January 25th, 2012
11:20 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney on Obama's 'detachment'

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Battling in an increasingly close primary fight in Florida, Mitt Romney kept his focus squarely on Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president's State of the Union address showed he was "detached from his own reality."

"His words and his actions are so different, it's sometimes hard to believe," Romney said as he scanned notes he had taken during Obama's speech.

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The GOP candidate charged in the president's address to Congress, Obama's rhetoric had contradicted his actions in office on issues such as China policy, regulations, taxes and energy policy.

"This is a president who talks about deregulation, even as he regulates. He talks about lowering taxes, even as raises them. He talks about developing all of our energy resources, even as he tries to shut them down," Romney said. "The detachment between reality and what he says is so extraordinary, I was just shaking my head as I watched the TV last night."

Diagnosing the president with a "legislator's lethargy," Romney scoffed at the president's call to Congress to shake off a partisan deadlock and "send me a bill."

"Aren't you the leader of the free world?" Romney asked Wednesday. "Why don't you draft some legislation?"

His speech – given to an audience of about 100 voters seated on folding chairs in a metal fabrication plant – was Romney's second set of formal remarks in two days in which he took on the president. The GOP candidate was seeking to position himself as the best Republican to beat Obama in a general election.

Though Obama did not mention Romney by name Tuesday night, at several points he seemed to nod to differences in policy between the two leaders.

Meanwhile, Romney's chief rival Newt Gingrich rallied larger, more freewheeling crowds at two events Tuesday, capitalizing on the momentum from his big win in South Carolina.

The two men will join Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul onstage Thursday for a CNN/Republican Party of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

–CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Uh Oh -- Mitt's reality check bounced.

    January 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Jacob

    Since charges of falsehood are no light manner, I would invite Mr. Romney to point out one specific point during the last four years where Obama raised my taxes. As far as I can recall, he cut my taxes in the stimulus bill, kept the Bush middle class cuts intact, and ensured an extension of the payroll tax. Hint: I'm not in the top two tax brackets.

    January 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. BQ

    "Aren't you the leader of the free world?" Romney asked Wednesday. "Why don't you draft some legislation?"

    Is Romney for real? He isn't a stuffed shirt but a stiff one.

    January 25, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Loved last nights speech and love listening to Mittens pretend to be less of a limp noodle than he really is. (Goes without saying that I'm including Gingrich and Santorum in the limpy-noodle category as well.)

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 25, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. v_mag

    There's an elephant in the room, and I don't mean Romney. I mean Bush/Cheney. Everything they did to us leaps out every time Mittens or Nut talks about jobs or the economy, because Bush/Cheney put us in this predicament, and you can't ignore that. If a Repugnant candidate wanted to really be honest and transparent, he would acknowledge the disaster that was Bush/Cheney everytime he mentioned the economy or jobs. Such a candidate would gain credibility.

    I want to know how Mittens or Nut would be different from Bush, not how they would differ from President Obama! If they are no different from Bush, then why would anyone want them in Washington?

    January 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is simply taking words out of context again. Surprised by that?

    Romney wants to continue to sustain the failed policies that have been in place for over a decade, and which led to financial crisis. In fact, all Republican aspires to a "free for all" economy where the only rule is "survival of the fittest." No thanks. What seperates modern civilization from ancient cavemen are rules of conduct and social order, AT ALL LEVELS.

    January 25, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A wingnut said they listened to the presidents speech for about 40 minutes and lost interest. We used to label those with short attention spans as ADD. Explains a lot, don't you think?

    January 25, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Boy Mitt your just throwing anything up there now and hoping it sticks. That was a great speech that outlined a great plan and put the do nothing Republican on notice. As I watched his speech I tried to imagine you in his place. Impossible. You will never be President, Mitt. You are a terrible candidate and not a leader. Obama is a leader. And he will be President again in 2012.

    January 25, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Mike from Calgary

    Detached from Reality! The one who doesn't get it is Mitt "I like to fire people" holding a rally Tuesday morning in a SHUT DOWN FACTORY WAREHOUSE! Seemed like the best location for the guy who likes to fire people!

    Great image – extracting money from factories and bank loans and sending it off to the Temple or to his boys or to Swiss banks and to the Cayman Islands! Now Romney's mission vision and values are clear!

    The

    January 25, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    I had to laugh when Obama talked about the Hoover Dam. Oh really, Obama??? Face the facts... in today's world, you would NEVER be able to build a Hoover Dam. Your environmental base would rebel against you and would tie it up in court for decades to save some spotted frog or something. GET REAL.

    January 25, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Mike from Calgary

    Detached from Reality! The one who doesn't get it is Mitt "I like to fire people" Romney holding a rally Tuesday morning in a SHUT DOWN FACTORY WAREHOUSE! Seemed like the best location for the guy who likes to fire people!

    Great image – extracting money from factories and bank loans and sending it off to the Temple or to his boys or to Swiss banks and to the Cayman Islands! Now Romney's mission vision and values are clear!

    The

    January 25, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Pam from Iowa

    Everytime Mitt opens his mouth it reassures us of how much out of touch this guy really is!!!!

