Sununu: Thompson 'sounds like Barack Obama'
September 20th, 2012
09:28 PM ET
10 years ago

Sununu: Thompson 'sounds like Barack Obama'

(CNN) – John Sununu, an outspoken surrogate to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, criticized fellow conservative Tommy Thompson for blaming bad poll numbers on Mitt Romney earlier Thursday, likening the senate candidate to President Barack Obama himself.

Thompson cited Romney's campaign as being partly to blame for his slipping poll numbers. His comments come after a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed Thompson trailing Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin by nine points among likely voters in the Senate race. The same poll showed Thompson leading Baldwin by nine points one month earlier.

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Sununu, the former governor of New Hampshire and Romney campaign surrogate, said Thompson "sounds like Barack Obama trying to blame it on somebody else."

"Campaigns go up, campaigns go down. I'm sure Tommy will be fine in the long run," said Sununu, appearing on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

Sununu continued reassuring of Romney's standing in the presidential race: "I think Mitt Romney's doing just fine. He's gotten rid of Obama’s post-convention bounce, he’s dead even with him in the two major tracking polls that are out there."

Republicans have picked up on comments made by then-Illinois state Senator Barack Obama in 1998 where he states that he favors redistributing wealth in the funding of government systems.

This line of attack against Obama comes after a secretly recorded video surfaced of Romney making controversial assumptions about voters while courting top-dollar donors at a fund-raising event in May.

CNN's Dana Davidsen and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • John Sununu • Mitt Romney • Tommy Thompson
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Bennett calls Obama clueless on Mid East ?
    William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor, is the author of "The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood." He was U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988 and director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush.

    I'd say Bennett is clueless , look at what he did for education , look at what he did for Drug Control . He did nothing !
    As for his book "Path to Manhood.", There is more to being a man then what you learn in the locker room !

    John Sununu and William Bennett walk hand in hand down the road of self righteousness together .

    September 20, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Sununu sounds like a right-wing-nut lobbyist. Surprise Surprise.

    He lost all credibility years ago with his hate for anything PROgressive.

    Another 1% er.

    obama/biden 2012

    September 20, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Thompson has every right to blame Romney for bad poll numbers. The top of the ticket will hurt everything on down.

    September 20, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. JT

    Uh oh...the GOP is turning on each other. The ship is sinking!

    September 20, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Fact

    Romney/Ryan seem to be wrong for most of the Right and the Left. And when the middle is gone, there is no where to turn.

    September 20, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Why is this stooge still relevant?

    September 20, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Fact

    Everybody knows what President Obama inherited when he took office. People have not forgotten. Can you imagine if President Obama had inherited the surplus President Clinton left for the nation. Whew!

    September 20, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Fact

    Also, one has to question the other article about "Romney hits back" in response to his May comments at the fundraiser. There's no one to hit back against. His words speak for themselves, and his words caused him to have these recent problems.

    September 20, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. 1twinsfan

    Don't you just love it when the GOP eats their own?

    September 20, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. WIMPY38

    First of all, he needs to get rid of those 1980's eye glassess alone with those 80's mindsets he has from Regan.

    September 20, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. aaron

    Like Sununu's fat ugly face is going to bring in more than a few votes.

    September 20, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. jane

    John Sununu is a nasty, hatefilled, venomous little man (I know he's big, but he's tiny in character or decency) who refuses to drop out of the spotlight. Pathetic.

    September 20, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  13. BBear

    I have come to believe that Gov. Sununu is actually a "double-agent" working for the Obama campaign.

    September 20, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  14. Timothy Andrews

    Well, Sununu can take solace in the fact that most Romney surrogates Arequipa now sounding as unhinged AZ he is . . . I'M starting to feel sorry for them, NOT!!!

    September 21, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. ccb

    Would you please indicate that the GOP continues to lie about this issue as well. Please indicate that they didn't play the entire video and if anyone hearing the entire video would have a much clearer explanation of what Obama was stating 14 years ago. How the GOP-R/R ticket can equate what Romney recently said to the GOP fat cats is utterly ridiculous! WE see the contempt Romney HAS for the 47%. But of course, as usual, race trumps everything!

    September 21, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. whay

    Republicans are moving campaign staff out of New Mexico and other states because they’re all 47%, they’re not needed by GOP

    September 21, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  17. John Oboho

    Congratulations Tammy!Don't let off till you get that senate seat.More grease to your elbows.

    September 21, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Craig RB

    Isn't a "Sununu" a car?

    September 21, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  19. Ryan/Romney Kill Medicare Team 2012

    Let the feasting begin. The Republicans Party = Donner Party "it's finger licking good".

    September 21, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  20. anonoymous

    If Romney's campaign is anything like his adminstration would be.....what a joke and you republicans know it. Cant hardly find thay many of you people that like him yourselves

    September 21, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  21. Flagship, NC

    It is the heighted awareness of the Republian's "War on Women" that changed the poll numbers!

    September 21, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  22. Ms Edyeluv

    Mr. Sununu, We True Americans know and understand what Our President said and meant i 1998, and as far as we're concern its irrelevant in comparison to what Mitt Robmey said May 2012. This is relevant today, not something that happed 14 yrs ago. What wanna be Presidential candidate would say something so heartless and insensitive. Whether in public or private and so close to the election, we know that though he was trying to impress those before him, he was expressing how he really feels about 47% of Americans-Dems, 9% Inds; which seems to me like a lost of the

    September 21, 2012 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  23. Mike

    Sununu is as idiotic as McCain in trying to raise the MITTanic.

    September 21, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  24. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Sununu: Thompson 'sounds like Barack Obama'◄
    It's NOT just Thompson – Every candidate is complaining about Romney's Drama
    For the past three weeks Romney has been going down, Down, DOWN
    He's now at the bottom of the ocean and both HE and LYAN are about to DROWN!!!

    Both Romney and Paul Ryan started their campaigns with LIES – All the President's campaign had to do was run ads pointing out those LIES, which they did – Romney put the icing on the cake himself when he talked about the 47% – We cannot have leaders that are constantly LYING and putting their feet in their mouths.

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 21, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  25. Rosslaw

    The Reagan adminsitration canned this moron due to his incoherent, out of control personality. Yet another one of President Obama's secret weapons.

    September 21, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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