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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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. JB in NJ

    What do you expect an empty suit like Romney to say? The guy is a big zero. He reminds me of that talking head that Chris Matthews recently put in his place. The guy was parroting the Republican talking points and he was exposed on the air for not knowing what he was talking about. Sounds like Romney's younger brother.

    June 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Richard Head

    For all of you loser-liberal Romney bashers... Mitt Romney has great hair. That's why he lost the primaries. McCain and the others were jealous of his hair and got together to undermine his campaign. It was not about the issues. It was about his hair.

    Liberals especially hate nice hair.

    Don't let them get to you, Mitt! Romeny '20!

    June 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. MB

    tomorrow does not belong to Mitt Romney

    June 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Josh in SD

    I met Mitt Romney in San Diego. He and his staff are the meanest, slimiest people I have ever met. They treat people like garbage. They can't stand anyone other than themselves. Thank god this walking joke didn't have a chance at being elected president.

    June 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. bernj

    This guy is almost as wacko as McCain. A bit younger but nuts just the same.

    June 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Kaci

    Does the "stupid" spicket turn on when Romney gets in front of a camera? Gee whiz, he will do anything for the VP spot on Mccain's ticket. Thank God this guy didn't get close to winning the primary.

    June 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Unshrub

    This time of year the only word a republican can use liberal, and their only hope is that it will stick. Otherwise, people will learn republicans have no other useful strategy.

    June 26, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Romney is a bigger joke than McCain, who cares what he says. He is so bitter cause he had to step aside and let the old man through!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Kenneth M

    He is in such a rush to point fingers that he is no longer making any sense. Its funny because I had no idea that Romney was an idiot until he opens his mouth.

    June 26, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Obama picks another endorsement, which means the next line of GOP attack will be to go after Obama's endorsers as anti-American, anti-Semitic, etc., because Hamas endorsed Obama.

    Here's the logic behind so many GOP attacks, most recently Romney.

    England is an island.
    I am standing on the island of Puerto Rico.
    That means I must be in England.

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Earl

    Romney is an real "WORK OF ART"... I wonder who is hairdresser is.

    He's really trying to get VP for McWar. (big time)

    I wonder if there is anything that they might say about "POLICY" rather than expending all their energy trying to bring BARAK "THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES" down with their small talk...""

    BUSH/ CHENEY/ ,MCWAR/ McROMNEY.....what a bunch of winners

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Gary Chandler in Canada

    According to Wikipedia, in Jan of 2007 McCain cosponsored a Bill with Barack Obama on gree house gases.
    Romney, was that 2 liberals or right wingists?

    June 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. California Gold

    Mitt Romney is as dumb as a box of rocks.

    June 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Romney is an elitist, arrogant, and self-serving–all the things the Republicans are saying about Barack. I certainly hope McCain does not pick him as V-P candidate. But they would make a good "Flip Flopper" team! John Roberts – you always give good interviews!

    June 26, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Mitt Romney, please go and do something you are working hard to become McCaines VP that will never happen so quite wasting your energy.

    June 26, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yo, Mittens! The market is down over 300 points! Il Duce has taken his party [along with the country] on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! It's going to take a lot of dedicated liberals to undo the damage your tax-cut and spend Clown Prince and "conservative" enablers have wreaked upon our country the past eight years...Face it, pal, the Greedy Old Party is about to be relegated to the Ashbin of History. Make sure to bring a fresh change of underwear...

    June 26, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Len in Washington

    Why have my comments remained "in Moderation" status for the last two months? First, Jack Cafferty reads two of my comments in one week and now you won't post any of them. What's going on?

    June 26, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Chris from San Antonio

    That's because the GOP has distorted the term "liberal" beyond all sense of the word. It no longer has meaning.
    All republicans have left after a disastrous 7 years is to call anything they don't like or agree with "liberal."

    June 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. David from Canada

    Who let the dogs out Mitt, that video was the chesiest, saddest thing I had seen in the entire primary.

    June 26, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Alex from Strohs


    June 26, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Matt-NE

    Are we supposed to be surprised CNN didn't side with the Republican??

    If it were an Uhhbama comment, you would have made excuses for his difference in view.

    pitiful reporting

    June 26, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Donna

    Romney will say ANYTHING to stay in McCains good graces..that is what brown nosers do!!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Independent

    Lisa: 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.


    Lisa: Good for you. Now I hope you understand $30 isn't much money but fixing your car can cost hundreds of $. I guess you understand now why Gas Holiday isn't a great idea. It's just a political gimmick.

    June 26, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Liberal-Extremist

    Desperation .. calls for drastic measure .. LOL ......

    Does the Repugs sense an inevitable defeat???

    June 26, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. It's all about the oil baby

    Man without a planet wrote:

    I heard someone say that if McCain won they were moving to Canada.
    But if Obama wins where can one go?


    June 26, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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