Romney gaffes that will make you guffaw
By Drew Sleep
Gaffes, every politician is in danger of making them. A gaffe is when a politician (figuratively) shoots him/herself in the foot and makes him/herself look like a jackass in front of the entire population of planet earth. Today we give you the top gaffes from one serial gaffer: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney
Introducing his running-mate as the next President of the United States
When introducing his running mate, and Republican Candidate for Vice-President, Paul Ryan, Romney made a monumental mistake by introducing him as the next President of the United States. Romney suddenly realised his mistake and embarrassingly corrected himself.
“It’s hard to know just how well [the 2012 Olympics] will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigrations and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging”
Taking his gaffes overseas, Mr Romney managed to cheese off ALL of England when he said that the UK was not prepared for the Olympics. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games managed to make Romney eat his own words by carrying out a successful Olympic games. London Mayor Boris Johnson personally contributed in sticking it to Romney during his opening speech of the 2012 Olympics.
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
As soon as Romney said this during the second Presidential Debate, the Internet exploded with comical images captioned with Romney’s ‘binder’ response. It has been perceived that Romney has alienated women voters with this comment, as well as making himself seem like a bizarre collector of women.
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me”
During his Republican Primary Campaign, Romney didn’t choose his words wisely when talking about healthcare at a breakfast in New Hampshire. The comment met strong criticism from his rivals, and the comment has stuck with him ever since.
“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no- and you can’t find any oxygen outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”
While at a fundraising event in California, Romney discussed an incident where his wife’s plane had to make an emergency landing because of a fire in the aircraft. Romney speculated that his wife would have coped easier if she were able to breathe outside air during the fire. Although the comment might have been light-hearted in nature, it didn’t do him any favours. The fact remains, if you open an aeroplane window – you’re going to have a bad time.
“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon the government, who believe that they are the victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name it… My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Romney’s blundering words from a fundraising event in May 2012 were leaked September 17th, and picked up by his rivals. Romney later double backed on his comment and said he was completely wrong. During the second Presidential Debate President Obama slammed Romney by saying “everyone should have a fair shot”.
“Corporations are people my friend…of course they are”
Whilst at the Iowa State Fair in November 2011 Romney was explaining that one way to fulfil promises on entitlement programs is to “raise taxes on people”. Before Mr Romney could say anymore, a protester shouted that corporations should be taxed, to which Romney responded “Corporations are people my friend.” For those who don’t know, corporations are NOT people.
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