June 26th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
15 years ago

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. Franky

    "I ask Barack to borrow $30 to pay for gas, and he has yet to respond. That's rude considering $30 is not a lot of money."

    Here, I'll hook you up, LOL!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Make that invective...

    June 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. MyBADD

    Come on republicans ! name calling Elitist, Arrogant why don't you guys just cut to the chase and start telling yoMomma jokes!!!
    If the Republicans didn't have the economy all messed up this would be funny

    June 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Joe Utha

    this guy needs some educaion on economy and war in Iraq. McBush his buddy is flip flop and his dumb. how are we solving our problems?
    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. independent

    mitt and john are dolts.they just dont get it.noone believes a word that comes out of those two's mouths.the republican party sure didnt have much to chose from ,this year.after all the bs they try to force down our throats,i'll be surprised if they dont have to disband that party after this election.

    June 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Kaye - Jacksonville FL

    Good grief! First of all, who cares what Romney thinks about anything? Second, his comments are as looney as anything coming out of McCain's mouth (and Rove's and every other Repub trying to get some traction in this campaign)....

    The republican campaign may end up more entertaining than anything I can find on Comedy Central....stay tuned.

    June 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. noMcBush, cambridge, MA

    Brilliant. Now non-nuclear-proliferation and national security are "liberal" issues, so what do Repubs run on? Anti-national-security?

    Bye bye VP for Mitt, not that it would matter anyway....

    June 26, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I didn't see this interview, but did Roberts question Romney about his statement? Ask him to expound? Call him on such a stupid remark? If he did then I'm impressed, but somehow I doubt it.

    Also, taking Romney's statements as truth, wouldn't the fact that Obama worked with Republicans on a "liberal" issue mean that he works that much better across the aisle? Or did the fact that Romney completely reversed himself within one sentence go unnoticed?

    "He has never worked in a bi-partisan group."

    "Well, what about these?"

    "He worked on those but they're liberal."

    Romney makes all other empty suits look positively full. He's Dubya with better hair.

    June 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Wolf, come on – Romney is barely a step and a half above Bush on the stupid-meter. What did you expect?

    June 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Raymond Duke

    It does not suprise me with your take on this . I use to watch you of the morning on cnn. I quite after giving you a long period to report the news without your liberal stance for Obama. Apparently whatever country you came from and got your citizenship here was very liberal. All anybody has got to do is go on the proper website and they can get the real deal on Obama's bills and reaching across the aisle. He is great signing on to peoples bill that has already been wrote and then trying to claim credit for them. Do the news and not your bais slants and someday you may actually be appreciated by the american people.

    June 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. unions are not stupid

    It is funny now there Lieberman has fallen under such close scrutiny for snaking around Washington and changing position like the wind as well as party I might add. Now it seems they are using Mitt Romney as there lie spreading attack dog! Problem is there is a reason that his numbers kept dropping when he would go campaign. Why? He had a problem with the truth and he kept getting called on it even by other republicans! what a joke!

    June 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. GO AWAY!!!!

    Romney ..........shot back, saying that “Actually, on both cases, you’re talking about two liberal positions, non-proliferation as well as the gasoline mileage."YOU know where he's saying it..............AT HOME !!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Nicole in NE

    Yes everyone LET"S NUKE UP and Global Warming is not real!

    haha, I don't think Mitt's going to be top choice for VP now! : )

    June 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Jamaal Kansas

    That is the reason why is not out campaigning right now he is a liar and the Republicans could not even trust him he is irrelvant to the situation at hand and he is just trying to win brownie points from Old McShame and then he might get the VP spot. This is a Perfect Example why no one Trust the Republicans

    June 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Bishop

    Well THIS guy sounds worst than McCain. NO wonder he LOST!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. fighting the smears

    gas mileage is a liberal issue? I hope you people who are actually considering voting for mcCain realize that the GOP does not care about your pain at the pump.

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

    What`s wrong being a liberal?I will rather be a liberal than a sect member!

    June 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Crush Rush

    Another super flipper flopper and right wing scumbag.

    June 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Gorbashov

    Oh yeah.....................you........................you.................liberal.................there, now what do you have to say?

    Is this all these clowns got?

    If this is their A Team this is going to be easier then most had thought!

    What a moron....................not to be confused with mormon.

    June 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Dem 08

    All say WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Robert. we are going to see a lot of wild cards thrown out there.

    June 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Debra Austin, Texas

    Now the Rethuglicans are just making me laugh. Soon, they'll be claiming the Bill of Rights is a liberal cause. OH! They already do, EXCEPT when it means they can 'git sum mo guns'! What complete brain drainers.

    June 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    ok... MITT?

    Lets just be 5th graders and cry & scream & disagree with any & everything the other camp says...

    This counrty is run by "yes-men" I swear!!! DEM are not excluded... However i see more consistency w/Obama


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

    no one cares wat romney says. no one listens coz we know wat he says makes no sense.not that wat mcCain says makes any sense either.

    June 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. June Ankenney

    Okay, we get it, Roberts: you want us to vote for Obama. No way!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Jamaal Kansas

    These Republicans are Something Else they try there dirty tactics and Fear mongering and they start to believe there own stuff they are pretty funny

    June 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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