vacationing at Martha's Vineyard but giving some thought of the American people. I would have thought he would have done that from day one. If I'm the president, day one of my term I will be working to get Americans jobs again."

For months Romney has been extremely critical of the president's efforts on the economy and on creating jobs, and in the past few days he's also criticized Obama's upcoming vacation on Martha's Vineyard, a resort island off Romney's home state of Massachusetts.

But for a second straight day, Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House, wasn't as receptive about answering questions regarding Perry, and his controversial comments on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and "treason."

"I don't have any new comments on the Fed in regards to Rick Perry's comments," Romney told reporters, adding that "I'm not looking to be in a give and take with Governor Perry. He's expressing his views, I expressed my views and my record. He's a fine guy, a fine governor. We'll get a chance to debate and we'll probably get a good chance for contrasting views at that point."

Romney's been trying to run a general election campaign during the caucus and primary season. His strategy appears to have been relatively successful so far, as he's perceived as the front runner thanks to national polling and fundraising, but Perry's entrance into the race will make maintaining his strategy more difficult.

Wednesday morning he touted his standing in the battle for the GOP nomination, saying "I'm really pleased with the support in this race. The people who have gotten behind my effort and encouraged me in this race, the people across the country as well as the financial support I've received have given me the where with all to run a campaign right to the very end and to make sure I get the delegates needed to win the nomination."

When asked about late entries into the GOP race, he said "you know it's still a bit of an open field. that's a good thing. I welcome folks in, the more the merrier."

"I welcome Gov. Perry. If others want to get in, terrific. The water's fine. There are opportunities for debate and discussion," said Romney, adding that "you're going to see ups and downs in polls and in support, in endorsements and in money fund-raising and so forth, but, you know, in the final analysis, it's going to boil down to a careful consideration who ought to be the next president and I think I will do pretty darn well and I expect to win."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. BigL

    Perry rocks.

    August 17, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Rickster

    The republican candidates biggest challenge is which failed Obama policy to talk about on any given day.....the guy has so many failures that it's hard to choose which one to talk about. I guess Barry might as well get in all the vacation time he can now because next November he's going to be unceremoniously thrown out of office.

    August 17, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    A while back some repugs had billboards out with W's picture and the line: " Do You miss Me now? " Maybe they were talking to the repug voters, because the field of nominees is so weak W begins to look pretty good. If you happen be looking for a repug candidate to vote for, that is.

    Maybe the dems should run the billboard: show the repug candidates, with W asking voters: " Do You miss Me now? "

    August 17, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. bb

    The only reasons we don't see Bachmann on the attack against Romney are because she is afraid he will out talk her on economic points (which she shouldn't worry about in the first place – because he has nothing, both in his track record as governor or otherwise – and we all know he is a corporate-disector for profit and a trickle-down theory supporter.....an opponent's dream..) or because she wants the VP slot in a Romney administration – that thought in itself is enough to send us all to the caves.

    August 17, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Romney is too smart to get drawn into personal attacks scenarios. So refreshing! maybe Obama can take a few lessons from him. It is called LEADERSHIP.

    August 17, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry is talking about lynching people and I haven't heard Romney reach that low. We can't have a president who thinks the solution to any problem is to hold a lynch mob, what does that say about America.

    August 17, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. one voice

    Their ONLY GAME is to bash the President. Any solutions to the problems they helped create, HELL NO

    August 17, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. maikl

    Anybody better than Obama. Obama lower quality for to be president. Everybody can see that Obama don't have any idea what to do. Speech after Labor day will another kva-kva-kva. America got experiment and it show don't vote for W/OUT experience small communist agitator.

    August 17, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Learn from history...it is not that far behind. Keep voting Republican and we will go even further back. I cannot say it enough, "you can't fight stupid".

    August 17, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    maikl

    Anybody better than Obama. Obama lower quality for to be president. Everybody can see that Obama don't have any idea what to do. Speech after Labor day will another kva-kva-kva. America got experiment and it show don't vote for W/OUT experience small communist agitator.
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    II'd strongly suggest proof-reading before submitting but based on your writing skills that would be a useless endeavor.

