Flashback: Mitt Romney in 2004 mocks John Kerry for having a huge house

posted at 4:15 pm on March 29, 2012 by Tina Korbe

At a 2004 meeting of the Republican Governors Association, Mitt Romney questioned why a man as rich as John Kerry would want to be president.

“There’s a senator from my state, you may have heard, that wants to get elected president,” Romney said then. “And I don’t know why he wants to do that because, of course, if he won, he’d have to move into a smaller house.”

As The L.A. Times points out, Romney’s in the midst of constructing quite a mansion himself right now:

The clip has emerged as Romney plans a massive remodel of his La Jolla, Calif. mansion, a beach home currently valued at around $12 million.

The 3,000-square-foot house will be turned into a mega-mansion, complete with an elevator for Romney’s cars and a 3,600-square-foot basement, according to 2008 plans obtained by Politico.

That’s not nearly as big as the White House, though, which boasts 55,000 square feet of floor space, according to the White House Historical Association.

Also, to be fair, John Kerry is even richer than Mitt Romney. Romney could be worth an estimated $250 million, while Kerry could be worth as much as $282 million.

But I actually bring all this up as an excuse to remind myself and others that, while liberals consider Mitt Romney’s wealth a mark against him, I consider his success considerably more appealing than Obama’s years-old rhetoric against the rich. Vetting Mitt Romney on this issue turns up a lighthearted joke at the Republican Governors Association meeting. Vetting Barack Obama on it turns up this, remember?

In a newly-uncovered interview from the Hyde Park Citizennewspaper circa December 28, 1995, Barack Obama explains his philosophy on income inequality in the United States, especially in light of economic difficulties:

In an environment of scarcity, where the cost of living is rising, folks begin to get angry and bitter and look for scapegoats. Historically, instead of looking at the top 5% of this country that controls all the wealth, we turn towards each other, and the Republicans have added to the fire.

No contest in my mind as to which of the two I’d rather have as my president.


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Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Any difference in the way Mittbot Gunlock bill has used his invented term ABRtard over 25 times today than to the way Lackey used the term once in which he had to apologize. No!

Let me guess, Romneycare loves having Gunlock Bill as a defender using the term ABRtard over 25 times today. No I don’t think so!

Courage Mittbots, it’s ok to call out one of your own!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Nah, I will just read my book and enjoy a nice, hot pop tard.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Yet another bash Romney posting by the Hot Air staff-almost daily now. I don’t know who’s moving left faster- Hot Air or Fox News.

Goodale on March 29, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Just by the title I could tell Tina wrote this. Who cares about a lame joke given in 2004? Apparently Tina does, despite record deficits, unemployment, horrible housing markets, and leadership in the WH that has never been part of the economy, let alone knows how to fix it.

But no, let’s not write articles about Romney’s experience and ability to actually create wealth and jobs in the real world that allows him to build a nice house and can translate to a real turnaround for the economy. Let’s write snarky article about a joke told back in 2004 that has no bearing on the election or Romney’s candidacy.

Keep up the great journalism Tina….

luckedout26 on March 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I have a rusty nail.

The furniture is old and rusty.

i have to admit i feel a bit rusty

Rusty hinges.

Rusty bolts

Romneycare is into rusty!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Who cares about a lame joke given in 2004?

luckedout26 on March 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

How about this one? It’s a little more recent:

Mitt Romney Jokes with Wisconsin ‘My Dad Closed an Auto Factory’

Fallon on March 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Romney is John Kerry. The similarities between the two are quite striking.

Both are preceived as electable, both are boring as hell and inspires noone, both are Massachusetts libs pretending to be something they are not when running for president.

And both will lose a presidential election against an weak incumbent.

Norwegian on March 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

liberal4life on March 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Are you suggesting that every person born into poverty or a poor household is forever doomed to live as a victim?

Good Lt on March 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Of course, that’s what he is suggesting. That’s the liberal mantra.

Gelsomina on March 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Given your execrable language you must be incapable of self reflection.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Thee comments in this thread are the most disgusting I’ve ever seen. This place has been overrun with mobys and Kos kids. The blatant class warfare rhetoric by some posters is laughable, you guys aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.

I’m starting to think mitt doesn’t have a chance to win in November, even though he’d be a great president and is very qualified. Too many evangelical bigots in his own party, and way too many OWS’ers hating on him cause he’s rich.

