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. Joshua

    Oh I don't know, even in context it shows Romney's arrogance and superiority complex

    January 24, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. Christina

    Romney seems like a good man. He really seems to care and he is sucessful in his own right. I am good with on that point alone. I question someone who is of a faith (as a consenting adult) that proscibes to sacred golden tables found written in the lanuguage of the angles that only one man has ever seen . I am a catholic and understand how important faith is...but there is a point when you should question the under pinnings.

    January 24, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. Eric

    This coming from same guy who attacked Bill Clinton?? Well at least Bill cares about voters Mitt.

    January 24, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Brad

    WHY DO THEY ALWAYS MESS WITH HIS WORDS. Why does everything always have to be turned negative. Comment taken way out of context. Just another jab as usual. Even with all the jabs he is still #1 so whatever.

    January 24, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Please use a little journalistic integrity wth your post here. Maybe that sound bite was just too juicy that you had to race to zing this one out there?

    The specific question to Mitt was regarding reporting of the funds that he's contributed to his own campaign and Mitt responded that his concern is posturing with the other candidates as the fundraising totals provide a level of uncertainty and possible advantage until the figures have to be reported.

    CNN's attempt here to spin this that Romney isn't concerned about voters is laughable.

    January 24, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Economy Romney

    When Economey Romney says JOBS JOBS JOBS he earned my vote.

    Economey Romney is the most respponsible candidate that has the right balance.

    January 24, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  7. AKSurprise

    Pathetic that you libs trot this out. You even admit its not in context, so how is it even newsworthy....?

    January 24, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Ruth

    That is exactly why we should not elect him. He is not concerned about us. He is more concerned about winning with his money. Money knows money so, I am not impressed by the fact that his friends have given him more money. He is obviously for the rich. If you dont see that you have blinders on, or you are rich yourself.

    January 24, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. ted

    I just knew some anti-Romney outlet (like CNN) would sieze on that statement.

    January 24, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. Garrett

    The problem is not what he said, it is how badly it will be taken out of context. If you have the context, he was saying that he is not concerned about the voters knowing how much he has spent (not that he doesn't care about the voters), but that he is concerned (for strategic purposes) about the other candidates knowing how much he has spent. I hope that reporters and other candidates will be intellectually honest with this one and not take it out of context.

    January 24, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Alvin Tanner

    As Mitt said, he is not concerned about the voters misusing the information about his personal funding a share of his campaign....he can trust the media and his opponents to distort the facts and twist reality!

    Mitt is commited to the campaign for the right reasons!

    He will improve our nation plain and simple...what he spends in doing that doesn't matter to me, we all have choices to make with where we put our money....HE IS INVESTING IN OUR NATION!

    January 24, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. Neil

    Wow! He had lobbyists go to his same high school? Go Romney!

    January 25, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. J.K.

    Too bad Hillary's not running against him right now. I'm sure she'd love to take this out of context and run with it.

    January 25, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. RTG

    The line of the night, Mr. Producer, was Mitt saying, "I don't want to think about Bill Clinton in the White House with nothing to do."

    Why not put the quote you have in context where he said he was competing against the guys on stage with him?

    I was starting to think CNN "fair and balanced" and have been watching it more than the other cable news channels. I may have to rethink that.

    January 25, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  15. Mark, Tampa, FL

    What a misleading title.

    Every analyst agreed tonight. Romney rocked the house. He was at his absolute best. He not only won resoundingly, but McCain seemed too old, too out of touch and he downright lied about a quote about the economy he had made before.

    Romney won the debate, he'll win Florida and he'll win the nomination.

    Go Romney in '08!

    January 25, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Frank

    Fair enough, Wiilard. We don't care much about you either.

    January 25, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  17. EntertainMeDontBoreMe

    How dare Tim Russert ask Prince Romney how much Prince Romney is paying for the Presidency! Prince Romney is not accustomed to revealing to the common people the price amounts of his purchases.

    January 25, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  18. John Allan

    I JUST KNEW CNN and the other liberal maintream networks would twist Romney's comment and take out of context to make it appear he was blowing off voters. These liberal media types really are scumbags, and this is proof. CNN frames this issue and creates a headline intended to make Romney look bad, when in fact there was nothing at all wrong with his statement.

    Here's what Romney really said. When asked the question about his donations to his own campaign, Romney said he wasn't concerned that the voters would think this was a big issue. He said he was more concerned that the other GOP candidates could use the information to hurt Romney in the election. And he's right. The scumbag tag team of Mac & Cheese wouldn't hesitate to use it against him.

    With that bit of narrative, here's the quote again. It's OBVIOUS he's not denigrating voters.

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

    If only CNN could report the news rather than framing issues in a way that advances their political agenda.

    CNN be ashamed of yourselves. Be VERY ashamed.

    January 25, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. Christian from NYC

    It's a non-issue. Romney clearly won the debates tonight. He spoke to the major issues that this country faces and tackled them with poise and leadership. McCain looked like a total idiot when he LIED about his knowledge of economics, and then skirted the question posed by Ron Paul. Huckabee should just quit, he's a non-factor and Romney could use his delegates.

    Vote smart, Vote Mitt!

    January 25, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  20. neil

    this is gonna come back to haunt him.

    January 25, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  21. Big Brother 2008

    That may be the only truthful comment you will here from him,write it down for posterity.

    January 25, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. Marissa

    I love how CNN can completely take this out of context and then not report the whole story. Mitt went on to say that it shows something when a candidate says he'll inves a lot in to the campaign as well...not just relying on others to toot his horn. He's invested, sure, and because of it the election is more personal to him in comparison to the other candidates who rely too heavily on others' personal bank accounts to parade them into the White House. It's like when your young and you have to earn your own money and because you do, when you finally buy that bike, you take care of it a whole lot better. Mitt Romney is showing America that this is something personal and important to him and if elected, he'll make greater efforts to solve the issues that we are facing as a nation since he's made the personal financial commitment. I recommend watching Mitt's entire answer to the question before you make any sort of opinion.

    January 25, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. Justin Bridegan

    Leave it up to CNN to take that line and run with it.....Give me a break..

    Mitt is going to WIN Florida you watch....

    January 25, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. Jeff an Independent

    And this is surprising?

    January 25, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. Hondarider76

    If he has raised more money than any other Republican in the race, it has been raised out of his own wallet and raised out of his friends trustfunds!

    What about money donated by individual citizens? How about $6.02 million in one day? Has anyone heard of this amount of money being donated in one day to one single candidate? Well it was, December 16, 2007, the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. But it wasn't donated to Romney, McCain, Ghouliani, Huckabee, Obama or Clinton! And unfortunately no one will ever know who managed to raise that much money, because the MSM won't tell you!

    Look it up!

    January 25, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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