April 23rd, 2012
02:44 PM ET
3 years ago

In rare press conference, Romney offers few specifics

Aston, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Mitt Romney took questions from the press for the first time in over a month Monday – but he avoided giving specific answers to almost every query.

Standing alongside a man some believe could become his running mate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Romney employed the politician's art of speaking while saying very little.

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How far along are you in the search for a vice president?

"We really haven't had a discussion yet of putting together a list or evaluating various candidates," Romney said.

Do you agree with Sen. Rubio's suggestion for a modified DREAM Act, which would offer visas to some young people brought into the country illegally?

"I'm taking a look at his proposal," he said. "It has many features to commend it but it's something that we're studying."

In addition to military personnel who are illegal immigrants, are there other groups of undocumented people in this country to whom you might offer some kind of pathway to legal status?

"How we adjust our visa program to make it fit the needs of our country is something I'll be speaking about down the road," Romney said. "But I don't have anything for you on that on stage."

Romney last held a press conference on March 16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His Monday session with reporters came a day before a primary in Pennsylvania, as well as voting in Delaware, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Rubio appeared to be following Romney's example, keeping his remarks extremely brief and general.

Asked whether his experience qualified him to be vice president, Rubio said simply: "I'm not talking about that process anymore."

The former Massachusetts governor did elaborate on one question, from a French reporter who asked about his favorite memories of the country.

Romney, a Mormon, spent his mission as a young man in France. But instead of talking about that experience, he recounted memories from vacations spent in the country as an adult.

"I think the best memories were with my wife on vacations, from time to time in France," he said. "The last vacation we had there, walking around the city of Paris, not just in the Champs-Élysées, but also over to the Jardin of Luxembourg and around the city, as one of the most magnificent cities in the world and I look forward to occasional vacations again in such a beautiful place."

Some Democrats seized on the statement as another example of Romney's tendency to make off-handed remarks that casually reveal his wealth.

After he wrapped his talk with reporters Monday, Romney returned to the microphone to make some news. He told reporters he was in favor of extending relief on student loans.

Previously he had said colleges would eventually be forced to compete by lowering their tuition costs.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Willis

    Team mormon & jack mormon Rubio, God help us.

    April 23, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney on Mitt Romney: "If I tell them what my plans are, they won't vote for me..." March 2012

    April 23, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You talking about a "Hot Mess" in the WH just mess around and put these two in charge. Both are totally clueless.

    April 23, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Kris Craig

    This is why you need to install updates on your MittOS regularly. Otherwise, your Mittbot won't be able to respond to any questions about current events.

    April 23, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. B

    This guy really has no core.

    April 23, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Marcus

    Yep nothing said.cant wait until some debates!watch him get shewed up and spit out.

    April 23, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Severely Moderate

    How many more bad polls will it take for Rmoney to get in touch with ordinary Americans?

    Previously Rmoney had said colleges would eventually be forced to compete by lowering their tuition costs. He is now in favor of extending relief on student loans.

    The perfectly lubricated weather vane continues to rotate.

    April 23, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Sandy

    "I'm taking a look at his proposal," he said. "It has many features to commend it but it's something that we're studying."

    So Romney gives a press conference to reveal some of his policies, but doesn't reveal any of his policies. What a jerk!

    April 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Marcus

    ah a vacation in france.Maybe he should live there.

    April 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Lionel

    So another flip-flop. Is anyone keep count on this man who wants to be president. Look, he is so out of touch with the average American that I hope people will call him out on what he says. And now Rubio is running around with him, what a joke this is turing into. He came here and was an anchor baby, why isn't Republicans not over this. Oh wait, it is in their favour. Latinos are not going to fall for this.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    April 23, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. RealityBites

    America's economy is dragging along and our collaberating news networks can only come up with questions on immigration. What a sad day for honest journalism..

    April 23, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. rafly

    This clown will always adjust and modify the way his lips produce sound, based on where the wind blows, he doesnt have any principle of life. He will lick anyone balls no matter what so he can fit in new topic. FLIP FLOPPER.

    Obama 2012

    April 23, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. cali girl

    Typical Robmey. Typical evasive answers, except when it comes to his own life. Vacation to France? Wow. Like, yeah, I was just there last week myself – joke inserted. His stance on college tuitions, he could care less. Remember he did say he doesn't care for the poor, they have their own safety net. Most college students are just getting by and struggling altogether. And if he knew anything about the Dream Act he would have spoke about it instead of dancing around the issues. Again, tell me what you plan to do with the country, not the "I will get back to you on that" responses.

    April 23, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Typical GOBP cult nonsense, hide the details, because the details will reveal their plans and proposals are proven failures. And nice flip-flop from Rmoney on the student loans.

    April 23, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Jake

    the worst candidate since McCain!

    April 23, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. rs

    Well, really, is this news? When it comes to actually fixing things, Romney and the GOP have very few answers: cut taxes; ask WWGWB* do, and ; lie. Everything else they do (or say they will do) hurts the vast majority of Americans, or is simply craziness. Of course Romney has nothing to say! These guys are the "dead end" kids. Elect them, America dies a bit more.

    April 23, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    "blah blah blah. Nothing to say. Blah blah blah. We'll get back to you on that. Blah blah blah......."

    April 23, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. R.Merrell

    Romney will say anything or nothing depending on his audience but is this the person conservatives and evangelicals want as President? Someone who has appears to have answer for everything but has no real answer at all? He's so uncomfortable and insincere in virtually every setting and has nothing to tout but his questionable "business experience". Article after article, interview after interview, video after video revels a politician who will say anything to please his immediate audience. And he lies repeatedly, makes things up and shades the truth through careful parsing of his words. He certainly doesn't abide by the tenets of his faith as he finds lying nothing more than a means to an end. Yet the "anyone but Obama" crowd are willing to hold their noses and vote for this man? What a sad commentary on the american electorate.

    April 23, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney is saving all the specifics for his BIG CAMPAIGN DONORS and WALL STREET FAT CAT's!!!

    Or better yet, Karl Rove & the Koch Brothers haven't given Mitt Romney today's talking point memo!!!

    This MITT guy is a Mannequin with no substance who is OUT OF TOUCH with ordinary AMERICANS!!!

    April 23, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. ST

    Romney is not a politician, he just keeping trying to be, but it doesn't work out.

    April 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. dave

    Just have him repeat the ideology of the republicans he knows that well. #1 give as much money to the wealthy as you can and trust them to fix americas problems so goverment can be smaller.#2 Cut social sucurity right to the bone because we can't afford to pay for it even though the I.O.U.s left in the account from money spent on other things is now at $2.4 trillion plus! #3 Get all unions out lawed because the board room members want their pay to go up even faster than the last 15 years which is about 600 times faster than the average wages in this country.#4 declare the poor, under employed and people on social sucurity to be a drag on this country and move to having laws that they all can be shot!

    April 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. J parker

    Romney doesn't have the answer to any of the issues that plague this country. His entire campaign he has not offered one single solution to this countries problems. All he's done is smear the rest of the field and tell Obama it's his time to play in the oval office. Thats not what this country needs. We need a candidate with real solutions to real problems. I will never vote for the GOPs rino.

    April 23, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. dave

    your comment is awaiting moderation! really! why?

    April 23, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    What a bunch of lame worthless questions?! Do the millions of unemployed care about the DREAM ACT?!! NO!!! They DREAM of getting a job fools! Obama has kept them unemployed for years. The clowns asking these BS questions should be fired for incompetence. Of course, they're practiaclly on the Obama campaign payroll so you have to expect this sort of BS I guess.

    April 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. dave

    I thought this was cnn not fox news i am sorry!

    April 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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