After election victory, Obama hearts Romney in SOTU
February 12th, 2013
11:31 PM ET
1 year ago

After election victory, Obama hearts Romney in SOTU

Washington (CNN) – At two distinct points during Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama mentioned his 2012 presidential opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

When Obama announced "a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America," the president said he would appoint a top attorney from his campaign as well as one from "Governor Romney's campaign."

Earlier in the speech, when Obama supported pegging the minimum wage to the cost of living, the president noted that Romney supported the change.

"Here's an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let's tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on," Obama said.

A president mentioning the man he recently defeated in a State of the Union address is extremely unique.

Obama didn't mention Republican Sen. John McCain in his 2009 State of the Union address – a speech given just a few months after handily defeating him at the ballot box.

In 2005, after President George W. Bush defeated Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the president never mentioned Kerry by name. The trend held in 2001, too. After defeating former Vice President Al Gore, Bush never mentioned the man he defeated.

In 1997, after defeating Sen. Bob Dole in the 1996 election, President Bill Clinton didn't mention his opponent either.

Clinton did, however, mention Dole in his 1996 State of the Union.

"We owe thanks especially to our veterans of World War II," Clinton said. "I would like to say to Senator Bob Dole and to all others in this Chamber who fought in World War II, and to all others on both sides of the aisle who have fought bravely in all our conflicts since: I salute your service, and so do the American people."

The reason Obama chose to mention Romney, according to Maria Cardona, a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, is more for the American people and less for the members of Congress in attendance.

"The reason he is mentioning Romney now is to continues to bolster his case to the American people that was he is proposing are not left, socialist programs, that they are actually programs that have historically been supported and advocated by Republicans, including his opponent in the last election, Mitt Romney," Cardona said after the speech.

While, according to Cardona, Romney doesn't have much clout with Republicans in the House and Senate, he does have a lot of name recognition among American voters.

"It is aimed at the American people, in order to continue to make the case to the American people that he is trying," Cardona concluded.


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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. marie farris

    Just a reminder-Hilter was elected.

    February 13, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Penobscot11

    Even Obama wishes Romney would have won.

    February 13, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Nic

    44% Democratic and 17% Republican in the poll. No wonder it was 53% positive. They had to poll a lot of Dems to get the numbers positive.

    February 13, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Hogan's Goat

    "Just a reminder-Hilter was elected" Just a reminder, Hitler was a right-winger. Also, Godwin's Law violation, so you lose the argument. Remember, Bush wasn't Hitler, Carter wasn't Hitler, OBL and Saddam weren't Hitlers. Only Hitler was Hitler.

    February 13, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. zandhcats

    Just a reminder-Hilter was elected.

    Study more histories before you made a statement.

    February 13, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. zandhcats

    "Even Obama wishes Romney would have won."

    In which sentences or words the President suggested that Romney would have won? True leader should praise her/his opponents for any credential,in reciprocal has Romney or Republican ever done it? To all the Obama's haters whatever he says is bad.

    February 13, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. sifto

    i can't believe Obama had the nerve to utter Romney's name after the disrespectful lies and sleazy lying ads calling him a murderer..shows what a boorish person he is...pathetic

    February 13, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Corey

    Even Barry admits that Romney would have been a better President.

    February 13, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Fact: There is no honest, non-smirking, non-shenanigan way to argue that sequestration is somehow all Obama's fault."
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    Nope – not ALL his fault... but he most certainly had his grubby mitts in it.

    February 13, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Patrick in Wisconsin

    For the record Mitt, Obama's nod to you was a gift...

    February 13, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    President Obama is as much like Hitler as I look like Chris Christy. I can't believe the ignorance from the RWNJ's. My bad, yes I can.

    February 13, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ancient Texan

    Martha in CF- Nope! Romney had many many lies told about him, by the other side.
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    Name one. I'm still waiting for him to release his tax returns, in the style and manner of his father. Romney was a lightweight construct from Day 1 of his campaign, and the "lies" that you refer to were brought up by his primary opponants long before the General started. Quit trying to fight the last war, you lost.

    February 13, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    "Fact: There is no honest, non-smirking, non-shenanigan way to argue that sequestration is somehow all Obama's fault."

    Nope – not ALL his fault... but he most certainly had his grubby mitts in it.
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    Please do not lose sight of the fact that all revenue related legislation is constitutionally mandated to orignate in the House of Representatives, which Boehner leads. The means the only revenue related bills that get signed into law must be passed by the House, then the Senate, and then the POTUS signs it into law.

    Furthermore, do not forget that Boehner and Obama had worked out some grand bargain, which the Tea Party's raucus caucus in the House rejected in favor of *their* grand scheme, sequestration. Sequestration was the only thing the House passed, and that was done at the final hour.

    BTW, anyone who's half brain dead could see right through the Tea Party's plan for sequestration. The goal was to get deep spending cuts to entitlements signed into law. They figured that they would be a lock to sweep Democrats out of the Senate in 2012. Once that was done, then the lame duck session could remove the defense cuts, and lump them into even more entitlement cuts. Mission accomplished! Right?

