Barkley to Romney: 'We're going to beat you like a drum'
May 7th, 2012
08:27 AM ET
10 years ago

Barkley to Romney: 'We're going to beat you like a drum'

(CNN) - According to always-outspoken Charles Barkley, Mitt Romney's "going down" in November's presidential election.

The former pro-basketball star and NBA hall-of-famer turned hoops-analyst made the comments Sunday night during the airing of a playoff game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

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Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and his wife Ann were at game, which was held at Boston's TD Garden. A picture of them in the crowd was shown on TNT, which along with CNN is part of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting division.

"We are going to beat you like a drum in November. But don't take it personally. I like you. You seem like a nice guy. But you're going down bro," Barkley said on the TNT broadcast, after seeing Romney in the crowd.

Barkley, a former Republican who switched his party affiliation to Democrat, has previously spoken out about the race for the White House. In December, he described the GOP presidential candidates as "idiots" for their criticism of the president.

Barkley twice weighed runs for the governor's office in his home state of Alabama, but never took the plunge into campaign politics.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a top Romney surrogate who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, responded to Barkley on Twitter Monday, writing: "Dear Charles Barkley, "don't take it personally, you seem like a nice guy," but you're clueless – @MittRomney wins. Wanna bet?"

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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. David

    When Obama took office the economy was horrible and people were losing jobs at a record pace. Today the economy is recovered. If you think the economy is bad then maybe you are the IDIOT! Man I hate free loading lazy republicans.

    May 7, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. ReligiousGuy

    McCain's response was cool. Good job Mr. McCain.

    May 7, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. Buck wheat

    Vulture capitalist Romney will destroy this country. He is W only not as smart.

    May 7, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. jim

    When I look "forward" I see Romney winning.

    May 7, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Jack V

    Whoah! I read a report that people with a conservative bent are more likely to be afraid of everything and want a father figure to boss them around. And reading this thread proves the report correct.

    May 7, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. diplomat

    Finally some one on the Dem sides with some basketBALLS to say somethings ..Sir Charles keep on keeping on...ROMNEY GOING DOWN FOR THE COUNT

    May 7, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. del

    Obama wins!!!!!!

    May 7, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Linda

    What did Barkley say that was racist? I read the article twice and I didn't hear anything that sounded racist. He gave an opinion. Nothing else. What happened to "freedom of speech" you republicans are always talking about.

    May 7, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. mabear87

    McCain, it takes someone who is really clueless to call someone else clueless. In your case it is no surprise after you selected that uneducted woman, Palin, and then moved to the far right of the GOP. Other than Romney, you re the biggest etch a sketch.

    May 7, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Hair bear

    I'm with Charles! Mittens should go down,he should go down and visit the middle class and the poor! Then go home and tell us whats on the menu for us! We already no the menu for the Rich! I'm taking my whole tribe it's Obama 2012!

    May 7, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. Mike Thibault

    Thanks to Chuck Mitt Romney is our next President and I couldn't be happier!!!

    May 7, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. 88tomo

    Mitt Romney is awsome.

    "Americans will hear a lot from President Obama in the coming months, but what they won't hear from him is the fact that his policies have wreaked havoc on the middle class. After a doubling of gas prices, declining incomes, millions of foreclosures, and record levels of unemployment, Americans know they're not better off than they were four years ago."

    May 8, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  13. JL. Taylor

    Mitt Romney is a very dishonest man. When the real facts come out about his work at Bane capital
    he will be toast.

    May 8, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  14. Tina

    Go get 'em, Sir Barkley.
    You are on the correct side of this election

    We will beat the Romneyettes come this fall in a very BIG way!

    Thanks for your support.

    Obama 2012!!

    May 8, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  15. Tina

    Me thinks the Righties are a bit jealous, Sir Barkley.
    You are darn right. We will mow them down come Sept.

    May 8, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  16. marieee

    When is McCain retiring he is so out of touch it pathetic he showed that when he brought the lame Sara Palin to our airways what an idiot.

    May 8, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  17. Republican Latino (Salvadorian) voting for Romney

    I know Charles and he is liberal, and doesn't care much for laws. So it fits him.

    May 8, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. JMAN


    You are on Point, 99% OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 2012

    May 8, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. jxb767

    Wow its seems like you guys miss George Bush and his tax the poor and give tax breaks to big corporation typical republicans policies. Good for you America!!

    May 8, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Anthony from Indy

    He's right. Mitt is terrible.

    Do you Republicans even know what he REALLY believes? You guys know that he is the Father of ObamaCare, right? Burns, doesn't it? He has been on both sides of every issue...even now wanting to take credit for saving the Auto Industry. I mean c'mon. Really?

    Beaten like a drum is right.

    May 8, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. scmom

    So black people voted for President Obama because he was black and you had white people vote for John McCain because he was white. Your point is what? Toby Hill did you vote for who you wanted? You want to talk about someone voting blindly just look at who vote Republican!

    May 8, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. John

    How can I get in touch with senator McCain? I would like to bet my house against his house that President Obama is going to win the election this coming November. Oh... another side wife against his wife that its going to be a landslide. Read the news on November 7, 2012 and weep.

    May 8, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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