On the campaign trail: No replay needed on NFL refs deal
September 27th, 2012
02:17 PM ET
2 years ago

On the campaign trail: No replay needed on NFL refs deal

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agree: the agreement between the NFL and the officials' union is no botched call.

The two candidates commented on the matter Tuesday, after an announcement by the NFL and NFL Referees Association early Thursday morning that an eight-year deal had been reached and that league's regular officials would call Thursday evening's game.

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After a speech in Springfield, Virginia, the Republican presidential nominee appeared to be behind on the news. He was shaking hands with supporters and was asked about the officials' impending return.

"I sure hope they do," he said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said "it's a great day for America."

"The President is very pleased that the two sides have come together to resolve their differences and ensure that going forward, when we watch our favorite teams play in the NFL, we can focus on the players and the game rather than on the officiating," he said.

On Tuesday, Obama had said "I've been saying for months, we've gotta get our refs back."

And in his Tuesday interview with CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, Romney said "I'd sure like to see some experienced referees with NFL experience come back out on the NFL playing fields."

Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, is an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and raised the issue in Ohio at a town hall meeting on Tuesday.

"Did you guys watch that Packers game last night? I mean, give me a break. It is time to get the real refs," Ryan said . "And you know what, it reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can't get it right, it's time to get out."

The officials' union planned to meet Friday and Saturday for a ratification vote on the deal, which would end a months-long lockout.

– CNN's Dan Lothian, Lesa Jansen, Rachel Streitfeld, and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't care about the teacher unions, but they support the NFL union. I hope Americans standup for the most important and influential people in our childrens' lives and support them in fighting union busters, standup for our teachers.

    September 27, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. mgrgurich

    Now if we can just get the regular teachers and firefighters back too.

    September 27, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Tmadz

    I think Ryan's attempt to bash Obama using a lame analogy when his support of Gov. Walker against the teachers unions in 2011 completely contradicts this.

    He should have said that he was disappointed in the referees calls and hopes that the private companies of the NFL are able to work out their issues with the referees in a timely manner to avoid such a debacle again.

    September 27, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Oh look...a union protecting people with specialized and unique knowledge and skills and who deserve to be paid more than the scrubs the employer who took them for granted tried to replace them with...and whaddya know...it's all because the industry as a whole is actually less valuable and actually cannot function without their specialized and unique knowledge and skills. Sometimes I guess employers just really really want to learn things the hard way.

    September 27, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Griff.

    "Cheater's?? Mitt Romney take sides with Obama? I don't think so."

    September 27, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Griff.

    "Twisting. Twisting. Obama ...... !

    September 27, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. rs

    It is nice to see the GOP supporting Unions for a change. Hypocrits!

    September 27, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Of course Mittens supports it:

    How much money do you think Adelson makes off NFL betting?

    September 27, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    I'm surprised Flip can even talk about football. He's more interested in the hoi-poloi sports like polo and dressage

    September 27, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Griff.

    "Obama side with Israel against Iran?? No way!! He'll play hide and go seek, until after November!"

    September 27, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Ken in MD

    Obama is glad to see that a deal was reached and that the real referees are back to work.
    Romney is happy to see that the strike ended, and is hoping the union got screwed.

    September 27, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |