BLITZER'S BLOG: When will President Obama start naming names?
March 22nd, 2012
04:18 PM ET
10 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: When will President Obama start naming names?

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is now willing to name names in going after Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. President Obama is now increasingly willing to go after them but he’s still avoiding naming names.

Here’s how he criticized Romney on health care mandates this week in an interview with Public Radio International.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    You must be the only person in the US who doesn't know to whom Obama is referring. This is a news story? Must be a really slow day...

    March 22, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. WiredweirdinSF

    Is it not amazing how hypocritical democrat liberals are. Just read about Media Matters (wholly owned by George Soros, the corrupt union bosses and the DNC) starting a $100K plan to have Limbaugh taken off the air. Where were they when Maher made his (still unapologized for comments) and Letterman made his. I' m sure if any thing they were defending the dope addicts right to free speech as long as it supports Obozo and the demcorat liberals. And don't forget the attorney general that is asking for the records of the TEA Party and who allows the Black Panthers to intimidate voters (who don't vote for Obama) is not even pursuing an investigation of the tax exempt status of Media Matters which frequently consults with the White House prior to its unbalanced and unfair attacks on Repbublicans. That is justice and life under the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady this country has ever had as its president.

    March 22, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Will Obama name names about who screwed up the costs of Obamacare? Now going to cost twice, probably 3-4 times as much as they said it would. Who is he going to fire over this?

    And what about the person that said everybody could keep their healthcare plans? Oh yeah, that was Obama! He WILL be fired in November. We have already taken your name down.

    March 22, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When it comes to thinking, the republican candidates for president are just like the NorthPlatte River, a mile wide and an inch deep. It is just a lot of catchy phrases and no plans.

    March 22, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Orchid333

    Why doesn't Obama name names? It's called tact. More people should practice it.

    March 22, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    Maybe because the president shows more intellect and tact than his republican rivals. WE all get his message without him stooping to the name calling and bashing that has infected the republican party. Besides what he says makes sense and we don't need all the lying crap to make us understand. Obama 2012

    March 22, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. sporthc

    The only thing any one can say here is Rick Santorom is starting to sound pretty desperate!

    March 22, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. kayla

    wolf it's called 'IF THE SHOE FIT, WEAR IT.

    March 22, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. z

    notice how the aritcle doens't say ron paul. Obama is scared to be in the same room as ron and he knows it.

    March 22, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Bill

    Probably not until August, because that will be when he knows who he will be running against, given the ongoing GOP comedy and chaos.

    March 22, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    ►BLITZER'S BLOG: When will President Obama start naming names?◄
    Once the RIGHT field dies down and the atmosphere is less INSANE
    Then all of what MITTens said while he tried his best to be so far-RIGHT
    Will come back and bite him in the butt in the GENERAL ELECTOIN fight!!
    When ALL on the LEFT is paying more attention and very ready for our flight!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 22, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Mikey

    @WiredweirdinSF – What is amazing is how silly one's comments can be when they live on a steady diet of talking points from the echo chamber. Here is a reality check.
    1. What is happening on Facebook and through other mediums going after Rush is very grassroots, with tens of thousands of people participating.
    2. Rush's attacks went far beyond what others have done. If you don't like what others have said, you are free to start you own grassroots effort to address it. Don't expect liberals to carry your water for you.
    3. I guess you buy into the internet Teabagger rumors about the AG, eh?
    4. Two guys standing in front of one polling place in American for a couple of hours for one election does not represent a national problem. It was an isolated event involving two people who did nothing to anyone – no intimidation took place. Get over it.
    5. Where did you get the inside information that Media Matters consults the President – more news from the echo chamber?
    6. And he is President Obama or Mr. President to you – or at least to respectful, patriotic Americans.

    March 22, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. USA GO BLUE!

    He doesnt have to. Everyone knows who hes talking about. He is our President and as such doesnt have to waste his time with the clown GOP candidates or debate any of them except the 1 nomanated for his party. Out to truth sf and the rest of u idiots on Rush and Mahar if u cant see there is no compairison u are blind and stupid! Obama/Biden 2012

    March 22, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @Truth – Once again, your facts are wrong. Comparing two different time periods is deceptive at best. Year by year, the updated estimates are very close to the original ones. You must really like Mitt – he lies as much as you do.

    March 22, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. 2012liberal

    One of the best provisions that will take place starting this year with the health care act is if 80% of what u pay n premiums is not used on treatment it is remiburst back 2 u. Read it timeline!

    March 22, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Blitzer, I know you are upset because your girl just doesn't have it anymore and you, and you alone miss, her but whatever the President or any other person says about the clown car occupants I think we know enough to get the message of who is talking about.
    Calm down until the flip flopper comes on top of the pile of dung that is these candidates then he can start naming names.

    March 22, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. John Smith

    the media is salivating for a fight.

    March 22, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Everyone already knows who the republican bum canadates are and they will all be gone in a dem landslide on Nov!!!

    March 22, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Charlie from the North

    FDR got re-elected three times without ever mentioning his "Republican opponents by name. It was pretty effective too. How many people who are not historians can name the middle two: Alf Landon and Wendell Wilkie. Okay we know Hoover because without FDR we would still be waiting for Hoovers policies to trickle down. And you folks in the press mention Dewy every 4 years. So as you might be able to tell I will be voting for President Obama no matter who they choose to be his footnote.

    March 22, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "Just read about Media Matters (wholly owned by George Soros, the corrupt union bosses and the DNC)"

    Wow, not even close, and then you go downhill from there. Hint: If you want to make claims about a tax exempt organization you can actually check to see who the real donors are. Try it sometime.

    March 22, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Wolf Simple Waiting for the right time

    March 22, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. james

    Ricky mouse for president? I guess when you have never run a company, let alone a state, and your a ex-senator who got booted out of the senate by your home consituency, and your chances of beiing President are getting dimmer and dimmer .. So I guess you have nothing better than to play with 'etch a sketches, accusing Romney who doesn't just ouit spend you.. he out classes you so much your not even in the same league.. GET REAL..

    March 22, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Marry

    President Obama has class and is intelligent. Since we know who he is referring to there is no need to start name-calling on his part. Of cause, they would like to be mentioned by him… Would make them feel important. In the GE, the President will have all the time in the world to speak directly to the one chosen by the GOP to lose against him.

    March 23, 2012 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Happy Birthday, "Blitz".

    March 23, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. Taran

    I see the dance called the liberal twist and vitriol, continues.

    March 23, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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