January 25th, 2012
11:20 AM ET
10 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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  1. Four and The Door

    Detachment is an excellent description. I called his speech completely insincere. It was freaky. He goes off on the Republican Congress for not falling in line passing round 2 of his failed attempts at stimulus spending. And then he turns around in the same speech and talks about " turning down the heat in Washington". He tries to take credit for the debt ceiling reduction spending decreases when he publicly fought this from start to finish. Did he think we were not paying attention?!?! Remember his words. He wanted a ," Clean Bill. No spending cuts". Now he wants credit for the spending cuts. Huh?

    January 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. steve a,nb,texas

    Talk about double talk?...Romney, Why do you have 8 million dollors in an offshore bank in the Cayman Islands? ? is dirty money, haven't laundered yet? just what all kind of bussiness are you into?.....hmmmmm. GO OBAMA

    January 25, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Dem4Ever

    romney is just mad hes gonna have to start paying real taxes

    January 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. logicnLA

    Obviously Romney has been so self-absorbed for three years he hasn't paid attention to what's gone on in Washington. First off, Presidents set a tone and ask for legislation- not write it. Fact Check has already verified what the President said last night on specifics accomplished, like deregulation and less than from Bush. Taxes have not gone up- ony becuase Congress hasn't allowed it, but they still have not gone up. He doesn't lie about it, he wants higher taxes! We're in debt! We need revenue to pay it. I know in Mitt World you just dismantle and selloff to aise money, but i like all 50 states, so we don't have anything here to sell.

    January 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Of course Mitts would say that. He's GOP. That means he lies all the time. Obama tells the truth backed up with facts. Does anyone actually expect anyone in the GOP to understand the word "facts?"

    January 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Latch

    The RomneyBot 3000 talking about detachment.... This is the guy who can't summon a real emotion unless he's talking about capitalism.

    January 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Jariv

    Go Mitt !!!! You are correct.

    January 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. manhandler

    Nobody can relate to Mr. Stiff As A Board. Why does he always look like a deer caught in the headlights? You're gonna lose, Dude.

    January 25, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Robert

    Mitt is the one detached from regular folks, flip flopper!

    January 25, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Bill, NY


    January 25, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. sonny chapman

    Detachment: Mitt Romney thinking he understands Middle Class America. Maybe if he paid 39% income taxes, like during the Clinton Economy, & any of his 5 healthy sons were in the military preparing to fight the war against Iran that he's pining for, he'd have a little cred.

    January 25, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens should read how the president ordered the Navy Seals to rescue the hostages held by the Somali pirates. Mittens does not have the backbone nor brains to be president.

    January 25, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Thomas

    "detached from his own reality."

    Mitt , five sons , all of worn avoided military service. Maybe they needed to help with there Fathers campaign and be stay at home parents to Mitts 16 grandchildren .

    January 25, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. FactCheck

    Detachment? $10,000 bet?? Anyone, anyone???

    January 25, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. FactCheck

    Did he think we were not paying attention?!

    Clearly you are not given the misinformation that you are spouting. Now please go back to Fox News and leave the talking to the adults in the room.

    January 25, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Dee

    Mitt talks about the President trying to make this country European but he hides his money in Europe. Just wait until he has to release more tax returns.

    January 25, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Even republicans don’t care what Romney says, local reports says no enthusiasm in his meetings

    January 25, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. SiriusVH

    Mr. Romney, I will bet $10,000 that Obama is not as detached from reality as you are 😉

    January 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    After about 45 minutes, I completely lost interest in what Obama was trying to sell. Obama rambled on FAR TO LONG and said nothing of importance. When he advocated an "all of the above" energy policy I burst out laughing!! Right, just as long as you don't have to drill for anything!! How many new government agencies to watch ove rus? Three I believe. How many thousands of union bureaucrats will now be hired?

    Just more of the same baloney we have heard over the last 3 years. Reality is that NONE of it will come to pass. Nothing but another useless media event.

    January 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. chenna_benna

    The President is detached? That's funny. This coming from the guy who is proposing a tax plan that would allow those who make as much as him to pay even lower taxes than those who earn the median income in this country.

    January 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. jaywing

    Sorry Mitt - Epic Fail. Obama has it right - you have it wrong. The GOP's continuing clown car of falsehoods, outright lies, and woeful lack of logic, reason and sense of where the Nation stands in the 21st century, is seriously sad. The Newt and the lack credibility. Santorum promotes his version of the Christian Taliban fo the country. And, poor Paul is trying to build a 18th century Utopia. Sorry dudes - anyone with half a brain ain't buying the snake oil you're selling.

    January 25, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Eugene9

    The President gave an excellent address with many constructive points. Perhaps Mr. Romney would like to give his views up or down on what the President recommended.

    January 25, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. mk1

    Never forget that long held tax plan of conservatives and Republicans is to do away with the capital gains tax altogether. If I am not mistaken that would give Romney about a ZERO percent tax bracket. Just what we need is to give multi millionaires and billionaires a tax break like that. Where do you think those unpaid taxes are going to come from? You and me folks, the hard working middle class which the rich have been and are going to continue screwing us over. We need to learn to stop voting against our best interests. Trickle down economics does not and never has worked and as President Bush I said is "voodoo economics." Even rabid conservative John Stockton said, it is a failure and a fraud. Wake up middle America, Republicans are not for you.

    January 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    He authorized the mission in Somalia tow hours before SOTU. Operation is under way
    He was giving speech to the nation
    Only Obama can do both get real Romney

    January 25, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Niko_in_Rtchmond

    No, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black. The man who cannot even connect with his own party enough to beat Newt Gingrich, one of the worst politicians of my lifetime. When a man who has been convicted of an ethics violation AND was forced by his own party to resign the speakership–the ONLY time it has happened in the history of the country–AND whose marital infidelities is widely known trounces you in a primary in a state that claims to be on the high ground when it comes to morality & family values, you have NO ground to talk about someone else being detached.

    January 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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