    January 25, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    mk1
    Never forget that long held tax plan of conservatives and Republicans is to do away with the capital gains tax altogether. If I am not mistaken that would give Romney about a ZERO percent tax bracket. Just what we need is to give multi millionaires and billionaires a tax break like that.
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    You do realize that everyone is eligible for the Capital Gains tax rate, not just muliti-multi-millionaires and billionaires. Right?
    But aside from that, it is clear you object to the wealthy holding public office. Did you know that when Mitt Romney becomes President he will not be as wealthy as the greatest American President was when he held office? That's right. George Washington was much wealthier in real terms when he was President than Mitt Romney. George Washington's wealth would be equivalent to a billionaire in today's economy. And can you complain about what he did for America?

    January 25, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Joi Gibson

    Am I missing something? Isn't legislation supposed to come from Congress? Look Mr. $42 million, you are the one detached. Most Americans do not make enough money to have offshore accounts. Most Americans do not get their income from investments, they get their income from WORKING. You sir, are the one who is detached. Speaking of rhetoric, yours is getting quite old. We all get you want President Obama's job – earn it instead of constantly flapping your jaws about the President, prove you are worthy – stop lying. Taxes are the lowest they've been in upteen years.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!!

    January 25, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. v_mag

    Mitt - We know you don't see eye-to-eye with Obama. But how do you differ from Bush? Do you differ from Bush? Or are you more of the same?

    January 25, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Hongli

    Mitt Romney Has a PERSONALITY problem and he envies President Obama to his bones. Money cannot buy TRUTHFULNESS LOVE and PERSONALITY but we all know money is the root of all evil .

    January 25, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. v_mag

    Foreplay or the Door:
    You do realize that everyone is eligible for the Capital Gains tax rate, not just muliti-multi-millionaires and billionaires. Right?

    Sure, we're eligible. Just as soon as we have a bazillion dollars to invest.

    January 25, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Beverly - NYC

    The President is detached, this coming from a guy with the personality of lint, whose opinions change with the breeze.

    @"Truth", let me guess you listened to the President last night, and then thought about your island of mis-fit candidates and lost hope in their ability to be elected in November. Take a deep breath, it will be okay. The Republicans can look forward to 2016. Barack is back.

    January 25, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "Sure, we're eligible. Just as soon as we have a bazillion dollars to invest."
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    You don't need a "bazillion" dollars. You don't even need a hundred. But you do have to have the discipline to save SOMETHING. If you don't, you've no one to blame but yourself.

    January 25, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    v_mag
    You do realize that everyone is eligible for the Capital Gains tax rate, not just muliti-multi-millionaires and billionaires. Right?

    Sure, we're eligible. Just as soon as we have a bazillion dollars to invest.
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    All investments. 15%. Of course, if you wanted to make that your primary source of income you might want to invest big or get big returns. Either way, you are helping the American economy with your money instead of just spending it on boats and trips and stuff, so consider the 15% tax rate encouragement to help us all with your money.

    January 25, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. john

    Mitt would not recognize middle class issues if he fell over them. He is so detached from reality....How much money are you making today ?? most people in this country will make about $200 today (if they have a job) Mitt is making $56k/day......

    January 25, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Joan Grady

    I liked President Obama's address. President Barack Obama is in touch with middle class Americam families and the bad economy. He has a well thought out plan on how to get Americans educated and ready for work. Mitt Romney says lies and talks bad about President Obama maybe Mitt does not like Obama's fair tax proposal. Maybe Mitt Romney does not want to pay his fair share of taxes. Dear Mitt Romney, it is you who is out of touch with what middle class American families are going through.

    January 25, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    john
    Mitt would not recognize middle class issues if he fell over them. He is so detached from reality....How much money are you making today ?? most people in this country will make about $200 today (if they have a job) Mitt is making $56k/day......
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    ...and at least 10,000 people are making their $200 a day instead of collecting their 99 weeks of unemployment because Bain Capital saved their company from going out of business. We need a bunch more people like Mitt Romney and our economy would be in great shape. Government revenues would be higher, we could afford entitlement programs better and we could do those things to help our population. See how that works?

    January 25, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. v_mag

    Four and Fair –

    So let me get this right. I can invest $100 and only pay 15% on the interest? Wow, I could make, say $5 on that $100 in a year and 15% of $5 is peanuts. But, so is $5.

    The point is, most people earn wages, taxed at a higher rate. You can't save enough on most people's wages to make investing worthwhile. It is a tax loophole designed for the rich. That's why Romney and other 1%ers configure their income to be so-called capital gains. I can't tell my boss I want him to pay me as capital gains instead of ordinary income. He is not allowed to do that. But Romney can set up his income that way.

    Rich guys wrote the laws so that rich guys can get richer. Is that so hard to understand?

    January 25, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    "Aren't you the leader of the free world?" Romney asked Wednesday. "Why don't you draft some legislation?"
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    If the President has to do the job the House is PAID TO DO, why bother paying them? Send them home and cut a lot of waste.

    (Or maybe some people don't really know what the House of Representatives is supposed to do - certainly not "work one week - Tues to Thurs - then take two weeks off under Boehner).

    January 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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