January 25th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
15 years ago

Romney: 'I'm not concerned about voters'

(CNN) – It’s a sound bite that probably wouldn’t play well without any context.

"Well, I'm not concerned about the voters," Mitt Romney said during Thursday’s presidential debate.

The statement came during a back and forth with moderator Tim Russert, after Romney was asked how much of his own money he has donated to his presidential campaign.

"We'll report that on the 31st of January, as required by law, and probably not a minute earlier. You'll just have to wait, Tim," Romney said.

"But why not tell the voters of Florida and across the country how much of your own wealth you're spending, so they can make a judgment and factor that into their own decision?" Russert responded.

"Well, I'm not concerned about the voters," Romney replied. "I'm much more concerned about the other guys on this stage. And we have some competitive information that we make sure that we use for our own benefit.

"But I can tell you this: I've raised more money than any other Republican in this race - raised more," he added. "Friends of mine have come together, people I knew in high school and helped raised money for me."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (321 Responses)
  1. Dan W Pulsipher

    Leave it to CNN to even write such a piece. It is a well know fact that CNN is an extremely liberal democratic network totally incapable of unbiased reporting.

    January 25, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. BooBots

    Clearly, what he meant was that he wasn't concerned that not revealing his financial data prior to the required time would be a problem with the voters. He will reveal it at the required time, but was simply making the point that revealing it in the meantime would be helpful to his competitors. And he didn't want to do that. What's so hard to understand about that?

    January 26, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |

    Some of you Romney haters are so pathetic. I wonder if there is any brain activity in your heads at all. You can call him a jerk, you can call him arrogant, but the truth is CNN grossly misrepresented Romney and those of you who have silly putty for brains are all over it like mindless zombies!

    FACT: Did you know that Romney took on the job of fixing the Olympic Winter games when it had a 379 million dollar deficit and it was mired in scandal. Romney used his knowledge, education, experience and character to turn the games around. Not only did they clear the 379 million dollar deficit, he made 100 million dollars. Then, HE DONATED HIS $825,000.00 SALARY TO CHARITY. He also made a million dollar donation to the games from his own pocket. Sounds pretty selfish and arrogant doesn't it? You wouldn't know a good thing if it reached up and bit your *%$!

    You can call him a jerk. You can hate him because he has used his education and drive to make millions of dollars, but the truth is he has more character, more ambition, and more drive than any of you.

    You should all spend a little time researching how candidates get their money so that you could all understand that Romney isn't buying an election. How stupid can you possibly be? All of the candidates have to follow the same rules. The fact that Romney has raised so much more money is because he has many supporters, and NO THEY ARE NOT ALL HIS RICH FRIENDS! There are rules about that too. If you all had any smarts, you would know that. But, like I said, you'd need some smarts.

    January 26, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  4. Tom

    The overwhelming ignorance in most rights in regards to him using his money is amazing since as a Republican who happens to be Mormon he is not only having to deal with his qualifications but also the fact that he is Mormon. Of course most Democrats don't get that since religion typically (except for Obama) isn't an issue as long as your Democrat. Just look at Harry Reid and how little attention was ever paid to the fact that the leader of the Democrat Senate Majority was Mormon. However as soon as god forbid we have a Mormon run for president CNN and other left leaning media as well as some of the far right (who think they have the right to stand in for God and Jesus Christ and determine what consitutes Christianity) attack his faith in full force even though the leadership ofthe Mormon church strictly adheres to a no campaining for candidates from the pulpit ideal (the one exception being in regards to the select support of laws in support of stregthening of the family, however the leadership never ever endorses candidates period. If you think otherwise you have no clue as to what your talking about). Which is quite different from a lot of other religions which have no problems endorsing candidates from the pulpit or letting candidates speak in church knowing full well that as the leaders of these churches doing these things adds pressure upon the congregation to vote for a particular party or person.

