by Lekan Olanrewaju
Republican candidate Mitt Romney has delivered yet another memorable addition to his long line of verbal flubs.
Speaking Friday to the Detroit Economic Club at the city’s football station, he said: “I love this country. Actually I love this state. This feels good, being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height. The streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. And I used to have a Dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered.”
With only three days to go until Tuesday’s competitive Michigan primary, such a quip about the kinds of pricey cars he drives can only serve to reinforce the notion that he is out of touch with working class America. Romney, however, remains confident of his chances of winning the general election. “I not only think I have the best chance, I think I have the only chance,” he said. “Maybe I’m overstating it a bit. … It’s always hard to defeat an incumbent president, even an ineffective one like Jimmy Carter.”
What say you? Is Romney an arrogant and insensitive rich guy? Or is he a good candidate who just lacks as much tact as others might expect from him?
We leave you with a list of his top five gaffes.
June 16: Romney tells job-seekers in Florida, “I’m also unemployed.”
Dec. 10: During a Sioux City, Iowa, debate, Romney tries to bet Rick Perry $10,000 that he’s mistaken about the content of Romney’s book. “Rick, I’ll tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet?”
Jan. 9: Romney, speaking to a chamber of commerce in Nashua, N.H., says, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” In context, the quotation was about choosing a health-insurance provider, but the Rick Perry campaign quickly took advantage and turned it into a cell-phone ring tone downloadable from its website.
Jan. 17: Romney calls the $374,000 he earns in speaking fees “not very much” money.
Feb. 1: Romney in a CNN interview after his sweeping Florida victory over Newt Gingrich says, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.”