January 25th, 2012
11:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney on Obama's 'detachment'

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Battling in an increasingly close primary fight in Florida, Mitt Romney kept his focus squarely on Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president's State of the Union address showed he was "detached from his own reality."

"His words and his actions are so different, it's sometimes hard to believe," Romney said as he scanned notes he had taken during Obama's speech.

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The GOP candidate charged in the president's address to Congress, Obama's rhetoric had contradicted his actions in office on issues such as China policy, regulations, taxes and energy policy.

"This is a president who talks about deregulation, even as he regulates. He talks about lowering taxes, even as raises them. He talks about developing all of our energy resources, even as he tries to shut them down," Romney said. "The detachment between reality and what he says is so extraordinary, I was just shaking my head as I watched the TV last night."

Diagnosing the president with a "legislator's lethargy," Romney scoffed at the president's call to Congress to shake off a partisan deadlock and "send me a bill."

"Aren't you the leader of the free world?" Romney asked Wednesday. "Why don't you draft some legislation?"

His speech – given to an audience of about 100 voters seated on folding chairs in a metal fabrication plant – was Romney's second set of formal remarks in two days in which he took on the president. The GOP candidate was seeking to position himself as the best Republican to beat Obama in a general election.

Though Obama did not mention Romney by name Tuesday night, at several points he seemed to nod to differences in policy between the two leaders.

Meanwhile, Romney's chief rival Newt Gingrich rallied larger, more freewheeling crowds at two events Tuesday, capitalizing on the momentum from his big win in South Carolina.

The two men will join Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul onstage Thursday for a CNN/Republican Party of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

–CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. ART

    Really Mittens "Obamas detachment" talk about pot calling the kettle, I will bet you $10,000 you are off your rocker.

    January 25, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Dar

    Romney you are the one that is detached for what the republicans did to the economy before Obama even took office in 2008. And why would you care about the economy in the USA when your money is in the cayman islands and a Swiss bank. What are you hiding.

    January 25, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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