October 25th, 2007
05:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney takes on Clinton 'family values'

Watch Romney's comments on family values Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized the "family values" of the Clinton presidency Thursday, saying as president he would set a better example.

"One of the ways that you help instill, if you will, family values is by having a White House be a place that demonstrates family values," the Massachusetts Republican said in a response to a question at a New Hampshire house party about how he would instill family values as president.

"And, you know, I think during the last Clinton presidency, the White House did not demonstrate that in a way that was helpful to our nation's culture," Romney added.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, is the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Romney went on to say that the president is under a "microscope," making it especially important to "live by higher standards."

"Because the world is looking at you, you're representing not only yourself but your country," he added. "The kids or America are looking at you. One piece [of instilling values] is acting the part, acting the part of higher ethical standards."

Responding to Romney's comments, top Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson said, "Hillary Clinton needs no lessons on character from a man who switches his positions on a daily basis."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    The religious right, Christian or Muslim, never give up the fight to dictate how you live even if they have to kill you.
    God save me from organized religion!!

    October 25, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. jacob,nyc,ny

    Another reason to vote for Obama!

    October 25, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Paul, Provo, UT

    I am a Morman. I have one wife. If a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes a 2nd wife he is kicked out of the church. As far as I know, Mitt Romney is a member in good standing of the LDS Church. Religion should not be a consideration when voting for the president. Values, honor and integrety should be a consideration when voting for a president. Mitt has the highest standards and values of any of the canidates currently running. Lets vote for the best canidate and leave religion out of it.

    October 25, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Chelsea, C Falls, MT

    Mitt totally rocks, you are all just jealous. . .

    ya know, people ARE able to CHANGE their minds. It's flip-flopping if you do it every day, like Kerry (or Clinton).

    Mitt is cleary the best choice for 2008. Strong family, and he won't cheat on his (one! you bigots, one!) gorgeous wife Ann!

    October 25, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Kay, Washington DC

    Hmmm I thought Sen Hillary Clinton was running for President.

    Not her husband, the one who brought shame into the White House.

    I don't it is fair to blame her for what her husband did. No matter what you think about Hillary, we all know she would have NEVER allowed that type of behavior in the white house. Other places outside the white house..well we will never really know.

    October 25, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Tommy Los Angeles, CA

    BJ doesn't stand for "By Jesus".

    October 25, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Cheryl Fontaine, Lake Stevens, WA

    What an idiot. He thinks family values means adultery. Family values means lets not blow our kids up. Get a clue Romney, you're a fool.

    October 25, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Nat, Brooklyn, NY

    I think it will be very crowded in White House when Romneys move in. Five sons, five or more daughters-in-law , grandchildren … America, can we afford all of them???

    October 25, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. LB, Franklin Lakes, NJ

    Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign did not return a request for comment on Romney's remarks.

    What's to say but OUCH!!

    Posted By RightyTighty : October 25, 2007 4:00 pm

    Responding to Romney's comments, top Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson said, "Hillary Clinton needs no lessons on character from a man who switches his positions on a daily basis."

    Read the article!

    October 25, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Republicans idea of family values!

    Cost of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars through 2017 deemed OK to pass on to future generations of Americans

    $2,400,000,000,000 Total for 14 years
    $40,900.28 per Iraqi/Afghani

    Cost of Insuring more American kids on SCHIP which is deemed too much:

    $30,000,000,000 total for 5 years
    $3,000 per American child

    Solution = Send American kids to Iraq and Afghanistan!

    October 25, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Russell NC

    Saying that Hillary is Bill's wife says it all when it comes to family values.

    October 25, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Lynn Ensley McCaysville, Ga.

    Mitt I thought you was a nice guy. Man what a cheap shot you take! I can't think of anything worse the White House could be used for, Lying to the people and taking us to the worst war in history, bankrupting our grandchildren, kicking the gate open for the family illegals. Mitt you are putting yourself alongside the rest of those bums in your party. I can't think of anything good about any of you now. Pack it in buster.

