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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  1. Belle

    Obama and all his speeches full of promises , well he won and now lets see if he can deliver.
    Unfortunately he doesn't have enough knowledge and experience when it comes to the economy and he is not smart enough to surround himself with people who do , hence a disastrous 4 years are ahead of us.

    November 14, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Romneyhood is Psycho

    LMAO! Meet with Romney??!? LOL. Not going to happen. That fool is already putting his foot in his mouth. I hope the GOP can get their stuff together and run romney/ryan again in 2016!!! Please??

    November 14, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Larry

    What could romney possibly add to anything in which the President is involved?

    November 14, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Skip the meeting. Mitt has nothing to offer. HIs latest dismissive statements about minorities and young indicate he learned nothing from a losing campaign.

    November 14, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. n

    Obama was just being nice . . . No way will he sit down with this Romney guy to talk about the direction of this nation and if he does, it will only be for a photo opp. Get real america, Mitt Romney and his son Tag are probably throwing darts at President Barack Obama's picture while over dosing on 2% fat free milk.

    November 14, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. works4me

    I wouldn't believe mitt, this Romney has to say.

    November 14, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. K

    Just Sayin': You're right. Obama smoked him. But that's not to say that Romney couldn't help Obama implement part of his (Obama's) plans. For example, as a cost cutting effort at the White House, perhaps Obama can let go some of the help and Romney can come over to clean the toilets. At least Romney could honestly put on his resume that he worked at the White House.

    November 14, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Romney's out talking to his wealthy donors about how bad Obama is. ha ha ha ha haha

    Uh, Mitt - Obama is the one we voted FOR.

    Get a hint - You loSt.

    November 14, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    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.

    Yes, they were "troubled" companies. Companies that were looking for help not capital cannibalism. Willard and his gang of thugs, ate these companies alive-leaving only the bones to be picked over. Ask the people at [Sonsata] how great Bain was and they'll tell you that Sonsata made good profits and rewarded them all, by shipping their jobs over seas (again, Willard laughed all the way to the bank).

    Face it, Willard reaped some of what he sowed on Tuesday and the world is better for it.

    November 14, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. MarieMD

    romney who?
    Is he in the Cayman Islands crying over his money?
    Get lost. We didn't want you siince 1994 and it's obvious that you and that lyan altar boy were not the answer. Good luck in 20 or so years, maybe for another presidential rethug.

    November 14, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |

    where is Mittens by the way?

    November 14, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
    Probably the Cayman Islands.

    November 14, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. Republican Rappist

    Mitt Romney is a loser, and now he's a 'has been' and a 'wannabe'.

    November 14, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. DocHollywood

    When Obama first said that, I thought it was a good idea. But after the trash that Romney spewed today, he shouldn't be welcomed at the White House or any other house. Romney is a little rich brat that cries when he doesn't get what he wants. He has nothing to offer America in regards to a solution to the problems we face. Let him go, and let him go quietly.

    November 14, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    Mr. President, PLEASE don't bring that Romney guy in to be part of any aspect of your adminstration. He's a bitter, incompetent, sour-grapes, egotistical nightmare and he has no place anywhere NEAR public policy or government. We should all thank GOD we won't have to suffer under a presidency of that elitist snob who so clearly doesn't give a rat's about real Americans.

    November 14, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. me

    this election has shown me something...liberals/democrats are the nastiest and most vile people I have ever had the displeasure to know.

    November 14, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. Matt

    man, some of y'all here are very negative about America, all because of one man who is President. Last I checked it's Congress who has failed to work together to get real stuff done.

    November 14, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. Thomas

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Gee ,
    thanks for your help and inspiration .Your so encouraging and positive !

    Are you going by the Mayan Calendar or are you freelancing ?

    November 14, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    If I were President Obama, I'd rescind the invitation after Mittens came out today claiming that the only reason President Obama won was because he was giving away freebies to the moocher Democratic base ...

    Mittens is a waste of time, Mr. President, in addition to a waste of space ...