1984 in real life on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Romney is John Kerry. The similarities between the two are quite striking.

Both are preceived as electable, both are boring as hell and inspires noone, both are Massachusetts libs pretending to be something they are not when running for president.

And both will lose a presidential election against an weak incumbent.

Norwegian on March 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

And yet, he manages to win?

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I’m starting to think mitt doesn’t have a chance to win in November, even though he’d be a great president and is very qualified. Too many evangelical bigots in his own party, and way too many OWS’ers hating on him cause he’s rich.

1984 in real life on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

There is a definite hatred of any state that isn’t in the South as well.

They also decided to court rural voters, of which there are decreasing numbers, and discard suburban and urban voters.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Romney is John Kerry. The similarities between the two are quite striking.

Both are preceived as electable, both are boring as hell and inspires noone, both are Massachusetts libs pretending to be something they are not when running for president.

And both will lose a presidential election against an weak incumbent.

Norwegian on March 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Kerry’s made a living attacking the troops and pandering to people who are anti-American. Romney has never attacked the troops. Kerry married into money. Romney earned his. Kerry’s pro choice. Romney’s pro life. Kerry avoids taxes. Romney pays more than he is required to.

You and Quisling are exactly the same. Both Norwegian.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

This place has been overrun with mobys and Kos kids.
1984 in real life on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

You came in during the dual registrations, didn’t you? Trying a little verbal ju jitsu, huh? The sad thing is…you’re right, opposite from the way you mean it…and that’s why a lot of the veteran posters are MIA right now.

kingsjester on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

You came in during the dual registrations, didn’t you? Trying a little verbal ju jitsu, huh? The sad thing is…you’re right, opposite from the way you mean it…and that’s why a lot of the veteran posters are MIA right now.

kingsjester on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

They are just pouting because Romney is taking the nomination.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

kingsjester on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Oh you mean the good ole days, when nobody accepted critical thought? When only like-minded people conversed. We are not all open registration trolls. I have been registered for 5 years. Its not about veteran and newbie. It’s the fact that there are differing viewpoints on the plantation and some folks are getting uncomfortable.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Oh. So, you were a lurking Troll, too afraid to speak, until more like you were allowed in…or in antisense’s case, back in.

kingsjester on March 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Romney earned his. Kerry’s pro choice. Romney’s pro life. Kerry avoids taxes. Romney pays more than he is required to.

You and Quisling are exactly the same. Both Norwegian.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

It is very easy to “earn” millions when your father is a millionaire.

liberal4life on March 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Here we go again:
Rich bad. Romney rich. Romney bad.
Libtard logic.

jan3 on March 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Mitt Romney will never win the election. Not without maybe some hostage taking of Americans in Iran, (of course the media would never cover it anyway.) Hopefully we can hold on to the house and possibly gain in the senate.

shar61 on March 29, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Romney’s business acumen made him rich.

Obama’s political connections made him rich.

itsnotaboutme on March 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Tina and AP should start a tag team…you know…midget wrestling.

whatfur on March 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Tina, Daliky Kos and Media Matters just called, the checks are in the mail.

Minnfidel on March 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Kerry’s pro choice. Romney’s pro life. Kerry avoids taxes. Romney pays more than he is required to.

You and Quisling are exactly the same. Both Norwegian.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

LOL

Yes, I am a Nazi for not worshipping Mittens. Good argument.

Norwegian on March 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM

It is very easy to “earn” millions when your father is a millionaire. liberal4life on March 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Romney gave away his inheritance. Dummy.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Tina, what are you trying to accomplish here?

minnesoter on March 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM

So all the hyperventilating about the alleged socialism behind Perry’s “vulture capitalism” remark was…manufactured?

How can this be????

Nom de Boom on March 30, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Tina, what are you trying to accomplish here?

minnesoter on March 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I think Tina Korbe is having trouble coming up with ideas for blog posts. As usual, she adds no useful, original or insightful commentary here.

The point of posting this is apparently supposed to feed into the dumb idea that Romney is somehow a hypocrite for making a harmless joke in 2004. It’s also supposed to remind people that Romney is rich.

Remember, rich=bad, according to the Obama camp.

