August 19th, 2007
11:56 AM ET
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Romney critical of Democratic debate

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

(CNN)–GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday's debate between the Democratic presidential candidates was not much of a debate.

"Today's Democrat presidential candidates debate can be best summed up as bumbling gang tackle on one Democrat with almost no experience but lots of wrong ideas by several Democrats with a long history of experience pushing the very same, old, wrong ideas," he said in a release from his campaign.

At the debate Sunday in Des Moines, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama worked to counter suggestions from his fellow competitors that he is too inexperienced for the job.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Race to '08
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. xtina chicago IL

    Mitt is right because if you listen to the questions posed at the Democratic-led debates, they are all about what "would" you do as President. Well, anyone can get up there and say what they "would" do.

    Ask these candidates "what have you done?" that qualifies you for the Presidency. That forces them to tell us about their successes, instead of making promises.

    August 19, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. tellamonte - jewel, ca.

    I could look at Mitt for eight years. He's purty.

    August 19, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. David, Salinas, CA

    Senator Clinton was a senior policy advisor in the Clinton White House and has been on the Armed Services Committee for two terms in the United States Senate. She is one of the most recognized and best informed political leaders on the planet.

    Gov. Romney has no foreign policy experience.

    August 19, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL you are again showing your bias...I knew I would find you in a mitt romney thread! Let me ask you again xtina since you seem to hide from answering the question I posed to you in 4 other threads...Since you are so critical of what qualifies the Democrats to be President, what qualifies a flip-flopper like Mitt Romney to be President??? Or Fred Thompson? You won't answer because you are clueless.

    August 19, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Romney should be critical. The Democratic Debate was horrible, far beyond JUST bad. Not one 'so-called candidate' has any 'Presidential Presence' or Presidential Speech delivery....nothwithstanding....NO QUALIFICATIONS to be the next President.

    August 19, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. John, Charlotte, NC

    Mr. Romney compares his sons' work for his campaign to serving in the military in Iraq or Afghanistan, so obviously his views on the Democratic debates are to be given all the attention and consideration they are due. That is to say, none.

    August 19, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Sam, Chicago IL

    Wow, Romney took a shot at Democrats. And this is news why?

    August 19, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Mark, Princeton, NJ

    I'm not xtina but I can answer your question.

    Anyone who examines Mitt Romney's long record of success and concludes he is unqualified to be President, does not know what he/she is talking about. This guy has founded a private equity firm which has been instrumental in getting companies like Staples and Domino's Pizza started (and yes, that creates jobs). He has erased the budget deficit in Massachussetts. He has saved the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, a few month after the shock of 9/11 and after a string of corruption scandals had compromised the previous administrators of the games. He has character – he once closed down his office in New York to search, along with his investment banker friends, for a colleague's teenage daughter who was missing after a party at one onf the clubs. He is also unfailingly polite, positive and optimistic about the future – unlike the Democrats who are all doom and gloom these days.

    Go Mitt!

    August 19, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Maria, Houston

    ...and Mitt Romney is just another pretty face...that's also pretty much all he has going for him (despite his millions).... Those 1000 votes in Iowa sure gave him a lot of confidence, so please, just focus on your Republican gang, you will need it...

    August 19, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    What right does Mit Romney or any Republican candidate have to critique a Democratic debate? The Republicans are only handed softball questions and and wont even discuss such important issues as global warming, healthcare, etc. These guys talk about four things, abortion, gay marriage, terror, and stay the course. That's it. They are about as inspired or aware of the world around them as an overripe watermelon.

    Especially Romney. He deals only in whats convienent. He says nothing new. He says stuff like his sons are best serving their country not in Iraq but on his campaign.

    God help us if they retain office.

    August 19, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Will

    Joe Biden was the most impressive along with Obama and Clinton was a let down at the debate. The problem I have with Romney is that he will attack a Democrat but will not say how or what he would do on the issue. Seriously, is doubling Gitmo and another surge in Iraq realistic

    August 19, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Steve, Houston, TX

    To Mark, Princeton, NJ

    Your examples of what Romney has done is absolutely laughable, he's an obscenly wealthy and successful businessman so that qualifies him to be president??? Ha haa....I know 20 other millionaires in America, are they experts in foreign relations too because they may run international businesses? A colleague's kid disappears from one of HIS clubs and he's a hero because he shut down his office to help look for her? Please, it's the least he could have dine being the owner of the club, it's called damage control, and don't think for a second he would have bothered doing the same for my or your kid simply because he doesn't know you and doesn't care. Oh, and whatever you said he did as governor of MA, that was his job for heaven's sake, that is exactly what the good people of MA paid him to do, so don't give him kudos for doing exactly what he was paid to do.

    I'll tell you what though, Mitt Romney thinks that his sons driving around in SUVs to campaign for him is equal to patrolling the streets of Baghdad, he said as much, how could he possibly be all those nice things you called him?? I'll give you a fact, the only reason Romney is where he is in popularity is coz he has money to burn, we all saw what money can do for you in the Iowa straw poll. He has flip-flopped on key issues like abortion rights and immigration, he will say anything to get elected, he did it in Massachusetts when running for Gov. and he's doing it again now. Good thing that most folks can see through that and because of such good people, Romney will never set foot in the WH as president.....sad for you and the rest of the 13% support he hold with Republicans, which translates to 13% nationwide), but also VERY TRUE.

    August 19, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Ronny T. Modesto, CA

    Please people, Republican, Democrat or whoever, look at the issues that affect Americans and see who has the most logical answers for our problems...not just short term, but long term as well and also why we have these problems...

