Obama says Romney 'knowingly twisting my words'
July 24th, 2012
02:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama says Romney 'knowingly twisting my words'

OAKLAND, California (CNN) – After taking a break from his re-election bid after last week’s Colorado movie theater shooting, President Barack Obama eased back to the campaign trail Monday by holding several fundraisers in California.

He began his first fundraising remarks by mentioning his trip to Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday to comfort the victims’ families.

“I spent time with the families, and the medical staff, the first responders. And sometimes when bad things happen, horrible things happen, I think it’s easy for us to slip into despair. And yet if you had spent some time, like I did, with those people, who had faced down just unimaginable pain with strength and grace, it would make you extraordinarily optimistic about America,” the president told a fundraiser in Piedmont.

Obama attended two fundraisers in the San Francisco area. Democratic activists Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan hosted the first event for about 60 people at their home in Piedmont.

Among the guests were two former players in the Solyndra investigation: venture capitalist Steve Westly and former Dept. of Energy official Matt Rogers. Westly was one of the people who warned the administration about its investment in the failed green energy company.

When the company failed, the administration lost $535 million in taxpayer dollars.

Rogers was an energy department adviser who handled some of the stimulus money in the loan guarantee process.

Later, Obama took part in a larger event at the Fox Theatre in Oakland where he spoke to about 2,000 people.

He launched into criticism of his Republican opponent Mitt Romney and the latter’s recent attacks on the president’s remarks about small businesses.

“Earlier today, Governor Romney was at it again, knowingly twisting my words around to suggest I don’t value small business,” he said. “In politics, we all tolerate a certain amount of spin. I understand those are the games that get played in political campaigns. Although when folks just omit entire sentences of what you said, they start slicing and dicing, you may have gone a little over the edge there.”

“I believe with all my heart that it is the drive and ingenuity of Americans to start businesses to lead to their success. I always have and I always will,” Obama added. “The ability for somebody who is willing to work hard, for them to put their sweat and sacrifices and to turn their idea into a profitable business, that’s the nature of America.”

He also continued his attacks on Romney’s economic experience and outsourcing of jobs.

“My opponent's entire claim, his whole plan for economic renewal, is more tax cuts for the wealthy," Obama said. "Eliminate regulations for banks and corporations that we put in place after the crisis. Cutting more investments in things like education and research, and somehow this is supposed to create jobs and prosperity for everybody. That’s what Romney believes. That's what his allies in Washington believe. Here's the problem. We tried that and it didn't work.”

Obama continues his campaign trip Tuesday with stops in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, for five more campaign events.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. tv22

    Nobody twisted your words Mr. President. You said them and it supports everything we've always believed about you, that you don't understand what it takes to build and sustain a business.

    July 24, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Af

    Everybody knows that Romney is not siding with middle class paople. that is why he has 43000 donors who gave him $100million. 43 000 donors? let do the math: $100.000.000/ 43000 =$2325.58 the average. How many middle class people can afford to pay $2325.58 for candidate?
    le's see for Obama. Obama recived $71.000.000 from 500.000 donors . the math: $100.000.000/500.000 = $142 in average per donor. Most middleclass people can afford $142 but $2325 like romney's donors

    July 24, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. PaMom

    Obama is twisting the FACTS to influence those who don't know any better and are incapable of free thinking. My prioity are jobs. The fact Obama spews do not include those who fell off the unemployment rolls. He doesn't talk about the number of small business collapsed by his tax increases. This man is socialism personified and all we need to do is look to europe to see how it is NOT working for them. Did you hear the answer his press secretary gave when asked "why our "leader" has not met with his job council in 6 months"? Shows his priorities are keeping his own job and control.

    July 24, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. nintex

    Every thinking, intelligent American knows Romney twisted President Obama's words! Of course, that eliminates the whole Republican party.

    July 24, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. J

    It appears that President Obama is not the person to have had his words twisted around by Romney. Now, Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr is screaming foul play after Romney accused him of saying that "America is in decline." Carr stated that Romney "misinterpreted his words in an apparent effort to shame President Obama over his economic management."

    July 24, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Arun

    We finally have a dem that is standing up to the rights lies!!

    July 24, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. IndependentMom

    Once upon a time, I was a Republican, I know that their strategy is "lies, fear, hate & division" their plan is to distort the truth ever so slightly so that the average......uninformed........ American, won't know they are being lied to.

    Hitler had a motto, "Tell a lie often enough, and the people will start to believe you."

    July 24, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. charlesName

    I say fare tax. If companies want to leave this great country they should pay more tax to get there goods back here. Where did the pride go that said made in the USA with pride. The companies go and get tax cuts or free tax and cheap to slave and child labor and the prices of there goods don't go down. We the workers and buyers are tired of paying for all in this great country. Fare tax for all..!!!!!!

    July 24, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. rs

    Not that politicians are saints or anything, but in this election cycle Mr. Romney is a proven liar. Over, and over, and over...

    July 24, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Jeff in Virginia

    I wish Obama would just come out and say it- Mitt Romney is a liar.

    July 24, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. politics as usual

    Knowingly twisted your words, Mr. President? I don't think so. I heard the whole speech and took the same meaning.

    July 24, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Just a thought

    But of course he did Mr. President. The Robme has no ideas of his own. In fact, remember the very first ad...yes, he twisted the President's words again when he was candidate Obama. Also, do you remember Sh1tt Robme's first positive ad, about his wonderful ideas and plans for this country....No??? Well, you didn't miss it because there has been one. You can't do such an ad if all you have is lies for the idiot Tea-a-tards and ReDumblicans.

    Tax cuts and let's go to War, with Russia no less is Robme's great idea. Wait, Wait, didn't we try that before? Get a grip people. Instant recall for the Dubya years...really? ....really?

    July 24, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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