Tina Korbe makes the same kinds of posts over and over. She starts off with a leading headline suggesting some kind of charge against someone, then she repeats the charge in her post, then at the end she tacks on some kind of brief, “well, I think making that kind of charge against so-and-so is kind of unfair” as a way to cover herself. Is Tina that desperate for material or page hits that she has to troll for page views using these kinds of tactics? It’s a little like the 2008 Clinton campaign saying, “We are not going to repeat accusations that Obama used cocaine” when, in fact, by even bringing it up they were doing that very thing.

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Romney gave away his inheritance. Dummy.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Are you saying his father being a millionaire did not help him amass wealth in any way?

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Romney is a corporatist and knows how to make money for…Mitt Romney. It seems some of his business choices haven’t been all that great and perhaps he may not be quite the “capitalist” he’s being made out to be. Considering that’s supposed to be his strong point because Romneycare is a sure loser, we better hope he’s just throwing his money around to make himself look good with his millionaire cronies.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Also, “to be fair”

Mitt Romney earned his, John Kerry married his…

These guys are not at all alike, you know.

Kerry is a narcissist that hangs out in bars and restaurants and says, “Do you know who I am????” Not an anecdote: It Happened to me when I was enjoying fine dining one anniversary. I had to listen to him talking to a man who confessed to him that he was a republican, didn’t vote for him, but the guy continued to blather on. We were snickering and enjoyin the lobstah.

Fleuries on March 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Are you saying his father being a millionaire did not help him amass wealth in any way?

liberal4life on March 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Are you saying that you have to be a heart attack victim in order to be a heart surgeon?

Good Lt on March 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Romney is John Kerry. The similarities between the two are quite striking.

Both are preceived as electable, both are boring as hell and inspires noone, both are Massachusetts libs pretending to be something they are not when running for president.

And both will lose a presidential election against an weak incumbent.

Norwegian on March 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

A bad omen if there ever was one. IMO we’ve never done at all well with any politician that have come out of Massachusetts. And I put the Kennedys at the top of the list.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

That’s not nearly as big as the White House, though, which boasts 55,000 square feet of floor space, according to the White House Historical Association.

Also, to be fair, John Kerry is even richer than Mitt Romney. Romney could be worth an estimated $250 million, while Kerry could be worth as much as $282 million.

This is just painful shilling for Republican candidates. You are arguing about degree rather than kind.

ggoofer on March 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Romney is John Kerry. The similarities between the two are quite striking.

Both are preceived as electable, both are boring as hell and inspires noone, both are Massachusetts libs pretending to be something they are not when running for president.

And both will lose a presidential election against an weak incumbent.

Norwegian on March 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

A bad omen if there ever was one. IMO we’ve never done at all well with any politician that have come out of Massachusetts. And I put the Kennedys at the top of the list.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Romney is not even remotely like John Kerry and btw, since when it is a bad thing to be considered electable? Who do we want to run? Someone like Sharon Angle who managed to lose to Harry Reid?

And this crap about how we can not run with someone from Mass is insane.

If you guys wanted someone different you could have put a fraction of the time into finding and supporting such a person as you have into spreading disinformation about Romney…and you just might have accomplished something useful.

Romney is more conservative, more intelligent, more accomplished and more honest than John Kerry and the fact is millions of Republicans have already voted for Romney.

Terrye on March 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Herman Cain was right about one thing, Americans need a sense of humor. Romney has never pretended to be a poor guy living in a little house. ever..however, the point to his comment is that John Kerry was always doing his best to appear more concerned about the little guy, when he obviously never was one.

And btw, Democrats are the ones who like to make fun of rich Republicans, as a general rule, conservatives are not supposed to jump on the band wagon and do the same thing.

Terrye on March 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM

“No contest in my mind as to which of the two I’d rather have as my president.” – T.K.

You Mean -
The politically-expedient, flip-flopping, hypocrite or …
The politically-expedient, flip-flopping, hypocrite?

Neither, Thanks
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Wow. Tina writes an article you don’t like, and some of you Mitt supporters complain like whiney little Kos Kids.

kingsjester on March 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Heh. It’s all they can do.

Dunedainn on April 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Romney is more conservative, more intelligent, more accomplished and more honest than John Kerry and the fact is millions of Republicans have already voted for Romney.

Terrye on March 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

You don’t honestly believe a word of what you just said. Especially the “more conservative” part.

Dunedainn on April 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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