January 7th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney: I can 'post up against Barack Obama'

The CNN Ticker

Romney is embracing Barack Obama's campaign theme.

STRATHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) ­ - Mitt Romney has been shifting his message to focus on change following the emergence of Barack Obama as the Democratic frontrunner.

Romney said Republicans need a nominee who can compete with Obama.

"I think Republican voters who, like myself, were virtually certain that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee have now begun to rethink Hillary Clinton may not be the nominee," Romney told reporters here.

He said Obama's message of change has "put Hillary Clinton on her heels" and that if the Illinois senator becomes the nominee, then Romney's rival Sen. John McCain will be the wrong standard-bearer for Republicans.

"Frankly, I don't think Senator McCain, despite his service and his length of experience that that's going to be able to stand up to the message that Barack Obama has brought forward," he said.

"We better think about somebody who can stand up with a message and go toe to toe with [Obama]," Romney said, adding that he can "post up against" Obama.

Romney senior adviser Ron Kaufman said Obama " demolished three senators in Iowa" and will "demolish" Clinton in New Hampshire, "so clearly having a senator against him is not a good idea."

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    Amen Brother! Those who are hurling personal insults against Romney are no better than their idol Huckleberry! Monkey see, monkey do.

    January 8, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Steve, TN

    It never ceases to amaze me how dumb the general public can be. Just becuase you don't know anything about running a government doesn't mean you should vote for someone who has no clue. Obama will fail and fail misrebly. People will remember Bush as a great president if Obama follows. Take a good look at Obama and you'll see the slick car salesman that sold you lemon by going on and on in general terms and not telling you anything specific about the auto. You were a sucker back then, don't be a sucker now. Mitt's the real deal and he tells it like it is. Cross over and cast a vote for intelligence, success, and experience. GO MITT!!

    January 8, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. av3

    mitt is a politican and that is scary. he will do anything to get elected including, but not limited to:

    a) spending millions of dollars
    b) running negative campaign ads
    c) changing pretty much every opinion he has ever had on people (mccain) and values (abortion) in order to appease a voting population. ROMNEY IS NOT A MAN OF PRINCIPLE BUT A MAN OF POLITICS. these are not personal epiphanies. Romney needed votes. plain and simple
    d) having his closest personal aid pose as a police office TWICE to get the media off his trail(its legit. romney obviously claimed ignorance. what an emphatic leader. doesn't even know what his closest personal aid is up to, if his ignorance is actually true.)
    e) being as reaganesque as possible
    f) pretending to be a life long hunter (he got his NRA membership a month before campaigning) politics
    g) LYING how many times has Romney said one thing only to clarify, disclaim or modify the original statement a couple days later when only a tenth of the audience is watching? ie MLK statements and the "hunting small varmints" issue
    f) jumping ON A DEMOCRATS BANDWAGON (the cardinal sin, besides the whole FELONY impersonation thing)


    January 8, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  4. Jake, California

    Romney is looking for serious embarrassment!

    If he or anyone comes after Obama with the message of change[as he suggests]...that person will be 'murderlized' badly! Change is best suited to Obama and in every way too!

    January 8, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  5. Jeff Prufrock

    Romney can "post-up" against Obama?
    Well, I suppose it wouldn't be the first time the Mormons have "posted-up" against the blacks...

    January 8, 2008 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  6. Glenn

    RON PAUL is my president!

    January 8, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  7. Barry

    I am glad that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing. both parties have been a royal Screw-up ,hence came the buzz word "CHANGE"

    January 8, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Tina

    Obama has NO RECORD. He has not spoken about how intends to make changes. Hilary Clinton cares about the people and has been making changes to improve our world for over 30 years. She has a record and she's backed by Bill Clinton who is brilliant like herself.

    The world was dumb to vote in Bush and most of the people who voted for Bush ended up loosing their family members in the War.

    America, please don't make the same mistake by voting for someone who has NO INTEREST and NO EXPERIENCE.

    January 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Dave Nashua

    GO TO HECK WILLARD MITT ROMNEY. The people of New Hampshire are voting for McCain, Huckabee, and even Ron Paul before they vote for you.

    You are too slick, too Bubba Clintonish.

    GO TO HECK!!

    January 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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