Romney: Obama 'trying to fool people'
September 23rd, 2012
08:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Obama 'trying to fool people'

Denver, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney blamed President Barack Obama for mischaracterizing his positions and forcing him to spend more time fund-raising, as the GOP presidential candidate looked to turn around his campaign trajectory and end a difficult week.

The Republican standard-bearer did not push back when asked Sunday whether he had fallen behind the president in key swing states, but said he expected the upcoming trio of debates would help him set the record straight.

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"He's trying to fool people into thinking that I think things that I don't," Romney told reporters on his campaign charter plane. "And that ends at the debates."

The first debate is scheduled for October 3 in Denver.

On his plane, Romney said Obama had incorrectly portrayed his policy positions on issues as diverse as the automobile industry bailout to abortion to tax proposals.

"He says I was in favor of liquidating the automobile industry - nothing could be further from the truth… He says I'm in favor of lowering taxes on wealthy people. No I'm not," Romney said, and he criticized Democratic campaign commercials. "He keeps running these things even though he knows they're wrong and saying them in rallies even though he knows they're wrong."

Romney, who in the past week was hit by the release of a covertly-filmed video in which he said 47% of Americans were dependent on government and by criticism from within his own party over the direction of his campaign, said as the election neared his role was to tell voters about his plans for the country.

As for public opinion polls, Romney said he did not pay much attention.

"I know in the coming six weeks they're very unlikely to remain where they are today, he said. "I'll either go up or I'll go down. It's unlikely that we'll just stay the same."

The Republican White House hopeful, who spent much of last week raising money in California, Florida and Texas, blasted Obama for opting out of public financing and forcing both candidates to spend more time wooing donors.

Last month Obama's campaign surprised political analysts by hauling in more money than Romney.

Romney said as his campaign moves forward he expected to be doing less fund-raising. The campaign has announced public events planned in Colorado and Ohio early this week.

"I don't expect this to be a contest of who can say the cutest phrase, I think it's a contest of very different directions for the country," Romney said. "And the president's direction will be spoken in the context of his record because he has a record. And my pathway forward will be spoken in the context of my record."

The Obama campaign quickly fired back a statement.

"It's odd that Mitt Romney, a former CEO, won't take personal responsibility for his campaign's troubles," said campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith. "And it certainly takes a lot of chutzpah for him–after his campaign bragged that it wouldn't be dictated by fact checkers–to shed crocodile tears over a legitimate discussion of his record and policies."


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  1. 200 TON HAMMER

    Mitt romney had a difficult week well he has six and half more very difficult weeks
    as tens of millions middleclass familes of democrats,republicans,independents,greenparty who make $250,000 or less vote for obama common sense vision of a fair shot
    for hardworking middleclass familes

    September 23, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. sam

    Romney says Obama is trying to fool people! That's rich, pun intended!

    September 23, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  3. Crismn

    So, I guess that it was the president talking at the Boca Raton fundraiser? If this man is not willing to take responsability for his campaign blunders an keeps on blaming others how can he be responsible for the entire country?!?! Mr. Romney is not fit to lead!

    September 23, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. Maxiquai

    All I can say is WOW. Mitt sounding like a someone on the verge of losing and blaming everyone for his misstep.

    September 23, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. Rob Hunt

    Oh Brother. Doesn't disclose plans or taxes, mischaracterizes and discards nearly 1/2 of the American population, then shuffles to say he'd help them, switches positions with the audience and wind, and bases his entire campaign on out of context quotes (build that) and lies (dropping the work requirement for welfare) and OBAMA is trying to fool the populace. Only his base is buying this.

    September 23, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. Deb in MT

    President Obama is forcing Mittens to spend all that time in fund raising? Can Mittens ever take responsibility for himself? Arrgh..what a whiny baby.

    September 23, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  7. tigerakabj

    Blamed President Obama for making him attend fundraisers?

    Know we all know why Mrs. Romney won't do any more interviews (after that disastrous one in Iowa) - neither one of them will take responsibility for anything. Mitt borrowed $20 million in August after spending more than it took in + paid bonuses to all of his top staff.

    Now, did President Obama make Romney do that?

    Romney should start his concession speech right now. He will not be president.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 23, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. Name terry

    Mitt you're the only fool. Now you want to take credit for the auto bail out, affordable health care. Next you'll be saying you invented the internet.

    September 24, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  9. Anthony in California

    "He's trying to fool people into thinking that I think things that I don't," Romney told reporters....

    NO, MITT.... you re own words, actions and past history are more then enough for WE THE PEOPLE to come to that decision on our own.

    Sound like the blame game to me, and I thought you Republicans didn't blame or apologize.

