Mitt Romney: “I Have some Friends Who Are NASCAR Team Owners”
Mitt Romney tried, and failed, to connect with the unwashed masses. Again.
It wasn’t a particularly stellar weekend for the erstwhile GOP “shoe-in.”
On Friday, Romney appeared in Michigan, where he stood by his opposition to the 2008 auto industry bailout, widely regarded as having saved the U.S. automobile industry from certain doom. That industry has since bounced back, as anyone watching Chrysler or GM ads lately can attest.
Romney also put his foot in his mouth when he told a Detroit audience that his wife drives “a couple of Cadillacs,” a remark he has doubled-down on under fire. In blighted Detroit, the cost of a couple of Cadillacs can literally buy up a block’s worth of homes.
Having probably not made many new friends in Michigan, Romney flew to Florida where he attempted to cozy up to one of the Republican party’s core constituencies– NASCAR fans. Mitt mingled with racers and fans before Sunday’s iconic Daytona 500 race, telling them that the event “combines a couple of things I like best, cars and sports.”
That sounded stiff enough, but when asked if he follows NASCAR racing, Romney offered this gem: “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans [read: ‘haven’t got a clue’], but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.”
Mitt Romney strikes again.
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