Barkley to Romney: 'We're going to beat you like a drum'
May 7th, 2012
08:27 AM ET
2 years ago

Barkley to Romney: 'We're going to beat you like a drum'

(CNN) - According to always-outspoken Charles Barkley, Mitt Romney's "going down" in November's presidential election.

The former pro-basketball star and NBA hall-of-famer turned hoops-analyst made the comments Sunday night during the airing of a playoff game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

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Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and his wife Ann were at game, which was held at Boston's TD Garden. A picture of them in the crowd was shown on TNT, which along with CNN is part of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting division.

"We are going to beat you like a drum in November. But don't take it personally. I like you. You seem like a nice guy. But you're going down bro," Barkley said on the TNT broadcast, after seeing Romney in the crowd.

Barkley, a former Republican who switched his party affiliation to Democrat, has previously spoken out about the race for the White House. In December, he described the GOP presidential candidates as "idiots" for their criticism of the president.

Barkley twice weighed runs for the governor's office in his home state of Alabama, but never took the plunge into campaign politics.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a top Romney surrogate who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, responded to Barkley on Twitter Monday, writing: "Dear Charles Barkley, "don't take it personally, you seem like a nice guy," but you're clueless – @MittRomney wins. Wanna bet?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Basketball • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    No one in the right mind will vote for this bain capital to ban SS, Medicare, etc,. He paid tax of 13.2%. Against women And immigrants,. Bain capital shipped jobs overseas. Nonsense. Election Is
    Rich v/s Middle Class America. Wake up. We are not third world. Get out and vote all GOP thugs out. Obama12. Period.

    May 7, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. rla

    Yep another entertainer with an opinion????? When will Americans get them for what they are HUcksters!

    May 7, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. tv22

    Certainly the Democrats are going to be outraged by his statements and demand he be taken off the air. Right?

    May 7, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. andrew

    Bet Mitt Romney cant wait to be' beat like a drum' he will use it to his advantage and use the sound to tell the whole USA about what really is going on. Coming from a flip flopper Barkley, it sound more like hot air escaping.

    May 7, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Except this drum will have some flavor and soul to it.
    FIRWARD!!!

    May 7, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. Karen

    Barkley is a ffat drunk racist. TNT should fire him for threatening a presidential candidate. I hope the Secret SErvice investigates his inciting violence against a Mitt Romney. Barkley's gang banger following, as well as his Las Vegas gambling connections are a menace.

    May 7, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. HenryMiller

    Oh, yeah, the political opinions of a guy who never grew up past the age of bouncing rubber balls are soooooo worth reporting...

    May 7, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Yeah, Barkley. You've got the IQ of a lima bean... why should anyone take you seriously?

    May 7, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Devon

    I love it. & why doesnt Mr Personality ever come out of his Shell & Meet the Press. He sure seems like a Real Coward. Shouldnt Presidential Candidates have the Kahunas to face tough questions. This guy just seems Extremely Plastic.

    May 7, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. Tom

    If Mittster bought the Team they would suddenky become The Bejing Celtics.

    May 7, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. stew

    No one is taking Barkely seriously, well just as no one is taking Romney seriously either.

    May 7, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Enough is Enough

    Why is it that so many people who are stupid are pro-Obama. Too bad there is not an intelligence required to vote so we could get rid of the clown in the white house.

    May 7, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Good ole Chuck. After being a Republican for years he finally admitted he had to leave the party because it had lost its mind.

    May 7, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Sandy

    Karen
    Barkley is a ffat drunk racist.
    _________

    Barkley is married to a white woman, so I doubt he's racist. Just saying.

    May 7, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Willard is trying to connect with "real" people. This guy is so fake.

    May 7, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. brian

    Yes Barkley :
    Lets face it anyone that would change on almost every position taken as an adult doesnt deserve or wont be President. First he has no core and will not protect us from terrorist or protect the middle class. Two issues the election will be decided on .

    May 7, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. tork

    Meh.... Republicans liked him fine when he supported them. Now that he doesn't, he's an idiot and menace.

    In 2048, when some right wing candidate lies, ruins the economy and beats up a toddler for having two dads.... I am sure we'll be hearing about how that one time Charles Barkley threatened to "beat" Mitt Romney along with stories about how Bill Clinton lied and how Jimmy Carter hurt the economy and how George Wallace was a bigot. And that, somehow, will make it all OK because of something Saul Alinsky said in some book that nobody reads.

    May 7, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    HenryMiller

    Oh, yeah, the political opinions of a guy who never grew up past the age of bouncing rubber balls are soooooo worth reporting...
    --------–

    and when Curt Schilling, who never grew up past the age of throwing a round ball at people has a more important opinion if HE chimed in as an ardent conservative and Flippy supporter, it's relevant yes?

    May 7, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. 1twinsfan

    Well, Romney does know how to create jobs...in China and India.

    May 7, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Why is it that so many people who are stupid are pro-Obama. Too bad there is not an intelligence required to vote so we could get rid of the clown in the white house."

    Ummm, the "stupid" people have clearly shown themselves to be GOBP cult followers, seeing as how time and time again they believe the GOBP's blatant lies and then vote against their own best interests by supporting the GOBP cult's class warfare on them, their friends and family and their communities.

    May 7, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "Yeah, Barkley. You've got the IQ of a lima bean... why should anyone take you seriously?"

    Because that stil makes him smarter than 90% of the Teatrolls.

    May 7, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Maggie

    I am ashamed that Barkley is from the state of Alabama and played for Auburn University. He has become an embarrassment to us all and is the worst racist that ever came out of our state.

    May 7, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm sure the righties would be happier if he had said he would be dead or in jail after the President gets re-elected.

    May 7, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Ramirez

    The round mound of rebound is quite humorous. Too bad not even Charles entertaining banter is going to save the Campaigner and Chief this time.

    May 7, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Lionel

    Way to go Barley. Basketball is Obama territority. Is Romney trying to act like real people.

    Let's talk about his Swiss and Cayman Island bank accounts. He ships jobs to China and India.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    May 7, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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