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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Filed under: 2012 • Basketball • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    They won't fire or suspend Barkley because he's black and it was on TNT, an Obama supporter network. If this was a white announcer saying the same thing about Obama he'd be fired in an instant.

    May 7, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. FRAN

    Why would anyone care what this idiot believes in? He is really showing how ignorant and prejudice he is.

    May 7, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. wolfpackbob

    Hank Williams Jr. lost his Monday Night Football gig for going political. Sir Charles will probably get a pass. What a surprise.

    May 7, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Romney is not My Hero - @ The Real Tom Paine – You are beating "Democratic Class blah, blah, blah's behind. Keep up the good work – LMAO!
    You can actually understand what the drunken fool is saying? Can you please translate? He's speaking in some bizarre liberal dialect only you libtards seem to understand. Must be well into happy hour wherever he is...

    May 7, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. carlos

    how many people in the far away planet the bishop claims as his will be voting for him????????

    let us send him over there with no return ticket, he will not be missed......

    May 7, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Rich

    Blah blah blah. Whatever, Charles...we really don't care. 🙂

    May 7, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Big Al

    Pathetic. Do your job, Charles. Stay away from politics. You don't own CNN, TNT, or any other network. You are a hired hand. You can be fired before you know it. Stop playing the fool.

    May 7, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The drums are beating already and Romney can't hear them, but he will, he will.

    May 7, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    LaPlut - Democrat Class Warfare seems to be on all these threads trying to save the world one comment at a time
    Nahhhh.... I consider it a community service and special ed for the braindead libtards in here. I know its rather hopeless but someday they might be able to think and feed themselves. And if I get a real breakthrough, they might be potty trained too.

    May 7, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Romney is not My Hero

    @ Democratic "vomit, teatroll vomit" Admitting that you don't comprehend what you read is the first step to recovering from the GOPer's lies. I congratulate you. Second step is going to another channel other than Faux News for Nuts and getting some real news for once.

    I'll Tom respond to you again. After your "fool" recovery, maybe the two of you will have a cold one together.

    May 7, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. The Film Professor

    Sir Charles didn't call Romney any names. He just made what I think is an accurate forecast of the fall election. Mittens is going down; he'll get a lot of time to spend in his new 12000 sq ft Malibu home with the car elevators, and that explains in a nutshell why he's going down. Republicans can call it class warfare, but the truth is that the majority of the people in this country are not going to trust someone who has those kinds of priorities.

    May 7, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Charles Barkley

    Who says racism isn't alive and well, you just don't hear about it when it's the other way around.
    Charles Barkley, Just the guy the U.S. needs for a political analist.
    Stick to Basketball announcing, you are not even that good at that.

    May 7, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. This week is starting off great, no more Newt and Gal'lista parading around leaving their foul odor, thank God voters said no.

    May 7, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Greg

    Another Multi-Millionaire telling the working class what is best for them...we're so thankful for your insight Mr. Barkley.

    May 7, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Franky

    You nits need to go away with this class warfare non-sense. Bottom line it makes no sense for someone who is a millionaire to pay less in taxes than someone who makes $50K a year, percentage wise, think about it with your brain if you have one, someone making $50K has alot less purchasing power for every dollar he loses versus someone who makes $50 million a year, is the person making $50 million going to be scrounging to make ends meet. It's common sense has nothing to do with class warfare. The point is to ensure that their is still class mobility in the US, it seems this fact has been lost on some of you. Finally, as far as the economy not doing better under Obama. Are you serious. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month, when Obama took office, the dow was in the 5000's , we've added jobs 26 straight months, added nearly 4 million since 2010 as opposed to losing them when Obama first took office, finally, the dow is at well over 13,000. Bottom line if you say today the US is not in better economic shape than when Obama took office in 2009, then you are simply a idiot and I wish they could send you back in time to enjoy living 2009 every year of your life.

    May 7, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Brad

    Charles Barkley RULES!!!

    May 7, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. fast

    Fran .....Charles Barkley isn't prejudice .....his wife is white

    May 7, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. sophia

    Way to go Charles... OBama 2012

    May 7, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. jimranes

    Would anyone who actually works for a living, vote for a man who has his liquid assets invested in the Cayman Islands, is a Bishop for a church that believes they are the chosen latter day Saints?, and created a universal healthcare system in Massachusetts that is saving businesses large and small tens of millions of dollars and now he's disavowing the same plan on a national scale to please the insane wing of his party? Romney is the ultimate flip flopper on many issues. He supports the Ryan Budget Plan which will prolong the screwing of the 99% by the 1%. He is another Chicken Hawk and like his fellow chickens avoided the Vietnam war with deferments.

    May 7, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. gaucho420

    Well said Chuck!

    May 7, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Hugo

    The taxation questions are these:
    Why should Government be able to tax your money that you already paid taxes on when you die?
    Why should you pay a higher tax rate on the interest earned from money you have already been taxed on?
    Cut the Federal Government, Cut the IRS, Cut Obama!
    47% PAY ZERO IN TAXES while the rest of the hard working responsible citizens carry them on their backs...the free ride is over.

    May 7, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. jheron

    I don't think It was proper for him to say anything. I am not a supporter of Romney, but the guy was just there to watch a game.
    Anyhow. Noel, you really need a good dose of reality. Almost everything you said is the exact opposite.

    May 7, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. hotpatata

    I used to pray for the wild idea of changing the American electoral system completely: Switching to a legislature elected through a proportional representation system; Allowing for far greater influence and representation from multiple smaller parties; Getting money out of the campaigns by limiting private donations, etc. Now I see it's all pointless, since all "third" parties that would emerge as major players would be headed by Ted Nugent, Charles Barkley, and Dr. Ruth. I surrender.

    May 7, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. hotpatata

    Oh, and I almost forgot the Unbeatable Michele Bachmann, representing the "Let's Burn Everything Except The Bible" Party.

    May 7, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Slam

    Funny, when someone in the media says something against a politician, the people who support that politician get up in arms "stick to your damn job!" "you do not know politics!". Bet if he said something in support of Romney those same people would not be telling Barkley to stop commenting on politics.

    Perhaps Romney can change the country around, maybe he too will be able to read the golden tablets from the hills of New York that only Joseph Smith could read and those tablets will tell us how to fix the issues in our country.

    May 7, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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