Romney on Obama: 'Is he really that out of touch?'
June 8th, 2012
02:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney on Obama: 'Is he really that out of touch?'

Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) - Mitt Romney berated Barack Obama as "so far from reality" after the president said the private sector is "doing fine" during a press conference Friday.

"He said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch? I think he is defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people," Romney said in Council Bluffs, Iowa after a roundtable discussion with farmers.

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In his opening remarks in the White House briefing room, Obama addressed the economic crisis in Europe and offered his assessment of the state of the economy in the United States during a question and answer session with reporters.

"The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last two, 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector's doing fine," Obama said. "Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in."

The Republican presidential candidate criticized his 2012 competitor for "pushing aside the private sector" and instead wants to add more government jobs. He cited the recent gubernatorial recall vote in Wisconsin as a sign voters want the opposite.

Romney said of Obama, "he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."

During a conference call with reporters Obama's re-election team defended the president's remark.

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"The president has always made clear that we need to do more than just recover from the recession because the fact is even before the economic crisis it was getting harder for middle class families to send their kids to college and make ends meet. And that's why he's focused every day on creating jobs now and restoring economic security to the middle class," Obama press secretary Ben LaBolt said.

Speaking in Iowa, Romney called his characterization that the private sector is doing fine will "go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who's out of touch."

Romney poked fun at the president, referring to a to-do list Obama said he keeps in his desk in the Oval Office.

"I got a copy here of his to do list from his desk. You see I was able to sneak that out and there were a few things that are missing. Missing is lead a real recovery. Missing is reduce the deficit. Missing is save Medicare and social security. Missing is help for small business," Romney said.

"And I won't have to have a long to-do list in my drawer at the White House. My to do list is written on my heart and the first three entries are these: jobs, jobs and jobs. I'm going to go to work to get America working again."

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. huwie

    I have to laugh when I read comments like this:
    "This is downright SCARY. Totally clueless doesn't even describe Obama anymore. He is living in some bizarre leftist bubble that is devoid of reality.

    Yes, they do NOT have the same "flexibility" LIKE PRINTING MONEY AND GENERATING INFLATION!!

    Obama has now moved so far left he has left the clueless scale and stopped on the DANGEROUS setting. Four more years of this imbecile are we are ABSOLUTELY TOAST."

    Moved so far left? You're kidding, right? Real per capita government spending under Obama is less than half what it was under Reagan (6.4% vs 14.4%), yet these ridiculous people still try to claim he's all about big government. Then, they claim it's the tax rates that are killing jobs! Guess what? Tax revenue as a percentage of GDP is at its lowest since 1950 and tax rates are at their lowest since the 1920's. The truth of the matter is that we are living a Republican economy exactly as they wanted...little government spending and low taxes. Well, it's not working so well is it? When will you people wake up and realize you've been conned by the Republicans. Is this really the government you want?

    June 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Sue

    Again, for the liberals.....It is hilarious that they are more worried about what Romney does with his own money--then what Obama is doing with theirs!! Was Obama talking without his preloaded, memorized, teleprompter responses today? That would obviously be the reason that he made the statement that the "private sector is doing fine"--which will be used in ads throughout the country to wake up voters to the "real" incompetent, clueless, Obama and his failed policies!!

    June 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. the Situation

    Well I be damm, Willard calling someone "Out of Touch"! LOL!

    June 8, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Tree

    With all of the talk about the Presdient some of you sound foolish and listening to the right wings..........with that said shows that you are lower thinkers and believe anything Romey say. You dont even has the b$lls to fact check. We know (some) that the GOP is trying to turn this around to make it seems like its Obama , but come on people what happen in 2008......? So he is still cleaning up W s$it. And the GOP wants you to think the differ. So what that is saying that the GOP really thinks some of you are really DUMP and believes anything..........Looks like it is working for some. Romey will always be out of touch. He has no reason to be in touch. Silly you. You can vote for him if you want but you are voting aginst yourself.

    June 8, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Release your tax returns draft dodger and show us your long form birth certificate. Why don't you ? I dare you to do it.

    Until you do those two things, you'll never have ANY credibility with the American people and your "claim to fame" will end in a November surprise when your history comes to light. As my late great grandmother used to say "what doesn't come out in the wash will come out in the rinse" and your "rinse" will be too much for you to EVER be elected as POTUS. Good-bye Willard.

    June 8, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. NameFrank Deery

    Romney is right! Obama is focused on his
    Re-election, going on 2 years-now-of Congressional turmoil, and not The Economy, which is barely recovering. Obama should be at his desk or working with Congress, not preening in Hollywood. Problem is: he doesn't-like Carter-have the leadership skills, so he cannot help! His
    Keystone decision and faulty Health Care Bill, now at the Supreme Court, prove my point. Nice man, family-but these are not good times! Not the 70's, Democrats!!!

    Carter 2

    Do we want this amateur for the next 4 years?

    June 8, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. scared for America

    Who would have thought that in the end, it will be politics that will destroy this country. The parties have the population so polarized with their propaganda that you don't even see each other as Americans anymore. People want to tear each other apart. The fact of the matter is that the right and left need each other to balance the system. If we swing in any one direction as hard as people want we are finished.

    Take a deep breath. Read and listen to everything. Think and BE independent.

