Obama and Romney have met only a few times
October 2nd, 2012
03:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama and Romney have met only a few times

Denver (CNN) - When President Obama and Mitt Romney face each other at their first debate Wednesday, it will only be the fourth time the two men have ever seen each other in person.

An Obama aide shared with CNN the campaign's catalogue of the three face-to-face encounters the two candidates have shared.

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According to the campaign's tally, the last time they met was in 2008 after back-to-back Democratic and Republican presidential debates in New Hampshire. Prior to that, it was a brief handshake and a few pleasantries between the two men at a Labor Day parade, also in New Hampshire, in September, 2007.

Their first meeting? The 2004 Gridiron Dinner in Washington where then Senator-elect Obama took a jab at Romney, joking Massachusetts was a "great launching pad" for a presidential campaign.

A Romney campaign official told CNN she too was only aware of a few meetings between the two men.

However, the president has reached out to Romney a couple of times by phone. Last spring, President Obama called Romney to congratulate him on winning the Republican nomination. And back in 2009, prior to his inauguration, the president-elect phoned Romney after his wife, Ann, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"He was kind enough to call our home when my wife was ill, and he said that he and Michelle had my wife in their prayers," Romney said during an appearance on CNN's Late Edition in January, 2009.

"And I said, 'Mr. President-elect, Ann and I have you in our prayers. And we do,'" he continued.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Once this election is over Mitt Romney might go to Cayman Islands and retire smoking weed and counting his tax-evaded currency. Yes, Obama12.
    PS: this election is decided with 47% comment.

    October 2, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Obama will definitely remember the pummeling he got in Denver! Romney will be taking no prisoners. Obama's record of failure will be front and center for him to defend. I am so eager to hear Obama try and con the American people into believing that 8.1% unemployment after 4 years and TRILLIONS in debt is a wonderous achievement.

    October 2, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |

    Well, Matt Romney said that President Obama was "Great." I couldn't agree with you more trust fund baby.

    October 2, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Indy

    Hard to believe that the Romneys have been following the Obamas around for the past eight years and commenting and mis quoting them on a daily basis and they have only met a few times.I wonder if Romney will be kind enough to congratulate Obama for winning his second term

    October 2, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Once this election is over Mitt Romney might go to Cayman Islands and retire smoking weed and counting his tax-evaded currency. Yes, Obama12.
    PS: this election is decided with 47% comment.
    Gurgyl, you got it all wrong (as usual!) The weed smoker (self admitted) is is your buddy "Bend Over" Obama.

    October 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gurgyl – As for the election of 2012, Mittens also has to be accountable for tax evasion, jobs outsourcing, birtherism, immigration, being pro war and anti troops, tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by the middle class and poor, repealing ACA, being anti student, pro banks and big business and anti worker. Wait there is more . . .

    October 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Right wingnuts hitch their 'gloom and doom' and their conspiracy theories to a failed governor of MA. You would think that an inquiring mind of a right wingnut would ask why Obama is up by 28 points in MA over the former governor of MA.

    October 2, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    "Obama and Romney have met only a few times
    who cares
    what does that have to do with anything.
    when is the fact Obama and Romney have few personal encounters going to matter?
    How is this important?
    Why is this news?

    October 2, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. CBR

    These news briefs do nothing more than offer people a place to write their thoughts. They can be so nasty and ill-informed. Reading them can increase your blood pressure when you realize these people will vote and will not even care about the facts. If anyone in this country believed this would be a short downturn had not been listening. Did they even follow the course that Congress took? Did they even care that politicians went to Washington declaring they would nothing to get Mr. Obama re-elected. Their inaction and refusal to work on legislation, etc. are partially responsible for this mess. There is plenty of blame to go around. Mr. Obama has stated that he takes responsibility and we should take him at his word. Today's numbers do show growth and an increase in manufactured goods.

    If you lived in MA you might not be so excited about Mr. Romney. He was not one of the better Republican governors. Comparing him to Frank Sargent would make you realize the differences. He also stopped being a full-time governor when he ran for the presidency last time.

    October 2, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    @ truth hurts
    I have to admit that I am starting to ENJOY your posts because they are so whacky and delusional. They used to tick me off I have to say but no longer. Keep 'em coming. ROTFLMAO

    October 2, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |