Romney: 'I can't be perfect'
February 26th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: 'I can't be perfect'

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday responded to questions about his ability to connect with voters, standing by his financial success but acknowledging he also had some flaws.

"You know, I can't be perfect," Romney said on "Fox News Sunday." "I just am who I am."

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The former Massachusetts governor made headlines Friday when he casually mentioned in a Detroit speech that he drives two cars and his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs."

A campaign spokesman said Ann Romney owns two Cadillac SRXs kept at different homes. The 2012 SRX model sells for between $35,000 and $49,000.

The candidate's wealth - Romney's income was $42.7 million over the last two years - has been the focal point of criticism in terms of his ability to appeal to working-class voters.

Asked Sunday about his cars and other statements perceived by some as "out of touch," Romney stood by his corporate success.

"If people think that there is something wrong with being successful in America, then they better vote for the other guy, because I've been extraordinarily successful and I want to use that success and that know-how to help the American people," Romney said.

His comments came two days before Romney seeks to win two big primaries in Arizona and his native state of Michigan. Recent polls show the former Massachusetts governor in a heated sprint with rival Rick Santorum to capture both states.

While Romney depicted himself as the underdog in Michigan, the candidate said Sunday he anticipates doing well in the Wolverine State that his father once governed.

"But how long the process goes on, I think it's hard to predict," Romney said. "I'm convinced I'm going to become the nominee, and we'll be willing to take however long it takes to get that job done."

– CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Vice of New York

    Hey, where are the rest of the taxes for the past 10 years? Your Daddy was up front why not you? Nothing wrong with being rich – but lots wrond with being greedy and legally "cheating" on your taxes. While you get off scott free using everly legal loophole, people like the 99% have to cover your short!

    Pay your dues, you greed Repugnicant!

    February 27, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Kurt

    He seems pretty decent to me. I like that he's been making big decisions his whole life. I like that he wants to decrease the deficit by cutting spending. I actually kind of wish he'd raise taxes a little bit on everyone - more on the rich, less on the poor, but everyone more.

    He knows business. He knows politics. I think he's more capable than the other GOP candidates. I also think he'd do better than President Obama. I'd probably take Obama over Santorum or Gingrich, though.

    February 27, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Texas

    Taran plays the usual deceptive bait-and-switch game. The followup to the Chu quote in the WSJ article was: "But Mr. Obama has dismissed the idea of boosting the federal gasoline tax, a move energy experts say could be the single most effective step to promote alternative energies and temper demand. Mr. Obama said Sunday that a heightened gas tax would be a "mistake" because it would put "additional burdens on American families right now." "

    Proof of just who are the blind and brainless clowns.

    February 27, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. O.T.

    CNN constantly attacks the Republican candidates. Romney is doing well so CNN is now training its guns back on him. The network is practically an adjunct to the Obama campaign.

    February 27, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Letalis Metal

    Amazing, i'm no democrat but I would honestly vote for obama if this is all the candidates. Someone said i'm brainless for voting for that clown. Well this clown (obama) understands people. Yes vote for the guy who supported bills that wasted money. He talks about balanced budget but was mitten no one of those who supported corporate bail out? America paid with its own blood and money so that those corporations can keep running and I'm sure they don't want to cough up the millions of dollars they took from the feds. Then we have crazy santorum who is stuck in the B.C. era, Newt who is a liar and fake to me because of his past, he should of thought of this before making those decisions. I for one believe people either learn the easy way or the hard way. To be frank America has to pay dearly for its past mistakes. Mitten please stop it, I'm not attacking you bec
    ause of your wealth. It's your character that was created from this wealth. Mitten supporters your the fools here.

    February 27, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. chris

    He can't be perfect, he is who he is – funny comming from the man who tells everyone whatever they want to hear to get their vote. I have a lot more respect for Santorum. He's scary, but he really believes what he's saying.

    February 27, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Ferret out the BS

    No one is really against anyone being successful, it's when you do it on the backes of hard working Americans, It's when you don't see the issue with making a $10K bet on national TV when the average Joe is living from paycheck, It's when you hide money off shore so you can avoid paying taxes. Be successful, just play the game the way the 99% have to play. It's your hubris that turns people off. Just go away you're a disgusting fat-cat that just wants to take, take, take.

    February 27, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. ShawnDH

    This guy is the weakest GOP frontrunner in modern history. He IS perfect...for Obama's reelection campaign.

    February 27, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. tim12

    in this time of political correctness, what no one wants to mention is that the democrats focus is on the people at the bottom of the social structure, the health structure, the emotional structure, the ones that dont want to work and the ones that in school got their tests back at less than 40 percential. all these need, and are getting help. we shouldn't focus our country on them.

    February 27, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. ShawnDH

    tim12 wrote: in this time of political correctness, what no one wants to mention is that the democrats focus is on the people at the bottom of the social structure, the health structure, the emotional structure, the ones that dont want to work and the ones that in school got their tests back at less than 40 percential. all these need, and are getting help. we shouldn't focus our country on them.
    ________________________

    What on Earth are you talking about? The entire social and economic system in the US has become a scam to make the rich richer at the expense of everybody else. The middle class is disappearing and the US has the most abject poverty in the entire developed world. No longer will the richest Americans get to screw everybody else over with their enablers in the GOP. The focus of our country shouldn't be creating the most immoral amd shameful economic inequality on Earth. There is almost no safety net for the poor in this country, and opportunity is being destroyed so rich people and corporations can continue to receive obscene tax cuts that bankrupted our nation.

    February 27, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Davis

    I don't see the big deal when they drive $45,000 Caddys. Compare it against the $42 million from the past two yers and I'd say they are being frugal. These people could be driving Bentleys or a couple Rolls but they don't.

    February 27, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Jo Jo

    Romney said, "I am who I am." Major problem because no one really knows who is the real Romney. This is an election year and people have only what you say and do as a gauge to make their decision. When your actions conflict with what you say, it makes it impossible for people to believe in you. We all know he's rich and not use to dealing with ordinary working people. So, stop pretending to be someone your are not. This is what's hurting Mitt. He comes off as disingenuous. Mitt needs figure out how to be who he is without seeming condescending and uncaring about the rest of us commoners.

    February 27, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    If ever there was a man for the times it is Romney. His expertise is turning around corporate fiscal disasters. Well, this country is a fiscal disaster! He has a proven track record of success. He needs the tools though, namely a Republican House and Senate. If Obama remains in the Whitehouse or the Democrats retain the Senate, then the country will remain on its run away path to bankruptcy. Of course, Obama and the Democrats will blame the people trying to prevent it because that is what leftists do.

    February 27, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Pam from Iowa

    Being successful is the American way, but hey Mitt! Quit rubbing YOUR wealth in our faces!

    February 27, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. candy

    "...I want to use that success and that know-how to help the American people..." - Now if he had replaced the word "help" with the word "screw", then he would be totally believable. To succeed as a corporate raider, he had to screw someone. That's just part of the business. Running America is simply on the other side of the spectrum, and I doubt he had any clue.

    February 27, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Retired Army

    Romney's correct.....he ain't perfect.

    How stupid is this guy? He goes to the Datona 500 and states that he doesn't closely follow NASCAR.....but that he has several friends who are NASCAR TEAM OWNERS.

    Like that is suppose to give him some credibility with NASCAR fans (LMAO) ! All it does is remind the NASCAR crowd that he is a fat-cat millionaire who has NOTHING in common with them.

    What an idiot (LOL) !!!

    February 27, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. ARMYCSM

    We don't want perfection. we'll settle for the truth from one of your personalities Mitt.

    February 27, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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