May 7th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney ignores 'treason' comment from questioner

Cleveland (CNN) – In Ohio Monday Mitt Romney fielded a question from a woman who, during the course of her remarks, accused President Barack Obama of treason.

During a town hall in Cleveland, the questioner asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee how he would restore balance between the three branches of the federal government and also said Obama "should be tried for treason."

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Romney responded to her question saying he would "respect the different branches of government if I'm fortunate enough to become president" but did not acknowledge the "treason" portion of her question.

However, after the event, Romney told CNN he did not agree with the woman's comments.

When asked why he did not correct her, Romney said "I answered the question … I don't correct all of the questions that get asked of me."

"Obviously I don't agree that he should be tried," he added.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said the interaction was evidence of "Romney's version of leadership: standing by silently."

"Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so," campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. "If this is the 'leadership' he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?"

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. zaggs

    And Obama has failed to stand up to the hateful rhetoric from his own administration. Oh wait, it came from Obama. Nevermind.

    May 7, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine


    And Obama has failed to stand up to the hateful rhetoric from his own administration. Oh wait, it came from Obama. Nevermind.
    What "hateful rhetoric"? Please supply specific examples-oh, that's right, you're a conservative, truth is always optional to ideology. Congratulations on your invertabrate nominee, he's an inspiration to lubricated weathervanes everywhere.

    May 7, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt dont have a back-bone!....thats why he waffles all over the place!!!

    May 7, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Romney ignores these remark, Santorum ignores or can't hear the comments at a gun range in LA suggesting he picture the president on the target, Rep Broun in GA...seems to be a pattern of either cowardice or tacit agreement.

    May 7, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. PJ/TX

    Both sides have unkind rhetoric coming from ads, surrogates, talk shows, tv shows, etc. None have been directly
    put to President Obama, and if they were, I have no doubt he would reject them and tell the person why.
    John McCain did it.
    Santorum did not, and now Romney has not. It goes to character and judgement. Romney is so afraid of the
    Tea Party, the evangelicals, and the right wing haters he has no backbone to stand up for what is right.
    His weakness will be our undoing if, and I pray he will not, he becomes President. If this is the kind of person
    you trust, then I feel sorry for you.

    May 7, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    "If this is the 'leadership' he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?"

    No need to worry. Willard will never be CIC and even he knows it by now.

    May 7, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. michaelam

    Good job leading from behind, Bishop! Cannot even put your crazy base in check nor educate them. Yeah, you will make a fine leader....NOT! Maybe a rubber stamper/puppet for Grover Norquist, the GOP Establishment, and Corporate America but not a leader for REAL Americans! You're an epic failure, Bishop!

    May 7, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Derrick

    Zaggs you are a bigot....your idiocy is breathe taking!! republicans are hateful fools who embrace lies and racism.

    May 7, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. carlos

    let us send the bishop to his far away planet

    May 7, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. getoverit

    And the Dems NEVER engage in "hateful rhetoric"..... LMFAO!

    May 7, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Rod in Dallas TX

    Romney was quoted as saying "I don't correct all questions." Perhaps if he isn't going to correct the questions, he shouldn't be answering them either.

    May 7, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. B

    Romney is a coward with a yellow streak running down his back who is too afraid to stand up to ignorance. What a fine Commander-in-Chief he will make.

    May 7, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. chuck weidemann

    One thing for certain,Obama is not guilty of hate. Doesn't promote it, respect it, practice it! Hell he even killed Bin Laden with a lack of hate...just matter of fact professionalism!! This drives haters nuts. When repubs were hating our gay troops,Romney quiet as a mouse....Not our president! He has stood up to and condemned hate to death. Hate is the fuel fueling only stop it by not practicing it. Grow up and learn ....

    May 7, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Debra from Georgia

    He is a WIMP,,


    May 7, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. tykl

    @ Derrick – Mitt said he doesn't believe it. If you want to talk about hateful rhetoric, how about Ann Romney not getting a call like Fluke did, or Bristol Palin not getting a call, or Obama not insisting his PAC give back the money from Maher, or when Obama flew off the handle/tele-promter when responding to the Gates case in Boston – enough examples for you? And @ The Real Tom Paine, truth is never optional, it is just a drag having to explain to people like you over and over again what the truth is.

    May 7, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. anthony78

    When ever I hear people from the Right say Democrats are full of hate (or hateful rhetoric) I seriously have to stop and wonder what on earth they are thinking. Is it some weird reverse psychology they are attempting to pull on others (or themselves)? All the HATEFUL things that came out of their mouths when Obama stepped on the scene... and this was coming from front running candidates, so don't get me started on all the followers. Last I checked, Dems actually want to help the common man... while Repubs want to help the super rich at the expense of the middle class.

    May 7, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. seanomatic

    Mitt is a spinless / gutless piece of a man. He does not even need to set a foot in the White House.

    May 7, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Sharonkathleen

    I am not a Romney supporter, but I fail to understand why this is an issue. President Obama has allowed people to speak over his speeches. Not everyone is going to do what John McCain did during his campaign. There is alot of ugliness out there created by the Republican party and Karl Rove tactics that have worked effectively for people who want to believe this garbage. Romney should not be obligated to correct, or attempt to make this right every where he goes.

    May 7, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Sniffit


    Plant questioner in audience to ask question that panders to the basest of the base.

    Fail to tell her to grow the heck up and stop talking nonsense.

    Pretend to disagree with what the questioner said while doing such a poor job of disagreeing that the basest of the base "knows" that you're just giving the MSM lip service and actually don't disagree at're really on "their side"...did nobody else see the wink wink?

    Enjoy MSM crapstorm that takes on a life of its own and keeps the horrid accusation alive while you don't even have to lift a finger to make the accusation yourself....even though the true-believer extremist base takes it as a given that you support the accusation.

    May 7, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Tony

    Republicans throw out words like "socialism" and "treason" without any clue of their meaning. Not that they care. Why is passing a Republican plan for health care treason? Should we put the Heritage Foundation on trial, with Romney as an accomplice? Before the Bush tax cuts, the government had a balanced budget. The Congressional Budget Office said that if the Bush tax cuts and the doc fix are allowed to expire, the government will have a balanced budget in three or four years. So, where do you think the deficits come from?

    May 7, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Yanni

    Mitt will ignore to standing against anything if it cost hem even a single vote. Be really want to be the President of US. It is his great desire like father son

    May 7, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Normally I enjoy right wingnut stupidity, but today both Mittens and his running mate zaggs have stepped over the line.

    May 7, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. jerseylou

    Ha...Look up the name Joseph Smith and you will see rommey's picture an answer!

    May 7, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    I don't correct all of the questions that get asked of me."

    I just re-read this article and this part REALLY stands out. What does Willard mean by "correct"? It sounds as if he's saying there is nothing wrong with suggesting "treason" but he didn't take the time (at that particular moment) to rephrase the question. Am I the only one who feels this way? I don't think so. What an anemic candidate he is.

    May 7, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Lolo

    That lady should have been locked up for treason herself for asking such a stupid question. She's not calling for Bush and Cheney to be held for treason. The pot calling the kettle black. The republicans are using two cent reverse psychology on their uneducated base and they are eating it up like it was their first meal.

    May 7, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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