    June 8, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    Romney is just too funny. Just saw a new ad where he called himself the "job creator of the decade." His state when he was gov (kind of like the gov in Blazing Saddles) finished 47th in job creation. Ya know....maybe lt is time to stop worrying about Mitt and sue the crap out of the TV stations who run these ads. Mitt is just a sorry liar. One lie on top of another. The GOP should hide its nasty little old southern white man face in shame.

    June 8, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Thecentrist11

    I can't believe this is an argument against Obama..

    "Romney said of Obama, 'he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.'"

    June 8, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    Keep voting for self serving, Republican politicians like this and kiss your future goodbye!

    June 8, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Considering that the the Repubs have been openly out to get rid of Obama since day one... and he's been trying to keep this country moving without the help any president should expect from the is hard to find solidity in this mess.....HOWEVER!!!! if you uneducated "big mouths" think that a rich man who doesn't give a "tinkers damn" about the little people is going to be better....GO FOR IT AND DON'T COME CRYING BACK WHEN HE BLOWS THE WHOLE COUNTRY .. When asked about something he has said,...he says"I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT I SAID BUT I'LL STAND BY IT" This is PRESIDENTIAL?? !!!!! Romney has already shown that he doesn't know or care about the wellfare of the the people OR the country. You are too dumb to be scared but a lot of us aren't!!!!!!!

    June 8, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    What percent of TAXES you paid for the last ten years, please? 12.3%?????nonsense idiot. BAIN CAPITAL,,,

    June 8, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. California Gary

    I really enjoy your comments cali girl........

    June 8, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. catwill

    Mitt Romney saying that President Obama is out of touch is truly the pot calling the kettle black and Mitt should be ashamed to say that without laughing at himself. Shameless.

    June 8, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "He cited the recent gubernatorial recall vote in Wisconsin as a sign voters want the opposite. "

    Did Deputy Doublethink then cite the polls that show Obama leads him in WI by a veryhealthy margin? I mean, the polls are done by the same polling places that did the polls correctly predicting the Walker win...but suddenly they're inaccurate and not good enough for Deputy Doublethink? Color me suprised.

    June 8, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Leroy

    Romney does not even have a plan to help create jobs.....his empty rhetoric is simply a political mirage!

    June 8, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Who cares what Amnesia Romney say

    June 8, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    Romney calling Obama "out of touch"? Of course this is quite an overused term by both parties but I can't believe that a candidate that supports the Ryan Budget plan and continued tax breaks for the upper class can call the president out of touch. And reading some of the really out of touch right wingers that post here really make me laugh. I guess they all are part of the upper class that will really make it even better if Mitt is in the Oval office.

    June 8, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Bren

    Any Democrat running for election/reelection is not only going to make sure that they are never seen with Obama--they will make sure that their names are not connected with Obama in any way as well. And, Psssttt.....Liberals......go and look at the newly released Gallup poll which shows that the middle class and upper income voters (ALL voters with incomes of $35,000 or more) are supporting Romney. Be sure to note in the same poll-that Independents are also supporting Romney by at "least" 8 points. Obama–the welfare and foodstamp President!!

    June 8, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Bob

    Etch-A-Sketch is an opportunistic, self-serving liar and coward.

    June 8, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Think about this.......Isn't it odd that the Republicans were right there after the inauguration to say that they weren't going to support the new president ..starting immediately. They didn't know just what he stood for or what plans he had ,nor how he would handle any problem we had. They didn't take time to find out....he wasn't given a chance and after wild man Bush, Two wars and down hill to a major deficeit!! You would have thought they would be interested!.....But there was ONE thing about him that was different....and it was obvious. There was no way that it wasn't a part of the repubs thinking.... He is our first African American president!!!!!

    June 8, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Just Saying

    Willard Mitt Romney 02/02/2012: "I'm not concerned about the very poor, they have a safety net."

    Romney is so "out of touch" that he does not realize that Obama was kind of making the same statement that he did with that nugget. Obama was talking about his jobs bill and what sector needed to be targeted for help with new legislation by Congress. The private sector is fine, meaning there would be no reason to ask Congress to intervene there. His focus is on the middle class and how Congress can help put fireman, policemen, and teachers back to work.

    Now Willard, in his infinate wisdom, is spewing things like "didn't he pay attention to Wisconsin." The American people want less government, etc., blah, blah, blah.

    News flash to Willard: Wisconsin is 1 of 50 states. You might want to remember that before you decide that all Americans agree with Wisconsin. Talk about "out of touch." Clue in pal.

    June 8, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    If public sector jobs had grown only at the pace of population growth over the past 2 1/2 years, instead of sheding 600,000 jobs, our unemployment rate would be below 7.5% now. If the GOP had not blocked every jobs bill in the past 18 months, we would probably be below 7%. But then, the President would be elected in a landslide and the GOP doesn't want that.
    If only tax revenues were tied to population growth, your whacky proposition might work. And since half the people in the country pay no federal income tax, it makes harder as fewer and fewer get stuck paying more and more. Maybe every local person should have to pay $500 a year for their police and fire protection? Why should some people pay nothing?

    June 8, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Boomer in Mo

    Sue, I dare you to give a national speech without a teleprompter. All the device is is a modern day set of 3×5 cards and most politicians use them, including Romney. I don't care what Romney does with is money. I also don't think there is a smidgeon of difference between him and the president. One is not as far left as he is pretending to be and the other is not as far right. Neither one is a good candidate as far as I'm concerned.

    June 8, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |

    A 4 car elevator garage? You shouldn't be calling anyone out of touch Willard.

    June 8, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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