Romney pounces on Obama's budget remarks
April 3rd, 2012
06:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney pounces on Obama's budget remarks

(CNN) - As the president's re-election team starts showing more muscle on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney sharpened his attacks against President Barack Obama Tuesday, hitting his potential opponent as hypocritical and "disingenuous."

"He says things which are designed to solicit applause and affirmation, but in reality, he does very different things than what he's saying," Romney said on Sean Hannity's radio program.

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The Republican front-runner particularly took aim at the president's speech earlier in the day at a media luncheon, in which Obama fiercely combated the recent budget plan put forward by House Republicans.

In his remarks, Obama outlined ways the GOP proposal, drawn up by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would make deep cuts in popular federal programs.

"It is thinly-veiled Social Darwinism," Obama said. "It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who's willing to work for it."

And in a rare moment this early on in the campaign, the president also mentioned Romney by name and chided the candidate for supporting the plan.

But Romney fired back later in the day, saying Obama's efforts to rail against the budget proposal went too far in trying to drum up opposition for the bill.

"It's a disingenuous, fear-mongered approach, which I understand is going to catch a lot of attention," Romney said. "But if people dig a little deeper, I think they're going to understand that this is President Obama being President Obama, which is finding a way to deflect blame and to mischaracterize the efforts on the part of very thoughtful and serious minded individuals."

Romney also took the opportunity to paint the president as hypocritical, accusing Obama of repeatedly saying one thing and doing another while in the White House.

"It does seem to be a hide-and-seek campaign strategy, which is that he's going to hide what his real intentions are and he leaves it to us to try and seek them out," Romney said, mentioning Obama's 'hot mic' controversy with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as an example.

Romney also pointed to the president's pledges to lower taxes and reduce regulation, as well as his calls for stricter trade relations with China.

"He says these things, but obviously he's hiding behind those words with policies that does exactly the opposite of that," Romney argued.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "He says things which are designed to solicit applause and affirmation, but in reality, he does very different things than what he's saying,"

    There Mittens goes again, talking about himself....

    April 3, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. gg

    during the last presidental run. republicans brought up obama.s religion every day ,you will not hear a peep from them this run,macian won the nomination last time because there was no way republicans could vote for a mormon

    April 3, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    And the snooty, elitist condescension from Mr. "I keep my cash in the Cayman's" begins.

    How exactly does one "mischaracterize" the fact that the Romney/Ryan budget would leave senior a "voucher" of 5900 dollars a year to purchase Medicare services? I can see an 81 year old with existing medical issues getting coverage for less than 500 a month.

    But, what does Mr 1% and wannabe Mr. 1% Jr. care about the old and infirmed, after all, at least one has stated he "does not care about the poor, they have services". Yep, services he will shred with every upcoming budget should the middle class of this country be so ignorant as to vote him into office.

    How does one "mischaracterize" that the tax cuts will add to the deficit, not help reduce the deficit?

    April 3, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. varag

    Why is Romney not responding directly to the specific comments. Why we don't get specific proof from Romney that middle class, poor and elderly will not be impacted...give how many jobs will be added by Ryan's budget, and how much would be average income gain for middle class, how many more people would be covered by health insurance, how the new budget would balance the budget which he wants. It will be good to get specific solutions and numbers supported by Economists.

    April 3, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    Wow, how much manure did Rmoney just spew? There were no "serious minded people" behind Paul "The Undertaker" Ryan's plan, unless you count "serious" neocons and parasitic 1%ers. As an actual "plan" though there is nothing "serious" about it; it's based on ridiculous fantasies about GDP and unemployment rates that have never been sustained historically.

    And President Obama has every right to speak out about Ryan's assault on all non-wealthy Americans. It's rather anti-American to suggest otherwise. Rmoney just keeps stepping the manure his party is spreading.

    April 3, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Tagurit

    Anybody but Obama. I regret voting for him in 2008.

    April 3, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    ""It does seem to be a hide-and-seek campaign strategy, which is that he's going to hide what his real intentions are and he leaves it to us to try and seek them out,""

    Mittens' mindbogglingly accurate psychological projection of his own campaign strategery and wishy-washy position-less flip-floppery onto someone else's campaign.

    Followed of course by reporting just the statement and no critical analysis pointing out just how fantastically hypocritical it was for Mittens to level that accusation at anyone...let alone how substantively inaccurate.

    And for his next trick...Mittens will accuse Obama of being a secret Mormon!

    April 3, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. grive

    ive found this primary interesting just as i did the last one. the gop always says whats wrong but does not give any solutions to fix it. and i say this as mccain was talking about changing healthcare iand i heard mcains proposal from mr. obama. and mr. ryans budget proposal says it all on how they plan to balance the budget. off of hard working "whats left of the middle class tax payers." i am not all against people making millions. but this country is old enough now where the money is passed down not earned, and it seems to me these people are the ones that will ruin this country because they think they are undestructable because they didnt earn what they have. they dont have experience on counting on the workers to help them keep there money.

    April 3, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. American

    The biggest flip-flopper / pathological liar ever witnessed in American politics is somehow accusing someone else of deflection? Wow, talk about hypocritical and disingenuous, Romney.

    The truth is President Obama passed the largest tax cut ever for the American middle class and small businesses. A promise and delivered.

    Contrast it to Romney / Ryan's disastrous scheme to give more disproportionate & unaffordable tax cuts to the uber rich off the backs of our seniors with a coupon voucher system...nonsense.

    The choice could not be clearer this November. President Obama 2012

    April 3, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. rs

    ...unlike Mr. Willard Romney who cannot seem to hold a policy position for more than single news cycle or two.

    Seriously, can the Republicans offer up the Ryan plan and with any credibility say they stand with the majority of Americans. No.

    April 3, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Larry L

    This comment came from Mr. liberal/moderate/conservative/pro-choice/pro-life/pro-Obamacare/anti-Obamacare/pro-auto industry/anti-auto industry/Etch-A-Sketch:

    "He says things which are designed to solicit applause and affirmation, but in reality, he does very different things than what he's saying," Romney said on Sean Hannity's radio program."

    Really? This dancing monkey for the fat-cats never has real a position on anything! He supports the Ryan budget? That means he wants to kill Medicare. He promises to cut our taxes 20%? That means he's a cut-and-spend Republican – like "W". How did that work out?

    April 3, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. stars

    Hey no one is making you vote for president Obama. But me and my family be voting for our smart handsome president Obama again thank you.

    April 3, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. kayla

    Obama 2012

    April 3, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Get it over can anyone vote for someone who those that endorse him qualify by saying that there are better choices for the nomination but Mitt will do?

    April 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Name judylu

    I agree, my family and I will vote for anyone but Obama!

    April 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. cali girl

    Robmey just boo hooing on Fox. Tell me something I don't know. By the way, what to plan to do, other than you agree with Pauls slash and burn method, well suited for the 1%ers.

    April 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Pahleez

    Romney – Ryan 2012

    The 99% live to serve the ruling elite 1%

    April 3, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Socialism is the Promise of Prosperity and Free Stuff that the Working Suckers Pay for

    The problem with this country is that there just isn't enough socialism. We should be taxing at 90% so everybody can live the life they deserve. People that like to work will work no matter how much is taken. It is in their workaholic nature.

    April 3, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. tigerakabj

    What Romney just realized was that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't sunlight, but an oncoming train.

    President Obama described exactly what Romney and his partner-in-crime Ryan plans are for this country. It is a return to at least the 1890s economically.

    Romney is being defined right now (some of it by his own hand) and he will not be able to etcha sketch his way back to the center.

    Obama/Biden/E.Warren 2012

    April 3, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Romney lies. Obama / biden the only way forward 2012

    April 3, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    Seriously, can the Republicans offer up the Ryan plan and with any credibility say they stand with the majority of Americans.
    Seriously yes! The majority of Americans want Medicare to be funded and available when they need it and they do not want to work for the government longer than the 107 days they already do in a year. They want to see the nation's debt actually reduced someday so that our citizens are not working just to pay taxes for interest on huge national debt. They want the value of the dollar to be high enough so that they can enjoy a decent lifestyle. They want their children to have a country with opportunities for everyone. They do want a workable national budget to address these things and the Ryan Plan right now is the only one that has been presented. It's a tough election year so do not expect a plan from the Democrats. They are going to be doing only politically easy things for the next 9 months.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 3, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. MaryM

    One question, Where do you keep your money Mitt? in America or the Caymen islands?

    April 3, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. Hmmm

    Its not hard to pounce on our beloved leader, his freaking economics degree came from the local community college!!!

    April 3, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. MaryM

    Cant wait for the debates between Mitt and President Obama. Mitt will be destroyed

    April 3, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Social Darwinisim? I wonder who is giving Obama his Pablum. It wouls appear Obama wants to defeat the Republician Budget without it going to the Senate of which it never will. So a Budget will have to wait until the next election. If Obama is re-elected don'r expect a budget for 4 more years. It is time for the Senate to take up the Budget but the democrats don't want to take the political heat.

    April 3, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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