Romney called out for 'haughty' behavior
June 15th, 2011
11:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney called out for 'haughty' behavior

(CNN) – Days after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney scored big political points in New Hampshire at CNN's first GOP Presidential Primary debate, some say the candidate let his victory go to his head.

An editorial in the first-in-the-nation-primary state's Union-Leader, also a co-sponsor of the debate, scourged Romney for acting "high-falutin'" and "haughty."

"Mitt Romney did a good job at Monday night's Republican presidential debate. But not that good," the article states.

"Governor, you won a debate, not an election."

The paper takes Romney to task for flying a bit too high following his appearance at the debate-a performance that was widely praised for showcasing his presidential-like demeanor.

And, apparently, he's got the attitude to match.

At a post-debate visit in Derry the 2008 presidential candidate told the owner of a local business, "I will probably be back in four years. Only this time it will be a larger group and I will probably have Secret Service."

And in Manchester Romney made a not-so-discreet Freudian slip while asking voters to vote for him in "November"– before he corrected himself.

His bypass of the entire Republican primary calendar prompted the Union-Leader to remind Romney that "Granite Staters prefer hard-working and humble to high-falutin' and haughty."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire 2012 Debate
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Sorensen

    Romney is by far the least ridiculous of all the GOP candidates. He looks presidential and he has some I.Q.
    So all the republicans will have to decide for him in the end, whether they really like it or not.
    Then – Obama will beat the daylights out of him in the election. Because, Romney is stiff, arrogant, weird, unnatural,
    elitist and totally out of touch with the average, little americans. Like most management consultants.

    June 15, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Dave

    I will never vote for a non-Christian as president.
    Here is a glowing example of what is wrong in this country.

    June 15, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. NauticalMan

    As a Democrat and citizen of Massachusetts, not a big fan of the Mittster, but he is far above the other Regressive candidates. Concerning the Manchester Union Leader, their editorials over my lifetime have been as far right as possible in New England, and don't think too many folks out this way takes anything they say too seriously. IMHO of course.

    June 15, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    scourged Romney for acting "high-falutin'" and "haughty."
    It's NH... To those hicks, everybody seems this way. Sounds like they have an inferiority complex.

    June 15, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    vic , nashville ,tn wrote:
    Actually before the debate I thought Michele Bachmann won’t do good job but she came out good
    Bachman failed the "fact check" test on more than one occasion.
    The most blatant was to blame Obama for signing TARP into law.

    June 15, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Did ya catch it on video? No? Well then, it never happened.

    June 15, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Considering the source, the Manchester Union Leader is politically somewhat to the right of the Tea Party movement. Also, they have been disparaging of Mitt since the day he declared he would run for Massachusetts Governor. Get off it, folks. Mitt is the only electable candidate the GOP actually has. He is the only one speaking and acting like a front-runner. The others are speaking and acting as wannabes. People don't take wannabes seriously (unless they have someone like Karl Rove to destroy the legitimate candidates' credibility – ooh, did I really type that!).

    Also, why do the Republicans still refer to themselves as the Grand Old Party. They have only been around since 1854, while the Democrats have been around since the 1790s, when they were called the Democratic-Republicans (and in some papers, the anti-Federalists).

    June 15, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney deserves to show a high level of confidence. He has earned it and it will serve him well with this difficult process he has in front of him leading the the White House. The kind of leadership this country needs demands an individual who shows a strong, confident approach.

    June 15, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    An uber-wealthy Republican who's spent the last decade running for POTUS acting arrogantly and like he's entitled to the position, changing his policy positions with the political winds and downplaying his record on running businesses into bankruptcy and laying off workers? Shocking. Next youyou'll be telling me he behaves in a sexist manner...doing strange things like pretending that women he's taking a picture with are grabbing his bum.

    June 15, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Vigla

    Romney is toast even if he wins the nomination... Obama wins re-election with no problem unless we can get some ideas from this bunch. No ideas? Just more tax cuts and deregulation? Sorry, that stuff doesn't work any more. What else you got in that bag of tricks, Republicans?

