We recently ran a few pieces highlighting silly gaffes and statements made by Barack Obama and Joe Biden, so in an effort to remain balanced, we now present some of the dumbest, most alarming statements made by Republican nominee Willard Mitt Romney.
While these quotes may not prove that he’s “dumb” or “evil”, they may paint him as out-of-touch and disconnected, both from the electorate, and perhaps even reality.
RIGHT: Mitt Romney with his boy wonder, suited up and ready for business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
“Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.” Mitt Romney, defending banks and kicking people out of their homes.
“Corporations are people, my friends. Of course they are.” Mitt Romney, declaring that corporations are people in front of a crowd of real people in Iowa.
“I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Romney’s campaign later admitted that they didn’t march on the same day, or in the same city.
“We should double Guantanamo!” Romney on the notion of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison.
“I’m happy to learn that after I speak you’re going to hear from Ann Coulter. That’s a good thing. I think it’s important to get the views of moderates.” Romney right before Ann Coulter called John Edwards a “faggot”.
“I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.” Mitt Romney to a group of NASCAR fans wearing plastic ponchos at the Daytona 500 in February 2012.
“I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.” Mitt Romney, after being asked whether he follows NASCAR racing in February 2012.
“I’m running for office for Pete’s sake, we can’t have illegals.” Mitt Romney, recalling his reaction when he learned that there were illegal aliens working the ground on his property, employed by a firm that he subsequently fired in October 2011.
“We have a president, who I think is is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.” said Mitt Romney in April 2012, who has two Harvard degrees.
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” Mitt Romney, using a shocking choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance plans in January 2012.
“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.” Mitt Romney on compassion in January 2012.
“[Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” Mitt Romney advocating for cuts in public service and education at a campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 8, 2012.
“I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” Mitt Romney, on the American auto industry, despite having written a New York Times op-ed in 2008 titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” in which he said if GM, Ford and Chrysler got a government bailout “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”
“[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.” Mitt Romney, campaigning for president in Michigan in February 2012.
“I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.” Mitt Romney, who earned $374,000 in speaking fees in one year according to according to his own personal financial disclosure in January 2012.
“It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Mitt Romney, speaking in 2007 about the hope of killing Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the largest attack on American soil in modern history.
“I’m Wolf Blitzer and yes, that’s my real name.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the beginning of a November 2011 Republican presidential debate
“I’m Mitt Romney—and yes Wolf, that’s also my first name.” Mitt Romney, getting his own name wrong (his first name is “Willard”.)
“I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.” Mitt Romney on his many, constantly-changing views, on May 17, 2012.