Romney: A film critic?
March 9th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: A film critic?

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney offered a few suggestions Friday to the director of a new film about President Barack Obama.

"I'll tell ya, I've got a long list of people for that producer to talk to," Romney told an audience at a farmers' market in Jackson, Mississippi. "And if someone's looking for things that the president's done wrong, it's a long, long, long list."

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The Oscar-winning director of the new campaign video, Davis Guggenheim, told CNN's Piers Morgan on Thursday he couldn't find any flaws with the president to include in his 17-minute campaign-style film.

Romney brushed off the film as an "infomercial" and offered a laundry list of Americans he said could provide a different view of Obama.

"First of all, talk to the 24 million Americans who are out of work or under-employed in this country," Romney said of Guggenheim. "How about our soldiers coming home who can't find work? He can talk to them as well. How about the folks who are having a hard time filling up their car because the price of gasoline has doubled under this president?"

Guggenheim was at a loss to offer any criticism of Obama when pressed by the host of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Thursday.

"The negative for me was there were too many accomplishments," Guggenheim told Morgan. "I had, you know, 17 minutes to put them all in there."

But Romney found another opportunity to criticize the president later in his speech to Jackson voters, after a man asked him whether he would "stop apologizing for America."

Hitting the president for making his first foreign trip to Cairo to repair relations with the Muslim world, Romney – whose campaign-style book is titled "No Apology" – then offered a more nuanced answer.

"We may make mistakes as a nation from time to time and step on others' toes, and we'll say we're sorry for that," he said. "But apologizing for America is something I will never, ever do."

The GOP candidate also used his second stop in Mississippi to brandish his status as an "unofficial Southerner."

"Mornin' y'all," he said to greet the audience. "I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. I'll tell you! Delicious."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Taran

    @JustMe,,,,"And then talk to the """"hundreds of millions""""" that have gotten their jobs back since he took office (including yours truly)."
    ----------------------------------------
    And you wonder why liberals have no credibility.

    March 9, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Truth
    Your are right Truth , He took office 2002 unemployment rate was 5.6%
    But in 2006 National unemployment had fallen to just 4.5 percent while Massachusetts unemployment numbers had inched down to 5.2 percent...

    4 years he brought down unemployment by 0.3% so Obama doing a better job than Romney

    March 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. ARMYCSM

    Truth, you do not have a job. You are bitter, probably broke. Never achieved much in life, but you think you are a person of wisdom. But you are not. You LIE too!

    March 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. TO: "Women in California"

    Excuse me, he's not hiding money anywhere. It gets accounted for just like his money in the states. It's not hidden at all otherwise you probably wouldn't know about it. Thing is, he's not hiding anything. He's an honest and upright man who I believe has the countries citizens at the forefront and wants to make our lives better than obama, the man who blames everyone else for his problems.

    March 9, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Rev Mkell,

    Ahh- isn't saying your sorry a lot like apologizing? And, of course, he feels that a congress, who prime concern is to throw out the Prez no matter what damage is done to the country, should not be blamed for any part of the problem! TWIT!

    March 9, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    ol mitt is jealous that he didn't think of making a movie. The presidents' is pretty positive unlike all the negitive stuff mitt has run.He is runnming out of stuff to say against the president. Job numbers are up Obama 2012

    March 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Taylor

    TO: "Women in California"

    Excuse me, he's not hiding money anywhere. It gets accounted for just like his money in the states. It's not hidden at all otherwise you probably wouldn't know about it. Thing is, he's not hiding anything. He's an honest and upright man who I believe has the countries citizens at the forefront and wants to make our lives better than obama, the man who blames everyone else for his problems.

    PLEASE TAKE YOUR MEDS NOW...........

    March 9, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Just Say No to Flipper

    "Romney – he is my man! Intelligent, funny, kind, caring, competent – all necessary traits for the job of the presidency in one package. He is the best!"

    Typical nonsense from a typical LSD groupie. No evidence of intelligence given his many gaffes, only funny unintentionally (like when the trees are just the right height), no evidence he cares a whit for average people, and no evidence of any competence beyond being a successful vampire capitalist, shafting workers and leeching off the taxpayers. Get some new talking points ya propaganda clones!

    March 9, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Scott

    Romey was right on the money, got to love this guy. As an independent i am excited about him, and will vote for him.
    Romney 2012

    March 9, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Come on fli flopper you jealous?
    Does anyone have the list of the companies that have gone bankrupt because of the $250M man and bain? How many American jobs were lost to be sent to other countries. Better yet, how many bank accounts do you have in the Cayman Islands? How many of us can make $10M just from "legal" interest? Probably not that many.
    I wouldn't throw rocks if you live in a glass house or two or three flip flopper.

    March 9, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Mikey

    @Scott – Well that makes two people who are excited about Romney, you and his wife... on the other had, perhaps it's just you.

    March 9, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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