Political extra

13 Jan

Just because…

The 10 dumbest things said by Mitt Romney.

1. “Corporations are people, my friend.”
—to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations as part of balancing the budget

2. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
—using an unfortunate choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance plans

3. “I’ll tell you what, ten-thousand bucks? $10,000 bet?”
—attempting to make a wager with Rick Perry during a Republican debate to settle a disagreement about health care

4. “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”
—speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney’s net worth is over $200 million.

5. “PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.”
-in 2007, responding to criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals following revelations that he had once put the family dog in a carrier and strapped it to the roof of his car during a 12-hour road trip

6. “There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip”
–attempting to identify with the problems of average folk (January 2012)

7. “I’m running for office for Pete’s sake, we can’t have illegals”
–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 (October 2011)

8. “I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” (April 2007)
“I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.” (2 days later)
–clarifying things a few days later after his hunting credentials were questioned (April 2007)

9. “[Obama’s stimulus program is] one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.”
—April 2011, while U.S. troops were fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and involved in airstrikes against Libya

10. “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.”
—getting his own name wrong (his first name is “Willard,” and his middle name is “Mitt”)

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