October 23rd, 2012
10:59 AM ET
1 year ago

VIDEO: Portman: Romney's harmony with Obama pleased undecided voters

(CNN) – Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who played the role of the president in debate prep for Mitt Romney, said Tuesday he appreciated the Republican nominee's moments of agreement with his opponent during the debate.

"I thought when Governor Romney did that, it was refreshing for a lot of undecided voters who are tired of the attacks back-and-forth and the politics," Portman said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "Look when Governor Romney thought that the president was right, he said so."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates • Rob Portman
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  1. rs

    Are they also pleased that Mr. Romney has magically shape-shifted into a more liberal Democrat that Mr. Obama? Listening to him last night, he moved 180 degrees from positions he had only 2 or 3 weeks ago.

    Does Mr. Romney's lack of compass worry anybody (aside frm me)?

    October 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. 4moreyears

    This is a bunch of Malarkey. They are grasping for anything. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. Mitt Romney is gonna need one of those medical alert buttons when this is over with. I've fallen and I can't get up. Bahahahaha

    October 23, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Martha in CF

    Mr. Portman has it all wrong. It is not refreshing to us. I know that Obama is a strong Commander in Chief and the Mittens is a yes person.

    Obama/Biden2012

    October 23, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. felishahvf

    This may be so, but Anne Romney's behavior post debate ruined the harmony for me. She shown her self to be snooty and much to good to mingle with the lesser folks as displayed by timidly shaking hands with audience members, and standing behind Mitt and holding him, rather pulling him from behind, as if to say, "enough mingling with the 47% hun."

    October 23, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Stuck_In_a_Blue_State

    Which was very presidential. Obama's ego would never allow him to actually admit others are right, without taking credit for something. Romney is a smart choice for the next POTUS. We need somebody that can fix the economy, not wreck it. Unless you're willing to rename Washington DC to Athens (which is where we are headed under Obama), vote wisely.

    Romney/Ryan 2012 !

    October 23, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I thought when Governor Romney did that, it was refreshing for a lot of undecided voters who are tired of the attacks back-and-forth and the politics,"
    -------------------------------------------------
    Um-hunh. Sure you did.
    Here's what the rest of us thought: he was scared straight, and outclassed, outmatched, and out-knowledged by the President. It also confirmed what we already knew: Romnye has NO ideas on foreign policy because he doesn't know foreign policy. His ONLY option was to be amenable and agreeable. How can he argue with the President when he has no IDEAS of his own to counter with.
    Come on dude. Give it up! Your boy was punked to the max last night.

    October 23, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Anonymous

    So ... Mitt doesn't have a plan of his own... agrees with Obama 100%... doesn't have a clear view of his own ideals (well, he did before he decided that being severely conservative might not be agreeable to "undecideds") and now is pandering to those very undecideds he didn't want votes from not too long ago, at the expense of those whose votes he did want - the FOX trotters.

    Guess we're right back to the good old "Trust Me – I'm Mitt Romney" campaign of confusion and lies and who knows what he'll do if elected. And EVERYONE will be just so happy if Romney is elected because he'll simply wave his magic ... wand ... and all will be well with EVERYONE, including the Progressives who are still waiting for Obama to wave HIS magic wand.

    Face it folks. Romney can't please everyone. To suggest he will is to suggest Obama didn't bring this country from the brink of collapse. Romney's last two debate performances prove just how shallow this man really is. He loves trees. He loves cars. He loves women. He loves teachers.

    God forbid this man ever gets unlimited power.

    October 23, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. gt

    obama look mad and angry all night...scarey......

    October 23, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    He agreed a lot with the President and proved we don't need to change horses midstream.

    October 23, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    felishahvf

    This may be so, but Anne Romney's behavior post debate ruined the harmony for me. She shown her self to be snooty and much to good to mingle with the lesser folks.........................................

    I saw it before the debate even began when they showed the First Lady and queen ann on a split screen. Michelle smiled and looked happy. queen ann looked disapprovingly down her nose and acted like she smelled something bad everytime the camera caught her.

    October 23, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    gt

    obama look mad and angry all night...scarey......

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL!!!! Really gt? Angry & scary??? REALLY???!!!

    October 23, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Early Voter 2012

    Why the republican is clueless on everything. Portman you just want admit that Romney was awful and clueless.
    Portman why Romney was sweating doing the debate.I thought Romney was looking like he having a nervous breakdown.

    October 23, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The severely conservative liberal moderate candidate, Mittens, threw the neocons under the bus last night. He has already thrown the baggers, teavangelicals, and right wingnuts off the cliff. Do righties really know why they are supporting Mittens? For a white guy, he is an embarrassment.

    October 23, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Malory Archer – Remember, right wingnuts are afraid of cartoon characters, women, minorities, the poor, workers, seniors, veterans, and the middle class. They are afraid of everything, with the exception of starting wars for other people to serve in.

    October 23, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Thomas

    Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who played the role of the president in debate prep for Mitt Romney lied about the facts about letting Detroit go bankrupt !

    October 23, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. REGinAZ

    The media seems to favor keeping Romney in the race and going light on their criticisms of his performances but that isn’t honestly presenting the facts. Sen. Graham was totally wrong with his defensive spin and President Obama was actually right-on with indicating that Romney doesn't have the experience and hasn't been right with his proposals or criticisms. The Republican stand is again to try to twist reality to avoid it reflecting poorly on their candidate ... but the truth is that last nights debate clearly showed Romney to be weak, unprepared, dependent on flip-flopping, as he always says anything to impress audiences and then has to change his story, and in general that he is out of touch with what is needed, waiting for someone to direct him – much like we saw and paid the price for with GWBush, just another "puppet".

    October 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    After 3 1/2 years of Obama, some Americans apparently expect partisan bickering. Obama made Washington a dysfunctional political circus. This is why he has made no progress on issues. We deserve better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 23, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Why take a chance on a flip-flopper when we already know what Obama stands for.

    I certainly don't want to take the chance that he will flip flop over and over and over again.

    October 23, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Ohio man

    @ Four and The Door

    After 3 1/2 years of Obama, some Americans apparently expect partisan bickering. Obama made Washington a dysfunctional political circus. This is why he has made no progress on issues. We deserve better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Ummmmm that would be the TEA party and Senator Mitch McConnell and his buddies.. please try to get your false facts straight...

    October 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Obama made Washington a dysfunctional political circus. "

    Riiiiiight. And it was soooo easy to do too: all he had to do was be born black.

    October 23, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |