Romney: Obama will 'cower' from debating his record
November 30th, 2011
06:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney: Obama will 'cower' from debating his record

(CNN) - Brushing aside his recent spat with Newt Gingrich, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday said he's more geared up for a fight with national Democrats.

"I think it's kinda curious that they want to jump into our primary and try and throw the primary to someone who they think has a better chance of losing to the president," Romney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. "I'm kind of invigorated by the fact that they've decided to go after me."

Romney has been the subject of several major Democratic-backed campaigns targeting the former Massachusetts governor as a flip-flopper.

The Democratic National Committee launched its latest strike on Monday, releasing a commercial that paints Romney's record as inconsistent in several likely swing states.

But Romney said those efforts are simply a tactic aimed at maneuvering attention away from what he calls the president's failure in office.

"Every time they try it, we'll just smile and come back and say, 'Mr. President, you said [when you took office] you'd hold unemployment below 8%. It hasn't been below 8% since," he said.

Romney stirred controversy last week when his campaign took Obama's comments about the economy out of context, and his campaign called foul when the DNC made a similar move in its commercial against Romney this week.

While Romney has held a steady spot in the top tier of the GOP presidential race for much of the cycle, he now finds himself up against Gingrich, who's accelerated to the top at a rapid pace in recent weeks.

The two have taken knocks against each other in the last few days, but Romney on Wednesday shifted almost all of his criticism on Obama, saying he thinks the president will struggle in the general election.

"He will try and cower from any of debates which will have him have to talk about his record," Romney said. "That's the last thing he wants to do."

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. NameMorpunkt

    No doubt. Obama will cower behind his TelePrompTer and buddies in the mainstream media.

    November 30, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Jariv

    Romney 2012 !!!!

    November 30, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""I'm kind of invigorated by the fact that they've decided to go after me.""

    I see. That certainly explains why you're running from your record of saying you believe one thing and then later saying you beileve the exact opposite...all while projecting your cowardice onto Obama. Is this projection game like page 1 of "Republican Strategery for Dummies"?

    November 30, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. greencollarworker

    I don't think I can imagine Obama cowering from anything. If Romney really believes that, he may be in for a surprise when Obama trounces Gingrich in the Presidential debates.


    November 30, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. roscoe

    Which of Mitt's records will be debate?

    November 30, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. greencollarworker

    Actually, Obama's record is pretty darn good in everything that he's been able to do that wasn't subject to Republican obstructionism.

    November 30, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Joey

    And your record is??? You have lost most of your attempts to govern in your own state, let alone failed and still trying to be president, you flip on issues as soon as poles say they not popular, you flop on your own ideas, your state was the worse in creating jobs, you wanted your birth state to go bankrupt!!! Lets get real on records

    November 30, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Justice1906

    So, let me get this straight, Romney knows a different Constitution and federal government that we were all taught in school. Apparently, the one Mitt knows allows the President to do whatever he wants to fix whatever is broken, and Congress has no say so. Last time I checked, the job of the President is to sign bills into law that CONGRESS passes or veto those laws. If Mitt wants to create jobs, he's running for the wrong office; he needs to be a congressman (or a business owner).

    November 30, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. greencollarworker

    Do you think Romney will fall on the floor and pitch a kicking and screaming fit when Gingrich takes the nomination from him?

    November 30, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. mario

    Watch whos talking,,, Mr. flipplop

    November 30, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Vieteran

    In using a quote from Barny Franks, Mitch what planet have you been on for the last two years, Gosh darn, forgot Mitch forgets what he says a few days ago yes, sure would pay to see him debate the President because I am sure the President will remember and can quote his record backed up with facts..

    November 30, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. MTATL67

    All righty big boy. Pump up that chest and beat on it......Oh, man that statement made me laugh out loud. " COWER" who the heck wrote

    November 30, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Fla.Pete

    Trust me Mitt can't debate Mr.Obama,he'll look like Perry,complete brain meltdown when he gets hit with facts that he can't run from...No flip flopping there,it'll be on your record,47th in the country on job creation,not bad for a guy who sends more jobs overseas,than make here.His hair will get grayer by the end of the debate,UNLESS he has the chance to pick his own questions,that's his mo.Have fun you repub idiot....

    November 30, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Jamie from Riverside

    And Romney will cower from debating his magic underwear.

    November 30, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. ArmyCSM

    Who is Willard Romney? Run him and watch him lose. He, like McCain, and rest of the misled news media, seriously
    under estimates Obama. I see another 2008 replay.

    November 30, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. ArmyCSM

    Oh, BTW, Willard your fight right now is with Newty GinRICH. The word on the street is you may not get the chance to debate

    November 30, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Hooisers for Obama

    Mitt ...the only coward is yourself.. You are the one running from your record . You are a joke !!

    November 30, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Keith in Austin

    Obama's record is abysmal and he knows it! His campaign tactic will therefore focus on the following:

    1. Create a clear division among the American People citing class warfare between Wealthy, Poor and Middle CLass.

    Blame Bush, Congress, GOP and anyone with opposing views as the primary culprits for his miserable failure.

    3. Continue to pander to Big Unions,Media and Lobbyists in return for campaign contributions and ill-gotten votes.

    4. Make false promises to the underclass that he will provide for them by raising taxes on others.

    5. Spending most of his available time campaigning and fund raising when he SHOULD be working in Washington doing what he was elected to do!

    6. Keep the focus away from his deplorable record at all costs. He will attempt to do this daily and has the Liberal Media and a Billion dollars in his hip pocket!

    November 30, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. ddt

    that is the last thing he wants to do; really? You will soon flip flop again

    November 30, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Name king

    It's so fascinating how Willard keep hammering what an aid said about unemployment not going over 8 percent if the stimulus was passed. At least Obama made an effort to stop the 800 thousand job lost a month, while you repubs stood on the sidelines and hurled insults, and push for the economy to bottom out. Hey if obama hadn't done nothing we could be still waiting for the economy to bottom out, just like Willard was saying about the housing market.

    November 30, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Max

    Not the nominee

    Mitt the 'flip-flopping' is talking as if he's the nominee. At this stage it seems as if he won't even be the nominee. On this note it is wise for Romney to focus his attention on Gingrich in order to win the nomination. He is jumping ahead as if his nomination is already settled. His record of flip-flopping on the major issues is already taking a toll on him in the primaries.

    If Gingrich continues to knock him on his flip-floppings he'll surely lose, so he must strongly defend himself against Gingrich instead of behaving as if this is the general election against Obama.

    Romney is better advised to focus on the primary, Obama is already the president and he's not running against him, more or less to be talking about debating him...he will not get a chance to debate Obama if he doesn't beat Gingrich.

    This is exactly what the democrats wants...Romney keep talking about Obama and you'll lose the very chance of running against him.'re not yet the republican nominee...Duh!

    November 30, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. An Observation from North of the 49th

    "He will try and cower from any of debates which will have him have to talk about his record," Romney said. "That's the last thing he wants to do."

    I think you're in for a big surprise regarding your debating skills vis a vis your President Obama .... looking forward to seeing him clean your clock.

    November 30, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Nate

    If Romney thinks Obama will cower from his record, then what in the world will Romney do? My bet is he'll curl up into the fetal position and say he never really was Governor of Massachusetts; all his left-leaning policies were made up by the "liberal media" to attack his ever consistent conservative record.

    November 30, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. dj98

    Obama does not have too?!?!? He's already the POTUS!

    November 30, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. maf

    The majority of the people aren't stupid Mitt! They know the reason why unemployment has risen above 8% and stayed that way is because of the obstructionist behavior of your beloved GOP!! President Obama will CRUSH you in the debates. I hope you win just so that we can all see how ineffective you will be in that head to head opportunity.

    Cower . . . not likely!

    November 30, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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