    August 17, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. GOP hates Middle Class

    No solutions Mittens? RomneyCare Mittens? The soon to be irrelevant because he has no backbone Mittens?
    Willard better defend himself against the astroturf monsters (Parry and BatCrazy Bachmann) and soon because he won't get his chance to look weird up on stage against President Obama once he's beaten in the early rounds of the primaries.
    You're not one of them Mittens, they're looking to boot you ASAP, get a clue!
    Can't run from Bain Capital or RomneyCare, better flip-flop again.

    August 17, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Poor romneycare. I would spend more of my time concentrating on the secessionist than the President. It seems that shrub number two (who not only sounds like the shrub but has the same snickering laugh-good for Jon Stewart) just won a teabagging poll with 29% to this clown who only received 18% along with the flake who only received 16%!

    August 17, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. GOP hates Middle Class

    @maikl: ummmm one more time......this time in English

    August 17, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. GOP hates Middle Class

    Sniffit: no problem, I'll do it. Willard is weird.

    August 17, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Get Them and take obama too

    oh here is the ltest, the obama group is now the first ones to throw racism into the mix by calling Perry a racist, why is it always the Blacks, that throw the word out, is it because that trash is all they got, so here is obama editing sound bites to make it seem like Perry is saying something race related when it is just another obama LIE. Be a man obama, quit with the racism towards Whites or you may get what you dont want, a race war and as you were told before, the whites own most the guns and the war you start is one your type could not win, be advised, cease being a black racists against whites.

    August 17, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    Romney should follow Perry's lead and quit talking in code like a politican and start speaking in plain and simple language that everyone can understand. Then the talking heads can not say he ment this or that, keep it simple and to the point. If he belives something don't flower it up with words. If Perry thinks printing more money is akin to treason he has the right to say so and the media can whine all they want about the fact that is not the way politicans speak.
    The media sold America a supposedly accomplished orator and you see what we got. HOTAIR!

    August 17, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. John, PA

    At least he has afocus, Obama on the other hand is either golfing or on vacation, which is better for the country bad for the taxpayers who foot the bill.

    August 17, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Sebastian

    Governor -

    Almost exactly a year ago, the Deepwater Horizon Oil well rupture was capped. Do you favor looser regulations on oil drilling in America?

    Once he answers no, contrast his response to that of the so-called Jobs Creator – Governor Perry.

    If he answers yes, ask him what government aid [spending] he would provide the people of the Gulf.

    If he identifies some, ask him how he`d pay for it under Cut, Cap & Balance?

    If he doesn`t identify any aid [spending] ask him why he`s willing to give aid to corporations [oil industry tax loopholes] but NOT the people. Fter all, corporations are people, my friend.

    August 17, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    GOP hates Middle Class
    No solutions Mittens? RomneyCare Mittens?...
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    How about Downgrade Obama? His spending doesn't slow down until he hears from the debt rating agencies. He's like the cook who uses the smoke detector for a timer.

    August 17, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Ohio man

    @maikl
    .. ummmm I think the standards were lowered when Palin and the Tea party stepped into the political field. but i guess now you can relate to what they say/ talk about since the english they use is more on your level (3rd grade).. its ok .. we all Love you anyway .. internet HUG for Maikl ((((((--)))))))

    August 17, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. larry

    Its a sad day in america when all our presidential nominee has to do is talk about the current admin. yet offer no solution an still manage to be a front runner. Really sad

    August 17, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    That's actually a pretty smart tactic, from the perspective of the Republican party. And, so far, it appears to be working for Mitt. I'm just sure for how long. With others attacking him, sooner or later, he's going to have to fight back.

    August 17, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dick Cheney

    I was just talking to god and he told me that he wants parry to move to Rome and become a bath-boy for the cardinals.
    He says that parry does not understand the messages the visions are giving him.
    Rick they mean bath-boy for the cardinals in Rome
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    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
    Thanks, I needed that!

    August 17, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    If Romney is good at creating jobs, how come he has not created one for himself?

    August 17, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Its a sad day in america when all our presidential nominee has to do is talk about the current admin. yet offer no solution an still manage to be a front runner. Really sad
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    Isn't that eaxactly how the current buffoon in the Whitehosue got his job??!!!

    August 17, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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