    September 24, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  10. enuff

    Romney's problems are of his own making. He can't shut up and he blames the control of his own mouth on everybody else. Obama doesn't have to say anything. Romney said himself what he believes. The video says it all.

    September 24, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. dottiek

    a couple of weeks ago, he said President Obama would lie at the debates, now he is trying to fool people. Please Robme, you and your Queeen go home. At least President Obama doesn't lie like you do. He is my President and I will vote for him, and yes, I am part of the 47%...

    September 24, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Slightly Left of Center

    Mitt Romney blamed President Barack Obama for mischaracterizing his positions and forcing him to spend more time fund-raising...

    Gee, Mitt sure is dependent on all those handouts. What a beggar!!

    September 24, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. John Oboho

    The issue of Romney's tax returns should be brought up and scrutinised against other candidates begining from his father,who released 12 years of tax returns,then one will get an idea of who is trying to fool Americans.Over 60% of Americans want to see Romney's tax returns,want to see him honor the memory of his father,by equaling his record,but he would only release 2 years.Didn't Romney's father said "2 years could be a fluke"?

    September 24, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  14. Thomas

    Five sons , all avoided voluntary military service to our country in times of war, wars they supported .

    Who's fooling who Mitt Romney ?

    September 24, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  15. Niko_in_Richmond

    Mitt refuses to take responsibility for his flailing campaign. Why does that surprise anyone?

    September 24, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  16. jan

    Mitt Romney is WAGING A TACTIC OF BABBLE...right before the debates in hopes of confusing President Obama!!! Records of both candidates policies or lack thereof have played out in the media. We've seen, read and heard it all!!! And now, in the face of the ULTIMATE DAMAGING TAPE that has come out, Mitt is still planning on accusing the President of lying on him and he's going to STOP THE LIES IN THE DEBATES. MY ADVICE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TO PREPARE FOR MITT ROMNEY FROM ANY ANGLE!!!! Mitt may have a plan of NOT LETTING THE PRESIDENT SPEAK, SHOUTING OVER HIM, ETC. Then again, to the astonishment of all of us MITT MAY DO THE ULTIMATE ETCH A SKETCH MOVE AND ABANDON ALL OF HIS PARTY'S AGENDA FOR HIS OWN AGENDA...POSSIBLY LEAVING PRESIDENT SPEECHLESS WITH SHOCK AND AWE!!!!

    September 24, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  17. TheMendicantBias

    Oh, shut up, Romney. I'm sick of lies constantly fed to me.

    September 24, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  18. Max

    Romney is for 'CERTAIN' shedding crocodile tears. Why doesn't he stop whining and get down to campaigning? Is he already running out of steam? He's sounding just like Gingrich during the primaries when Newt realized he had no chance of capturing the GOP nomination? Doesn't it sound familiar?

    Whining is not the answer perseverance and hard work is.

    September 24, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  19. Hermann Munster

    This Romney guy will say anything.

    Thinking of not even bothering with the debates because he is so loose with the truth.

    September 24, 2012 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  20. DallasNE

    Still another example of Romney projecting on Obama the very thing he himself is guilty of doing. And once again no pushback by the media on this obvious situation.

    September 24, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  21. Harry From Pa

    Stop Whining Willard M Romney, learn to take the blame and responsibility for your own actions. You my friend don't deserve to be in that spot light. Lies? What about all the lies you guys keep saying and all the lies that you have against the president who is American. You threaten to divide this country and We the American public see you for what you are. A liar who thinks he can buy this election, I mean after all you told us what you think on that recording.

    September 24, 2012 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  22. Marry

    It is quite clear; we will shed crocodile tears if we let ourselves be fooled again by the GOP/TP and R+R and do not get out and VOTE! Romney again pirouettes around what he says, what he thinks (does he think at all???) and what he might do. And, of cause, it is the President again that makes him cry! Mitt, we saw all the tapes like you requested and despite what your lovely wife said – nothing is out of context! On the contrary, there are so many underhanded statements in there; the media has not even gotten around to all of them. Literally every sentence a revelation about Mitt!!! Watch it – you will be amazed!
    Registered? Got your voter ID ready? Well, then let’s have some fun in November!!!!

    September 24, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  23. Dar

    Obama isnt trying to fool people, HE IS!
    Just look at the fools still standing beside him.

    September 24, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  24. John

    Romney, you literally lied to us about your positions. Yes, you are favoring lower the taxes on the wealthly people because last spring you complained that they are being taxed too much at 14%. Romney, don't patronize us about what you want us to believe you about what you are thinking about President Obama.

    September 24, 2012 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  25. Man of Steel

    It's awfully funny how Romney says Obama is trying to fool people. How can a person who is more secretive and down right evasive as Carmen San Diego have a leg to stand on?

    September 24, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
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