June 26th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
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Roberts: Those 'Liberal' non-proliferationists


Watch John Roberts interview Mitt Romney.

(CNN) - Just when you think you’ve heard everything in this race for the White House, along comes something truly surprising. Such was the case on Thursday's American Morning. I was speaking with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about Sen. John McCain's new line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama. McCain hopes to paint Obama as a politician who puts party and self-interest above the needs of the nation, claiming that the Illinois senator has “never been a part of a bipartisan group that came together to solve a controversial issue”.

This morning, Romney faithfully repeated that charge. When I pointed out that Obama reached across party lines to work with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, on a non-proliferation measure, and with Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, on increasing gas mileage requirements, Romney shot back, saying that “Actually, on both cases, you’re talking about two liberal positions, non-proliferation as well as the gasoline mileage."

Watch: Romney attacks Obama

It struck me as rather odd – having covered five years of the Bush administration as a White House correspondent – that the governor would view non-proliferation as a “liberal” issue. I seem to recall a little ditty called the “Proliferation Security Initiative,” launched by President Bush on May 31, 2003. The aim of the initiative is to enlist the nations of the world to “stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern.” Whether the program is a success is very much in question (though the administration claims it is), but I’ve never heard anyone call it a “liberal” position.

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  1. Mark Webb

    This guy is simply stupid!!! Why continue listening to him?
    Anyway he lost Rebub primaries. Does he hope to get on McFossil ticket with such imbecilities? Not so sure.

    June 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Felice Judkins

    Just goes to show you that the folks in GOP would rather use the same old tagline of "liberal" and not come up with ideas that are going to benefit us as a nation. The problem with GOP is that they attack personally because they don't have any ideas or policies to move us forward. That is why the GOP has become a caricature of it's former self. they have no substance, no agenda and no vision. It amazes me how they walk in lock step and repeat talking points that may actually be flat out wrong. And these are the folks that want to get back in the White House; OMG what a scary thought!

    June 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Kiah

    Good ole Mitt. Impressing us with his vast political knowledge as always.

    June 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. independent chris

    Athlete's Tongue, a very serious condition caused by repeated insertion of one's foot in one's mouth.

    June 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    This makes me want to vote for McCain and then move to Canada just to watch the train wreck that would be the USA.

    June 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. duh

    Obviosly George W. Bush is the EPITOME of peace. What more peace loving and making President of the US has there EVER BEEN? none!

    We love President Bush. Long may peace loving Bush Rule!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Mike

    As far as Bush is concerned, he promised to be a Reagan Rebulican and he instead turned into a Democrat. He was far more a Republican when he was Govenor of Texas than he is today as President.

    June 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Mike in Columbus

    Guilty as charged!

    I fall into the liberal group who wants more fuel- efficiency and less nuclear weapons.

    How Un-American of me.

    June 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. tpsmith

    Romney is a complete dufus. Why is the media wasting time on him?

    June 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. CP-Texas

    They will say anything, contradict themselves, yada, yada, yada.....Idiot. Does not know of what he speaks, no facts, just attack, attack, attack. Makes him look ignorant...go comb your hair.

    June 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Angus McDugan

    Of course he does. He dropped his pastor and church of 20+ years like a rock once they became an issue. This man stands for nothing. He states that he wil change the way things are done in Washington, but he does not provide a plan. How cowardly. I am for mom and apple pie, but what the heck does that mean? Obama: You don't know jack about me, but I am for positive change. Wow!

    June 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. jay miller

    What a foolish man Romney sounds like. He uses the "L" word like so many Republicans do as a curse word To make things worse, his followers will believe it without really listening to what he says..I'm sure if there is a follow-up, he'll say it was taken out of context, and that's not what he really means.

    June 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. The Wizard

    Romney is a pansy for McBush. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain–seriously.

    June 26, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Justin (ny)

    Are you really surprised that the GOP would stoop to such a low level of attack? Based on lies? Because I'm not.

    They will say and do ANYthing they can to manipulate the public to their side. They can try as much as they want, but its not going to work. Not this time.

    Hope will triumph over fear and manipulation......finally!!

    June 26, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Nikki, Florida

    I thought improving gas mileage to lower gas costs was an American issue, not a liberal issue. Not to mention, we're not all rich like Mitt Romney and not all of us can afford $5/gal. gas.

    June 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |

    Notice the spin on this – I mean we have two important issues here and even though democrats and republicans worked together on this....it's being spinned as liberal positions.

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!

    The Repubs are pulling out all the stops to fight the person who should be our next President........Barack Obama!

    June 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Nova from NV

    Let's look at the evidents of such claims: When there is a controversial issue facing our nation, looks like McCain is usually in the news headlining a bi-partisan group to resolve the issues. Where's Obama? He is out voting along the party lines keeping the partisan bickering. The evidence strongly shows MCCain as a maverick and a great leader. As for Obama, just a typical partisan senator.

    People let's judge the candidate for the color of their content and not the color of their skin please.

    June 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. proud army and navy mom

    mitt will do or say anything to be mcbush's VP.
    he is so fake that it is pathetic.

    I have my problems with Hillary's money management, but at least she's better than romney, who wasted milions of his own money to lose the nomination.....he should have loaned it to his campaign like hillary did, but i guess he got millions to throw away. talking about out of touch. this man is scary rich.

    June 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. paula

    That's funny. You have Mitt saying that nonproliferation is a liberal issue, and you have other McCain backers making asinine comments about how another terror attack on US soil would help his campaign. Spooky!

    June 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Romney is one of those politicians that looks like a game show host. No matter how much invectice he spouts, this much is certain: with regards to the bloated, rotting corpse that is the Republican Party, GAME OVER!

    June 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Eric in New Mexico

    VERY WEAK...Try again McCain Campaign!

    June 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. John in Ohio

    The Republican Party is going to be hilariously fractured and schizophrenic this year. The ad McCain is running in Ohio makes no mention at all of his position in the Republican party, and instead talks about how he stood up to Bush on environmental issues and how much of an environmentalist he is. Of course, they don't mention his actual voting record, but the ad does mention all the "plans" he says he has for improving the environment.

    Not buying it.

    Then you have moron clowns like Romney claiming nuclear non-proliferation is a liberal issue, and you have a Republican Senator in Oregon trying to use a complimentary statement of him from Obama in a campaign ad, and it all adds up to hilarity.

    Watching the Republicans it is clear that this will be the silliest of silly seasons in recent memory. Even better then Bill Clinton vs Bob "Viagra" Dole in 1996.

    June 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Chris

    Who cares... we're moving in the wrong direction and McCain
    1. Represents 25+ yrs of that direction
    2. The Bush direction

    I'd vote Mickey Mouse in b4 voting for McSame

    June 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Obama Loves Us

    Trinity United Church....Rev. Jeremiah Wright....Michelle Obama....Rev. Meeks....Tony Rezko....Father Michael Pfleger....Alice Palmer....Frank Marshall Davis....Saul Alinsky....ACORN....Minister Louis Farrakhan....Nation of Islam....William Ayers....Bernardine Dohrn....Ahmad Yousuf....Hamas....George Soros....Raila Odinga....Abongo Obama....Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades....Muammar Kaddafi....Daniel Ortega....Black Panthers....Fidel Castro....Raoul Castro....Socialist Party....New (Marxist) Party....Nadhmi Auchi....Rashid Khalidi....Kim Jong Il....Larry Sinclair....Donald Young....

    Come on, guys, is that all you got???

    June 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Franky

    No offense to Mitt but wasn't he the one stealing my boy's "liberal ideas?" No offense to him but a conservative doesn't "change" his convictions.....if you know what I mean.

    June 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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