May 7th, 2008
11:05 AM ET
14 years ago

Romney on Obama: the presidency isn't an 'internship'


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(CNN)— Former presidential contender Mitt Romney increased his criticism of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Wednesday taking direct aim at Obama’s experience, telling CNN’s John Roberts that “the presidency of the United States is not an internship.”

“He can read a prompter very well and energize a crowd,” said Romney. “But he has not accomplished anything during his life in terms of legislation, or leading an enterprise, or making a business work, or a city work, or a state work. He really has very little experience.”

The former Massachusetts governor, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, said voters will ultimately choose a candidate who has “been tested and proven” - a central theme of McCain’s primary and general election campaigns.

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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Patty

    Check out what Michelle said the other night in an interview about America.

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    Bush had experience and look at the mess we are in now. He has a enough experience. You can not prepare to be the president. Obama will do just fine.

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Yes...

    Hillary's experience: lying, fabricating war stories, international trips, taking credit for bills she had little part of, turning away as Bill cheats on her, mudslinging, truth spinning, fuzzy math... etc.

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Bill

    What a gasbag!!! Romney's the empty shirt here. Obama has worked real change for real people for over two decades. That's something Mr Big Hair Phony Smile wouldn't know about.

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Quintin Jordon

    I do not believe anyone is truly ready for the presidency. Though one does not need to go in as an intern as Mitt Romney proclaims, we have seen what supposed experience has done during the last eight years.

    If this is what we can expect from supposed experienced politicians, I have no problem with one that seems to have a lack of it. And as far as experience, if the way Obama has handled his primary campaign is any indication how well he would do as a president, I am all for him.

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. zemo

    Spoken like a former Republican Governor of a very blue state. Wait, that must mean he actually might know something about politics.

    On the other hand, once the Obamabots stop fawning over the Chicago Machine strawman, you really are left with an inexperienced Senator from the most corrupt political culture in the nation: Illinois.


    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Travis

    Chris said: "As far as I can tell through personal experience, Mormons are pretty racist."

    What a completely generalized and bigoted thing to say! Attack the man, not the religion. You can't decry racism with "racist" comments.

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Mike - Texas

    I you say anything bad or factual about OBama in this blog, they will not display it.

    CNN is definitly biased towards OBama.

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Felly

    If experience is all it takes to win, how come Romney the mormon dropped out of the race?

    May 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    Obama supporters are supposed to be the EDUCATED ones?!?!
    Read their comments and one can estimate their maturity level..........

    May 7, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. JO

    Blacks out number Mormons .... the only reason B. Hussein Nobama is still in the running. He may be the presidential candidate in November but will get trounced in the election by McCain Who said this isn't racist?

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. KOKO

    The loser always talk like this guy! he lost the election to Mcain now se what he si tlaking about? if you are expericied why are you not in race now? why did you put on your 30millions and stil loser to Mcain

    shame on you man, this guy sued his won maney all $30millions but stil lost to Mcain,

    Stupit man

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Obama '08

    Who are you again?

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Emily

    Um...isn't cheney one of the people in this current admin with the most experience? yeah, that worked really well... experience is only part of the equation

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Shawn

    Romney is SO hoping to become VP so that when Mccain bites the bullet he can become president. LOL!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. GL

    If I recall you finished 3rd to Huckabee... Go back to your compound Mitt. Nobody cares what you think. You obviously didn't get the message when no one voted for you. Spineless and irrelavent.

    CNN with Hilary losing yesterday- THIS is what we're left with? For God's sake, please start reporting some news.

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Lahoo

    Mitt is without doubt a sore looser.....It’s a delusion if he thinks the Republican will have a vp job for him in the fall. The only slot available available is that of an attack dog.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Sarah

    That is exactly why on May 13 I will vote Hillary. If Obomination wins the dem nom, which he probably will, I am going to vote for McCain in November.
    Obama supporters; WV Democratic primaries are closed. That means Repubs and Independants can't vote in it. Hillary will win by a huge margin. I know you will all say we are a bunch of racists but the truth of the matter is we aren't going to fall for Obama's rhetoric. He can't be trusted and we want our children to have something to look forward to, not whatever is left after Obama has spent four years in on the job training.
    I was in 10th grade when Bill Clinton ran for office the 1st time. He said it best when he said that for the first time our children (my generation) are going to be worse off than their parents.
    We need someone who can really work to help our economy and international relations and try to help bring at least some measure of peace to the world.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. joe blow NC

    Mitt, lets follow your rationale, McCain has not accomplished anything during his life in terms leading an enterprise, or making a business work, or a city work, or a state work. He really has very little experience.” He's a lifetime politican. Sorry, you were talking about Obama.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Anthony George

    Obama has more in common with the average American citizen and they know, that's why he still in the race.

    May 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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