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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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Another Day in the RW Idiot MInes

    "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."

    And here we have a bold example of the type of racism the GOBP is counting on to win in November. Extra bonus points to the racist for shoe-horning an implied lie into his racists statement. In FACT Barkley long ago said he was leaving the GOBP not for racial reasons but – wait for it – because in his view the GOBP had "lost their minds." He didn't leave the party, the party left him and started paling around with real racists like the post quoted above.

    May 7, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. sassysticks53

    Why is this news? Who cares what Barkley thinks about politics. And is it any surprise that an African American supports Obama. 93% blindly do. How about some CNN articles about the racism inherent in this phenomenon.

    Sorry to disappoint you guys, but we (blacks) tend to vote on the issues. If this were not true we would never vote for any candidate for president, as all other president are white. We vote on the issues and we tend to vote for the Democrats. Before the Republicans became the bigoted party we know today, we once voted Republican. Republicans once cared about Americans having a fair shake; but not any more. You can bet your bottom dollar that many whites won't be voting for Obama because he's black. Obama did not win the white vote back in 2008 and he won't win the white vote again in 2012. Now ask CNN to do an article about the racism iherent in this phenomenom! LOL!

    May 7, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Jack

    Agree. Romney just can't cut it with most Americans.

    May 7, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. REALLY?

    No wonder Tiger Woods dumped this guy as a "friend". What a maroon. Lol.

    May 7, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "was worried about Obama's trillion dollar deficits, UE over 8% and debt over GDP, but maybe I should rethink it all. LOL"

    Here we have an example of the cowardly GOBP cult member who fears non-existent things like unicorn attacks, rather than focus on actual threats, In this case, our deluded person mistakenly attributes the nation's debt and deficit problems to the President, when the well-known facts show the GOBP cult is roughly 80% responsible. Next lets see if biodev lectures us on "personal responsibility."

    May 7, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Why does Barkley still have his job?

    May 7, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. coyoteliberty

    A classic case of those what can't, teach.
    No Romney supporter myself, but until Barkley's willing to put his life, name and "accomplishments" out there for public vetting and scrutiny the way Romney has...

    May 7, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |

    Mitt McCain must survive the Anybody but Mitt McCain convention in Tampa first. Then he's going down in a big way.

    May 7, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. MNResident

    Charles Barkley can say whatever he wants. HOWEVER, broadcast netwoks set the standard on sports programming when Rush Limbaugh was fired from ESPN for his political comments and beliefs. People like Charles Barkley and Keith Olberman should NEVER be allowed to interject personal political beliefs into sportscasts if Rush Limbaugh couldn't. CBS, TNT, and TBS should fire Barkley for the same reason Limnbaugh was fired, PERRIOD......

    May 7, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Mr Beard

    Mr Barkley is such an idiot. I am dismayed why Shaq would even be on a show with him. When he opens his mouth he removes all doubt as to how big of an idiot he really is. He is so far out of reach with what is going on it's amzing.

    May 7, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Adam

    "Barkley, a former Republican who switched his party affiliation to Democrat"

    Reads, "Barkley, a former Republican who switched his party affiliation to Democrat when Obama started running for President so he wouldn't look like an Uncle Tom"

    May 7, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Just Being Real

    Does anyone out there even care about what Charles Barkley thinks? Talk about an obnoxious person. His NBA predictions have been wrong year in and year out. Poor Obama, Barkley just jinxed any chance you had at coming back to the White House (which was small to begin with).

    btw: Pro Obama? Why don't you put your money where your mouths are and pay back our national debt. Don't want to pass that along to MY kids!

    May 7, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. blue19

    Go get him King Charles.

    May 7, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Paul Wheeler

    I learned a new word last week that applied to Sarah Palin. Vacuousness! I think that this overly applies to Charles Barkley. ( Who does not ever want anyone to look up to him. Don't worry Charles, we won't.)

    May 7, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Ed Herdez

    Who cares what Barkley think or say? he is a clown....and a bad one.

    May 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    The obama campaign is really scraping the bottom of the barrel when it gets to the point when they need to use the comments of a person with the extraordinary intellect of a Charles Barkley.

    May 7, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Larry L


    "When did Barkley decide to switch parties? I wonder if the candidates race had anything to do with it?"
    Do you think maybe the disaster of the Bush Presidency caused Barkley (and many Republicans) to switch parties? Could it be the racism and bigotry that now characterizes the GOP? How about the obstructionism to prevent all progress and keep unemployment high? Could it be those things?

    Ted Nugent is a Republican icon. This guy threatened the President in his latest rant. He also admittedly crapped his pants for days to avoid getting drafted for the Vietnam War. You don't appraove of Charles Barkley's endorsement but what did you say about Mr. Crappy-pants?

    May 7, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Logic

    You have to love these political polls that don't count everyone else that will come out in drogues to vote. Obama will be elected in November, and it will have nothing to do with these polls.

    May 7, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. T

    Who cares.............but Mitt is Unfit to be President, he is a CEO and he act like one too. We don't need a CEO to run the country. Barkley is already down................................................

    May 7, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Pishaw

    So if you don't vote for Romney (if that's his real name), then you're racist? Gotcha.

    By the way, did you ask "Romney" for his birth certificate?

    May 7, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Jack

    I'm surprised Obama went with Barkley vs. the very highly intellectual "Dr." Shaq Oneal to spread his message

    May 7, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Is it now appropriate for ALL announcers to start issuing partisan politcial attacks upon those in the audience?

    May 7, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

    You're ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, Barkley!! Mitt is going to LOSE!! ...People please stop attacking ppl character bcz they disagree with your political views/candidate! Barkley gave his opinion, which I agree with, so leave it like that. It makes no sense to start calling him a racist! So what if he changed parties...I would've too! Kudos, Barkley!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    May 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. kayla

    i guess if he had said romney will win, you guys would not think he's an idiot. lol

    May 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Harlequinn

    From Just Being Real "btw: Pro Obama? Why don't you put your money where your mouths are and pay back our national debt. Don't want to pass that along to MY kids!"

    After Clinton left office there was a trillion-dollar surplus. After Bush left, a gigantic national deficit. Dick Cheney, as vice president was famously quoted as saying the following to Paul O'Neill, tresurey secretery at the time "You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don't matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due." So, speaking of putting one's money where there mouth is, are you going to pony up the part of the defecit that the Bush Administration is part of, along with the tirllion dollars that was squandered, or are you of the school of thought that defectis only matter when the other party is in charge? Were you as vocal and concerned about the national debt when the GOP was in charge, or does party affiliation give them a pass?

    And lest anyone accuse me of being a leftist liberal Kool-Aid drinker, I am an independent who voted for President Obama and will do so again not because he is black and democrat, but because the GOP's position about access to birth control, defunding planned parenthood, marriage equality, further tax cuts for the super rich, their horrific record on education, and corporations are historically reminiscent of monarchical midievalism where the church and the wealthy have all the power. They are taking their campaign platform straight from Western European History and making overtly inflammatory and blatantly untrue remarks to literally play to the lowest common denomenator. If a person feels that accurately represents them,more power to them. I choose differently.

    May 7, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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