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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  1. DeVon and DJ

    It's funny how he's crying over facts that have been revealed about his views, campaign and character. When it has been discovered that he and Ryan blatantly lied about President Obama's and/or members of the Democratic party's views and policies, they decided they weren't going to allow fact checkers dictate their campaign or later offered the excuse that they "mis-spoke"! Crocodile Tears Indeed!!! Great piece!

    September 23, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Tiki-Honu

    But did he know that you knew what he would say if you knew that he knew already what you would say? INCONCEIVABLE!

    September 23, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. JIMpnw

    Mitts is now trying to set his PRE debate strategy the last few days by saying the President will lie and not be totally truthful,but it has been the President who has came out the most truthful and Mitt /Ryan have lied and continue to lie .
    So, Romney gets his butt kicked then he comes back from his dismal performance by saying the President is still lying just to keep his base fired up but loosing more indepentents along the way.

    September 23, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Peter Pronciple

    Wow. World class greedhead AND a world class whiner. Now that's a compelling combination.

    September 23, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. David Armstrong

    It never seems that the right responses are considered at the time Romney was criticized for the 47.5% statement. He is criticized for his speaking his mind. As oppsed to telling the people what they WANT TO HEAR, he is speaking TRUTH from statiscs. The people should admire his strength of conviction and honesty as opposed to just being placated by what they want to hear.

    September 23, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. Amazing

    At some point, Mitt needs to take responsibility for his own problems. He is the one trying to fool the American people.

    September 23, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Marla

    Typical republican projection. He tries to project upon the President's campaign everything that his campaign is guilty of doing.

    September 23, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. 1twinsfan

    Now THAT takes some brass ones for certain. Blaming Obama for your campaign's need to keep fund raising? Isn't Romney supposed to be the monetary genius? Governor Romney, you said to let Detroit go bankrupt. That was YOUR op-ed. And then, after President Obama saved it Detroit, you said you deserved the credit for it! You also said to let the housing market bottom out. You know what else you said? If you paid more taxes than you were required to then you're not qualified to be president. Well you announced that you did that just last week when you paid 14.1% rather than the 9% rate you were eligible for.

    September 23, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. teej

    For a guy who thinks 47% of the American people need to take personal responsibility, and care for their lives, he sure doesn't feel the need to do this himself. He thinks he's infallible. Take some personal responsibility for your mistakes Mr. Romney – sheesh!

    September 23, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. Are you kidding me?

    Mitt really is a joke if he really believes this.

    September 23, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Name cow girl

    I am seriously starting to think romney either has a split personality or he is just crazy! I don't want to lower taxes on rich people?? I thought they were the job creaters mitt?? Is this your way of warning you are going to just lie your way into totally new positions at the debates? From severely conservative all the way back to moderate,etc.

    September 23, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Hotdog

    Mitt, I would not expect for you to say that you made a fool of yourself but that's what it amount to. You have flip flopped time and time again on just about every issue. You can not blame any one for that but yourself. You are in charge of your campaign and you can not blame the President for the level of ineptness that it has displayed. There are even some major players in the GOP that have given up on you. You are the one desperate not the President. If you had confidence in yourself your campaign would reflect that and you would also have a better showing in the polls. You can always go with Newt Gingrich to the moon! He will have plenty of room.

    September 23, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Dnick47

    Once more Mitt, slamming Obama won't work. What, if any, are your solutions. And, show us your tax records for the past seven years... why are you hiding them?

    September 23, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Sounds Like BS To Me

    "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."

    Couldn't have said it better myself. OBAMA / BIDEN 2012 The Only Adults In The Room !!!!!

    September 23, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Fact Lee

    Do not have experience about election. Do not listen to us.

    September 23, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Josaphat Daniels

    Is this coming from the guy who has spent his political career running for office and fooling a lot of people at it.

    September 23, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. Kr55

    Wow, so much whining from Mitt lately. Aren't he and his creepy soulless eyes VP nominee trying to convince everyone that Obama is to blame for any bad thing that happened to the economy completely ignoring Bush existed and the obstructionism in congress? And isn't he also trying to convince us that things he was recorded saying a few months ago aren't what he actually believes? Whining about things never used to be a thing republicans do. Kind of funny seeing Mitt do it, makes him look really weak.

    September 23, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Kenneth

    Romney will tomorrow blame Obama for telling him to call 47% of the Americans freeloaders! Or allowing super Pacs to spend too much money campaigning for Romney instead of letting him go to swing states to talk to voters. Romney will have too much confess to make to his bishop after election is over.

    September 23, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Jaime

    sorry Mitt the worst distortions and ambiguous slimy comments purposely espoused by you are slowly allowing the American public to see you for what you are: a sneaky, underhanded, sleazy charlatan, snake oil salesman afraid of straight talk that you know full well would sink your candidacy faster than a lead weight in water. Of course you could prove otherwise by releasing your tax info which you know would show your character, or by giving some details rather than "if I told you what I would do you would not vote for me." I would not trust you with my dogs, much less my country. Thank God, the God of Christian, Jewish and Muslim believers – not some fairy tale off on a distant planet... thank God my fellow countrymen are waking up to the danger you pose to this nation and will soon send you to the ash heap of history as a footnote to the worst America has to offer.

    September 23, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. User-301

    Just a quick note to say Thank You to you 212 Republicans that have promised to make the switch to Real America. We have had a bit of a struggle over the last few years but the more Republicans we get to cross over, the easier it will get for The President to achieve the goals needed to get he country on the right track. Thanks again and may God always Bless the United States of America.

    September 23, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. Tonya

    Romney is famous for saying that president is doing something that he is doing. Romney said what he said- just got caught . People are foolish to support him. Romney said that things not knowing he was being taped. He meant every word. Period. Thought he had enough money – forced to do fundraising- wow that is hard:( notice the president is not hyping the debates – Romney better watch out.

    September 23, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. helenecha

    Obama has had his very incredible records. Honestly, one-third records had showed his either blunt action or poor choice to the economy, and one-third records had showed his poor respect to the system of his country and one-third records had showed his excessive political expectation to his supporters in America.

    September 23, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. 200 TON HAMMER

    Yeah mitt he is down playing his self only too really pound non stop facts at you in all three debates you gonna get slam mittens

    September 23, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. kim000

    Would him like a wittle break....too funny. No lips Mitt is pouting about mean ol' Obama forcing him to let go of his green.I'm sure that is cause for crying for tricky Willy.

    September 23, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Wanderer

    Mr. Romney told reporters: ‘Obama is trying to fool people’ but … Mr. Romeny is believing people are easily fooled by his statement: ‘Obama is s trying to fool people ... "

    September 23, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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