June 16th, 2007
09:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney: No votes for Gore this race

(CNN) – Mitt Romney provided a moment of political humor Saturday, regarding the possible entrance of another competitor to the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

"It looks like there is a Senator from Tennessee that you may have heard of that may be coming in late, but not one person in this room is going to vote for Senator Al Gore I promise." Romney's quip was met with laughter before a lunch time audience in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Former Tennessee Senator, and actor Fred Thompson's possible entrance into the race has been the subject of recent speculation. He has established a presidential exploratory committee, and is widely expected to join the race later this summer. Thompson, a Republican, was elected to his senate seat, after Gore stepped down to become vice president under Bill Clinton.

Romney is the former Republican governor of Massachusetts. He and his wife Ann, are campaigning in Iowa on Saturday and Sunday.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Presidential Candidates • Race to '08
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Reasons Americans won't vote for:

    Romney: flip-flopper on key issues, adherent to Christian cult religion, lied on hunting to pander to gun nuts.

    F. Thompson: minimalist ex-Senator, another mediocre actor, talks funny.

    June 17, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  2. Jeff Fuller, North Liberty, IA

    It was a funny line and Romney's timing was perfect (I was at the event). I've been to a few Romney events over the past year and this crowd in Cedar Rapids was the most excited about Romney that I've seen.

    Fred Thompson better get his booty in gear because Romney's starting to run away with Iowa (and New Hampshire) . . . I don't see how Thompson can compete if he doesn't win in one of those two states.

    June 17, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  3. Jason Dill, Spartanburg SC

    Mitt Romney should go ahead and drop out now. He doesn't stand for anything in particular. Be prepared for more of the same incompetent leadership we've grown accustomed to should he get elected...

    June 17, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Will - Miami, FL

    Romney iis trying to look/sound like President Reagan. It’s getting pretty sickening watching all of these bums try to act like one of the greatest men in American history. Not one of them is a true “Reagan conservative”.

    I’ve not heard ANYONE talk about pushing for a line-item veto either. Reagan knew that the line-item veto was the ONLY way to reduce spending in DC.

    Social security reform (at least partial privatization), line-item veto, defense, less spending, smaller government, term limits for congress. These are the things that will win MY vote. Not these phonies trying to sound like Reagan.

    PS. I’ll never trust a lobyist. Especially one that worked for the Teamsters. In case you don’t know who I’m talking about, do some research on Fred Thompson…

    June 17, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Tigger Arlington, TX

    How a voter could fall for a phony like Rom ney is beyond logic.

    June 17, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Travis

    Jason, are you serious? Romney and Rudy both are very competent leaders. Just set aside the devisive issues please. They are men of action, unlike senators, who are men of words only.

    June 18, 2007 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  7. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    These comments have been reviewed by CNN? Romney is a brilliant doer, and you can dwell on his small percentage of imperfections. Seems kind of myopic. I'm watching his large percentage of "get it done, make it happen". This is the funnest candidate in a long time.

    June 18, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. John, Alexandria VA

    For those desiring a true conservative, check out Ron Paul. He has more integrity than all of the other candidates put together.

    June 18, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Jim, NYC

    Travis, wake up it's time to stop dreaming. Giuliani and Romney make the wrong actions. They are horrible candidates. What is wrong with my fellow Americans? Why can't they see the light. Ron Paul for prez

    June 19, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |