Romney claims Obama will be a ‘footnote in history’
December 31st, 2011
01:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney claims Obama will be a ‘footnote in history’

(CNN) - Mitt Romney chose to ignore his GOP rivals at an event in New Hampshire Saturday, opting instead to issue a sharp line of attack against President Barack Obama.

Romney, who is running well ahead of his competitors in the Granite State, said Obama would be remembered only as a “footnote” in history.

“I was asked yesterday by a reporter how the president would be remembered in history,” Romney said. “I said as a footnote in history. We have major challenges and he hasn’t dealt with them. We have a debt problem. What’s he done about it? Made it worse!”

Even if Obama were to lose re-election next November, he will have made history as the first African-American elected president.

Romney appeared at the event on New Hampshire’s seacoast, taking a quick detour from campaigning in Iowa to shake hands and meet voters in the town of Hampton. Romney was introduced by two key backers in New Hampshire: former Gov. John H. Sununu and former Sen. Judd Gregg.

Romney’s decision to forgo attacks on his GOP rivals reflects the comfortable leads he’s established in the site of the first-in-the-nation primary. A CNN/Time/ORC International poll taken December 21-27 shows Romney running more than twenty points ahead of his closest competitor. Romney got the support of 44% of likely GOP primary voters, while Ron Paul, who was in second, garnered 17%.

Speaking about Obama, Romney painted the incumbent as someone without the skills required to improve America’s stalled economy.

“I don’t think he’s a bad guy, I think he’s overwhelmed and over his head,” Romney said.

Of particular concern to Romney was what he said was a lack of action on reforming government programs Medicaid and Medicare to make then financially sustainable.

“How can he be a president for three years, knowing these programs have to updated, and propose nothing?” Romney wondered.

The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate said Obama’s view of the country was making it tough for the U.S. to rebound economically.

“I love America, I believe in America, I believe the principles that made America such a powerful nation are the principles that will keep us a powerful and strong nation,” Romney said. “I watch our president, I think because he does not understand the power of those principles, he has taken action that has made it harder for America to come out of a deep economic recession.”

Romney said “almost everything he did made it harder for entrepreneurs and risk takers to decide to move ahead and take risks and build their enterprise and to hire people.”

Romney returns to Iowa Saturday afternoon, holding events in the western part of the state.

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soundoff (10 Responses)

    We hope that the greatest Country in the whole world will wake-up in "2012" a united People with a good and generous Heart........!!

    December 31, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Our president may be remembered as " a footnote in history" after the election, but Romney will be forgotten quickly!!!!Actually....president Obama has already left his print on this country. His dispatch of Bin Laden, saving part of the auto industry and millions of jobs, bringing our men back from Iraq....and if the Repubs had helped instead of hinder, we might have had a better jobs outcome!!... Romney is good at talking, but what has he accomplished!!!!??

    December 31, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Jane

    Actually, Mr. Romney will be the footnote (and answer to trivia question): Another rich white guy who thought he could buy the Presidency and lost (twice).

    December 31, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. pc

    obama will be known as the best and strongest president in history.
    he will be reelected in 2012 and will accomplish more than any president has ever in the past.
    romney is a plastic rich guy that has never had to worry about where his mortgage was coming from or where he would find extra money to buy shoes for his kids. he is not real and the 99% will never vote for such a fake rich-boy.
    his kids are acting like spoiled rich kids that have never nor will they ever have to work for a living ,americans just can't relate to such phony fluff from the romneys. president obama will be the next president for 2012!!

    December 31, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Brian Nordin

    Romney's idea of "job creation" is to buy a healthy but undervalued company; sell the assets; fire the employees; and ship what's left to China – where top management can exploit child labor; make a profit; and buy yet another yacht or summer home in the Hamptons. His idea that "job creators" are being kept by Obama from hiring people is idiotcy. "Job creators" are waiting for Demand for their products to increase and feel that said increase is permanent – THEN they will hire more workers or invest in new plant and equipment. The Republicans have done everything in their power to dampen Demand in Obama's administration. Every small business should detest what Republicans have done to our country – all in the name of greed and political gain – both of which Romney represents well!

    December 31, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. thomas mc

    Obama will be a footnote in Presidential History, Romney will never make it to the White House.

    December 31, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    Obama has already carved out his niche in history,.. rich brat Romney will soon fade into oblivion, as a three time loser.

    December 31, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Now I have my New Year wish “long primary”

    Mitt Romney won’t stand southern heat.

    December 31, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. enuff

    Romney is the one who has hurt the economy more with all of his outsourcing. Obama has had to face a congress that has blocked his every move.

    December 31, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. eddieb

    Obama 2012 Romney will not even be a footnote

    December 31, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |