Romney cites 'vast left wing conspiracy'
April 17th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney cites 'vast left wing conspiracy'

(CNN) – Speaking to a right wing radio host Tuesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repurposed a phrase from Hillary Clinton, citing a "vast left wing conspiracy" brewing in the media and liberal advocacy organizations to derail his campaign.

Romney was making an appearance on Breitbart TV and was asked by host Larry O'Connor whether he was ready to take on "the media and these nonprofits groups that are working together."

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"There will be an effort by the quote vast left wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me," Romney said in response. "They're going to do everything they can to divert from the message people care about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes. That's what people care about."

Romney's choice of words echoes Clinton's assertion in 1998 that a "vast right wing conspiracy" was behind the sexual harassment charges her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was facing at the time.

"I mean, look at the very people who are involved in this – they have popped up in other settings," Clinton, now the U.S. secretary of state, said on NBC's "Today" in 1998. "This is – the great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president."

Romney said dealing with journalists, many of whom he said were biased, was a perpetual problem for Republicans.

"Many in the media are inclined to do the president's bidding and I know that's an uphill battle we fight with the media generally," Romney said, before praising O'Connor for offering a conservative voice.

The candidate said he was unfazed by the prospect of doing battle with the left's vast operation.

"Democrats know that given the president's record over the last three years they cannot run on that record," Romney said. "They will make this race about anything but the president's record and the economy."

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soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Jean Sember

    He's right and he's doing great calling them out early on!

    April 17, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. Fred

    Hey all you lefties posting here- if you don't think that the MSM has been carrying the president's water since his election, you are either in denial or simply not paying attention.

    April 17, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. skylark70455

    This guy is..... the next president of the United States. Given the extreme communist ideologue currently occupying the White House, and not just humoring – but joining in as a true believer with the bat crap crazy left in the country... you can take this one to the bank for Mitt. Bama has ZERO shot... just marking time till his butt is tossed out onto Pennsylvania Ave, guaranteed.

    April 17, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Rob

    Oh i think you lefty wing nuts will be shocked at how the lord BO goes down. Just watch how the lies fly out of his mouth, the left can't see a lie when it is blinking right before your eyes.

    April 17, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. malice420dotcom

    If only Obama had a record besides failure to run on he might have a chance.....

    April 17, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    No one can dispute the fact that ABC,CBS,NBS,CNN,MSNBC,NPR, are liberal in their slant of their news,We know that they are fed talking points by George Soros funded organizations,and have at times even written what was reported on the air,this has been admitted to by more than one news outlet.
    Romney is only pointing out the obvious.
    Thank god for the internet Because,they have not been as successfull since it's inception,many of their omissions or exagerations have been realized by those wanting the truth.

    April 17, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. malice420dotcom

    If Obama had a record besides failure he might have a prayer...

    April 17, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. typicalwhitemale

    Romney is spot-on, and everyone knows it. It's just that rabid liberals (like those who watch CNN) will never admit it. CNN, MSNBC, ABC and CBS are all wings of the Dem party without a doubt, hell bent on the degeneration of American into an open-borders third-world country.

    April 17, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Vladimir_Orlovsky

    It will be interesting to see your Mitt Romney lose the election in November and your President Obama carry on his agenda for a Socialist America. We are glad to see such happiness at destruction of the United States. And my country and China will assist in your destruction in every way possible. We thank you for doing what we will not have to do. Comrades

    April 17, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. Abe Froman

    He's taken opposite sides of every important issue, from abortion to health care reform. It's not a conspiracy to bring up his record in previous elections and ask why he's saying something much different in this election.

    April 17, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. JL

    Man o Man look at all these Liberals foaming at the mouth...cant wait to see your messiah get thrown out of office on his incompetent ear.

    April 17, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. fosterbrooks

    Mitt – you're absolutely right – period. The media is in bed with Obama and has been since day 1.

    These people who think someone like Chris Matthews is intelligent – at this point in our country, anyone who can't see what Obama is as a out and out communist if an absolute fool.

    April 17, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. enuff

    Really? We've got to go througn this AGAiN? Can't we just have an election on ISSUES? no... let's blame the media.

    April 17, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. Sturg

    The sad thing is he's right. The alphabet media IS SLANTED TO THE LEFT.
    If you choose not to be believe it, so be it. But it is true and has been proven many times over.
    I wrote my thesis on it and decided not to go into jouranlism after I found out that jouranalism died a long time ago.
    The media used to be the 5th pillar of our society, now there are just propagandist.
    If you can't see the trueth, spout your venom. I am sure you will..........sad.

    April 17, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. NoMoreMrNiceGuy

    Candid and professional and no teleprompter. I welcome the adults back to town.

    April 17, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. sycodon

    To call the media biased is too kind. I would call most unethical. at least the ones that are in a position to influence content...both hard news and opinion. With many media outlets, there isn't much daylight between the two.

    April 17, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. Mitt

    Anybody would be better than what we have in the White house today! Hope and change has crashed and burned!

    April 17, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Maria-Erlinda

    Only leftists –complicitly– and the naive –idiotically– deny that the so called "mainstream" media –which, for the sake of accuracy and truthfulness should be rather called "Marxstream" media– are ideologically in bed with Obama; the "Marxstream" media sector and Obama are two peas in a pod.

    April 17, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. Conrack

    Some call it a "left wing conspiracy", others call it a delusional refusal to face truth.

    April 17, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. charles

    Mr. Teleprompter going to debate, what a laugh. Obummber is a disaster of a President. Loser.

    April 17, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. JustAGuy

    All the scoffing going on does nothing but prove Mitt Romney right.

    April 17, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. ff11

    Poor Mitt. Even his paranoid rants are unoriginal.

    April 17, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. DUmbDems

    Lol. You guys are tools. How does paying 40 cents of every dollar you make to the government make any sense?

    April 17, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  24. Kenny

    Finally, a candidate with the guts to come out and lay out the truth. Media Bias and the lack of reporting something of substance. Romney is right the media and the Democrats will talk about anything but what needs to be corrected. This is what this country needs, a candidate who will speak the truth, not spin us with meaningless garbage, like what Obama gave us today in his press conference on Oil Speculators.

    April 17, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. John Campbell

    I'm getting a kick out of this one. Gotta love it. Lefties are crying foul and spouting trash talk all the while they already know Obama will lose this election. The socialist n chief is headed for the door with a massive voters boot stuck in his backside. Good riddance and may this nation never again be lulled into such ignorance it took to elect a socialist. Now if we can get rid of the socialists masquerading as teachers in the public school system we'll be able to give today's youth a real chance at a real future.

    April 17, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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