    October 25, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Harvey Goldstein MD, Miami Fl

    Its important to realize that in order to be good Mormon you need to practice polygamy.

    October 25, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Sue, Michigan

    Once again, a candidate spending more time bashing Hillary (who did an honorable, Christian, and very difficult thing in holding her marriage together,) than talking about his own agenda. People are starting to see through the charades-if Hillary is so bad for the country, why are they all so terrified of her? Go Hill!

    October 25, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Trollmaster, CA

    Ask Romney if he'd vote for H. Clinton or Giuliani, who's about as bad of a womanizer as Clinton in the general election. I wonder how he'd answer.

    These guys would be terrified to have me as a press reporter asking questions.

    October 25, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. dave

    the previous comment was uncalled for.

    October 25, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Ken, Tucson, AZ

    This idiot thinks he's running against "Bill" Clinton. And he wants to be president?

    October 25, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Tim, Ogden, UT

    The other CNN blog stated that Mitt Romney married off a 14 year old daughter to a fellow Mormon in Utah.

    14 years old? Married off? Sounds like Mitt sent her to Warren Jeffs...

    October 25, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. Wayne, Jax FL

    Bill Clinton and Monica


    Mitt Romeny marrying off his 14 year old daughter to a mystery Mormon in Utah.

    Where do these people come from? It there some immoral requirement for being president that the rest of us do not know about?

    October 25, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. Tim, El Cerrito, CA

    He's got some friggin nerve. What ever happened to "Glass Houses." Besides this guy changes his opinions every other day. Where is the honesty and integrity in that. And he want to lecture others? Give me a break! I bet he "can't wait to get his hands" on the ethics code of the Whithouse! This guy is trying to buy the election with his own not so hard earned cash that he made off the backs of others. Oh, but he looks Presidential! And he always talks about he's the only one that has run a business. Well, excuse me but HRC was a partner in a law firm and partners help run a business. What a liar he is.

    October 26, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  21. Barry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I find it disgusting when people hide hatred and bigotry by trying to rename it as family "values." Such a horrible attack on a noble phrase.

    I also think it's the ultimate in hypocrisy to attack a woman who has stood by her husband as not supporting "family values." In front of the whole nation, the Clinton family had a crisis and in the end Hillary stood by her husband, the man she loved and pledged to stay with for the rest of her life. I think she set an excellent example. Family values is about sticking together and weathering the hard times to come out stronger and love each other all the more, whether you are a single parent with a child or children or no matter whether your spouse is your gender or opposite gender, and no matter the race of your spouse.

    Family values is about families of all types, about sticking together and loving and supporting each other! Hillary Clinton supports REAL family values, not the meaning hijacked by bigots, and for that I'd support her. I don't know which candidate I want as President, but it's certainly not this guy.

    October 26, 2007 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  22. Paul, Toronto, ON resident (Minneapolis, MN voter)

    I'm a pretty partisan Republican, but I do like to see some degree of integrity in an election. It's clear that Mitt Romney is panicking over the primary polls after this blow below the belt. It's irresponsible to imply that Hillary Clinton was in any way responsible for her husband's disgusting behaviour.

    If Romney is going to go after Hillary Clinton, there's endless places to start.. but her husband's infidelity is not one of them.

    October 26, 2007 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  23. Sam, IA

    Obviously rightytighty didn't read the article before he posted his inane comments. Typical of the hate radio sect. I suppose Rush gave him a synopsis on his radio propoganda broadcast!!
    Mitt makes flipper look like a couch potato.

    October 26, 2007 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  24. Tom Chandler AZ

    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned that Hillary did nothing wrong. Romney is indirectly blaming Ms. Clinton for her husband's sin. He is making the victim the culprit. What he is doing is the same as blaming a woman for being raped.

    October 26, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  25. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Hey GOPers. 'Do as I say, not as I do' are not family values.

    October 26, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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