    January 26, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  5. Debbie

    If you are old enough to vote, then you should be wise enough by now to investigate each candidate, out of the light of the media. Get their honest bio. Not the one the media puts out. I have checked state websites, and researched documents concerning the work of the top three candidates of both parties.
    I have found the following:
    Romney is so crooked they will have to screw him in the ground when he dies.
    McCain is a true old veteran patriot. He has my deepest regards, but not my vote.
    Huckabee will be the one who comes out of the dark into the light of the white house, because he is Honest , of good moral character, and has documented proof on file of what he was able to accomplish in Arkansas.
    Hillary talks a good talk, but if she gives away everything she has said she will give away, America is headed for the poor house.
    Obama also talks a good talk. But he is young and does not have the experience to run this country, especially in the shape that it is in now. But he will get there. Leave no doubt about that.
    Edwards is a man for the workers. He is a champion of unions. He has a great plan in place. But he too, wants to give everything to everybody in the form of a handout. That can not work.
    I'll just tell you. I voted for Huckabee because he comes across as a man who wants the American people to be greatly involved in the decisions of this country instead of being someone who tries to pull a fast one, like George Bush has done over and over. I am not a Republican nor am I a Democrat. I look at the record of the candidate. Not what they say their record is. I want my vote to be the best decision for America. I believe in Mike Huckabee.

    January 26, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  6. Shakir

    Wow. I wonder how much Romney is paying all of you for these positive posts. I am caucusing for Mitt here in MN, because in a general election Hillary will eat him for dinner.. Its time a Republican gets swift boated.

    Clinton 2008

    January 26, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  7. jim

    Lisa comments:One should ask if Mitt "I saved the Olympics" and "I saved MA's economy" can't get endorsements from the governors of the States that he suppose to have done so much for. Governor Huntsman (a fellow Mormon) from Utah endorses McCain

    Mitt has an endorsement from Jon Huntsman Sr. the father of Gov Huntsman. Gov. Huntsman previously held a high level position in the Dept. of Commerce and Senator McClain sits on the Commerce Committee of the Senate. Hence a long established relationship. When McClinton falls aside Jon Jr. will announce for Mitt! The real endorsements will come from the voters.

    January 26, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  8. Jason Fox

    GO ROMNEY!!!!!!!!!!




    January 26, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  9. Debbie

    Please Dear Florida Voters,
    Take another look at Mike Huckabee. Check out his value as a leader, not as a former preacher. He is not trying to push his faith off on anybody, but he will not deny his faith to be Politically Correct either. He is not rich like Romney and he hasn't been a part of the Washington establishment like McCain. He is old enough to have the experience and young enough to work hard for this country for 8 years. He really does see the people who make less than $30,000 a year. He really does care about every American. If you won't to know where Mike Huckabee stands on issues, turn to the Bible. If the Bible says it is wrong, then Mike Huckabee will also believe it is wrong. That is how it should be. This candidate deserves a chance to show America that he can help Americans take this country and this government back. This is our country, and it is up to us to choose a president that is willing to stand up for what is Right and fix what is wrong, WITHOUT all the entitlements and handouts and WITH the FREE TAX.
    That can only mean a better life for all of America. Don't you agree. Go to Mike Huckabee.com and help this candidate win these primary elections and get to the General Election. We in this country, desperately need what Mike Huckabee is bringing to the table. Mike will be honest and true because he knows that if he is not, there is and All Seeing Eye that will hold him accountable for everything he says and does. You know, The "All Seeing Eye" that appears on the back of our nearly worthless dollar bill.
    Please do not be misled by the slander of other campaigns, and the media. Go check this candidate out for yourself before you cast that vote and we get stuck with another money grubbing, liberal, who will sell us out to China along with our jobs. Don't pay attention to those polls. They don't know how people really feel.
    If you compare all the candidates and check out their documented proof of their accomplishments, (not what they say they did) it will become very clear to you that Mike Huckabee NEEDS to be the President, for all our sakes. Thank You.

    January 26, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  10. MyKisa

    Romney shouldn`t have to answer to russert question, he has legal right to that for now. He SHOULD answer to why his buddies at Bain are selling weapon systems to Chinese and he hasn`t said a word.