    February 13, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -bracey

    tom paine it is called dividership and that is all Obama knows what to do. as long s his team has 51 points and the other 49 then he does not give a rap about the other 49. his actions tell the story. wake up!!
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    I'm wide awake, thank you very much. As far as dividing is concerned, please, have you forgetten about the 47% comments, or do you still have Romnesia? The GOP has been talking about parts of this country being "more American" than others for decades. If this country is divided, its because of the Right, cowering in their bunkers afraid of any change in this country. Voter suppression, building fences on the border, legitimate rape, shall I go on? You may be wide awake, but its obvious nothing is registering if its not been cleared by Uncle Rupert's propaganda machine. Been phone hacking lately?

    February 13, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    "Fact: There is no honest, non-smirking, non-shenanigan way to argue that sequestration is somehow all Obama's fault."
    -–
    Nope – not ALL his fault... but he most certainly had his grubby mitts in it.
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    Boehner can't control his caucus: that is your root cause. If the Weeper were an actual leader, he could have struck a deal with Obama, but the sheep lead the shepherd in the GOP.

    February 13, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Wake up People! wrote:

    President Obama is as much like Hitler as I look like Chris Christy. I can't believe the ignorance from the RWNJ's. My bad, yes I can.
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    Most of the problem is that the right wing is in historical denial mode. They have so much in common with Hitler that they want to project the truth of Hitler onto someone else.

    Hitler was a conservative. Hitler completely deregulated guns. Hitler loved spending on a big military, and he was a seriously deficit spending conservative at that. Hitler loved using his military might. HItler wanted to force everyone else to his way of life whether they wanted it or not. Hitler used religion to justify himself. Is it any wonder that neo-nazis are conservatives?

    February 13, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Rob E

    The presidents speech was interesting albeit costly and scary. What i find the most interesting is that the only thing readily available on CNN about the republican response, is a clip showing Rubio drinking water. Yes, that is what you call media bias. $9.00 minimum wage sounds GREAT, except to EVERY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN AMERICA. Because they are already charging $4.50 for an ice cream cone to pay the lazy teenagers running the Ice Cream shop $7.50 an hour. I guess that Ice cream is going to be $6.50 now. The money has to come from somewhere. Basic math people. Tell me how regulating America is the right way to go. Tell me how forcing a business owner to INCREASE spending while offering NO cost savings in taxes is the right way to go. We are all just along for the Obama ride. Enjoy.

    February 13, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. IRONMIKE

    government is like cancer it just gest bigger until it will kill us

    February 13, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rob E

    The presidents speech was interesting albeit costly and scary. What i find the most interesting is that the only thing readily available on CNN about the republican response, is a clip showing Rubio drinking water. Yes, that is what you call media bias. $9.00 minimum wage sounds GREAT, except to EVERY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN AMERICA. Because they are already charging $4.50 for an ice cream cone to pay the lazy teenagers running the Ice Cream shop $7.50 an hour. I guess that Ice cream is going to be $6.50 now. The money has to come from somewhere. Basic math people. Tell me how regulating America is the right way to go. Tell me how forcing a business owner to INCREASE spending while offering NO cost savings in taxes is the right way to go. We are all just along for the Obama ride. Enjoy.
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    I have an idea: explain how lowering or eliminating the minimum wage is going to increase the spending power of anyone significantly? When people have more money to spend, businesses make more. WE are a consumer -driven soceity that needs people to SPEND money.Pretty damn simple, except in rightie world, where gutting wages and benefits only helps out the so-called job creators who are usually NOT small business owners. Do the Koch Brothers look like they operate a mini-mart?

    February 13, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Rob E asked:

    Tell me how regulating America is the right way to go. Tell me how forcing a business owner to INCREASE spending while offering NO cost savings in taxes is the right way to go. We are all just along for the Obama ride. Enjoy.
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    Have you ever tried to run a small business that paid minimum wage to most of its' employees? Obviously, not. I'll tell you right now that it ain't easy. The wages do not attract the cream of the crop, and turnover is horrific. Training new poeple is a cost in of itself, not to mention the lost productivity.

    February 13, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Virginia

    Rudy NYC – – look it up – – see whose idea sequestration actually was – and how it came about

    February 13, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. cbr

    As I read these remarks I am thinking that those who wrote these comments are hoping to get us riled up. They do and people respond to these outrageous statements. The comparison to Adolf Hitler did anger me. We might like some politicians but to compare them to this very evil man – there is no adjective to use in describing these writers.

    Whether you were for Obama, Romney, Rand or any other candidate, you had an opportunity to vote for your candidate unless you lived in a state where there were such long lines that voters never go to the polling places. The election is over and it is time for everyone to listen to what the President proposed and to support his efforts. We all have Representatives or Senators who represent us and we have the opportunity to share our thoughts and ideas with them. As citizens we have the chance to make a difference. Use the opportunity and let's ignore those who use the comments section as their opportunity to spread their views which are so provocative.

    February 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. lottie

    this post shows why President Obama won the election . So many republican jack asses all on one site If Rubio is the best the republican party has to offer they should just close up shop and go home. Same ol same ol.

    February 13, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Virginia

    Rudy NYC – – look it up – – see whose idea sequestration actually was – and how it came about
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    Please enlighten us, and tell us the source of your information, in its entirety. I doubt you can.

    February 13, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. CeNN sore This

    we're all going to lose so sheeples so you better take your red pills and wake up, write letters and help fight politically.

    February 13, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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