Romney: Obama 'trying to fool people'
September 23rd, 2012
08:35 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney: Obama 'trying to fool people'

Denver, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney blamed President Barack Obama for mischaracterizing his positions and forcing him to spend more time fund-raising, as the GOP presidential candidate looked to turn around his campaign trajectory and end a difficult week.

The Republican standard-bearer did not push back when asked Sunday whether he had fallen behind the president in key swing states, but said he expected the upcoming trio of debates would help him set the record straight.

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"He's trying to fool people into thinking that I think things that I don't," Romney told reporters on his campaign charter plane. "And that ends at the debates."

The first debate is scheduled for October 3 in Denver.

On his plane, Romney said Obama had incorrectly portrayed his policy positions on issues as diverse as the automobile industry bailout to abortion to tax proposals.

"He says I was in favor of liquidating the automobile industry - nothing could be further from the truth… He says I'm in favor of lowering taxes on wealthy people. No I'm not," Romney said, and he criticized Democratic campaign commercials. "He keeps running these things even though he knows they're wrong and saying them in rallies even though he knows they're wrong."

Romney, who in the past week was hit by the release of a covertly-filmed video in which he said 47% of Americans were dependent on government and by criticism from within his own party over the direction of his campaign, said as the election neared his role was to tell voters about his plans for the country.

As for public opinion polls, Romney said he did not pay much attention.

"I know in the coming six weeks they're very unlikely to remain where they are today, he said. "I'll either go up or I'll go down. It's unlikely that we'll just stay the same."

The Republican White House hopeful, who spent much of last week raising money in California, Florida and Texas, blasted Obama for opting out of public financing and forcing both candidates to spend more time wooing donors.

Last month Obama's campaign surprised political analysts by hauling in more money than Romney.

Romney said as his campaign moves forward he expected to be doing less fund-raising. The campaign has announced public events planned in Colorado and Ohio early this week.

"I don't expect this to be a contest of who can say the cutest phrase, I think it's a contest of very different directions for the country," Romney said. "And the president's direction will be spoken in the context of his record because he has a record. And my pathway forward will be spoken in the context of my record."

The Obama campaign quickly fired back a statement.

"It's odd that Mitt Romney, a former CEO, won't take personal responsibility for his campaign's troubles," said campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith. "And it certainly takes a lot of chutzpah for him–after his campaign bragged that it wouldn't be dictated by fact checkers–to shed crocodile tears over a legitimate discussion of his record and policies."

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. anonoymous

    Romney needs to go to.........I hope people see through this empty suit

    September 23, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens, you lie like a Romney! Pants on fire allegations do not make you credible. and your foreign accounts and your failed governorship don't lie about your character.

    September 23, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Phillip

    I think he's lost it...

    September 23, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. TonyD

    The President does not need to fool people. People see you for the spoiled little jerk that you are. Every time you open your mouth your arrogance helps Obama get that much closer to finally getting rid of you so we can get back to work on repairing the damage GW did.

    September 23, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Yes, he said 47% of the people are on government and victims–I don't give darn-hoot.....this idiot is totally DRUNK. He needs to shut up. Stashed money in CAZyMAN.ISLAZnDS, Swiss accts., Bermuda, BAZiZn-CAZpITAL shipped jobs to china, India etc... Nonsense. Is this idiot for USA presidency????? How pathetic, vulnerable we Americans are!!!!! God bless us all. Obama12. Period.

    September 23, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. jane

    Romney everyone know that you stand for EVERYTHING depending on what day it is

    September 23, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. PTNY

    Mitt, What percent of the people is Barack trying to fool? The 53% you think you have already fooled?

    September 23, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. SafeJourney

    Romneys tax plan .. Give to the Rich take from the poor and middle class. Mitt the twit and Lyin Ryan are done. ...

    September 23, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. PTNY

    Mitt 47%, As the old saying goes,

    "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

    Abraham Lincoln

    September 23, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. MaryM

    On his plane, Romney said Obama had incorrectly portrayed his policy positions on issues as diverse as the automobile industry bailout to abortion to tax proposals.
    Romney, you are a liar, again. We have your statements on video. What President Obama said about you is Exactly what you said On Video. You are a liar and so is lyin Ryan. Pack it up, You are done

    September 23, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Mike

    Awwww, poor baby has to fund raise. And you blame that on President Obama? That's just weird logic. Maybe the problem isn't that President Obama wouldn't take public financing. Maybe the problem is Citizens United. They can spend unlimited money now, but you have to work for it – you know, meet donors, shake their hands, make promises, sell your soul (if you had one). I'll tell you what Governor – feel free to not fund raise. Nobody is making you do anything, unless you win. Then a lot of people are going to want you to do stuff in return for the money they gave you.

    September 23, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. the situation

    No Mitts, Obama doesn't need to fool no one, you do a great job of that yourself. You have been proven time after time to be a notorious flip flopper.

    September 23, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. bb

    According to Romney, it's President Obama's fault that Romney's campaign and Romney himself are both failures? Did the GOP establishment vet Romney's mental status?

    September 23, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Ken

    No NO NO, Mittwit! – You have done an adequate job of being the fool – and, what's more, you've taught Lyin' Ryan very well!

    September 23, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. tefera

    Mr Romney, I heard you many times again and again. I had never heard any thing new since the primary and before that. My biggest issue with you is TRUST!! You r un able to show me who really you are? You try to hide ur self in many issue! If I don't trust my fiancy, I don't merried her at all.

    September 23, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. onlyfacts

    Ok, Romney's really gone looney-toons now. Everytime I read a Romney quote my chin hits the ground. He really thinks we are all idiots. Someone needs to tell him we don't all watch Fox News.

    September 23, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Sarah

    Wait...Romney is blaming Obama for "mischaracterizing" Romney's positions? Well, let's file this one under "Pot Calling the Snowman Black." The entire Republican National Convention was focused around a single out-of-context, mischaracterized Obama soundbyte, for pete's sake!

    September 23, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Oh, Mr. Romney ... do you not realize how desperate you sound ... how desperate you look ... and, most importantly ... how needy you look? Those of us outside the US but who will be voting ... are really not impressed by you and your campaign.

    September 23, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Fact Lee

    Almost everything Dems say are lies. They win by lie. Now we find out Romney pay arg tax about 20% Better than 13%.

    September 23, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. tefera

    By the way Mr. Romney you are the one who is trying to fool people in many occation. Look the so called 47% vedio clip.God bless you that u show me who you are? Thank u!

    September 23, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. n

    Listen first hand america at Romney the big cry baby. Romney really is a twit, spoiled brat of a momma's boy. "Obama did this to me and Obama did that to me" What a sissy of a man this Romney is. I cannot see him as President of these United States of America. Obama is more man and has more character than Romney will ever be or have. Period.

    September 23, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Fact Lee

    Dems create Mortgage financial crisis. So many people lose jobs. They print money. Now prices of every thing are higher and higher. This means we have less money in our pockets.

    September 23, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Fact Lee

    Romney will tell truth at debates. Face to face. Dems are liars.

    September 23, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. AK_steve

    All I hear is Romney blaming and complaining. And then he tells us how he will make it all better. BUT he never tells us how.

    Where are you policies and plans Mitt? OK – so you think Obama is the devil and ruined the country – are you gonna tell us how you intend to do better? You gonna give us all Swiss bank accounts and tax shelters? Or just your rich buddies?

    September 23, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. anonoymous

    Listen to Romney on 60mins....still no specfics. now who's trying to fool somebody? How can you support what you dont know? Romney knows if he tells the american what he really has in mind he wouldnt get support from alot of people including those red states still living in the 60s.

    September 23, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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