    January 26, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. Madprofessor

    I'm not sure what all the hysteria is about ...regarding the comments being "out of context." The context is right at the top of the page. The article very clearly points out that Romney was answering a question about fundraising. What concerns me more, however, is that Romney will say anything, change any position, to be elected.

    January 26, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. Peter

    Romney made money by gutting companies and putting people out of work. He was the son of a multi-millionaire with a vast array of connections who would have you believe he's self made. He's lined up Washington connections in an effort to secure a coronation. Don't be fooled by his "outsider" crap. It's a cynical joke.

    When he was governor, he ignored the things that would have tarnished his run for the presidency, like fixing roads and bridges. He left the state with the largest flight of residents in 20 years. He was absent for 212 of his last 365 days in office. He wants to call himself a hard worker, but he was a lazy governor and a bad panderer.

    January 26, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. SteveM

    I watched the debate and came up out of my seat when Mitt made his comment.
    It was not taken out of context. He said it in an arrogant way. Many of you say he got your vote because he is a great business man and understands the economy.
    Do you not know he made his money thru leverage buyouts of companys? You know, buying a company, breaking it up and selling off the parts. Great for his bank account but awful hard on the people who lost their job due to this great business man. So now he has enough money to buy the presidency and a lot of people are willing to let him do it. Shame on you. A flip fopper in the same vein as John Kerry and you will let him get away with it. Not with my vote will I help.
    I would rather have a man that is for the people, not his wallet.

    January 26, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. R S

    I n years to come, we will be talking about , not how the west was won. But about how our arivals, Tried to buy there way into the white house.
    Shout the loudest , Lie after lie, that is what we hear. Voices of the little guy's , that have common ground. Keep getting the shortest stick from the media.

    As we are witnessing , money talk's.



    FOR OBAMA an the morman , shut up an sit down. Go to Mickey Mouse land an start over. By the way take Mc Caski along.

    January 26, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. KA

    CNN also left out the part where Mitt Romney said he will not owe anyone favors because he used his own money. That reason alone should be enough to make you think highly of him! If he is president, he wont have people (or groups) that contributed to his campaign funds telling him that he owes them and forcing him to do unethical things! I admire him for using his own money because it shows that he truly wants to make a difference.

    Let's not forget that Hilary almost wen to jail when she was running for the Senate because she broke the law wtih her illegal tactics of fund rasing.

    January 26, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Louis McKenna

    Just how much shinola are you dittohaeds going to slather on this idiot?

    Slick Mitt will DO and SAY ANYTHING to get elected. He doesn't care ONE FREAKIN' IOTA about YOU, ME, the VOTERS....ANYBODY.

    This man is a POWER-HUNGRY JACKAL who DESPERATELY NEEDS easily-led dittoheads who suck down his every word like its free beer.

    January 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. JC

    How convenient for Obama to invoke his blackness when he at SC.

    January 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Allan Camden, SC

    Yeah, it was taken out of context, but I'm a Democrat so it doesn't bother me. Have all these die-hard Mitt people noticed that he told a bald-faced fib when he said he doesn't have paid lobbyists on his staff? Well, all you anti-CNN people, check it out. Actually, I sort of hope Romney gets the nomination, because he would never be able to win in November.

    January 26, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Tarro

    Hey all you Rightwing retards, Romney is a FLIP FLOPPER right? All the CON's that are posting positive B.S. about Romney are the biggest hypocrites on the planet.

    January 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Jon Blaque

    Romney is a walking, talking joke of a candidate. While I'm confident that McCain will ultimately shred him to pieces to become the GOP nominee, I almost wish Mitt would win so the media can rip open his belly and expose him for the phony that he is.

    January 26, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Snuffy

    Of course he doesn't care. He's got millions; his sons don't have to go to Iraq because "they are serving America by working on his campaign." This is a guy who is used to laying-off workers by the thousands. Mr. Slick; he'll take any stand to get elected; nevermind belonging to a racist cult...

    January 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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