Romney refuses to engage on Perry, focuses on Obama
August 16th, 2011
01:03 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney refuses to engage on Perry, focuses on Obama

Merrimack, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney sidestepped questions Tuesday about his newest opponent, Rick Perry, in a refusal to escalate an intra-party squabble the day after the Texas governor questioned his credentials.

The Massachusetts governor faced repeated questions from the media about Perry, who at an Iowa event Monday told reporters to compare the records of the two governors. Perry frequently touts his record on job creation in Texas.

But Romney, the GOP front-runner in the national polls, stood at the microphone in a warehouse at Stanley Elevator Co. in Merrimack, New Hampshire and repeated his response that Perry was "a fine guy, a fine governor" and said the American people would be able to make their own decisions.

"Governor Perry and I are going to have plenty of opportunities to contrast our experience and our vision for the nation when we have our debates," said Romney, who's making his second bid for the GOP nomination. "At this stage all I've got to say about Governor Perry is he's a fine guy, a fine governor, respect him, look forward to seeing him out on the trail and at the debates."

Instead, Romney focused his criticism on President Obama, who is traveling across the Midwest on a bus tour to discuss the economy with voters at events in three states.

"There's no question in anyone's mind that he would not be doing that bus tour if his first two and a half years had been successful," Romney said. "His record speaks a heck of a lot louder than these bus tires do."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (45 Responses)

    DUDE this is the Primary season, you do not have the Republican nomination yet. Fight Perry 1st!!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Somebody's seems jealous of the one riding in the beast! LOL.

    August 16, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. S.positive

    Romney, you havent even won the normination yet but then, this allows Perry to eat your lunch in the normination battle. You've got problems men...

    August 16, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Dan

    Typical. The GOP might as well be running robot candidates who are only programmed to attack Obama at every opportunity to distract people from real issues they don't want to talk about. Absolutely nothing would be different.

    August 16, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    So Romney is focusing his criticism on Obama. Why doesnt't master job creator himself focus on jobs? Or is he afraid that if he imparts some of that wisdom know, that Obama might use it and get credit for creating jobs? Nah. Romney just wants to whine, "No." He wants to sick back and point without offering answers.

    When people say this is wrong, or that is wrong, without offering ideas on what is right, then that is not criticism. That is called another word that rhymes with bewitching.

    August 16, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Shirley In California

    Don't worry Willard – you will NEVER have to face our president (on a one-on-one) as the people will NEVER elect you to occupy the premises at the WH. Please go home Mormon and find out who your REAL mother is and while you're at it send your lazy good for nothing sons out to fight. What a weirdo this guy is. Has anyone else noticed – that every time he speaks to someone he twists his neck to the side as though he is afraid of people? What the hell is he running for then? He's not like able and totally too weird for most people. Debating Perry is as far as he will EVER get. Thank God, not Joseph.

    August 16, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. bb

    You aren't rising above the fray, Romney. You're just a coward. Weak, weak, weak..

    Don't think we aren't noticing that you are refusing to lay out your plans for all platforms so critical right now. Too much is at stake to vote for a closed-mouth nothing-to-offer candidate like you.

    August 16, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "Governor Perry and I are going to have plenty of opportunities to contrast our experience and our vision for the nation when we have our debates,".

    Translation.........I think I'll make it far enough to debate Perry, but probably won't be the GOP nominee. So, since I won't be able to debate Obama, I'll take the opportunity to criticize him now.

    August 16, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Penobscot

    Romney is a classy guy; he's got my vote. As far as Perry, do we really want another evangelical Texan in the White House? Do we really want another Texan who can't articulate the English language?

    August 16, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Publius Novus

    Mr. Mittens, get a tie and wear it. You're not fooling anyone. BTW, you'd better start engaging Perry and Bachmann before it's too late. In fact, it already may be too late.

    August 16, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. thisone535

    What a coward, this guy is frighten out of his mind to go after anyone directly who can attack him back. He attacks the president because he knows the President cant attack back right now because he isn't the nominee and Romny does not hold a political office, so it would be like the president attacking a Citizen...but when it comes to going after someone who can actually attack back, then that's where he is scared. Romney is just a Rich pretty face who want to ride the big Air force one Jet and say "im the president"

    August 16, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Russ

    Don't you have to get past Perry before you need to worry about Obama? Just goes to show you, the GOP aren't worried about the country or the citizens, just getting Obama out of the White House.

    August 16, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. fayse

    I don't like Romney but, I do think that Perry will flame out just like Trump.

    August 16, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    Get a job Romney

    August 16, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. James73Bond7

    I was gonna support Bachmann for her strong moral stance re: gays but now she's backtracking. Who is most anti-gay now? I need to find out.

    August 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Ant

    i would like to ask Mitt Romney. what is a primary N Why does he not focuss on his opponent than Obama to get the GOP domination?

    August 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Dave

    You Republicans all look like a bunch of children. All you do is run your mouths and spout the same so-called solutions that got this country where it is in the first place. I wonder how loud Romney and his ilk will be talking when Obama mops the floor with him on election day.

    August 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. ABM

    Wimp. They have no real platform to run on except: "I do not like a Democrat President in the White House". There is nothing they have shown to convience me that they are a better choice. No detail plans, dodging questions, no hard facts.....just more lies.

    I am not blind to the 3 card monty the GOP is playing.

    August 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. LegendRx

    This guy is a big fat phony. A complete tool! Who does he think he's conning. Says one thing statesmanship like towards one person and next, turn right around and lie on and insult our president. Is anyone out there listening?

    August 16, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Go Greyhound

    What this world needs is less Romney and more Palin!

    August 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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