    November 15, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Reggiedw: "Get ready for more of the last 4 years and maybe even worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    – President Obama's policies stopped our nation's economic free-fall

    – we've had 32 straight months of private sector job growth

    – the Dow is over 13,000

    – GM is alive (along with the 1+ million jobs associated with the American auto industry) and bin Laden is dead = housing is rebounding

    – domestic oil production is in fact at its highest level in eight years

    – we're out of Iraq and getting out of Afghanistan

    – manufacturing has grown by the most since 2004

    – business start-up activity is now higher than it was during the dotcom boom

    – we finally have real health care reform that now keeps insurance companies from dropping you when you get sick/born with a birth defect, and allows children up to 26 to stay on their parents' policy

    – taxes have been cut for 95% of Americans and if the Repubs are smart, they'll let them expire on folks making more than $250,000 (they can afford it; they survived the Clinton years – in fact, prospered like crazy paying the 3.6% President Obama would like them to pay)

    The list goes on and on and on. If you don't believe me, turn off Fox and do a little research for yourself.

    November 15, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Ancient Texan: "Woman in California- Romney and Bain Capital were buying TROUBLED companies that were already almost in bankruptcy."

    Your whole post is incorrect. Watch "The King of Bain," produced by Sheldon Adelson back when he supported Gingrich for the truth about Bain. Among other things, here is Mitten's Bain Record:

    77 businesses, 22% filed for bankruptcy or closed within 8 years
    Bain lost all money invested in 8% of them

    And who can forget Mittens' infamous remark to potential Bain investors that their whole strategy was to "harvest" companies? Not grow them, but harvest their assets for the sole purpose of enriching the investors, regardless of the consequences to the company, its employees and its community.

    November 15, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  21. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Ancient Texan:

    Here's how private equity works in 8 simple steps:

    1. Remember, partners in private equity firms (like Mittens at Bain) don't risk their own money; they get other people to give them money to invest.

    2. They use this money to buy up companies they think they can squeeze higher profits from.

    3. They squeeze out money from the company to raise its profits. The easiest way to do this is to cut costs, and the easiest way to do that is to cut payroll: fire workers and/or cut other workers' wages and their health and pension benefits.

    4. The private equity firm then uses the company as collateral to borrow huge sums of money from banks. Since interest payments on this debt can be deducted from company income, the company shows even bigger profits (on the books).

    5. They get the company to issue a special dividend to repay the original investors.

    6. Then they sell the company for much more than they bought it, because it's "more profitable" (again, on paper).

    7. They pocket 20% of the gains from the sale.

    8. Because the tax law treats these earnings as "capital gains," they are taxed at only 15%.

    This is a scam, because the original intent of the capital gains law is to reward those who've risked their own money, when private equity firms risk others' money (again, like Mittens at Bain).

    Taxpayers subsidize this scam because when workers are laid off, our tax dollars go towards unemployment payments. Also, some of those companies don't make it because of the weight of all the debt they have and their
    pension obligations have to be taken over by the federal government. Guess who's on the hook for that? That's right: The US taxpayer.

    Keep this in mind when you think about whether Mittens' brand of "economics" is good for the long-term growth and prosperity of our country.

    November 15, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  22. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    If Mittens wants to help the country, he should start by releasing the last 10 years of his tax returns so we can all learn how a smart investor takes advantage of our tax system to hide money and avoid paying taxes.

    November 15, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  23. Steve

    Mittens is home crying and continuing to make a jerk out of himself.

    November 15, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  24. Yonni

    Hopefuly the President doesn't make a call to Romney he is unworthy of the human dignity and gratitude. He is insulting every Americans for takers. Don’t hinder with his travel to obscurity because in light he doesn’t look pretty.

    November 15, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    The media and Republicans generally have accused obama of a lack of " schmooze?" going accross the aisle.
    Obama made the invitation already. In the press conference yesterday he re-iterated it. for me its now time for Romney to respond with something or not. Its romnets turn id he so wishes to ask the president officially for a " convenient date".
    ==Otherwise we have a defeated candidate who does not want to cross the aisle and compromise.= party on NO yet again!!

    November 15, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
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