May 7th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
2 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. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Treason was comitted by the Bush administration when they didn't declare the war in Iraq or Afghan, so of course Romney isn't going to address that question, he's a Republican.

    May 7, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. DaveinSC

    Romney can't correct one of those in his audience, he found he can't have a bad word for Limbaugh vulgarity, by omission, he can't say anything about the radicals who listen to talk shows for their opinions. Is there anything he'll hake responsibility for?

    May 7, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. William

    Treason? For what? For saving this country from eight years of Bush? Then perhaps. Elaborate you dummy!

    May 7, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. California Gary

    Mitt can't correct the loonies, because that's what is left of his "base".

    May 7, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. B.

    Romney is a complete coward for not being up-front with the question as he often shows us all.

    This guy is like Jello Sandwich, he will not give a strait answer to any question. Everything is a general -mean nothing answer that will not -define him on anything !

    It is all salesman blather.. No wonder people say that they don’t know who Romney is.

    May 7, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. king

    Well he repubs tollerared the right lunatics rants for the past 3 years and used it to their advantage, they took over the government in 2010 with jobs jobs jobs, hateful Frederic's, lies, not to be factual comments, and fear mungering, the way they were talking and yapping, one would think America would be none existence. I wonder when or if mitten take over, would they replace him, like what they are seeking to do in Wisconsin, with their governor.

    May 7, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Ray

    Mitt, no backbone. This is your leader of the Republicans party

    May 7, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. jane

    Romney neither has a back nor a bone

    May 7, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Rich

    Seriously? Obama is dancing around whether or not he supports gay marriage and won't give a straight answer (no pun intended) and yet his campaign dogs attack Romney for not addressing this question? It's pretty clear that Obama's camp is getting desperate.

    And guess what? Most people (except the Obamabots, of course) are finally realizing that Obama is hip, cool and a great orator, but he's NOT A GOOD LEADER. It's as simple as that. He's just not that good, and certainly not good enough to be a competent President of the United States. Will he be reelected? I don't know...we ARE a nation full of people who care more about style than substance (think about the TV shows that are on) and Obama is perfect for those people. They don't care if he can't do the job as long as he can croon for the microphone, shoot a basketball, and be hip. Too bad we need competence instead of just hip.

    May 7, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Paul

    Standing up to that idiotic old hag might have gained alexithemic Mitt some much-needed respect and also some votes from the people who are still undecided. Instead he came off looking weak and cowardly. He couldn't stand up to Rush; he couldn't stand up to Fischer and he expects to be the leader of the free world???

    May 7, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. manhandler1

    This guy is gutless.....that's all that needs be said.

    May 7, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. chuck weidemann

    Fear has put the right into a full panic!!! The world has changed and they feel so left behind,out of control and clueless their only option is the extreme. Sound familiar!!! No more education cuts.....

    May 7, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Probably an Obama supporter asking the question... Part of the Obama smoke, mirror and snake oil show. After all they don't want ANYBODY focusing on the MILLIONS that have given up looking for work thanks to Obama. Unemployment would be up to 11% if these people were counted like they are in Europe. And what is THERI unemployment rate? 10.9%! Well what a coincidence! Looks like European style socialists policies produce the same results no matter what side of the pond they are tried.

    May 7, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Samps

    Just like Santorum. This new Republican mentality is absurd. Why not take a cue from Mccain. It is still possible in this country to be respectful and disagree simultaneously.

    May 7, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. American

    Time and again Romney shows he does not have the courage to stand up against his extremes: in this example, Ted Nugent, Limbaugh, etc.

    Even McCain had the decency to correct his audience member's outrageous remark directly, but not Romney....sad and not presidential.

    May 7, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Mr. Moderate

    If we are going to talk about treason can we hear more about the under reported story of the group of Republicans who met on inaguaration day 2009 to plot how to undermine the Obama presidency. Essentially a group was plotting how to overthrow the duly elected President. If that's not treason, I don;t know what is. That's called a coup is other parts of the world. And if a group of Democrats did this in 2001, you could be sure that those same Reps would be screaming treason from the roof tops.

    May 7, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Optimist

    We have so many people filled with so much hate. That is exactly why some people never accomplish anything. Romney should have put a stop to such a ridiculous comment. I doubt if the person even knows what treason means. This is why Romney will not get the Independent vote and will not be President. He is selling his soul because he wants to be President.

    May 7, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Bill

    Of course he did. Because he is a spineless twit who stands for nothing. Romney will have to find a new past time after he loses in November.

    May 7, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. T'sah from Virginia

    ►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.◄

    R-Money is a PUNK!!! Do we want a PUNK for President? Could you imagine R-Money dealing with foreign leaders and allow them to "say what they want" and not correct them and then not 5 minutes later when not confronting them, he states he does not agree??????? OMG Really???

    The Right and almost half of Americans believe that R-Money should be president of this FREE WORLD and the ONLY reason they have is to make President Obama a one-term President. They are that desperate; they rather hire a Flip-Flopping Lying PUNK then someone that they truly know they can already TRUST… WAKE UP AMERICA – R-MONEY, REALLY??????

    PLEASE reelect Obama in 2012 – The Only TRUSTED Way Forward!!! Why take chances with a man you don’t even KNOW!!?

    May 7, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    wow! Obama should be tried for treason but not bush, Cheney nor Rumsfeld? Oh wait ... Those guys are white! Nevermind.

    May 7, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. NotFooledByDistractions

    Shame on you Willard Romney, you're a complete coward.

    May 7, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. New Moon Rising

    What a Light Weight nominee this Class-less Act is... this man has absolutely no SPINE.... we have watched gay spokepeople get silenced on conference calls, ousted from the campaign and now this ... this man has ZERO leadership capabilities.. the man stand for Absolutely Nothing ... or what ever any Maniacle Tea-party activist demands of him .. he just sign two more contracts on his way tot the presidency .. he is now OWNED by Grover Norquist ... who Demanded his signature to not sign any increases to revenue.. ( grover should be shipped out of the US to Mexico ) and he also signed on to the personhood amendment ... which will denie the lawful dispensment of Birthcontrol pills ... this man is a dangerous moron ...

    May 7, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Castillo

    Sounds like one of the crazy liberals that always claimed treason with Bush and Cheney. Republicans just want Obama to be voted out of office and have no interest in this treason lunacy. Obama is inept, confused. and wrong on just about everything but treasonous is not one of them.

    May 7, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Big Al

    Record numbers of Americans sitting at home, typing and sending comments because they are unemployed. Can anyone believe that under Obama's watch the Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate has never reached 66 percent?

    This is what the Wall Street Journal wrote in August 2011:
    "The labor force participation rate, the share of Americans who are working or looking for jobs, declined to 63.9% in July from 64.1% a month earlier, the Labor Department said Friday. July’s numbers were a new low for the measure, which has dropped during the recession and slow recovery to its lowest percentage since the early 1980s."

    Well, since that article was written, things have gotten worst. The participation rate is now at 63.6 percent.

    The WSJ article also said:
    "When participation falls it’s an indication that Americans have grown discouraged about their chances of finding jobs and have given up looking. That’s a particular concern during this downturn when long-term unemployment has been prevalent." (BLS)

    And, with the mess we are in, CNN is concerned with this kind of crap? Give us a break. Romney is answering questions about the economy, jobs, etc. CNN, on the other hand wants him to respond to some "plant's" question about a non-issue item.

    May 7, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. kyle

    Sometimes the best leadership is to ignore petty remarks made by people. Romney handled it well.

    May 7, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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