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. josh

    HAHAHAHAHA Nice going Romney. You are the MVP of the Democrats.

    January 25, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Steve

    It is obvious the democrats WANT to run against McCain, just like Nixon wanted to run against McGovern. They are really afraid of Romney, and you can see why. Luckily, the voters are making their own decisions. There is nothing phony about Mitt: he's serious, hard-working, and results-oriented, and no ego problems to get in the way. This is what the country needs to get at least SOMETHING done.

    January 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. McKay

    What a ridiculous headline and story – on the one hand, CNN boldly broadcasts that Romney doesn't care about voters while, at the same time, slamming him for spending too much to attract voters.

    You can't have it both ways CNN – talk about flpflopping!

    January 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Maddy

    Spin it how you want all those for Romney, maybe it was a bit of snark, no worse or disgusting than the negative out of contest crap being thrown the other way. But here is a fact that cannot be denied, he was a businessman in the sense that he bought and sold companies which is his right in a free market, what he did then is the stink in the corner, he laid workers off and traded these companies like houses on a monopoly board. He does not care about people, he destroyed them, he does not work for America he works for the select few who already have.
    His statements about Guantanamo and the war are hideous, he has no wisdom of forethought and he has no honor.., and he sure as hell knows nothing about the hell of war.

    The fact that he spent millions should speak volumes to the fact that no one of us can run for president because we have no money, that is not a democracy, and until we completely abolish campaign contributions and make all media free access for candidates we will have the likes of him and all the other characters whose only qualification to run is money and that is never good.

    If you think that killing people in a war completely based on lies is honorable, I personally want nothing to do with you. Go look at some of the pictures of what we have wrought in Iraq, have you seen the man holding his dead son, or the picture of the little boy with half his head gone, or the soldier with no arms or legs, or the soldier with no face, or the little girl whose mother and father have just been killed, or the wedding party butchered, have you ever experienced almost drowning deliberately, have you ever had white phosphorous dropped on you, if these things are okay with you, vote for Romney and enjoy the show from hell.

    Me, I want peace because all Iraqi's. all Jews, all Muslims, all Christians, all men, and all woman are my brothers and sisters, we are all in this together and men such as those running are always the ones who send us to our deaths for reasons that never have anything to do with high ideal and always something to do with power and avarice.

    January 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. America Forever

    Every candidate ought to have to raise their "own" money. Then we can see how effective they are at organizing and influencing...you know, the qualities every good leader has.

    CNN, there was so much good stuff to report on after last night's debate and you chose this? Transparent.

    January 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. StealyDan

    Robert Robertovitch hit the nail right on the head in my opinion.

    By the way, a question for all the hyperventilating Democrats. Are you suggesting there should be limitations placed on the principle of free speech that Gov. Romney is exercising by contributing to his own campaign?

    January 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Aaron

    Heaven forbid Romney spend his own money (putting millions into our economy in the meantime) to support an effort that he clearly believes in. Would any of you spend millions of dollars trying to get elected if you didn't care about the voters? Come on CNN, lots of people look to you for news, many of them skimming headlines to see what is interesting. What would you think if you just saw this headline? This goes for all the candidates, the public needs a clear source for news.

    January 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Allen, Jacksonville, Florida

    CNN, please refrain from posting this garbage.

    Everyone who watched it knew what he meant.

    January 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. naomi

    Of for goodness sake. He is not concerned about the VOTERS having a problem with his personal spending but concerned about the other contenders twisting it into something negative. Give us a break, CNN.

    January 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. James

    They say that under duress you reveal your true self. The minute Mitt said that, I groaned. The election is about the voters. We elect the next president.

    I don't care how you meant it, that is one phrase you do not utter. It shows a pompous, self-absorbed mentality that is consistent with Mitt's finger in the air position changing.

    Be careful Florida – do not lose the election for America on the 29th by voting for Mitt.

    January 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Why is this clown even being considered for the presidency?

    Oh yeah, the republicans, go figure.

    January 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Michael

    I think his statement stands on it's own, with or without the context.

    January 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Don, Akron OH

    Well ... I'm not a Romney supporter (I like Huck, myself) but this is taken out of context. Personally, I find the question rude and should have never been asked in the first place. It's none of anyone's business really.

    I still have doubts about him and won't vote for him, though. Huck and/or McCain are my ticket.

    January 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    I am a Democrat and not voting for Romney but SHAME on you CNN. This is a terrible biased, out of content article. You sound as bad as Billary with misrepresentation. I feel you owe Mitt an apology this slanderous headline. Are you taking lessons from the Clinton machine about half truths, distortions and outright lies?
    Stick to the facts and dial down the slander in the headlines.

    January 25, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Nate

    To Christina:

    I find it odd that it appears you seem to like Romney and his poliitical views and agendas, but that his relegion is disturbing you.
    Religous ignorance is never acceptable. Your post claiming that only one man saw sacred records is false. Please study about it some more and you will find multiple other witnesses to the records.
    Vote for the person you has the poliitcal views you want to support, no matter if he is Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, Jewish, or whatever.
    For whatever reason, CNN, MSN, Slate, and other major media plays keep on attacking Romney more than the other candidates. Why is this? That wants me to vote for him even more.

    January 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. whatsitToyou

    CNN does it again! Why don't you just come out and Endorse McCain I mean really! You might as well. Boo to you CNN!

    January 25, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Shea

    In context, he meant he wouldn't mind if the voters found how how much he contributed to his own campaign.

    January 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. jamesm

    Mitt would be as good for America as a strong dose of castor oil-- and just as hard to swallow!!

    January 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. GaryO Virginia Beach

    "I'm not conerned about voters?"

    I wonder what he meant by that. Well, he's a Republican, so what he probably meant to say is "I'm not concerned about people."

    I guess he's just being honest and letting his would-be constituents know ahead of time that his government will continue to focus on enriching the rich at the expense of everyone else.

    January 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. CNN Fan

    CNN usually has the integrity not to stoop to this kind of propogand. Please stay honest and stop with this kind of "out of Context, juicy headliner propoganda"! What Romney said, is that he does not want to release his financials early, as it will be used against him by his rivals who are not going to release their financials themselves until they will have to.

    January 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Franz

    I would rather he buy a $10M yacht than put it into his campaign.

    January 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Joe

    C'mon CNN, stop playing King Maker, and just report the facts. Ever watch Dragnet?

    "Just the facts Ma'am"
    – Joe Friday

    January 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Jen

    It appears that CNN is totally BUSTED on this lame article! The worst so far on either side!
    Those of us who were fortunate to watch the debate and/or are smart enough to read between your lines KNOW what Mitt was saying.
    Cnn's horrible twisting lie is created to sink a candidate with an out of text headline.
    You should be ashamed at yourselves!

    January 25, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Robert

    The guy is a corporate mouth piece the sooner he is out of the race the better.

    January 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. GaryO Virginia Beach

    For those of you who are complaining about CNN's pro McCain stance, let me tell you how it works.

    The news media is a segment of the entertainment industry and they want to bring you the best entertainment possible. They promote Obama because he is the black guy (a huge story in itself) He is also the so-called change guru.

    Now, for maximum drama, the news media must select a perfect couterpoint. And that is John McCain. McCain = George Bush x 10. So now we have . . . Super Status Quo vs. The Black Guy

    Now there's some drama, and ratings, and advertising revenue, and profit.

    As you Republicans already know . . . one should NEVER underestimate the power of the profit motive.

    January 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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