September 18th, 2012
03:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Borger: What’s wrong with Romney the candidate

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚" "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - In watching Mitt Romney's painful - and self-destructive - gaffe about the "47 percenters," it at first seemed inexplicable, as if the man was writing off half of the electorate.

Never mind that the self-declared "victims" he's talking about include seniors (who actually voted Republican in 2010) and veterans (many of whom might be inclined to vote for the GOP). Or that they're also people who work hard and pay their payroll taxes, and might be getting some tax benefits for their children.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (29 Responses)

    "Why does a smart man say such stupid things?"
    Because he's an out of touch, 1%er. As Joe Biden often says, "he just doesn't get us."

    September 18, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Griff.

    "Whats wrong with Georgeous Gloria?? "
    "I guess she's really just becoming, an every day 'Plain Jane!"

    September 18, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Expat American

    The question should be – what is right about Romney?

    September 18, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    So, Gloria. What you are suggesting is that Mitt is really a nice guy, but his party is dragging him down too much? Not buying your B.S. Mitt is the candidate, and while you may want to build him back up to try and create a semblance of impartiality, I urge you to understand the depth of what this man said. Point blank: he has no thought at all for one half of our American populace. That is not a "nice" guy speaking. That isn't an American speaking. Not in my book anyway.

    September 18, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Griff.

    "Yes! William Clinton thinks Obama has the Brains to rebuild the USA 'From the Ground Up' But wihout any foundations ! "

    September 18, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Griff.

    "Does CNN know what 'Context Means???" When you're confused with the text, you need to read it again!"

    September 18, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Willard Romney gives money, Mormons, and robots a bad reputation. What's to like about Romney?

    September 18, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What is stupid, is that the Kochs, Rove, and Fox foreign owned media are spending $2 billion to get Mittens elected.

    September 18, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    What's wrong? He's a salesman, not a statesman.

    September 18, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You sure won't hear any economists saying that republicans can rebuild the USA. Of course without a working middle class, we are no better than THAN THIRD WORLD Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, or South Carolina.

    September 18, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Problem with Mittens is the problem with the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls and the conservative mind in general: TRUTH...FACTS, EVIDENCE, HISTORICAL RECORD, EXPERT OPINIONS, STUDIES, MATH, ETC....NONE OF IT MATTERS TO THEM AT ALL IF IT CONTRADICTS WHAT THEY WISH AND WOULD RATHER REALITY BE. PERIOD. They will simply "rewrite" it to suit what they want and to justify their agenda.

    Secondary problem? The MSM helps them do it.

    September 18, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    What's wrong? Romney's vaunted management skills are limited to investment portfolios, nothing more.

    September 18, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Indy

    The only way Mitts can get past his horrible campaign strategy is to show his taxes now. He has been running for President for seven years so lets see seven years of taxes.

    September 18, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    ""Why does a smart man say such stupid things?"
    Because he's an out of touch, 1%er. As Joe Biden often says, "he just doesn't get us.""

    Nope. Sorry. It's because he's saying them on purpose and knows very well what he's doing.

    September 18, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. judy

    whats wrong? He's a twit who thinks money buys everthing even a political office. People are secondary Forward

    September 18, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Larry

    Romney is quickly approaching the slim, less, and none chance of becoming President. What is it with Harvard Business School?

    September 18, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. bb

    Get freaking real i dont think he was talking about vets and the eldery, he was referring to the leeches who have sucked the system dry, the welfare moms and people who draw undeserved gov help. speaking of the real leeches
    how about oblunder firing up air force one to go party with jay-z or leno or who ever what a joke, comments taken by some snook behind closed doors and waits to try to hurt Mitt, well it wont work America is too smart to be taken by the INEPT one again

    September 18, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Mark in Seattle

    The fat lady has sung, and she was Mitt.

    September 18, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. MTATL67

    I saw the entire video and his comments are cold calculating. He shows complete disregard for his heritage, his wife and the everyday working people of this country. His heritage, wife and us are nothing more than stepping stones to power that he craves.

    September 18, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Expat American

    It is because Romney sees the elderly, the middle class, the poor, and the disadvantaged among others as assets and eye sores that he wants to liquidate.
    Romney and the GOP care nothing for the majority of the people who vote for them. Because they aren’t rich enough; even if they’re white and Christian enough.

    September 18, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We were losing 800,000 jobs a month in the last month's of Bush's experiment, the jobless number was not in decline. For a crazy right wingnut to assert that the worst was over is a darn lie.

    September 18, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. cali girl

    bb, if you add up the welfare moms and the "leeches" it is no where near half of the population, it is 1.4% of the population.
    It is the elderly, vets, military, and most of the middle class who do not pay Federal taxes, but we do pay SS and Medicare and UI and Disability.

    September 18, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |

    Nope. Sorry. It's because he's saying them on purpose and knows very well what he's doing.
    Yeah, he's playing to the fringe of his base. But those nuts on the right can see he's phony just like us on the left can see it. The only one he is fooling is himself.

    September 18, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    one thing wrong with Romney is that he is NOT what he is trying to be. Mitt Romney is NOT a far right wing conservative know it, I know it and the far right knows it as well. Heck Paul Ryan is more far right "severe" conservative on this ticket. A right wing conservative would have NEVER created anything like the HC plan Romney did in Massachusetts....would never have been pro-choice in the first place. Poor Romney wants to be POTUS so bad he is willing to try to be something he is NOT. That has to hurt and it is catching up with him in the short run. Rather lose a race being who you really are than win one being who you really are NOT!

    September 18, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    He should be in pain. He is trying to take away home interest deductions from us (the last loophole we the you people have). That is why he is not talking about their campaign plans or Medicare vouchers that will literally send thousand of seniors to their deaths with no medical insurance or the poor or disable with Medicaid.
    I hope he hurts and he hurts bad until midnight on November 6th. I want to see him, that plate faced liar and that non working wife of his walk off the stage with their limp tails between their legs.
    FORWARD 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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