April 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney takes swipes at 'elitist' Obama

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(CNN) - In a sign he's comfortable playing the attack dog for John McCain's presidential campaign, Mitt Romney issued stinging criticisms of Barack Obama Friday, calling the Illinois senator a "quintessential politician."

"He, in the debate, made a number of promises that he cannot possibly deliver - populist approaches that sound good to the public but that are counter to the growth and strength of our economy and the well-being of our nation," Romney, who abandoned his own presidential bid in February, told the National Journal.

In an apparent reference to Obama's recent comments calling some small town Americans "bitter," Romney also said the Democratic presidential candidate has "subscribed fully to the kind of elitist view of America that has long characterized those of the most liberal persuasion in our country."

"So I think what's happening is that people are getting a better sense about Barack Obama," Romney continued. "They didn't know who he was… but now we're getting a better view of Barack Obama as the - not just the liberal, but the political liberal that he is."

Romney was a fierce critic of John McCain when the two were primary rivals, though he has since repeatedly praised McCain and indicated his willingness to serve as the Arizona senator's running mate.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Mitt Romney
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Iowa Erik

    hahahahaha. (catches breath) hahahahaha. (catches breath) Mitt who?

    April 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Laurie - Colorado

    Excuse me...but Mitt Romney MADE his own money, so what if it is 100 Million or 75,000. He was the best candidate in the race and all this aguement about race and gender what about faith. If he was not a mormon he would be the front runner right now. Better than everyone who wants the government (i.e. those of us that work) to pay their way. Higher taxes, more red tape, more corruption ....vote democrat. How anyone could vote for Billary I will never know. Have you people not read any of the 15 books out there from friends and foes detailing their long list of abuse and totally dishonest behavior....YES including Hillary. Shame on all of you who look the other way

    April 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. SS

    The only reason McCain is giving you the time a day is because he needs your constituency to help him come close to what the Dems have going for them.

    April 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. od

    haha look at all these cartoon characters calling obama elite, kinda funny though.
    first, it was 109 million cruella deville, then moe(from the simpsons) got hitched to the duff ceo and she's worth about 100 million, then finally richie rich aka silver haired fox too, wow.

    April 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. b black

    repulicans sucks just like penn state! obama 08

    April 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Steve

    For all of you Obama morons! Elitism is an idealogical thing, not an economic thing! Stupid!
    College professors are elitist and they are not rich. Dogg the Bounty Hunter is rich and DEFINITELY not an elitist!

    April 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Paul

    Obama might be whining about this one already. he cannot take the heat from the republicans, he complains about everything. he won't be the media's spoiled baby when confronting the GOP

    One more reason why Hillary must be our President.

    She is a strong and smart woman who can truly lead our nation towards success!!!

    Hillary – President of the United States of America

    April 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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