    June 15, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |

    Mr. Romney is wasting his time. President Barack Obama is going to win his 2nd term bid. You read it here first. Have a nice day, ya'll. 🙂

    June 15, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Dan in Missouri

    So those who focus on Ronmey's religion would rather have a socialist in the White House than a conservative simply because he is Mormon. Mormons believe in Christ. They are listed as a christian religion, Joseph Smith, the founder of the religion claimed to have seen Christ.... This is politics not religion

    June 15, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    Haughty? Was he watching the same debate as the rest of us? I say the 'Grandstanding Till You Wish You Had a Quart of Ipacac' award goes to Rick 'the Tantrum' Santorum.

    And who actually says, "High-Falutin' "?? What are these people throwbacks from the 1920s? This is why we should have national primaries on the same day, instead of letting a bunch of hayseed, redneck, hick idiots in New Hampshire and Iowa decide who we will vote for in November. Thanks, but No thanks.

    June 15, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. logic in LA

    Who cares what non- candidates say? Those running against him have the right to comment this early- everyone else should shut up! Let the election cycle start before they comment.

    June 15, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Romney is toast even if he wins the nomination... Obama wins re-election with no problem unless we can get some ideas from this bunch. No ideas? Just more tax cuts and deregulation?
    There's a lot more depth and ideas in the Republican platform that you are missing. Low taxes and an appropriate level of regulation are just small, but key parts of a much larger picture. It's called macroeconomics. It is a systematic approach to making a society successful economically and it is based on thousands of years of developing the understanding. Of course I am not going try and address it all here, but look deeper and you will appreciate what they are guided by.

    June 15, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. The Elephant In The Room

    He IS a "high falutin" and haught individual.

    Did you think that just because he took of his BrookBothers suit, silk tie & cuff links, that he considers himself a "regular" guy?

    This is a man who has 5 sons, NONE of whom every even thought to serve in the military. [Think about this among a group of FIVE young men immediately following 9-11].

    When asked about this statistical oddity, Mitt said, "My sons are serving America by helping ME get elected President". WOW!

    He thinks he`s better than everyone else. Hell yes he`s "haughty".

    So GOPTP`ers does Romney fit your "I`d want to have a beer with him" test?

    June 15, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Liberal4Obama

    What did they expect he is a mormon... I mean moron

    June 15, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    remember in 2008 when Obama went after McCain about how many hoses he had? Well Mitt seems to have plenty of homes where he can lay his head also, in different states and worth millions of dollars. So much for having something in common with the middle class, eh?

    June 15, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Indy

    That was not a debate, it was a bunch of Republicans getting together and high fiveing each other. Not once did I hear an issue debated, they stated their ideas in part and that was it, they were lockstep for the most part. It almost made you sick that they all got along so well but they have genuine hate for Obama. It was spoof and nothing more. Not one of them stuck up for themselves against the other and Pawlenty almost cried when he was asked to stand up to Romney. No cajones here and a whole bunch of pussyfooting around.

    June 15, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Bud in NC

    Do you think Mitt Romney who is worth hundreds of millions understands the rest of us average Americans? I am nursing my car along with 235,000 miles on it for as long as I can. Romney probably buys a news Rolls-Royce when the present one runs out of gas. He ain't one of us.

    June 15, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Voice of Reason

    The best moments were: Gingrich and Cain showing what bigoted anti-muslims they really are. Pawlenty going 'spineless' when he had to defend his words about 'ObamneyCare'. Rick Santorum should get an Oscar for his acting performance, he seems to think people dont know he's a cardboard cutout pandering to whatever the latest polls say. Michelle Bachmann, whose stance on state's rights versus a marriage amendment made has more waffles than a house of pancakes.

    My winners are: Romney, who didnt screw up. Ron Paul, who actually explained his answers (he's still wrong, but at least he's an articulate debater).

    But it doesnt matter 'cause Obama's going to mop the floor with them come November.

    June 15, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    He has several multi-million dollar homes (and claims residence in the lowest state for taxes – living in CA and paying in another state).

    The wealthy own the rest of us. Give them some more tax breaks. They'll act humble to get our money and laugh at us behind our backs. Theocracy and corporatism will not work in this country. I hate the tea party nuts, but I'l be in the uprising against the wealthy class in a minute - selfish bast....s.

    June 15, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. John

    I've always found Romney rather cocky and mean. I think the more people see of him, the less they will like him.

    June 15, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. OH YEAH?

    Romney was NOT "acting".

    June 15, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    Mitt Romney deserves to show a high level of confidence.
    Confidence, yes.
    "High-falutin", no.

    June 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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