Romney: Hillary May Smile, 'But Her Eyes Are Saying, Where's My Latte?'

By Susan Jones | June 15, 2015 | 10:53am EDT
Republican Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is taking a behind-the-scenes approach to presidential politics leading up to 2016. (AP File Photo)

( - Mitt Romney, asked about Hillary Clinton's "I'm running" speech on Saturday, said she mentioned all the things she needed to say to keep her liberal base intact.

"Somehow, though, when you see her on a stage, or when she comes into a roomful of people, she's smiling with her mouth, but her eyes are saying, you know, where's my latte?' It just doesn't suggest that she believes everything she's saying," Romney told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday.

Romney said some of what Clinton said on Saturday is so different from what she's said in the past, that he found it "a bit jarring."

"I'm sure she'll become more effective as time goes on. But at this stage -- what does she really believe? I think people wonder, can they really trust Hillary Clinton."

On Sunday, Romney told NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd that national security is going to be an important issue -- but maybe not the most important issue -- for the presidential candidates to address:

"Of course, the fact that Secretary Clinton was the secretary of state during a period of time where America's interests around the world have been badly damaged, that's an issue.

"I think the heart of the campaign in 2016 is going to be about who has the policies most able to lift people out of poverty and to help people in the middle class have rising incomes again. Because over the last seven years, we've seen policies that have led to record numbers of people that are poor, wage stagnation, greater income inequality. It has not worked.

"And so when Secretary Clinton is out giving a speech saying she's basically going to do the same thing that President Obama promised, that didn't work. We had a test of that. I think that's going to be the heart of the campaign this 2016."

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