Obama mentions his now-former presidential rival
November 14th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
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Obama mentions his now-former presidential rival

(CNN) - Mitt Romney may not be on the campaign trail any longer, but he still landed a mention - or two - in President Barack Obama's Wednesday press conference.

Asked about his election night pledge to meet with his former presidential rival, Obama said "we haven't scheduled something yet."

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"I think everybody forgets that the election was only a week ago," Obama said. "I know I've forgotten. I forgot on Wednesday."

"My hope is before the end of the year, though, that we have a chance to sit down and talk. There are certain aspects of Governor Romney's record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," he continued, specifically citing Romney's leadership of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

Romney has stayed out of the spotlight since his Election Night remarks in Boston. This was Obama's first press conference since winning re-election.

In his acceptance speech a week ago, Obama congratulated Romney on his campaign.

"In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward," Obama continued.

Asked about the president's remarks on Wednesday, a longtime senior adviser to Romney, Eric Fehrnstrom, said, "Governor Romney looks forward to meeting with the President."

He did not say whether Romney had seen the president's press conference.

Obama made another mention of Romney in his remarks when he spoke on his proposal for averting the so-called fiscal cliff.

"If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. Romney, it was when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach, and part of that included making sure that the wealthiest Americans pay a little bit more," Obama said.

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. it must be said

    obama is not half the man that romney is. the country will suffer even more at obamas hands. americans are morons.

    November 14, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald trump ??????

    Like the president said ,we are all Americans and need to work together and maybe romney could help in some way but Ryan can stay home !!!

    November 14, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. just sayin

    >maybe romney could help in some way

    sorry, romney's answered were refused and obamas answers were chosen last week. obama has to dig himself out of his self inflicted fiscal nightmare. he said he had the answers. now it is time to prove it. he lied in 2008. did he lie again in 2012?

    November 14, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. 1608

    Well what do you know, Romney get to go to the White House after all.

    November 14, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. steve

    The best thing about Obama's victory is all the right wing nutter heads exploding. Priceless!

    November 14, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    ........you think going to IRAN WAR get you out???shutting SS, Medicare, healthcare saves you???? Giving TAX BREAK TO RICH makes this fiscal cliff recovered/repaired???giving HALIBUTON CONTRACTS TP PEOPLE YOU KNOW SAVES???? Idiots. Listen, first create economic recovery, pass jobs act., restrict immigration, tax reform pass.–these save this nation not cry on Obama.

    November 14, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Willie Floyd

    I just hope he doesn't get too chummy with him. I don't like the idea that Romneys' lying might smear the pres.'s good reputation.

    November 14, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Bipartisianship is always a good thing, but not in this case. I don't want any part of Willard's "business experience". I saw it during the campaign, and I also saw the people it hurt, the businessess it closed and the angry, racist pigs he used to bully his message. There are other decent business people out there with good ideas that the country could benefit from. Leave Willard and Ann alone for good.

    November 14, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. OT

    You mean he's not half the liar and tax ivader?

    November 14, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let me introduce you to the re-elected President of the United States, President Barack Obama. The election is over and done, we voted, Obama won. FORWARD.

    November 14, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

    @it must be said
    obama is not half the man that romney is. the country will suffer even more at obamas hands. americans are morons.

    November 14, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
    No, YOU are the moron.

    November 14, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Energizer Bunny

    Where IS Mitt Romney anyway? No doubt he's hiding in Cheney's undisclosed bunker while he decides how to pay down his billion dollar debt to all those donors of his he willingly and will malice fleeced.

    November 14, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. harrypujols

    The closing of some tax loopholes was the only Romney policy that made any sense.

    November 14, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Facts don't Lie

    Move FORWARD or GET OUT OF THE WAY. If the President can meet the REAL Mitt Romney....not the flip/flopping right wing puppet the GOP tried to sell us he just might be able to work with him. I think the REAL Romney is the one we saw election night when he gave his speech. He could finally be himself and not a front guy for the right wing. That guy there didn't seem half bad.

    November 14, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Ancient Texan

    Woman in California- Romney and Bain Capital were buying TROUBLED companies that were already almost in bankruptcy. They would have disappeared from the scene if not bought by someone else. Most were saved and continues in business. Some were too far gone to save.

    November 14, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. just sayin

    > Willie Floyd
    > smear the pres.'s good reputation.

    he's an incompetent accessory to murder. no reputation there to damage.

    November 14, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Lisa P

    it must be said

    obama is not half the man that romney is. the country will suffer even more at obamas hands. americans are morons.
    November 14, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm
    And you are...?

    November 14, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. dotnetmarine

    The American people have spoken and chosen a President, nowhere else is democracy not celebrated. Is it so hard to give our president the support that he will definitely need in the years to come whether its Romney or Obama! God bless America and our troops that fight for our liberties to rant on CNN and other news networks!

    November 14, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Reggiedw

    Take whatever hardship that will be coming soon for you Obama supporters. Please do not be asking Romney for any advice because he, Obama, should know what it takes to get the country back on the right track. The democrat parrots should not want anything better because they chose Obama over Romney so let them settle for who they voted for and whatever comes with your vote. Get ready for more of the last 4 years and maybe even worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    Obama is THE man!

    November 14, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    where is Mittens by the way?

    November 14, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. plain&simple

    Adults get past their differences while spoiled children dig in their heals!....easy to see who's who!

    November 14, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. It must be said also

    Obama is a great leader, and we are lucky to have him. Thanks to him, the U.S. banking and auto industries were preserved, and a deep recession was prevented from becoming a global depression. Thanks to him, SEAL Team 6 went into Pakistan and took down the world's most wanted terrorist. Our country has been kept strong and safe for the last four years. A "thank you" would be appropriate for a job well done. Americans weer wise to re-elect him. The entire world benefited from the 2012 election's result.

    November 14, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Facts don't Lie

    @ Reggiedw

    I'll take the last 4 years over the previous eight ANYDAY. And it can only get better, No more wars and no more losing 70,000 jobs a day.

    November 14, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    where is Mittens by the way?

    Figuring out ways to bilks his donors out of the SuperPAC money. Colbert showed the other day how easily this can be done. Mrs. Palin makes a living out of it.

    November 14, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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