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. Christine

    Romney is the best candidate hands down!

    January 25, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  2. Christine

    so I see.......... Libberals would prefer only people who are financial failures to run the country?

    January 25, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  3. Chris

    Christina i understand your concern for Romneys faith, but the facts you listed are ALL wrong. In fact, many people saw those gold plates and never denied seeing them till the day they died. It wasnt written in the language of angels but rather reformed Egyptian. Your own faith is riddled with the bullets of history. Im utterly surprised that you as a Catholic would try to degrade Romneys religion. Youve obviously never studied your own history. After all, Mormon cities are the safest, cleanest, and bst family towns in the nation... Mabey they're doing something right...

    January 25, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  4. Rob

    Oh who cares how much of his own money he has spent. All of the candidates have spent ridiculous amounts. Maybe it shows that Romney believes in his message enough to invest in his own campaign. Besides I'm tired of our leaders spending our money all the time and contributing very little. On that topic, why do we have a bunch of US senators running for president when they are supposed to be doing their jobs. They pay themselves more than 98% of us make and they miss senate votes and appear to be attending to their own ambitions and not the work of the people. Clinton, Obama, and McCain: do your jobs or give the money back!

    January 25, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  5. Ron

    This is for Christina, I do not really think you honestly understand how important faith is. Questioning someone faith when your own faith makes the claim that at the point a catholic priest consumes the wine and eucharist he is in actuality consuming the very flesh and blood of Christ (see Transubstantiation plenty of sources) is not a smart move. I am a person of faith (not catholic or mormon) but I do understand why all faiths must be respected and why belittling other human being's faith is wrong. The founding Fathers were so wise when they included Article VI, section 3 "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." I have no ax to grind I support no candidate, I am utterly dissatisfied by the entire field of choices

    January 25, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  6. Bill C.

    Dear Christina,

    It seems that you fear the unknown. I was a Catholic, too. Should a Catholic not be worthy of a vote because of the checkered past of that church (i.e. Spanish Inquisition, torture, rapes, pillage, and plunder during the crusades?) It seems that we have no problem with an African-American candidate, a female candidate, a Baptist candidate, a Catholic candidate, a Jewish candidate, an atheist as a candidate, but we can't allow a Mormon candidate! Look a little deeper into the Mormon faith and you will find that we are indeed Christians.

    Candidates should be judged on their abilities and vision for the country, not on the church the attend (or not) each Sunday! Don't overlook the vital issues of our country because of the personal beliefs of a candidate.

    January 25, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  7. tom from california

    I wouldnt be putting Clinton up against anyone yet....she still has to beat Obama and w SC bounce it will make things get closer than you think. She also has to be concerned with the bashing now that Obama would be willing to hurt her campaign as well for the general election.

    Former Clinton Supporter
    Obama 08

    January 25, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  8. Topanga Canyon

    Who needs voters when you're a Republican with money. It worked for George Bush in 2000. I wouldn't be worried either, plus he has the guy that is great with voter fraud Jebediah Bush in his arena.

    January 25, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  9. GSD

    What are you trying to accomplish with your totally misleading title. If that is your idea of good reporting you need to think again. Not only was it poor, it was unfair. Talk about politicians taking things out of context! Certainly you can do a better job than that. You may not like him as a candidate, but I would think your bias wouldn't keep you from performing your duty in a more accurate way. CNN you disappoint me on this one!

    January 25, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  10. Myla, Las Vegas

    Come on. You know better than that, anti-Romney people. Don't take every word literally and out of context. He cares about the welfare of American people. He wants to ease the economic burden of the people. That's why he agrees with tax cut and tax rebate. Of course, this is just and example. And why say he's not concern about voters regarding so many different things. The only issue here is his refusal to disclose his own expense to this campaign. And you know, even if he tells how much of his own money he spent, he'll still be arrogant to those who are against him, saying yeah, you're wealthy. You have that kind of money. Whatever he does, there will always be people who will say negative against him. Come on.

    January 25, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  11. Myla, Las Vegas

    "I'm not concerned" and "I don't care about" are two different things. Take this into consideration.

    January 25, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  12. jw

    What a piece of trashy journalism! Anyone who watched the debate can see that was taken way out of context and was actually more of a compliment to the integrity of the voters. And yet the line is a link on CNN's politics page. This author just became the misleading, word-twisting type of person he references in the article. Incredible!

    January 25, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  13. Jake

    Are you guys serious, this guy is a clown. The only reason he wants to be president is to make his money back and PAY BACK all his HIGH SCHOOL friends that helped him raise money. Did you hear him talk on his website, he has no clue about anything.

    Yes he might have had some luck at Bain making his fortune, but thats where his career ends. He failed in his first company and will fail as President just like Mr Bush.

