May 7th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
3 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?"


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. You heard it worst on CNN

    Mitt makes it a point to dodge just about every question thrown at him. Notice how he is avoiding debating with Ron Paul while he pretends he has won the GOP? Notice how Obama is going along with it? Notice how the Media is focused on only the two of them and the opinions of idiots like Charles Barkley and Ted Nuget? Notice how most of the American public is ignorant enough to accept this bologna? Our country has become a failing media controled circus. Obama and Romney are the choice of the people who have made it this way. I'm voting for Ron Paul. Even if I have to write him in!!! Ron Paul 2012!!!

    May 7, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Can anyone believe that under Obama's watch the Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate has never reached 66 percent?"

    Why do you crazy rightwing radicals think it's the President's fault for not fixing the massive failures your GOBP cult created? Do you nutjobs even realize that the labor participation rate reflects those who have retired? How many people over 50 who lost jobs are going to get new jobs? Many of them have chosen to retire, increasing the non-participant numbers. Similarly, some may choose to attend school rather than seek work, which also changes the numbers. Yet in your myopic view of the world, all these things happen in a vacuum and are not at all connected to the massive failures of your GOBP cult. In other words, you're in deep denial

    May 7, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. gg

    romney and friends don,t like the word treason,in their world its called making money

    May 7, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

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

    No, that nothing at all like leadership. It is, however, typical cowardly and spineless behavior from the wimpy Rmoney, much like he displayed on the subjects of Rush Dumbo and Ted "Draft-Dodger" Nugent.

    May 7, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. CBR

    Unfortunately, the best leadership is to handle the question openly. If not, the questioner can infer that you agree but are not saying so in public.

    We should be standing up for each other even if we disagree politically. Let's at least support each other when it counts.

    May 7, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    Civil War 2 is what we need. The racist, ignorant, hateful right-wingers need to be eradicated once and for all.

    May 7, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. BBear1

    Hear of a Lion, that Willard.

    May 7, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Dave

    Romney is hateful? Give me a break! What about our current President: "If they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun." "The cops acted stupidly." "People cling to their guns and religion." etc.

    May 7, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. brian

    In what way did he fail to stand up to hateful rhetoric? She said that Obama should be tried for treason, and he said that he disagreed. Should he have gotten into a fist fight with her or something?

    May 7, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

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

    Obviously, Mr. 1%, you should have stated that as a fact.

    May 7, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Ryguy

    While Mitt Romney should have corrected this woman's idiotic and ignorant comment, just as John McCain corrected the equally idiotic statements of that woman who said that Obama wasn't born in this country, the lack of intelligence is hers, not Romney's. Make no mistake, however, by not doing so Mitt Romney was playing politics, but I wouldn't expect any less from a republican presidential candidate, or congressman, Senator, Governor or tea party half-wit, for that matter. One of many reasons why I will not be voting for any republican in this elections or future ones. Not in this lifetime.

    May 7, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    "This is what the Wall Street Journal wrote in August 2011"

    This former stalwart publication lost all credibility when Rupert Murdoch, Mr. Fux the News himself, bought the media outlet via News Corp.

    Just last week Parliament stated Murdoch was “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.”

    I agree wholeheartedly.

    May 7, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Thomas

    How divided we are , How misinformed some are .

    Romney played it smart , don't reply to crazy people !
    Romney / Bush
    Give us the chance to finish the job !

    May 7, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. jam8canpops

    This statement about the President being a traitor would be hilarious if it was not so tragic.This is typical Republican party talk.When members of the Republican party met on the night of the inauguration to plot the demise of the sitting President that was treason.Look up the definition of treason in any dictionary and if you cannot spell ask someone to do it for you.They don't come any dumber than you are.

    May 7, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Penobscot

    @ Wire Palladin, S.F.

    You work for Obama, which isn't a compliment.

    May 7, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Dookey flavored kool aid

    There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. GUARANTEED

    May 7, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. tony

    He could has easily said that is not an appropriate part of asking me a question. Silence just sends a warm message to the extremists.

    May 7, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Gosh Folks,
    Romney was being kind to the lady. Just like we have to be to a lot of you who post here. We know you need the Nanny State. You prove it time after time with your ignorate posts. You are running scared that Romney, when he gets elected that your "Nanny" will leave you. So suck on your Pacificer because it will soon be gone.

    May 7, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. BostonianNThe WoodlandsTx

    I find it amazing that people CONSTANTLY complain about President Obama.

    Yet despite coming on here...trying to sound knowledgeable.....most cannot, will not, or simply ignore why this country is in the hellhole that it is. EIGHT YEARS off Republican leadership- or so-called leadeship- and policies.

    Yet with a weak housespeaker and do-nothing republican congress, some wonder why the President is not able to get anything done.

    Some conservative and republicans should look to their Republican congressmen/women and they'll find the reason for their frustration.

    It's like the current state of affairs have their origin in January 2009 with some people. Beforte that...it was all roses.

    Amazing !

    May 7, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Phil the Love

    At least McCain stood up to the lunatic bi-otch that called Obama an Arab. Shake shake shake Mittens.

    May 7, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Dr Matrix

    What is her logic for the accusation of treason? Is it just more hate being driven by devisive politics. It's time to remove all the extremists from office, take away the microphones of talk radio and put Grover Norquist on an island penal colony in South America.

    May 7, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. namryan

    Kyle, sometimes the best leadership is to stop certain individuals from their silly comments and make them understand that certain statements won't be accepted... even McCain was better than Romney.

    May 7, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. stephanie

    if stupidity and bigotry were a crime zaggs, romoney, the woman that asked that question and all those asinine people that showed up today would be in a maximum security prison. btw how many people came to the mitt rally 14,000?

    May 7, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Repubs on the way out!

    Thats Mittens for ya, the reason he will not win.
    The truth is Bush/Chaney need to be jailed for treason.

    May 7, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Cort

    Big Al, you're a spinmeister. Dozens of months of job creation and a steadily lowering unemployment rate isn't enough for you, you have to cite a renowned right wing rag with some bogus Civilian Labor Force Rate? First I've ever heard of it...and why did you not mention its level under GWB? Methinks it must be because it was quite low? No man on earth, not even Superman himself could have, in 3 years, pulled us out of the hole your party put us in. CNN is reporting the very newsworthy lack of leadership Romney displays day after day. And by the way...we're not really in a mess. A mess is when you needlessly start a war that kills thousands of your own soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians (i.e. Iraq). THAT, was a MESS.

    May 7, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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