Barkley to Romney: 'We're going to beat you like a drum'
May 7th, 2012
08:27 AM ET
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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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Filed under: 2012 • Basketball • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. sayer

    You tell 'em, Chuck!

    May 7, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. PeterD

    Brakley is a NBA title hungary dog who likes to Bark for a free Obama BONE.

    May 7, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Barkley could have said it better, but the point is true. I don't think that Romney is going win in November. The question is by how much will Romney lose. That I can't be sure of because there are many factors that will affect that between now and November.

    May 7, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Scott

    Please Barkey, if the candidates kept their same agendas, but switched their races (color) you Barkley would be barking for Romney. Barkley only endorses Obama because they are both black.

    May 7, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Dean

    Wonder what would have happened if a white sports broacaster made the same ove the air comments about Obama. Probably would be looking for work today.

    May 7, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Chuck

    When I think astute political commentary, I think ex-basketball players.

    May 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. setii

    If Barkley is a hungry done, what is Ted Nugent?

    May 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm, Don't count youe chickens before they hatch. I'll have Another couldn't win the Derby, could he??

    May 7, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. fred ca

    Maybe he is a typical NBA player. If so he was talking about Ann Romney.

    May 7, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMAO....................the truth hurts.

    May 7, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. LolDems

    Barkley, another stealth 1%, uses race as his decision tree to flip-flop from conservative to liberal, from Republican to leftylibdem. Soon enough, a person of non-color will be POTUS and Barkely will flip again.

    May 7, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    Yeah,Barkley, if you can get out the black vote.

    i live and vote in a predominately black area, and in 2010, when our President needed support (maybe a Dem Senator and governor), the polls were EMPTY!

    May 7, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Peace

    The message is received Barkley but you forgot two words: "while dancing"!

    May 7, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Independent Voter

    The truth hurts.

    May 7, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. occupanties

    Is this the same Barkley that spit on a girl suppporting the opposing team after a lay up?

    While he was in Boston this weekend he ate some food that had some especially foul ingredients mixed in. Hope you like my taste charles!

    May 7, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. ehitch81967

    What do you know about politics, Barkley? You are a basketball player, not a political analyst. Also, who would be stupid enough to say that right to his face? I feel as though famous people make stupid comments just because they can.

    May 7, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Ken

    Yeah like Barkley is a expert on Politics, I don't think the country could survive 4 more years of Obama, no jobs, high unemployment, home foreclosures, high food prices and $5 gas ,we will be bankrupt.

    May 7, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Ken

    May 7, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Grahame Rhodes

    Oh GOOD! I can't wait to see Romney on dancing with the stars.
    Aint it the truth! Aint it the truth!

    May 7, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Read beneath the lines...He plans to be GM of the Celtics after he loses to President Obama in the election!

    May 7, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. David

    charles you may know basketball but your boy obama is the one going down lol your still fun to watch mr. barkely

    May 7, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Smart Human

    He's right.

    May 7, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Onegood1

    We already knew Bad-mouth Barkley was one of the FURS (Freeloaders, Union members, Racists, & Socialists). He won't be barking so loudly if Obama wins, then everyone's taxes go up, government intervention increases, and we trend more deeply into recession.

    May 7, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Seriously America??

    well said.

    May 7, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Mslisa

    Awesome news. Romoney kick the preisidents' butt in this race. We can do this... We can't do another 4 years of the man.

    May 7, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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