    I think the only candiate in this race who can possible bring our country back on track is R. Paul

    January 25, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  14. Justin Hicken


    Yeah...I would really be worried about that religion with golden plates and angels...I mean it's not like anyone else believes in crazy stuff like a man dying and then rising from the dead on the third day or another man traveling on a hugh ship for over 300 days with all sorts of wild animals.

    Wait a minute...wait a minute...

    January 25, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  15. Colby

    Totally out of context! Romney said he wasn't concerned about voters worrying about his finances, but he was concerned about politicians twisting it for gain. Case in point–this "ticker" posting! I think tonight's debate cemented Florida for Romney, which will seal the western states (including CA) and probably several other states for him on Feb. 5th. Surogates of the other candidates are going to attack Romney like crazy, but it won't do them any good at this point.

    January 25, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  16. Wesley


    January 25, 2008 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  17. Nicalee

    I am a election race junky and like to watch as many programs as possible on this race. The race is so tight with the Republicans. I have found CNN to be very anti-Romney, and this article does not surprise me. Romney may or may not end up being the nominee, but CNN will do it's best in the process to spread smear journalism. It would be wise to seek journalism that will be fair to all of the candidates.

    January 25, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  18. Matt

    I generally put up with CNN's liberal bias because they at least attempt to appear journalistically objective. It appears I may have to reconsider.

    January 25, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  19. Josh

    CNN I am not surprised but disapointed you would stoop to this kind of journalism. I would hope you would be "fair and balanced" and a source we could rely on, but once again you have proven we can't take anything any news conglomerate says to be the truth. We MUST find the source and see it from start to finish get the whole story.

    For you haters & doubters out there, if Romney's religious beliefs where anything to be concerned about, that they might cloud his judgement and cause him to do something unwise that would damage him or the country then you simply have not been paying attention. Anyone as successful as Romney does not get that way by being short sighted, biased or brain washed.

    If you doubt a religion, get to know it from the source, live it for a while, try it out and then form an opinion. But don't believe everything you hear from "experts" that have never stepped foot into an LDS church or taken a serious first-hand look into the religion.

    Take another look, watch the entire debate and look at his track record, I think you will find he is human, he learns from experience and he has successfully implemented positive change in all the organizations he's been involved with.

    January 25, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  20. bella

    We know you're not concerned about the voters, Mitt. We know.

    January 25, 2008 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  21. Peanut...

    Mitt Romney is a fraud.... I'm a registered democrat, and would vote for Obama hands down if he makes it past the primary. I like Huckabee and McCain, Though Huckabee more than McCain, on the republican side.

    If Romney wins the presidential bid, Obama and Hillary are gonna have him for breakfast, cause it's sooooooo obvious he's a farce...

    They only one's that don't notice it are the same ignorant fools that voted for Bush in 2004, even after all the crap that his administration did.

    Look, my vote counts, therefore, nobody up there has my vote won yet. It's gonna take many debates before I know for sure where my vote is going. It's sad to say that most of you are so caught up in the Left wing – Right wing horse race, that you're too stupid to make up your minds by your own research and critical thinking.

    It's a shame that the few of us intellectuals have to put up with the remaining morons out there, mostly republicans that aren't even in the proper tax bracket to begin with.

    What this country needs is another Kennedy, which is clearly being portrayed by Senator Obama.

    Go to hell right wing, neo-con, religious nutcase losers!

    January 25, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  22. Ancel

    People will hate Mit all the way to the White House

    January 25, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  23. Jay Bee, USA

    Neil, according to the WSJ McCain has received 340,000 from lobbyists. The most of any republican. Who else does he owe favors too?

    January 25, 2008 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  24. Chuck

    He was obviously saying that it wasn't giving the financial info to the voters early that he was concerned about – it was giving away his fundraising secrets to his competitors any sooner than required.

    You know, who would you rather have lead the country out of the mess we're in – a man who has proven over and over that he knows how to take large failing companies the turn them around or your uncle Joe, the bookie? Romney got his money the old fashioned way – he earned it. He didn't inherit it. The fact that he has a lot of it is clear evidence that he knows how to reorganize and put big organizations on their feet. Do some research yourself – I'm sure the details of his turn-arounds are out there – the companies were public companies. If anyone can turn this country around, Romney is the one who can.

    The fact that he is spending a lot of his own money on the campaign makes it clear what sort of a Patriot he is. He isn't running for President because he needs the money. You won't see him pandering for campaign donations from China or renting out nights in the rooms in the White House for donations like certain past
    degenerate presidents have.

    January 25, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  25. john

    Mitt scored on ways to fix the economy, especially in stopping the housing
    crisis, while McCain only showed he lacked a firm grasp on the subject...
    and what with those "bridge to nowhere" comments on spending about?

    McCain needs to get more specific with his plans to rescue the economy.

    January 25, 2008 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
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