Back on the attack: Romney hits Obama for spending cuts
March 1st, 2013
02:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Back on the attack: Romney hits Obama for spending cuts

(CNN) – Is it 2013–or 2012 again?

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney blasted President Barack Obama over the forced, across-the-board spending cuts–known in Washington as the sequester–scheduled to kick in Friday.

"Well, no one can think that's been a success for the president. He didn't think the sequester would happen. It is happening," Romney said in part of an interview that aired Friday on Fox News. "But to date, what we've seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country, and berating Republicans. And blaming and pointing. Now what does that do? That causes the Republicans to retrench and then put up a wall and fight back. It's a very natural human emotion."

Romney has almost entirely stayed out of the spotlight since he lost the presidential race in November. The comments mark the first time the former Massachusetts governor has publicly criticized the president since the election. Romney met privately with Obama at the White House in late November, but few details about their conversation were released.

The Fox News interview, which will air in full on Sunday, came the same day Obama again charged Congressional Republicans with failing to compromise and work with Democrats to craft a deficit-reduction deal.

Republicans, in turn, say they already compromised on the issue when Congress passed a fiscal cliff bill two months ago that included an increase in tax rates. House Speaker John Boehner reiterated Friday the real focus should be on spending reductions, not more tax reform.

In preparation for the budget slashing, the Immigration Customs and Enforcement decided to release hundreds of "low-risk, non-criminal detainees" this week in order to keep detention levels within the agency's overall budget. The White House said the decision was made without its knowledge or input.

Asked about the decision, Romney said: "I think the president has to act in the interest of the country."

"And that means if we need an aircraft carrier in the Gulf - and I believe we do, I thought we needed one more - he should do it," he continued. "I think if there are people who are incarcerated, he should make sure that we're able to keep them in jail."

Romney further chalked up the move to a political ploy.

"Look, it's politics. It's, 'OK, How do we do something that will get a headline that will make it look like those terrible Republicans aren't willing to come together?"

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Bob

    While I was not a Romney fan, dang I wish he won.

    March 1, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. john

    "That causes the Republicans to retrench and then put up a wall and fight back. It's a very natural human emotion."

    That is not a human emotion. That is how wild animals that lack the power or reasoning respond to perceived threats. Humans have brains, the Republicans in the House lack the ability to properly use theirs.

    March 1, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Mitt2016

    Is Mitt 2016 Coming Back !!!!

    March 1, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    There's no doubt Romney would have been the better President. Of course he would have expected you to start picking up after yourself and not expect the Government, and SUCESSFUL people to pay for your beanies. Sooner or later you will figure it out.

    March 1, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. julie

    ........ mitt know cares what you think you lost...................now take a hike soe loser :(

    March 1, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....

    Mitt Robme suck on wood – YOU LOST!!!!

    Take that to the bank in Caymen Island & Bermuda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Tammy

    if the election was held today, romney would still lost....the Tea Party (Republicans) wanted these cuts and they are here. the party of No became the party of NO because they hate Obama more than they love America.

    March 1, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Alan

    A man who carries his dog on the roof of his car, puts his millions in the Caymen Islands so he would only pay 13% in taxes and is single handedly responsible for the worse republican (now 2 in a row) loss in a bid for the Presidency is speaking about cuts?....NUTS!...its his party and if he would have won, thank god he didn't!, he would have implemented the same cuts himself...what a hipocrate!

    March 1, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Unless Obama has repealed the first admendment by royal decree, Romney and every other taxpayer and citizen in the US has the right to express their view. BTW Tony in Maine–NOPE! America lost.

    March 1, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Bob

    See Daily Kos posters are here. Look, both sides share some blame on sequester. But, the president has never once tried to truly compromise. He didn't even raise the alarm about sequester until it was upon us. The GOP already said okay to higher taxes for the rich Jan. 1. The president did not then and has yet to lay out any SERIOUS cuts. I guess Obama would like another credit downgrade.

    March 1, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Janine from Idaho

    Romney rubbing salt in the open wound that is Obama.... enjoy the pain you Obama supporting idiots.

    March 1, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Horse-Mitt rides again!!! I can see he's finally stopped crying and is starting his 2016 campaign. What happened to his promise to work ALONG with the current administration, praying for our President's success, and telling his followers that this bipartisanship needs to end?

    March 1, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Tom

    Is this Mitt's audition tape for his own show on FOX? That's what failed Republican candidates do after having the snot kicked out of them in national elections, right?

    March 1, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Steve_Denver

    Mr. 47%, you were resoundingly rejected. Go back in hiding.

    March 1, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. cptpooppants

    Why aren't theyt paying attention to me buffy?? mittens asks

    March 1, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Jack33

    Someone needs to tell "Number Two" Romney that the election is over, he lost miserably, and nobody cares about his opinions.

    March 1, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Dan

    Sigh... its discouraging to even read the CNN comments anymore. What is wrong with you people? Both sides. All there is is dems screaming for Mitts head when he makes any comment, and the GOP saying how Obama is a horrible person. I dont think I read one intelligent comment. The fact is Obama did campaign recently, and Mitt is correct. Doing that is not trying to work with the GOP, it is making them dig in. Obama isn't stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing. Its amazing how stark the party line is

    March 1, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. bmullan

    said the rich man...

    March 1, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. cnnife

    If he is so smart and have all the answers, why is he not the POTUS right now?

    March 1, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. bmullan

    so speaks the rich man...

    March 1, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. dshadbolt

    Do we need to kill him with fire or something? He keeps coming back :(

    March 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. yem

    Mitt, you couldn't come up with a winning formula to be a president. You had all the money to make it happen. Now you have a solution for the country's financial problem? Remember you were fired by the people. Just go away.

    March 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. dave

    just when you think you got guy gone he poops up again just like a bad cold!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Paul

    "It's a very natural human emotion." It's hard to believe that Romney knows anything about natural human emotions. Isn't that, in part, why he lost the election?

    March 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Jack

    Simple solution: Republicans need to accept closing loopholes (that the "revenue' they keep griping about.) Then we move forward with cuts.

    March 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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