    Ron Paul is the only canidate who has not only the logic and answers, but the solutions which would take this nation back to a status in which other nations and citizen would like to emulate.

    Ron Paul 2008

    August 19, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Jake, Honolulu

    Did you read Mark's comments?? You know, the long list of qualifications Romney has.... I'll bet if you actually looked at his record you'd be impressed. There's not a democrat that holds a candle to Romney's record of successes other than Hillary (whom has admittedly accomplished much- see how that rational thought process works) but let's be honest, Hillary can't win a general election, too many Americans hate her!

    August 19, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Mark, Princeton, NJ

    To Steve, Houston, TX

    Lighten up slightly. 🙂 Why the vitriol?

    My post was meant to show that Romney has executive experience (much needed in a president), is a proven leader and has character. I stand by that.

    Yes, he is a millionaire but he *earned* his money. He is a successful businessman with great judgment.

    I agree with you that misspoke about his sons. But if you go back to the video of that answer (at one of the Ask Mitt Anything) meeting, you will see that his remark has been exaggerated and taken out of context. He, of course, honor the sacrifice that American are making (and whose effort, by the way, the Democrats are intent on undermining – some of them apparently believe that the success of the surge would be bad news), but he also realizes that America has a volunteer army. Let's keep it that way. I'm sure you agree.

    Now tell me which Democratic candidate even comes close to Governor Romney. Especially when it comes to running things and getting things done. I just don't see any.

    And by the way, I am a fiscally conservative, socially moderate/liberal independent who wants to vote for the most competent candidate with the best vision for American and the experience to make things happen – and I don't particularly care what party the candidate is from. From what I've seen so far, Governor Romney is the best.

    August 19, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. David, Salinas, CA

    Mark of Princeton, NJ writes of Gov. Romney:

    “Yes, he is a millionaire but he *earned* his money.”

    Romney’s fortune of approximately $250 million was acquired as a corporate raider, doing leveraged buy-outs with junk bonds, bankrupting American companies, firing union workers and sending their jobs overseas.

    I’d rather not see Gordon Gekko in the White House.

    August 19, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    David – Sorry man, but being part of a committee is no experience at all. These senators don't even show up their committee's meetings and when they do nothing gets solved. There's nothing like going out there and actually meeting with people and seeing the globe. Being part of Congress is in no way preparation for the top position in the executive branch.

    Sure Romney doesn't have the experience either. But how many actually do? Only one that comes to mind is Rudy Giuliani who has consulted with something like 70 nations on their soil about security (as part of his business venture).

    August 19, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Ann

    Mitt is an idiot.

    August 19, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Ronny T., Modesto, CA

    Hello Mark, Princeton, NJ,

    You say Romney is the best choice for you, but can you tell me why you chose Romney over Ron Paul..


    August 19, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Jake, Honolulu

    Well said. Whether you agree with Romney's positions or not, any intellectually honest individual would have to admit that Romney is extremely qualified to serve as President. In fact, there isn't any other candidate in the field currently that has a more successful record than Romney.

    August 19, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Ann

    Ask the folks of Mass. if they like Mr. Romney.

    August 19, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Maria, Houston

    yes, I read Marks comments and I still very much agree with Steve... Not long ago in Texas we actually had a governor who was elected president, his name is George much for a great "executive",at this time the world and our country does not need another rich businessman in the oval office...

    August 19, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. lavelle

    For some reason im trying to figure out why is it that Obama is getting so many shots thrown his way. He must be either leading or just a threat. But He must be doing something right if Romenator keeps talking about him.

    August 19, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Kate, Michigan

    There goes Mr. Flip Flop – at it again. He is just jealous that he is out of the spotlight today and had to throw a little mud. Why at Obama? I agree with Lavelle – because he is threatened by him and his ability to unite...a true threat for all Republicans who thrive on just the opposite.

    OBAMA 08!

    August 19, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Steve, Houston TX

    To Mark, NH

    Funny that you should use the "lighten up" phrase, I mean I probably should but Romney the other day said that to a critic not remembering that the "Snowman" at the You-Tube had said the same thing to him for critisizing the entire event, particularly politicians having to answer questions from a snowman.

    Anyway, more seriously, you say that you're sure that I support an all volunteer military, well I just happen to support the draft and here's why. I don't know your opinion of this war but I can decipher form your comments that you support it. Which fits well with your support for Romney because he happens to want to expand the military to sustain troops in Iraq. If these are his plans, and he has said as much, why should he continue to wage a war whose only casualties are the troops and their families? Which is where my support for the draft comes in, if this war is truly a war for the future of ALL our kids, like we're often told, then the burden and sacrifice should be by ALL of us, if you disagree with this rationale, please give me a reason. It's easy for people like Romney to want to keep troops fighting, his kids and loved ones will never be in harms way, so to that I say, let's bring back the draft and see how eager Romney and the like are to wage unnecessary wars. Why should only some people's sons and daughters continue to pay the price while others sit back and cheer as loud as they can, "We support our troops!!?" And by other people I mean the poor and middle class citizens.

    Look Mark, you seem to be a reasonable, guy, but having boardroom experience doesn't make a good president, it might make one, but they won't be any good, we've all seen that over the last 8 years. As far as the experience you quote goes, it doesn't supercede good judgement, and Romney fails in that aspect. All the experience in the world couldn't win John McCain a presidential election if hell froze over. In addition, Romney does not resonate with the man on the street, his corporate background will not let him and to top all that up is his lack of freshness, he's not bringing anything new to the table, he's pledging to do all the things that we're doing wrong now. I think you're backing a losing candidate mark.

    August 19, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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